Tech guru: Smart solutions under $30

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by STEVE GREENBERG / Special Contributor

WFAA

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 20 at 10:24 AM

Our tech guru Steve Greenberg shared some smart solutions for under $30.


POWER2U: $27.99 or $22.99 each

Power2U is the only home-safe, UL Listed in-wall product on the market that incorporates two traditional three-prong AC wall sockets, along with two USB 3.0/2.0/1.1 ports for charging and or powering up to four devices at once.  

The easy to install AC/USB outlet eliminates the clutter created by multiple cables and unsightly bulky power adapters. The outlet is also energy efficient with spring-loaded "Safety Shutters" that turn power off to the USB ports to eliminate wasteful "vampire" energy usage. The cost is $27.99 or $22.99 each when buying two or more-available at Other World Computing.

DROP STOP $19.99

Drop Stop is a neoprene, wet suit material, flexible wedge that blocks that annoying, frustrating and ever-so-dangerous gap between your car or truck seat and center console. No more lost change and hard to retrieve cell phones. But, most importantly, Drop Stop prevents driver distraction by keeping your eyes on the road, not in the gap. Drop Stop fits any car or truck, from the smallest of gaps to the widest.

Neoprene is very durable, making Drop Stop last the life of your car, and future ones to come.  Neoprene is also stain resistant so whatever you spill on it you can simply wipe it right off or use a damp cloth and it's good as new. 

Drop Stop blends with any color interior as the gap between the center console and seat is always a dark black shadow. So, once you install it, you won't even know it is there until it "Stops the Drop." Drop Stop slides back and forth with the seat when you move or adjust your seat. A set of two Drop Stops, one for the driver side and one for the passenger side, plus an LED Credit Card Light and Slide Free Padis $19.99.  For more information go to www.BuyDropStop.com.

MASTRAD TOPCHIPS CHIPS MAKER Under $19.99

The Mastrad TopChips Chips Maker allows for the creation of fat-free chips using the microwave in just a matter of minutes. Requiring no oil or grease, simply slice the desired fruit or vegetable with the handy mandolin, place chips on the non-stick silicone tray, put them in the microwave and voila. The result is crispy, flavorful, guilt-free chips. The cost is $19.99 at www.shopmastrad.com.

CRUCIAL $30

If your computer isn't running as responsive as you would like, the problem could be that your RAM isn't large enough.

Crucial.com has a free service. Just go to their site and hit the "Scan My System" button. That triggers a free evaluation of your computer and a suggestion of the proper RAM upgrades. A memory upgrade is an inexpensive way to overhaul your computer. It's easy to do and the cost starts at under $30.  Visit www.crucial.com for more information.

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