Plug Hub

Even if you aren’t an organizing junkie, this product is bound to make you swoon. Cable clutter is a constant struggle for me, especially since Clay has three PC’s and a television on his desk. Currently we have an embarrassing jumble of cables gathered by two IKEA Signum cable organizers. The Plug Hub is a minimalist, unobtrusive cable organizer that hides the clutter while keeping plugs accessible. It’s only available for pre-order right now, to be pushed into production if enough people show interest. At only $23.95, I sure hope all the organizers out there are just as excited as I am.

DODOcase Review

EDIT: Since this entry was originally written, Patrick from DODOcase has contacted me through a comment (see below) and I emailed him to further discuss the situation. He expressed genuine concern about my satisfaction with my case, apologized for the lack of customer service response, and offered assistance with any future problems. I am happy to see that level of care and my impression has definitely changed for the better.

Several months ago, I purchased a DODOcase for my iPad. I had looked through handfuls of cases, trying to find a good blend of looks and functionality. DODOcase won me over, with its beautifully carved bamboo interior and resemblance to a moleskine notebook. It was on backorder, but I was willing to wait.

After 4 weeks, I finally received my DODOcase in the mail only to discover that it had warped during transit. The bamboo was clearly not meant to be exposed to the high heat of Arizona weather. It was warped so badly that my iPad wouldn’t even stay in place, rendering the case basically useless. I contacted DODOcase customer service to explain my predicament, mentioning specifically that two of my friends’ cases arrived warped as well. They wrote back mentioning the unexpected reaction to the heat and offered to give me a refund only if I sent back the defective case. I sent them a response asking them to pay for the shipping costs. I received no response. I sent two additional emails since then, but it appears they have discontinued trying to appease me and have no desire to keep me as a consumer.

Since it was apparent I wasn’t going to get any reasonable response from the people at DODOcase, I tried to make the best of what I had. I ended up sponging down the bamboo part of the case with water and leaving a heavy box on top of the case overnight. I did this for three days and I was able to bend the bamboo back into place. Now the case works fine, mostly for light usage and moderate travel. When open, you can’t turn the case upside down or your iPad will easily crash to the floor. I use my iPad mostly for movie viewing while in the car or airplane, so it works for me.

I’d recommend the DODOcase to anyone who would like a case for light protection and high style. I would not recommend the DODOcase to anyone who appreciates good customer service or who uses their iPad heavily.

Apple Store Paris

The second Apple store in Paris opened earlier this month, and I can’t help but swoon. The distinctly sleek brand took over a distinctly Parisian former bank building directly facing the Opรฉra national de Paris. I’m so glad they kept the original architecture; it is charming and definitely makes an impact. Just another reason to love the city of light.

images from gizmodo

Gameboy

Gameboy

So I guess April 21st was the 20th birthday of the Gameboy. It seems like only yesterday I was playing Tetris and helping Bugs Bunny collect carrots in black and white. Video games sure have changed! I still like the old games better. Although I recently downloaded a trivia/puzzle computer game I used to play when I was young and it is the hardest game ever. I’m not sure if I was just a lot smarter back then or if I got a lot of help from my parents. I’m hoping it’s the latter…