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I’ve been getting lots of goodies lately, and I thought I’d break the mold of my blog and provide some product reviews. (Before the conspiracy and conflict-of-interest folks ask, I don’t have a monetary interest in any of these companies.)

1. Yojimbo. This software enables you to create a free-form database of stuff. For examples, order confirmations, passwords–all the crap that you never know how or where to file and therefore where to find a few months later. Old-time Mac users may recall Quickdex–Yojimbo is similar. Now, I put any info on my computer that I’ll need “someday” into Yojimbo. $39.

http://www.barebones.com/

2. Nikon D200. What a camera. The waiting list was months long until someone helped me at B & H Photo. The wait is worth it. I used to have a Digital EOS–the D200 just “feels” more solid. It’s like the difference you hear when you close the door of a Porsche versus a Corvette. (I’ll do a car review when I can convince a car company to loan me one! 🙂 )

A great review pitting the D200 against the Canon 5D is here:

http://snipurl.com/oaz7

3. Traffic Gauge. This is a little gizmo that updates traffic on the major freeways in fifteen or so cities. The one I got covers 900 square miles in Silicon Valley. Now, before I start going somewhere, I check my Traffic Gauge although I am tempted to go to the location that looks blocked in order to test the product. 🙂 $79.99 plus $6.99/month

http://www.trafficgauge.com/

4. Cingular 8125 cell phone. Cool phone: slide-out keyboard plus GPRS and WiFi support. Runs Windows; you know how I feel about Windows as a computer operating system, but it’s a lot better than most phone operating systems. (Imagine if Apple ever made phone.) Two bummers: GPRS doesn’t cut it compared to EVDO, and Cingular doesn’t offer insurance for this model.

For one day, I had a Verizon XV6700 which has EVDO and WiFi and insurance. However, Verizon’s coverage didn’t work at my office, and if you’re on EVDO or WiFi, the phone can’t send or receive calls, so I returned it. “Can you hear me?” indeed.

And here’s a humorous story: ActiveSync works very well with the 8125. However, this would mean maintaining my Tiny Vaio–which is too much trouble. So, I ordered a MacBook so I could dual boot in Windows and Mac. How’s that for irony?

Ordering a MacBook has created a chain of other expenses including buying additional power supplies (since that changed), and now my PCMCIA EVDO card won’t work. Oh, yeah, and my Empower adapter for use of the power outlet on United Airlines doesn’t have a connector for the new magnetic power supply thing. Do you think Steve Jobs has these problems?

5. Eskyguide. I travel a lot, so I’m always looking up flights. The travel sites that sell tickets don’t work for me because I need to know all the flights, not all the flights that the site is selling. I have a OAG Flightplanner membership, but an elementary school project team must have designed the site. And it’s being improved at the same rate as Directv’s software–if you know what I mean. I found a better site for my purpose and perhaps it will help you too:

http://www.eskyguide.com/search/

I wish that when you copy and paste the results (as I do to put it in my calendar and to tell people what flights I’ll be on), it would yield a nicer result that this junk:

9:00am Depart San Francisco CA US (SFO)
Arrive Honolulu HI US (HNL) 11:31am United Airlines
5h31m Meal Codes: F 73
777

The problem is that it’s hard to know that “73” is the flight number, so I have to cut junk away.

6. iClock. A massive improvement over the clock that comes with a Macintosh. It’s great because it shows the time in multiple cities. It also shows day, date, and time in the menu bar.

http://snipurl.com/p81g

7. Hard Facts: Dangerous Half Truths and Total Nonsense. A most interesting book. It says that you shouldn’t believe the bull shiitake of experts and gurus without solid, scientific evidence. This impugns my writing, speaking, and blogging, so I have mixed feelings about telling you to read it. 🙂
2006Sp Feature Pfeffer Sutton
This is a short article about the topic by the authors of the book to give you a taste of what to expect. (Click on the picture to download)

As Len Posen pointed out in a comment, you can also listen to Moira Gunn interview Bob Sutton, the co-author, at:

http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail1021.html

Written at: Atherton, California

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About the Author:

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, Enchantment, and nine other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

31 Comments

  1. Grant Hutchins April 14, 2006 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I’ve always wondered why Verizon uses the “Can you hear me?” tagline. Every time I see it I want to lampoon it, which is just so darn easy.

  2. Charles April 14, 2006 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Since you claimed you had no financial interest in any of the products you reviewed, it was probably a bad idea to post a concealed SnipURL link to an Amazon Affiliate page that pays you a fee for every book sold through your link.

  3. Creative One April 15, 2006 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Hey GK, I didn’t know you reviewed products…. I would like to know what you think of a Tablet PC(Slate Version)? If you have a chance to test one. I know you are a Mac person, but 2 options are always better than 1.

  4. Tudor Tihan April 15, 2006 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Mr. Kawasaki,
    I find your point no. 7 interesting to me because it seems to say that the large companies loose touch with reality (higher the altitude, thinner the air.. and intelligent creatures require air, right?).
    I have no experience with management in large companies, but I would have thought that the idea to verify the facts and causality to be self evident, common-sensical.
    I do have to draw a line when the article suggests to base everything on data. Reason and logic can only deal with data that has happened. Humans need to balance data that was with data that will be. Apple did react and transformed an accounting aid machine into a desktop publishing, when evidence appeared. I doubt though that logic and number crunching caused the vision of Apple, the competitor. Or lets just remember that Intel’s business plan seems to have been 1 page long. I’d have to assume that it was actually 1 line, a visionary statement.. Perhaps, “Conquer the world” ? 🙂 I wonder what data could lead to having such a vision…

  5. Guy Kawasaki April 15, 2006 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Charles,
    You’re kidding me, right? You think I Sniped it in order to conceal it?
    Okay, I’ll not use my affiliate link.
    Guy

  6. Razib Ahmed April 15, 2006 at 8:03 am - Reply

    I also find your point no. 7 to be very interesting. I have not read the book but I think that the writer has a point. Actually, following anything blindly is bad and science is changing all the time.

  7. Omer Trajman April 15, 2006 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Take a look at missing sync (http://www.markspace.com/). I have the T-Mobile equivalent and it’s a very usefull tool while on the go.
    I always assumed the reason Mac power connectors change so often is that when Steve Jobs loses his power supply he asks the hardware guys to make him a new one.

  8. Guy Kawasaki April 15, 2006 at 9:25 am - Reply

    RE: Take a look at missing sync (http://www.markspace.com/). I have the T-Mobile equivalent and it’s a very usefull tool while on the go.
    Omer,
    Thanks! I checked it out. The Cingular 8125 will be supported, but it isn’t yet. I’ll still get the MacBook! 🙂
    Guy

  9. Smittie April 15, 2006 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I think Charles wins this week’s Omazing Orifice Oward.
    Aloha

  10. Mookusaki April 15, 2006 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Why are people always dogging you for making money? And if they are so concerned, why do they continue to read your blog. Keep doing what you do, kicking butt and making a buck while you’re at it.

  11. John Nguyen April 15, 2006 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Traffic Gauge sounds cool… I hate sitting in 3 hour traffic from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire.

  12. Shig April 15, 2006 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    The iClock looks useful, but I’m not sure if it’s quite $20 useful

  13. Shig April 15, 2006 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Charles,
    I honestly don’t think that Guy, or any of his readers would think that he would review a book and use his amazon affiliate page for the purpose of making money off of it.

  14. Peter Begley April 15, 2006 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I’ll throw in another vote for the Nikon D200. We use them for our photography company and think they are excellent cameras. Comparing them across the board to other “same class” models, the price, performance, and quality is excellent.

  15. PM April 15, 2006 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Interesting you would mention Yojimbo. They don’t follow your advice re “The Art of Creating Community”
    http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/02/the_art_of_crea.html
    I’d also suggest it’s lack of depth (one level) leaves very little room for organizing data.
    And how do you backup that giant junk drawer?

  16. Open Source Analytics April 16, 2006 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Act on facts, Not Faith

    How can management can follow medicine’s lead and rely on evidence, not on half-truths?
    A good question to ask all those seat-of-the-pants managers and decision makers: How would you like if you found that your medical practitioner di…

  17. Robert Steers April 16, 2006 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Guy, I thought I would say thanks for writing such a great blog! I hope you are enjoying your experience. I read this page regularly, you do a great job.
    Stay passionate.

  18. John C. Randolph April 16, 2006 at 5:47 am - Reply

    The Dashboard can show as many clock widgets as you want, and you can set their time zones individually. I have colleages in DC and Dallas, so I have two dashboard clocks.
    -jcr

  19. andras bellak April 16, 2006 at 5:58 am - Reply

    Good call on the 8125. I’ve had mine for just over a month now, and it has been great so far. The downsides including not syncing with my powerbook, no ability to use it as a modem with the powerbook and horrid battery life (it’s replacing a Nokia 9500 – 3 days of usable life).
    A couple of good places to go for info on the 8125:
    http://cingular.howardforums.com
    http://forum.xda-developers.com
    There are a bunch of registry hacks that make the phone much faster, and links to some good software updates on both the sites.

  20. Derek Woolverton April 16, 2006 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Instead of paying money for something like TrafficGauge, you can also just go to the web site http://www.sigalert.com/ for CA & AZ (I’m sure there’s online sites for the other states) and see the original data.
    I had to scroll a little, but the image fit ok in the window on my Treo.

  21. Stu April 17, 2006 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Yojimbo sounds interesting, but I only have a PC. Is there similar software out for us Windows users?

  22. Martin Edic April 17, 2006 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Guy,
    Yahoo now lets you search for a flight with departure and destination and it will give you all the flights available with pricing. I haven’t tried it yet (there’s a NYTimes piece on it this AM) but it sounds pretty cool.

  23. Scott Gingold April 17, 2006 at 8:38 am - Reply

    With regard to point #4, I have noticed that whatever device I have experimented with, when the unit is in data mode (i.e. email, web, etc.) phone calls went right to voice mail. This was the case with my son’s former Verizon Treo 700w, my tMobile 7105t Blackberry and my neighbors’ Cingular Treo 650. This is why I still carry two devices (VZW for voice and TMO for data) to this day.
    As for the power supply conundrum, my conspiracy theory on this is that it is method to boost sales. While I am sure that Apple, or any manufacturer can give a list of reasons why the new adapters are better, they also know that most of us own at least 2 or 3 of them besides the one that came with the unit.
    BTW, as to registry hacks on any cell phone, please just be forewarned that it does void the warranty and it is easy to make mistakes with these edits.

  24. Blaine Wilson April 17, 2006 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Since The Missing Sync has already been mentioned, this isn’t a shameless plug. 🙂
    Just thought I’d mention that Windows Mobile 5 support is coming soon to The Missing Sync. (It’s in public Alpha right now. http://www.markspace.com/testing/)

  25. each note music blog April 17, 2006 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the heads up about iclock, been waiting to upgrade…

  26. GregR April 17, 2006 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I have missing sync working beautifully but I have to use Entourage on my Mac. The problem is that the iCal sync is only one way (yeah Microsoft).
    I also use the Canon Digital Rebel, this is one great Camera for web work.

  27. Les Posen April 17, 2006 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Funny, I was driving down the coast listening to my latest batch of podcasts this weekend when I heard Bob Sutton (Half-truths) being interviewed by Moira Gunn of Tech Nation, here:
    http://www.itconversations.com/series/technation.html

  28. IT|Redux April 17, 2006 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Cingular 8125

    I have been using a BlackBerry device for a couple of years now, and even though nothing can beat the user interface for reading emails, I was getting ready for a change. I have been looking for something that would have a better web browser and a Wi-F…

  29. Phillip April 20, 2006 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Question for Guy and all you 8125 users out there…how do you carry it around it you’re a guy (not the author;)? The thing is so big, you can’t keep it in your pockets. I guess the only option is strapping it to your belt…and looking like an IT geek in the process…

  30. christa April 25, 2006 at 9:24 am - Reply

    ah, i see you maybe were flying to honolulu?

  31. Brad Hintze April 27, 2006 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I’ll echo your comments on the D200. I just upgraded from the D70 and am blown away by all the improvements. It’s fast, the color is great, and it truly “feels” better.
    I also bought the 18-200mm VR lens that just came out and that is a great product too, a real compliment to the D200.

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