Good Ideas

Trying Out

  • Macally BTSOLARKEYSG Keyboard: It’s full-sized, connects via Bluetooth, and recharges from ambient light. In two months I have used it on alternate weekdays working from home. I have not specifically put it anywhere to get more light to charge. The signal is strong. It does turn off frequently to save energy but does not disconnect while I’m actively using it.


  • Apple Hardware: I am a fan of their quality, their apparent protection of individual privacy, and their outward embrace of technology and creativity. It took me a long time to understand Apple’s way and why, but I am fully supportive of their mission. I appreciate knowing the device I purchase today will receive support for a very long while. While Apple stays on the current path, I will walk it with them.
  • Ironlace Shoelaces: They aren’t inexpensive but might come close to matching the lifespan of my shoes. These stay tied and they do not fray even with metal eyelets, D-rings, or speed hooks. I am confident these are more durable than traditional woven or leather laces.
  • Sketchers Cottonwood Elks Shoes. I’ve been wearing these for about a year and I like them. I have high arches so I need laces and I need a larger shoe than the length of my foot would suggest. This means every department store carries almost nothing that works for me. These look like Doc Martens, which I used to wear, but are half the price. More importantly, in snow they offer much better traction.
  • Victorinox Classic SD Pocket Knife: I always have several and I have for decades. One in my pocket, one in the medicine cabinet and often another spare. Easy to find at department stores. Inexpensive. The scissors are the killer feature. The knife blade is sharp and will get you into almost any box or package. WARNING: TSA will confiscate even these tiny knives.
Hjalmer Duenow @hjalm