Reviews

A 14-post collection

Serial - Driverless Serial Terminal Emulator for macOS

This review is a long-time in coming. Back at the end of 2013 I wrote an article on Enabling a USB to Serial Port Adapter in OSX. The issue was that Apple changed the way the drivers worked under Mavericks and there were some tricks you had to do to get them working again. One of the things that came out of writing that blog article is that the author of a piece of OSX (now macOS) software called Serial, Chris Kent, dropped me a message after reading my article: Sure to his word, he sent me a review copy and I loaded the software on my Macintosh; but as life would have it, I just didn't need a Serial...

The Temperfect Mug by Joeveo

The team behind the Joeveo Temperfect Mug had quite a story in bringing this product to market: tree through roof, hurricane, bad factories, scheduling, design issues, and production issues. The concept is that through a special thermal layer in the mug, heat from over-hot drinks (180ºF) will be absorbed into a special liner, quickly cooling the drink to a specific desired temperature (~145ºF) in a few minutes. The real magic happens as the mug then leeches heat back into the beverage as it cools, to keep it between 120ºF and 145ºF for up to 3 hours! Compare this to a standard vacuum-sealed mug that keeps the beverage ABOVE 145ºF for close to an hour (too hot to drink) and then...

Ube (now Plum) WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer (Lightpad)

Ube renamed themselves to Plum and renamed the WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer to Lightpad. The Plum Lightpad is a WiFi-Connected "Smart Switch". It installs in place of an existing dimmer and enables you to control the light using an iOS Application. The application supports tying multiple Lightpads into a "Room" and then using "Scenes" to control the lights as a group in those "Rooms". Rating ★★☆☆☆ Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: Ube (now Plum) WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer Date Funded:  2013 April 4 Total Backers:  1,308 Total Raised:  $307,600 vs. Goal:  $280,000 Date Backed:  2011 January 31 Backer Level:  Premium Dimmer Room Pack Backer Price:  $298.00 Estimated Delivery: Jul 2013 Item Received:  Jan 2016 (2.5...

iBank for iPhone - Stuck in the Middle

Retail Info Where to buy:  iOS App Store Retail Price:  $9.99 Would I Pay Retail?  Not right now, I purchased with the 50% off sale at launch. Initial Impressions I should have expected that iBank for iPhone would basically be iBank for iPad running on an iPhone. However, I had gotten so used to iBank Mobile (the original iBank for iPhone) that I was a bit taken aback. Unlike iBank Mobile, this new version is designed to be a completely stand-alone version of iBank. It can synchronize to your desktop iBank, but it doesn’t require it like iBank Mobile does. I understand why IGG Software does this, it opens the software up to a wider range of people,...

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...