Oven mitts make me feel clumsy: they may protect my hands, but I have a hard time feeling what I'm trying to hold on through the thick fabric. The Silicone Pinch Grips provide a safe hold on hot pans, pots, lids, oven racks, and anything else I need to move around in my kitchen without burning my hands. While the grips are smaller than a traditional pot holder, each one has ridges on the inner surface that will let you hold on to even the most slippery items. While the outside of the grips don't have quite as … Read more
NotesHolder stores your reminders and special notes, much like similar note-making software, but this program has a twist. Thanks to its simple design and inventive way of being discreet, this download pulls ahead of the competition.
This program was simple to work with and required no trip to the Help file, though there is a fine one for users who need a little more direction. Notes appear in a small, blue screen, and stack on top of one another. The notes also allow for scrolling, which is a fairly unique feature compared with other note programs that mimic yellow sticky … Read more
Ever had to write yourself a quick message? NotesHolder is a program designed to let you scribble down thoughts and quickly return to the business at hand. With a sleek design and simple commands, this could replace those little yellow paper stickies littering your desk.
This program embeds itself in your desktop's tray for easy access. Its interface is very simple and should be a breeze for all note writers. This rectangular display has a box at the top prompting users to double click and enter their note. This brings up a new box that can easily be filled … Read more
The Crabble is the second generation of folding iPod and iPhone stands from London-based Seskimo. Compared with the BatRest, which was last year's model, the Crabble comes with rubbery grips that hold onto both your device and whatever surface you're resting it on, making it useful for flights or train rides where an occasional jolt would send the old one sliding. This also lets you do things like press buttons and navigate without having to use the other hand to steady the holder.
Despite the addition of the grips, the new model still fits in a wallet or … Read more
Eric Holder, President-elect Barack Obama's pick for attorney general, drew applause from liberal Democrats earlier this year when he denounced the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
A review of Holder's public statements, speeches, and testimony when he was a top Justice Department official in the Clinton administration, however, reveals a more nuanced record on privacy. His remarks indicate support for laws mandating Internet traceability, limits on domestic use of encryption, and more restrictions on free speech online. He also called for new powers for federal prosecutors, some of which became law under President Bush as part of … Read more
I instinctively approve of any kitchen appliance, gadget, or tool that looks like it could have come from space or the future. When that form combines with functionality, I'm pretty easily won over. While I like art for art's sake as much as the next guy, if I'm making a purchasing decision, I usually want said object to do something.
Sitting elegantly on a tabletop or counter, the Legnoart Spicy 6-Slot Knife Holder With Steak Knives combines the everyday usefulness of a steak knife set with the aesthetic appeal of an object d'art. The knife set … Read more
No sooner did we post an item about an ill-advised promotional tchotchke that another one has popped up on the radar. But unlike the previous gadget, this one isn't of dubious value because of anachronistic timing; rather, it would be questionable no matter when it came out.
The reason: It's a paper clip dispenser. Not that we have anything against paper clips, mind you, but we can't exactly see the point of a dispenser that's also a pen holder with USB ports.
Hong Kong-based Earth Trek is trying to cast this in the best possible light, … Read more
The Archos 605 WiFi PVP already does a lot of things. It's an MP3 player, a video player, a photo viewer, a PDF viewer, and a Web portal. Now, it can be your personal navigator. Today, Archos announced the GPS In-Car Holder, an add-on accessory that brings the features of a portable navigation system to the PVP. The GPS receiver is built into the car mount, so you can simply slide your 605 WiFi into the cradle and connect it to your windshield and car stereo (via line-out) to get real-time tracking and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. Maps of North … Read more
Leave it to those insane but prolific inventors at Hong Kong-based Brando to come up with a "Bicycle Phone Holder," which GeekAlerts says can actually be used to hold a variety of gadgets, including music players and PDAs. The mount also allows the secured device to be rotated 360 degrees, so you can even keep your camera there at the ready when you're working your night job as … Read more
Like their real-world counterpart, a quickly jotted digital sticky note placed prominently on the desktop can be just the reminder or inspirational message you need. And it won't bulk up the landfill when you trash it.
Software sticky notes are simply movable widgets that contain text, and even the simplest possess some font, color, and formatting customization. Most of the apps I looked at let you add alarms, sounds, and hot key shortcuts. The more advanced programs are surprisingly powerful, adding sophisticated synchronizing features and management platforms to track notes and reduce desktop clutter.