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We’ll start off with a nice budget buy of $15.  One of the best movies of the summer was released on DVD and owning this movie to watch Robert Downey Jr, deliver his Stark-isms again and again is certainly something to cherish.  Iron Man and Stark’s performance are clearly something that we can watch until the sequel.


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As you read this your holiday shopping list just increased by 1, me!  This holiday season don’t forget your favorite Techlife author who is always appreciative of a trinket or toy.  But just in case you are not sure what tickles the fancy, we have a few suggestions.

Because we love our readers we want to make your shopping as easy as possible, aren’t we thoughtful. (It’s the thought that counts right?)  We are going to sprinkle our wishlist with things that others might want too.  After all in the spirit of giving, this makes giving with others easier.

So fire up your browser and look for our gift guide articles.


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Pure Energy GoldPure Energy XL

As we manage the rising costs of business and energy I am reminded of a story, so sit back and enjoy Techlife’s tale of power.

The typical company rolls along putting out daily fires, and not giving employees the true time to make work a better experience. Most of you readers will skim over that last sentence just as easily. Let me repeat it, as it bears repeating. The typical company rolls along putting out daily fires, and not giving employees the true time to make work a better experience. Ah, you get it now? You think this is going to be another columnAuto Battery Starter about taking time to breathe, but you are wrong.

As we all coast along in work and life I want to share a small tale with you. Many years ago I learned of a new site, Woot, a site that sells one item a day. One day they were selling “Random Crap” (yes Woot faithful, this pre-dates Bags of Crap), so I took a gamble for $.03 and ended up with a variety of, you guessed it, “Random Crap.”

One item was an Auto Starter – Car Battery Charger. While reading up on this I learned that inside, this device was powered by AA alkaline rechargeable batteries. Hmm, interesting I thought. I could use some AA batteries, so I used a hammer carefully opened the case and found a small pot of gold.

Gleaming up at me were Pure Energy’s AA gold rechargeable alkaline batteries. And in typical story fashion our hero doesn’t really recognize the true power of his finding. I began using them and they were great, long lasting batteries. Of course, I forgot one thing. They were rechargeable and I didn’t own a charger.

Research online showed most chargers worked for various other types of rechargeable batteries, except alkaline. Then I found Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools, article about the Battery Xtender for recharging alkalines. A bit more research led me to the Rayovac Universal Battery Charger.

I still use the batteries and the charger today nearly 4 years later. The batteries are long lasting like regular alkalines and the charger works for some other non-alkaline rechargeable batteries I now own. I decided to look for a few more Pure Energy batteries and found they have updated their technology, to the new Pure Energy XL Alkaline, which have:

…longer charge retention (up to 7-year storage life), higher battery capacity (rated at 2000 mAh), and overall up to 80% more service life (up to 500 cycles) compared to the original gold line.

My company has saved hundreds of dollars on batteries. I enjoy the power and durability of an alkaline battery and the eco-friendly ability re-charge again and again. Going green is easy! A happy ending to our tale.

So how does this relate to our statement: The typical company rolls along putting out daily fires, and not giving employees the true time to make work a better experience. As a consulting firm we often see valuable ideas employees have that are just not getting the attention they deserve. Our own cost-saving approach resulted in stepping away from the “fires” and being given the freedom to think, research and act.

We encourage you this July to think about Independence Day, truly as a day to provide co-workers the chance to make a positive independent change. And if you need a little kickstart, let us know.

How have you made a difference? Tell us in the comments.

Rayovac Universal Charger


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Lizano image courtesy of WikipediaA few years ago we were lucky enough to get a gift of Lizano Salsa, a Costa Rican condiment as common as ketchup, or so I’m told. It was a big hit around the Techlife offices. Such a big hit that the next time some readers went to Costa Rica they too were kind enough to send us some Lizano.

As all good things come to end, our salsa supply is nearing its end. Naturally we didn’t think much about it, but one of the Costa Rican travelers apparently did and was organizing a group purchase. We said we would get a bottle in their purchase. Weirdly, Amazon lists the sizes in ounces while our bottle lists them in milliliters and with Amazon offering three sizes I wanted to make sure I got the same size.

Google Calculator - easy as 1+1

You were probably wondering how this was Techlife-y, well to do the conversion I used probably the easiest measurement conversion tool, Google. I just typed in my conversion “23.7 ounces to millileters” and Google came back with 700. Simple.

Google calls this a calculator, I call it perfect just like Lizano.


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“Barcodes for houses?” Everyone’s been shopping a big box, where the cashiers are miles from you in the front of the store, the employees are all on their 2 hour lunch break at the same time no where to be found and you need to know how much this Transformers: The Movie: The Board Game is for your nephew. So what did the big boxes install, mobile scanners. Basically you walk up scan the barcode of your item and it reads or announces the price.

Optimus Prime Toy from Transformers The Movie

Well Housefront just made price-checking a home easy. Even better is they allow you to do it when you need to: checking house prices with your mobile is the perfect application. (USA only for now). I mean how often are you out and see a for sale sign but don’t have your computer with you? Using it was simple.

As Lifehacker notes:

…just text the street address to HOUSE (46873). In a minute you’ll get back a text message listing the year the house was built, the square footage, the number of baths/bedrooms, and the estimated price.

Lifehacker and Techlife also agree that it is much easier than Zillow’s mobile app for the same purpose. I will take it one step farther. Housefront provided way more information in the SMS reply. Now the real question is accuracy, input a home you know and let us know how accurate they are?

Update 1: Housefront blogged about another cool feature today. Automated search history.  Basically by using their service via texting your mobile number creates an account of all the homes you viewed while you were out house shopping.  When you get back to your PC all the data from your searches are saved for your research/browsing.


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Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's ChestSpendfish

We all know Amazon’s long standing “free super saving shipping” on orders of $25 or more. But what if you just are buying 1 or 2 items that don’t total the needed amount? Say the new DVD, Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest, listed for $21.99. Oooh, just $3.01 shy of FREE shipping.

Say hello to Spendfish’s Dealazon Amazon Filler by Pete Freitag. Pete has put together a great tool as part of Spendfish.com, which allows you to search Amazon for deals. As of this post’s publishing, Spendfish says: Currently indexing 8082 deals and saving you $377,149.54 with an average discount of 40.1458%

So how do you save? Easy. We need just $3.01 to get free shipping. Would you spend $5? Sure you would. So in the Filler tool we type in $3.01 as the “Min Price” and $5 as the “Max Price.” We are immediately delivered 50 items on page 1 that meet our needs. We could of course narrow by category or product type. But the best news is, these are all “deals”, with the first 5 items in the list being no less than 38% off some as high as 65%!

Let us know what items you filled in your cart with from Spendfish.

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The Show with Ze FrankBargainJack.com

Reader Response

TechLife has news!÷š Good News?÷š Bad News?÷š I know you are dying to know.÷š You might think you even guessed it from the title of this column. Keep reading and let×?Ts see if you are right.

Remember the last column?÷š ×??Passion Publising, Get Paid.×??÷š My challenge stirred something deep in the heart of TechLife readers.÷š The result is we have been busy this past month helping quite a few readers get their blogs setup.÷š The schedule is filling up for next month too.÷š It has been really exciting. Contact us if you want to get publishing.÷š This is not the last time this topic will come up.

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The Simple 4 step process of the Scooba from iRobot.
Mops are so 2004
The future is now. Since 2002, iRobot, makers of the Roomba line of vacuums have been pitching us on the idea of robotically cleaning our carpets. They are now releasing third generation Roombas that can be scheduled to perform their vacuum tasks. But up until now, the dirtiest room in the house, the kitchenÁ-?s floor, was left to the mop.

Welcome in the era of the Scooba, a robot that is more than a mop. A machine that takes a special Clorox cleaning solution, safe for even hardwood floors, and scrubs your floor clean. Sound good? TechLife, thought so too, so we got one for the Á-°lab.Á-?

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Fisher Space Pen, writes in zero gravity.
School is in session. Please pay attention; there will be a pop quiz! Does buying online scare you? It shouldn’t. There are few keys to making the experience simple, painless and cost effective.

Quick Shopping Tips from Shopping dot 101

  • Use Amazon.com Customer Reviews
  • Pay attention to shipping prices
  • Froogle’s learning curve is worth it
  • Look carefully at smaller vendors
  • Email vendors before and after the sale

Search and re-Search
I was recently buying some gifts. A friend of mine had told me about the “space pen”, with gas-pressurized ink allowing writing upside down. It takes its name from the fact that all NASA and Russian space missions have taken the pen with them to outer space. Clever aren’t they?

Visiting Amazon.com, I typed in “space pen”. I got back a cool looking bullet pen, by Fisher Space Pens for $19.00. The reviews all gave the pen 5 stars. Great! I clicked to add it to my shopping cart. Amazon often offers free shipping, but this product did not meet the requirements.

Looking closer I saw, the actual vendor was not Amazon but The Writer’s Edge, hence no offer for free shipping. Not to worry, I trust Amazon to vet their vendors for excellent customer service and quality. Simple, right? Maybe…
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An engagement ring for 73% off
This is it! The middle of the decade! July 2005 is the exact halfway point between January 2000 and December 2010. Remember back towards the end of 1999? You were going to change your life, learn new things and overall life would be different. So where are you in “Life’s To-Do-List”? Still looking to add a few more “checks” to completed items?

Techlife would like to share a few helpers in the quest…

Keep reading after the jump. (more…)


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