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February 2006

Best. Power strip. Ever.

I came across the PowerSquid Port Replicator at Target about 6 months ago, and now I've added a few more to my home, replacing a few traditional power strips along the way.

It's not the prettiest power strip in the world, and it's not a surge protector, but if you have a plethora of electronic gadgets to plug in (and who doesn't?) then this the best solution available. It's well made, thoughtfully designed, and home automation friendly. (That is, it won't "eat" power line signals.) Reasonably priced, too, which is always nice.

Productivity Boosters

I'm an advocate for the application Sciral Consistency, for me it's the perfect solution for keeping track of reoccurring tasks. It's inexpensive, pleasant to use, and available for both Mac and Windows. If your New Years resolutions include getting things done, check it out. (You can read more about it at Merlin's site, first, if you'd like.)

But even if you're not looking for yet another piece of software (a feeling I completely understand), you will probably dig these Calendar Freebies from Sciral. Using nothing but a web browser, you can generate a few useful pages that are a pleasure to print and use. Choose from a Month view that's perfect for tacking onto a fridge or bulletin board, a Year-at-a-Glance page that will be useful for keeping track of any resolution you intend to tackle in 2006, or the life-at-a-glance page that is certain to either enchant, or disturb, your point of view. Good stuff, indeed, and you can't beat the price.