review

A 7-post collection

PadPivot iPad Gaming Mount

The PadPivot is a “Lap and Desk Stand” for the iPad and other tablet-sized devices.  I had purchased an original iPad the previous year and had kept looking for a nice desk stand and/or way to hold the iPad, the PadPivot seemed like a good idea. Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: PadPivot Lap and Desk Stand Date Funded:  2011 March 14 Total Backers:  4,823 Total Raised:  $190,352 vs. Goal:  $10,000 Date Backed:  2011 January 31 Backer Level:  PadPivot Kicker Level Backer Price:  $35.00 Item Received:  May 2011 My Site Credits:  https://www.padpivot.com/welcome/hof Item Current Whereabouts:  In my basement somewhere Retail Info Where to buy:  http://www.padpivot.com Retail Price:  $39.99...

C-Loop Camera Strap Mount

The C-Loop was my introduction to the Kickstarter service.  If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a way for potential inventors / service providers to crowdfund their ideas.  It provides a great jumping off point for innovators and inventors to fund their ideas so they can become reality. Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: C-Loop Date Funded:  2010 December 14 Total Backers:  1428 Total Raised:  $63,163 vs. Goal:  $15,000 Date Backed:  2010 November 29 Backer Level:  $35 or More Backer Price:  $35.00 Item Received:  January 2011 My Site Credits:  http://www.customslr.com/pages/c-loop-contributors/ Item Current Whereabouts:  Still attached to my DSLR Retail Info Where to buy:  http://www.customslr.com/products/c-loop Retail Price:  $39.95 Would I...

iBank 5 - The Leader in Macintosh Personal Finance

Over the last 6 years, IGG Software has continued to lengthen their lead in the Macintosh Personal Finance space, becoming the dominant player assisting you with all aspects of your Financial Life (ironically, that’s what the aborted attempt at re-writing Quicken was supposed to be called).  Unfortunately, as I predicted, Intuit has only made one improvement to Quicken Essentials for Mac since I wrote my article 4 years ago:  you can now export to TurboTax (wow). But I digress, this article is about iBank 5, the new offering from IGG Software in the iBank line.  A piece of software I’ve been running (and loving) since 2011. The Updates Several new features in iBank 5 will have Macintosh finance...

SmushBox - Smart SMS Texting for Everyone

On March 27th, I was listening to the Security Now podcast (Security Now #397 – “Listener Feedback #164”), when Steve Gibson mentioned a Kickstarter project called the SmushBox.  He described it as “Mark [Thompson] wanted an automated way of sending and receiving SMS messages for his own web-based stuff that he’s doing.”  Hmmm, I thought, “So do I”. So on March 30, 2013, I pledged at the “SMUSH KIT, LATER” level for $250, which included an “activated SmushBox, installation and management software, cables, unlimited texting with unlimited keywords”.  The SmushBox project promised, “unlimited 2-way SMS texting, unlimited mobile subscribers, with no contracts or hidden fees.”  Unfortunately, in the three days since Steve mentioned it on his podcast, they had sold...

Evernote vs. Dropbox

I got into a discussion the other day around the merits of Evernote versus Dropbox.  Just about everyone has heard of these two services and I wanted to explore why you’d use one over the other.  I use both of these services, extensively, so wanted to give my opinion on how they each stack up in four different categories:  Security, Data Integrity, Search, and X-Factor (that little something extra). Security I’m a bit of a security buff, so I want to tackle security first.  Is my data stored encrypted or in the clear on the provider’s servers?  Who has access to my data besides me?  Is the service “Trust No One”? Dropbox famously blew itself up on...