Hardware

Great additions to your computing environment. Personally recommended.

Samsung T5 external USB SSD:* REALLY perfect for Time Machine backups or for making clones of your hard drive. Comes with USB-C and regular USB cables. About 5 times as fast as a regular external disk. 

Want to speed up an older iMac, but you don’t want to go inside to change the disk? Clone your existing disk onto one of these Samsung SSDs using Carbon Copy Cloner, then set it as your startup drive. Works like a charm.

Toshiba external USB hard drives:* a good choice for Time Machine backups or for making clones of your hard drive. Not as fast as the Samsung T5 above– important consideration when restoring files from it.
MacSales is a trusted, long-time dealer of Macs, upgrades, RAM chips, SSDs, and other parts. They also sell a variety of accessories for Macs and iPhones. Great quality, trusted source. Purchases made via this link support this site.
AmazonAmazon: giant selection, fast shipping, great prices.
Best Buy Co, Inc.Best Buy: price matching, great selection, frequent sales, easy returns. Purchases via this link support this site.
The Canon Pixma iP8720 is a great choice for those wanting a fast, color, wireless printer. It holds 150 sheets of paper and prints more than 10 pages per minute. In addition to fast black and white offie-style printing the Canon Pixma iP8720 also produces excellent photo prints.
Ring video doorbells and security camerasRing Doorbells:* See and hear whoever’s at your front door, using your iPhone. Talk to them too! Replaces your existing doorbell. Get notified even when a person doesn’t ring the bell (motion-activated). You can pay a little to have Ring store videos of whoever comes to the door– well worth it. Buy one for your Mom, like I did.
fujitsu_scansnapFujitsu ScanSnap:* the very best sheet-fed scanner. Super-fast one-button scanning. Works great with Evernote— we scan in every receipt, bill, warranty, everything. (And with Evernote we can find it again.) I like it so much I bought it three times! One for the office, one for home, and one for Mom. The best, by far.
The Clever Coffee DripperThe Clever Coffee Dripper* If you’re going to do lots of great stuff you have to stay up late. If you have to stay up late you’re going to need coffee. And if you’re going to need coffee, you want the The Clever Coffee Dripper.* Delicious coffee, easily made. Read all about it here.
transcendjetdriveTranscend JetDrive:* Hard drive storage upgrades for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. Give your laptop new life by putting in a larger SSD. Beautiful, Apple-like packaging includes tools (special screwdrivers). You can do it! Instructions here, and help with picking the right model here. Or, contact me and I’ll do it for you. Or, go the easy way and just slide a JetDrive Lite* into the card-reader slot. For more info, read my article How to Add Storage Space to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina.
fitdeskFitDesk:* exercise bike with a desk on the handlebars for holding a laptop. Nearly silent. I ride it while reading my email and morning news, and while making phone calls. I lost 20 pounds on it in three months. Before and after pictures available on request.


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