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10 Laptop Accessories

Now that the prices have come down, most people with computers have laptops. And laptops being portable, come with a wide array of useful laptop accessories. Here is a list of 10 accessories that you can’t do without.


1. Wireless Mouse
If you haven’t yet tried a wireless mouse—do so! Going back to wrestling with that cable is almost impossible. Plus it makes packing up and going neater and faster.


2. Portable Hard Drive of Flash Drive
Portable hard drives and flash drives are great ways to transfer large amounts of data, or to have a back up of the files on your laptop in the event that the unthinkable happens. Portable hard drives have greater storage capacity (1 TB); whereas flash drives are tiny and easy to carry on your key chain.


3. Mobile Broadband Card
If you want internet connectivity on the go, then consider getting a Mobile Broadband Card.


4. Mobile Wireless Router
In situations where you don’t have access to Mobile Broadband, and are tied to an internet cable (such as in a hotel where the wireless doesn’t work) you can use a Mobile Wireless Router.


5. Speaker System
The sound quality on laptops can be quite atrocious. A USB speaker system can provide great sound quality and the ease of portability. They come in a wide range of power and quality, with just two examples listed below.


6. Laptop Desk
Laptops aren’t really meant to sit on your lap. They need ventilation, and can get quite hot on the underside. A laptop desk is a convenient way to use your laptop on your lap.


7. Surge Protector
Surge protectors aren’t just for desktops, they are important for laptops too.


8. Laptop Carrying Case
Laptops require protection, and if you don’t have a backpack or suitcase with a protected laptop area, you can get a specialized Laptop Carrying Case.


9. Laptop Vault
You may want an extra layer of protection, especially on travel, to protect your laptop and your data. In that case, you may consider a Laptop Vault.


10. Laptop Vacuum
Let’s face it, crumbs from your favorite snacks continually fall into your laptop keyboard. The solution is a USB Powered Laptop Keyboard Vacuum specially designed for getting in between the keys.

Top Ten LEGO Best Sellers: 2011

Children always covet LEGO toys.
Here is what is selling Christmas 2011


1. LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter (10215)


2. LEGO Cars Big Bentley (5828)


3. LEGO Star Wars Snow Trooper Army Pack (8084)


4. LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547)


5. LEGO Star Wars Clone Trooper Battle Pack (7913)


6. LEGO City Police Helicopter (7741)


7. LEGO City Fire Truck (7239)


8. LEGO Green Building Plate (10″ x 10″)


9. LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match (4737)


10. LEGO Architecture White House (21006)


And my absolute favorite:


11. Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon (7965) – 2011 Release


Top 10 Amazon Kindle eBooks for Christmas 2011

These are the top 10 Amazon Kindle ebooks (paid) for Christmas 2011:


1. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins


2. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins


3. Wife by Wednesday
Catherine Bybee



4. Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins


5. The Drop (Harry Bosch)
Michael Connelly



6. Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta)
Patricia Cornwell



7. The Litigators
John Grisham



8. The Help
Kathryn Stockett



9. 11/22/63 (A Novel)
Stephen King



10. Kill Alex Cross
James Patterson


Top Three Resume’ Writing Software in 2011

If you are looking for a job, you are not alone. With unemployment as high as it is, the competition for jobs is extremely stiff. In this employment environment it is critical that your resume’ looks as good as possible. You may consider investing in resume’ writing software. Top Ten Reviews has an excellent review of resume’ writing software in 2011. Below is a short summary of their top three rated software packages. Please visit Top Ten Reviews for more info!


1. ResumeMaker Professional Deluxe 17

ResumeMaker Professional Deluxe 17 provides:
1250 resume samples
14000 resume templates
45 resume themes
200 resume cover letters
150,000+ eye catching phrases


2. Winway Resume Deluxe 12

Winway Resume Deluxe 12 provides:
14000 resume templates
350+ resume themes
400+ resume cover letters
116,000+ eye catching phrases


3. Resume Maker Professional Ultimate

Resume Maker Professional Ultimate provides:
1250 resume samples
30 resume themes
213 resume cover letters
150,000 eye catching phrases

10 Tools Every Home Owner Needs

Home ownership means that you will have some repairs to make. Many repairs are straightforward if you have the right tools and know how to use them. This is a list of the top 10 tools that you will need for basic home repair.
(Be sure to buy good tools as cheap tools are just that… cheap).


1. Screwdriver Set

A good Screwdriver Set should contain at least three sizes of flat blade screwdrivers as well as #1 and #2 Phillips screwdrivers. Stanley makes good screwdrivers that are also economical.


2. Hammer

There are many kinds of hammers, but for most work that you will do around the house, the 16-oz. curved claw fiberglass hammer is your best bet.


3. Pry Bar

A pry bar is extremely useful for everything from removing stubborn nails to tearing down wooden construction.


4. Pliers

Pliers allow you to grip, pull and hold small things with extra strength. Look for a set of pliers that includes a needlenose pliers, a tongue-and-groove pliers, and a diagonal (wiring-cutting) pliers. This should cover all of your gripping and snipping needs.


5. Utility Knife

Utility knives are used to cut packaging or light plastic, strip wiring, score drywall, and scrape paint. You don’t want to use a kitchen knife for these applications, and you don’t want to dull your nice jack knife unnecessarily. The blades on utility knives can be replaced, so don’t worry about dulling them.


6. Wrenches

Wrenches are necessary for tightening bolts, and performing any plumbing work, such as fixing dripping faucets or leaks. At a minimum you should have an adjustable (crescent) wrench so that the jaws can be adjusted as well as a larger pipe (monkey) wrench for stubborn plumbing problems. A Wrench Set is also helpful since adjustable wrenches sometimes slip and can strip a nut.


7. Tape Measure

Almost any kind of repair requires measuring. A tape measure can be used to measure the size of a room for painting, a length of pipe, or the height of your child. The utility of a tape measure cannot be overstated.


8. Handsaw

Eventually you will have to cut something. You don’t want to risk injury by using a kitchen knife or utility knife on a Christmas tree branch (trust me on this!). A simple handsaw will work nicely.


9. Power Drill/Driver

When was the last time you saw a hand-powered drill (if ever)? A power drill is useful for drilling holes, making pilot holes for large screws, and for use as a powered screwdriver. If you plan on using this in strange places, a cordless drill is the way to go.


10. Safety Glasses

You need to protect your eyes and face during many repair activities. Wood chips from a saw, a broken drill bit, or small pieces of wire flying off when using a wire cutters can all injure your eyes permanently. Safety glasses are required at a minimum. Better yet are face shields, which will protect your entire face.