APC Smart UPS Battery Replacement Troubleshooting SU1400NET

This week’s tinker project: An APC SU1400NET Smart UPS battery backup system. Rescued two of these from a junk pile bound wagon last week in Pittsburgh.  Both showed their APC replace battery light still on, even after left to run for several hours. We inferred thus, that the batteries had indeed died. So, we set … Continue reading APC Smart UPS Battery Replacement Troubleshooting SU1400NET



AT&T 922 Speakerphone Office Telephone Review

I’ve owned two copies of this    AT&T 922 Speakerphone Telephone    since 2000, and used them for full-time telecommuting from my home office for three years. I’ve also given them as Christmas gifts and received only highly positive feedback.  The built-in speakerphone is highly intelligible at both ends of the conversation, and when using the handset … Continue reading AT&T 922 Speakerphone Office Telephone Review



Negative Effects of Multitasking like Hard Disk HDD Thrashing

People often feel the negative effects of multitasking.  E.g. They waste much brain power thrashing. They work one task too little. Then they switch to one more. Then to one more, and so on. They work lots of problems.  But they end up solving few, since they’re too busy switching between them. The switching itself … Continue reading Negative Effects of Multitasking like Hard Disk HDD Thrashing



PNY Metal Attache 64 GB iGo USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review

Bought the   PNY Attache Metal USB 2.0 64 GB iGo Flash Drive, version, at Wal Mart, to save a large library of pictures from a laptop computer that we’re reformatting. The device installed without any issues, received copied data as quickly as other high speed USB storage drives, and is easy to locate, plug in, and use.  This flash drive … Continue reading PNY Metal Attache 64 GB iGo USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review



Stanley One Handed Hydration H2O Water Bottle 24 Oz Review

Whether you’re hiking in the Himalayas, biking in the Andes, running the New York marathon, or just jogging on the track at your local high school football field, the Stanley One Handed Hydration H2O Bottle is a convenient means to carry water or electrolyte beverages with you, for quick access when thirst is about to overcome … Continue reading Stanley One Handed Hydration H2O Water Bottle 24 Oz Review



iWorld Earbuds, Sonic Series, with Mic Headset Review

We examine the iWorld Sonic Earbuds with Microphone in this iWorld earbuds review.  Once again, an offering like this has dubbed iWorld as a provider of highly affordable, decent over all quality accessory products for the iPhone/iPad and MP3 player markets. Many consider iWorld buds and earphones an acceptable alternative to the much more pricey, yet generally better performing offerings … Continue reading iWorld Earbuds, Sonic Series, with Mic Headset Review



Marpac Dohm SleepMate 980A Sound Conditioner Review

We’ve owned several copies of the  Marpac Dohm SleepMate 980A Sound Conditioner  for roughly half a decade, and have run them close to every night in bedrooms and guest rooms without noticeable harm or any ill effects whatsoever; either to ourselves, or to these sound conditioners. Some friends report having used the SleepMates for twenty-five years with health improvements noted (they sleep … Continue reading Marpac Dohm SleepMate 980A Sound Conditioner Review



ClassCo VoiceAnnounce Talking Caller Id Box 9900CW Review

The ClassCo VoiceAnnounce 9900CW Talking Caller Id box extends the world of accessible, yet affordable, blind-friendly technology into the realms of telephone caller Id boxes. Now, you don’t have to see well in order to know who’s ringing you before actually answering the call.  As each call comes in, just after the first ring, this … Continue reading ClassCo VoiceAnnounce Talking Caller Id Box 9900CW Review



Refrigerator Freezer Thermometer, Smart Choice 5304487199 Review

The 5304487199 model of Home Refrigerator Thermometer by Smart Choice, helps overcome an inadequacy of most residential refrigerator and freezer appliances these days; their temperature controls are not calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit. Instead, you see numbers like 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, where 5 is the coldest (MAX), and 0 is the warmest (or … Continue reading Refrigerator Freezer Thermometer, Smart Choice 5304487199 Review



Comcast Accessible Talking TV Guide Review

Three cheers for the Comcast X1 Accessible Talking TV Guide DVR! Released as a beta here in Pittsburgh on their X1 operating system in late 2014, this audible guide and menu system, available on Comcast set top boxes and digital video recorders (DVRs), grants near full usability to vision impaired and blind television watchers to … Continue reading Comcast Accessible Talking TV Guide Review