Lifescoop: Gadget Case Roundup

We have a drawer at our house with a collection of slightly broken things — a fully functional iPhone with a shattered screen, a point and shoot that sometimes deletes entire memory cards on a whim, etcetera.

Looking in the drawer, it occurs to me that the convenience of throwing gadgets in my bag is perhaps outweighed by the cost of replacing them when they bang into each other and break. But cases offer the best of both worlds — relatively free-floating gadgets that still work when you turn them on. Here are five stylish options to protect your gadgets without adding too much bulk to your bag. Read more…

Lifescoop: Spring Clean Your PC in 5 Easy Steps

(Man I wish I’d had the forethought to post a photo of a laptop on my site before I took this photo.)

How long has it been since you thoroughly cleaned your computer? That’s what I thought.

I clean mine about as often as l spill something on the keyboard. But to keep your computer in good working order, you should scrub it down about twice a year–more often if you like to eat chips while you work. But how do you get everything sparkly without damaging anything? I did a little research.

Before you start, you’ll need some supplies: a large microfiber cloth, a can of compressed air, and a solution of 50 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol and 50 percent mineral water, and a pair of tweezers. Once you have everything together, shut your computer down (if you’re cleaning a laptop, remove the battery as well). Read more…

Lifescoop: 4 Tips for Creating an Inspiring Office

I rent a little writing office, and as you probably know I recently acquired an office mate. She was all set to move in when I realized I was embarrassed to have anyone see my workspace, let alone share it. At the time, it was a barren closet packed with boxes and junk I’d dragged in from the car.

Together we’ve been revamping, and slowly the storage closet is turning into a jewel box. Here’s what I’ve learned about making an office into an inspiring space.

1. Take good care of yourself.

It’s tough for an office to be inspiring if it’s not physically comfortable. Read more of 4 Tips for Creating an Inspiring Office.

Elsewhere: Gift Guides and Free Stuff

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Go read Tech Gifts for Smart Kids over at WePC. All these gadget guides gigs (GGG) are making me want a cooler camera. And a robot helper monkey.

Over at Lifescoop, you can win a $50 Amazon gift card simply by supplying a clever caption for a photo of me licking William Shatner (a warm embrace to Jon Armstrong for his Photoshop skills). This is not a random drawing, it’s an actual contest of wits, which you have in abundance. I encourage you head over and comment because hey, free stuff. Also, is anyone else a little astounded at the favorable odds in these blogging contests? That’s not something you think about a lot, is it. Just me then.

In conclusion, Shatner!