JAN 5
2009
We picked up an Evolve RoadRunner showerhead at Costco last weekend ($28). I love this product! You turn it on and it allows the cold water to run until the hot water starts to flow. Then it automatically shuts off the water flow until you pull the cord. Obviously this saves on energy costs by not running the hot water unnecessarily. But I also love that I can tell exactly when the shower is ready by listening for the water to stop.

I was a little skeptical about how well it would work. But after a week of use, I'm extremely satisfied with it. The ShowerStart feature works flawlessly. And it has a very strong pressure even though it's a low-flow showerhead. Highly recommended.

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MAY 29
2008
I picked up a Navigon 2100 GPS for $120 off of bensbargains.net last month. This is the least expensive GPS that I know of that will read the street names to you. Other low-cost models just say "turn right", "turn left", etc. Some online reviews said that the Navigon has a slow user interface, but I didn't think it was bad at all.

Two unique Navigon features are lifetime free map updates and an awesome highway interchange mode that makes it easy to determine which lane you should be in. It also has an excellent three-dimensional "reality view" which is extremely intuitive.

This unit pretty much does everything that I would want a GPS to do. Some more points of interest would be nice, but at this price point, I really can't complain! Highly recommended if you are in the market for a GPS unit for your car.

Update: Oops, my bad. Turns out the Navigon doesn't have free map updates after all. It does have free software updates, but probably most of the other GPS manufacturers offer that also.

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MAY 21
2008
I was given a Trek Pro bicycle saddle bag as a gift about a year ago. This past weekend, the zipper on the bag broke. I emailed Trek customer support and was told that the warranty expires after a year and that I was out of luck!

Trek's bicycle warranties are great, but I'd recommend against buying any of their accessories due to this very poor warranty policy. Other companies (like SunLite Cycling Gear) have lifetime warranty on all of their products. Either that, or buy the Trek stuff at REI so you can return it when it breaks :)

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JAN 25
2006
Attracted by its integrated 4-port Ethernet hub and 802.11g support, I bought an Asus WL-530G recently. It's terrible. The web-based UI is amateurish and it doesn't just work out-of-the-box. Apparently it needs to have its WAN port hooked up for the LAN-side to work. Piece of junk. Avoid. The D-Link DWL-G730AP Pocket Router is still my favorite mini AP.
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