Jun. 7th, 2010

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My name is Bob Quinlan and I am a gadget geek. I love all kinds of gadgets from smart phones to pocket knives. My friends come to me for advice on what networking gear, or flashlight, or pen to buy. And I usually have some new piece of gear to recommend that they don't know they need...yet.

I have just returned from a visit to my friend [personal profile] dragonfly. While I was there I helped her pick out a networked printer and offered my usual unsolicited advice on other gadgets that she really should pick up. For her part, she encouraged me to write this stuff up as I come across it and introduced me to Dreamwidth. I will be delighted if some of my advice turns out to be useful to others too, but I know I have a loyal audience of at least one.
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I don't believe in the perfect gadget. Everyone has different needs and wants and tastes, all of which are moving targets as they change over time. What I want to do here is suggest general kinds of gadgets that might be useful and possible talk about why I like a particular one. I hope that seeing my reasons will help you to make your own guesses about their suitability for your needs.

In that light, I think it's only fair to provide a bit of background on how I got to be a gadget geek. That doesn't mean you have to read it. Feel free to skip ahead to the more useful entries.

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Are you familiar with blind spot mirrors? They are small convex mirrors that attach to the outside mirrors on a car or truck. You have almost certainly seen them on school buses and semis.

Do you have blind spot mirrors on your own car? If not, you probably should add some. Soon.

Blind spot mirrors allow you to see into the gap that exists between the outer edge of your peripheral vision and the inner edge of what you can see in your regular rear-view mirrors. That area is bigger than we tend to think. Entire vehicles can hide in that gap. Isn't a device that helps you avoid hitting them worth five bucks and five minutes?

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