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April 8, 2010

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Stephen Treffinger road tests mops


That's right — mops.

True enough, the piece is only of interest to Landliners since no one under 30 has ever used a mop, much less purchased one (with the exception of those whose entry-level jobs were in the fast food industry) but since those are the majority of people still reading the New York Times, where the mop-off results were published on March 18, 2010, it makes sense there, as opposed to occupying pride of place say in The Huffington Post.

But enough small talk, joe: Who won?

Alas, that's where Treffinger dropped the ball.

Even if a comparison contest doesn't yield a clear winner, it's imperative that the article's editor send it back to the writer with the dictum: "Tell us which one you'd use if you could buy only one."

Absent that, you get the "on the one hand, on the other hand" waffling that satisfies no one but the bad mop manufacturers.

Look at the graphic up top (which accompanied the article), read the story, and then tell you tell me which one Treffinger thought was best.

Choosing seven favorites out of 15 tested, as Treffinger did, simply doesn't pass muster.

April 8, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

April 8, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Most expensive app in the App Store? — Episode 2: a snip at $999.99


Just in Tuesday evening from reader Xantilon, in response to Monday's Episode 1 post featuring what I'd been led to believe was the most expensive app ($899.99 ) in the App Store.

Mortgage Pro is a hundred bucks pricier.


Hope your Chinese is better than mine.

April 8, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

No-Stretch Hanger


From the website: "Easily slides in and out of garments without stretching the neckline. Patented design lets you hang blouses and shirts without unbuttoning a single button. Simply slide plastic hanger through top of garment and fit in place horizontally. Slips easily into turtlenecks and collared shirts, great for dresses and gowns too."


24 for $6.98.

April 8, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The user experience: Apple iPad case


I've had mine since Monday and have been using it in various settings.

Above, the case in three of its possible configurations.

The Good:

1. Offers protection from scratches on the aluminum back.

2. Makes it much easier to get a grip. Especially when reading in bed, where the increased friction between the case surface (as opposed to the bare metal housing) and bedding makes it much more stable, especially if, like me, you balance it on a corner for an optimal reading angle while lying on your side.

3. Offers screen protection when closed.

The Bad and the Ugly:

1. It looks awful. Beautiful as the iPad is, the device in the case is transformed into a generic utilitarian slab. Hard to believe Jonathan Ive let it go out the door. In fact, it's so ugly that I now remove the iPad from the case first thing in the morning and leave it naked until bedtime, when I return it to the case for reading in bed.

2. The case feels cheap and cheesy.

3. Very hard to figure out how to use. You wouldn't think something like a case would require instructions (provided in graphic form on the packaging) or be nearly impossible to figure out even trying to follow those instructions — but the Apple design team obviously lacks a resident TechnoDolt™ to try out their stuff before they ship.

If they had such a person (yo, Steve — I know this guy) they would have watched in befuddled amazement as it took me literally 15 minutes to get my iPad into the case as it was meant to go, this only after nearly destroying it in my failed attempts to force it the iPad in.

What a brain-dead piece of kit.

4. Once in the case the whole shebang looks awkward and just wrong. Adding insult to injury is that the internal flap used to secure the device fits in a kind of sloppy way.

5. Overpriced at $39; $19 would be more like it.


I'm a diehard fanboy so you know you're not gonna get a negative review unless something's really bad.

The Apple iPad case is really bad.

Having said that, it's a must-have for the three reasons noted under "The Good."

And that's all I have to say about that.

April 8, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

Drinkclip — 'Don't cry over spilled drinks'


Good idea.


Some people are more clever than others.


11 colors.



But wait, there's more: "FREE koozie."

April 8, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

'I can't believe I ate the whole thing'


The headline up top is the winning caption, submitted by Nathan, for last Friday's "Caption this picture" contest.

Give me a mailing address and I will dispatch your prize forthwith.

April 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Chili Pad


Wrote Joyce Wadler in a February 11, 2010 New York Times story, "Todd Youngblood, the founder of Chili Technology, sells a line of bedding pads that can be cooled to 46 degrees or warmed to 118 degrees. A king-size Chili pad is about $700. Mr. Youngblood said it has been a great success with people suffering from temperature fluctuations, including menopausal and pregnant women. When his wife was nine months pregnant, he said, she kept her Chili pad on the coldest setting, but after giving birth, she reset it at about 52 degrees."

Chili Pad

"According to Mr. Youngblood, only about 5,000 Chili pads have been sold in the last four years. He believes this is because many American consumers are unaware of the product."

Yo Tod — I'm doing my part.

[via the New York Times]

April 8, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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