LOS ANGELES -- Gadget Grrl says for the mobile exec who likes to travel light and stay green, the Cricket Laptop Stand is a winner. It is made 70% of recycled material and folds so small that it can fit into your laptop case. Next up is a good way the U.K says "bye bye" to the energy drain of electronics. The downside is, Bye Bye Standby is only available in the U.K., but perhaps it may come to the states one day.
Cricket Laptop Stand
Laptop stands are not usually something easy to lug around for most mobile executives.However, the Cricket laptop stand might be an exception.
This uniquely designed, ultra-portable laptop stand has three legs that spread apartand then extend, depending on the size and weight of your laptop.
The stand is comprised 70% of recyclable materials and comes in bright, green, charcoal or Mac white.
MacBooks especially need airflow since they can run hot.
Or if you have ditched your desktop and are using just a laptop, you could use thisto emulate your desktop.
The best feature on this device, other than its strength, is that it folds down into a very compact size that is small enough to go into your laptop case.
I like laptop stands as a whole because if you add a keyboard, it can be close to the look and feel of a desktop without all the synchronization. And if you are on the road a lot,switching between a laptop and a desktop can be a mega waste of time.
The stand can support up to 12 lbs and also works with PC tablets.
The site also has a search tool to determine if your laptop is too heavy for the Cricket.
Bye Bye Standby Business Solutions
With energy costs a growing concern, this company has devoted itself to eliminating the standby wasted energy that occurs when electronics are left plugged in.
Using this Bye Bye Standby Energy Manager you can, with the press of one button, determine the amount of energy your company uses.
That way you can tailor your company's needs accordingly -- adjusting for when employees are not on the premises and when electronics do not need to be on standby.
In larger companies, this could mean huge savings per year.
The company's math is impressive, "A typical week has 168 hours and yet a typical working week is only 38 hours. This leaves 130 hours where your office equipment is consuming energy but is not providing you with any value. A typical PC, including monitor, left on 24 hours a day uses £45 or more of energy per year."
It also manufactures a whole line of helpful products to eliminate the cost ofexcess energy used during standby mode when electronics are plugged in but not in use.
Just for kicks, go to its Web site and fill out the form online that asks about how manyTVs, PCs etc you have plugged in at home or at the office. You'll be amazed how much energy and cash is disappearing at night.
The downside here is that this is currently available in the UK, but it is a technology thatcould and should be coming to the U.S.
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Seat exercises to do on a plane
It's great that the same people who manufacturer planes have posted a series of exercises to do while in one of the seats. Granted these are going to be a whole lot easier to do in first class than in coach, but if you luck out and get a bulkhead seat,maybe these will help eliminate some of the stiffness.
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