Powerful Little Backups

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides protection against blackouts and brownouts. In this age of tablets and laptops the modern office seldom comes equipped with a battery backup device. Most of us are lucky to get a power strip with a surge protector.

The need for a UPS still exists. Small power supplies to protect modems, routers, NAS devices and DVRs are now available. These devices have a low current draw so they don’t need those large bricks like a CPU require.

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Clever Ideas, 2017 Edition

Fast Company magazine offered their top ten of 2017’s most clever tech ideas. From smarter photo sharing to the ongoing AI wars— there was a lot going this year.

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For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are small—but so clever that they seem obvious in hindsight. They improve the products we already use in ways we can immediately appreciate.

Big breakthroughs and splashy new products tend to get all the attention; for once, here’s a tribute to the small-scale innovations that are just as important.
The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017

What are your favorite tech innovations of 2017?

Cooler Worklights

A new generation of lighting has taken over the workshop. The days of white-hot halogen work lamps are numbered. LED lamps are now affordable!

LED work light produces 7,000 lumens!

For years the 500 watt T3 halogen bulb has been the heart of worklights. But the heat produced by these monsters can burn skin and melt nearby work surfaces. Handling these glass tube bulbs is also tricky. If your bare hand touches any part of the bulb during replacement it can cause the bulb to fail prematurely… or even explode!

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Some Disassembly, Inspired.

Do you love to look at exploded views?

Things Come ApartSo does Todd McLellan. The Toronto-based photographer disassembles common household objects and arranges all the parts neatly to photographs them. Then he “explodes” them into the air. These images capture the minutiae in a truly exploding view.

A toaster, a lawn mower, a Blackberry– they all give up their assembled state for this exhibit of technology in the buff.

Things Come Apart is on display through May 19, 2013 at the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.

Battery Chargers from the 21st Century

This time of year is hard on batteries. 

New technology has made car, truck, RV, motorcycle, ATV and snowmobile batteries more reliable and much easier to maintain. But the cold months of winter will inevitably reduce the cranking amps of any type of battery- gel, AGM, Li-Ion, etc.

Fortunately battery charger technology has kept pace with all these new-fangled batteries. But the wrong charger will kill a high dollar battery in a matter of minutes. Inexpensive float chargers are only suitable for your old school lead-acid battery.

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Gifts for Gearheads

“Thanks, mom. No… it’s great. I love NASCAR. Really.”

Yes, some of our favorite gadgets are related to our beloved automobiles.

And our friends and family that don’t quite share that infatuation have a hard time understanding it. Especially when it’s gift-giving time. We’ve all been there.

Hopefully we can help you avoid those uncomfortable situations with a little help from our friends at Places 2 Drive. Their dandy new gift guide offers a selection of ten cool gifts any self-respecting car nut would be happy to find under the tree- driving gloves, cleaning kits, electronic gadgets and more. So maybe it possible to avoid the re-gifting nightmare and get something you actually want. Share the link, then share the joy.

Automotive Gifts for Car Lovers

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