Second (Follow-up) Review of the Roborock S7 Now with Its RockDock

Back on June 19th I wrote a rather detailed initial “first impressions” blog post about our Roborock S7 Vacuum and Mop robot. You may recall that I really liked this robot. In fact, after having it for only a couple of days, we bought a second one for downstairs. Roborock S7 on the RockDock We also pre-ordered the RockDock–a docking… Continue reading

First Impressions: Roborock S7 Vacuuming & Mopping Robot

Article Outline Click or touch a subheading to jump directly to it. IntroductionRoborock S7 Strengths and FeaturesSetupI found these YouTube videos helpful.Preparing for the First Mapping/CleaningInitial MappingSuggestions for Your First CleaningEditing Our MapSchedulesAreas of Lesser StrengthSuggestions for Improving the S7 SoftwareS7 Concluding Thoughts & SummaryDisclaimer Introduction Living right on the Pacific Ocean is too awesome! During the summer we often… Continue reading

Impressive Deadbolt

Having just purchased a house, we need to rekey the property. We prefer keyless locks because we don’t always have our keys with us. And this, being the largest property we have ever had, makes walking out to the shop (a quarter mile from the house) only to realize you don’t have your key to the shop1 a real pain.… Continue reading

“They” Really Are Listening!

This is a true story. I don’t know who “they” actually are, but you can draw your own conclusions: Is someone really listening to our private conversations through our digital devices? I have concluded someone absolutely is! Here’s the true story: Several months ago, near the beginning of the pandemic lockdown in Atlanta, Steve was in the kitchen cooking dinner.… Continue reading

The LARQ Bottle

Offered in a variety of colors Finding unique but useful holiday gifts can be a challenge. Introducing the LARQ self cleaning, water purification bottle. I got us each one for the holidays. I hate using single-use plastic bottles, even though I frequently do so. And I hate re-using a plastic water bottle because I worry about germs when they start… Continue reading

Review: Lumos Kickstarter Bicycle Helmet

I blogged about my new electric scooter, the Unagi, at this link and this link. I love it! But I failed to mention another gadget I got for the purposes of riding my scooter: my new Lumos Kickstarter Bicycle Helmet. I’m convinced that wrecking (or being run over by a car) while riding on my scooter is what will either… Continue reading

Review: Unagi Electric Scooter

Disclaimer This is just a personal review of a Kickstarter project I backed. I am not receiving any compensation or consideration of any kind from Unagi. They did not ask that I endorse their product. These are just my personal thoughts, opinions, and reactions. First Impressions I arrived back in SFO for a week yesterday, and the first thing I… Continue reading

Innovation Out; Rent Collection In

I have often complained about Apple’s lack of substantive innovation since the original iPhone, their standard practice of marketing their most vacuous incremental improvements as radical innovations “rebuilt from the ground up” and selling those baby steps for absurd prices, and their push into renting everything from hardware (iPhone upgrade plan), then software, and services. They know the gig is… Continue reading