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The Best Tent for Family and Car Camping: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching more than two dozen family car-camping tents, talking with a tent designer, interviewing an expert on family camping, and sleeping and playing in a total of 13 large tents on four weekend camping trips and in a neighbor’s flat backyard, we think the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 is the best car-camping tent for most families. Of all the models we tested, the Copper Canyon 6 offers the best combination of a spacious interior, easy setup, good durability, and a reasonable price.
Our pick
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
The best family car-camping tent
Spacious, versatile, and affordable, the Copper Canyon 6 has all the features most car campers need and none of the fussy extras they don’t.
$260* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $241.
With a peak height of 7 feet and a cubelike shape, the Copper Canyon 6 was among the roomiest of the tents we tested, with extra space to help you stay organized and sleep more comfortably. It is big and boxy, but as long as you plan on lugging your tent only a couple hundred feet, you don’t need something ultralight and high-tech. Although it isn’t built for stormy weather, it is still tough and durable enough to ride out most rainstorms and windstorms. With a time-tested design, this popular tent is one you can expect to pitch for years to come.
camping  sleep  comparo  review  wirecutter 
7 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Extension Cords for Your Home and Garage: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 20 hours researching over 44 different extension cords, talking with safety experts, and testing six of the most promising for flexibility in zero-degree temps, we recommend the U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord. It’s the most flexible cord we tested, it’s durable in all types of weather, it won’t break down if dragged through oil or grease, and it makes a strong connection—all of which add up to a cord that should last for years even in the harshest environments.
Our pick
U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord
The best extension cord
With a solid power rating and durable construction, this cord can safely handle any job around a home or garage. Plus, it’s the most flexible cord we’ve tested, even in freezing temps.
$41 from Amazon
Because the U.S. Wire & Cable 50 FT. Extreme All-Weather Extension Cord is the most flexible cord we’ve ever tried, it is easy to work with whether you’re in the height of summer heat or the depths of a near-zero-degree winter. The thick, 12-gauge wires inside are rated to handle up to 15 amps—as much as most residential breakers will allow—making it safe to use with most tools and equipment in the US. The outlet has a small LED that lights up when the cord is live. If you’re going to own only one extension cord, the 50-foot version is versatile enough to maneuver across a two-car garage, run between two rooms indoors, or stretch deep into a yard outside. This same cord is also available in a 25-foot length if you want something more manageable, and a 100-foot length if you need more range but want to avoid daisy-chaining cords.
cables  electric  review  comparo  wirecutter 
9 days ago by rgl7194
How to Pick the Best Extension Cord at the Hardware Store: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The extension cords you’ll find for sale online are better quality and cost less than the ones generally stocked at brick-and-mortar hardware stores. If you can wait a day or two for shipping, buying online is the way to go. But that’s not particularly helpful advice if you’re in the middle of a project and need an extension cord right now. If you’re going to have only one cord, focus on indoor/outdoor extension cords—generally the ones in bright colors—and follow the tips laid out here to snag the best cord among the limited options in the store. If you’re looking for an indoor cord just to extend your phone charger or plug in a lamp, the guidelines are a little different.
Buy longer than you think you’ll need
When you’re guessing how long of an extension cord you need, leave yourself extra room for error and buy the next longest cord. Not only is a longer cord more convenient—it’s annoying to just barely reach your work area—-but it’s safer too. That’s because you’re not supposed to daisy-chain extension cords, connecting one to another. The extra length of multiple cords plugged in to each other (without thicker wires to make up for the distance) adds electrical resistance between the outlet and the thing you’re trying to power. Added resistance can in turn cause voltage drops that will make equipment like drills, saws, and vacuums run at lower power. The extra resistance of daisy-chaining cords can also cause additional heat to build up along the way, increasing the risk of one of the cords melting or even starting a fire.
electric  cables  review  howto  wirecutter  comparo 
9 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Pen: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We interviewed experts with thousands of hours of experience testing stationery, and subjected their favorite pens to nearly 70 professionally picky Wirecutter staffers, to affirm that the Uni-ball Jetstream is the best pen for everyday writing. It’s easy to find in stores, it writes smoothly on most paper, and it’s affordable enough that you won’t be heartbroken if someone permanently borrows it.
Our pick
Uni-ball Jetstream
The best pen
Affordable, smooth, left-hand friendly, and filled with the best-performing ink, the Jetstream is a verified go-to pen.
$10 from Amazon
(pack of three)
For most people in most situations, the Uni-ball Jetstream is the best pen for the job. Its pigment-darkened ballpoint ink flows out smoothly and evenly, without skipping and with minimal pressure. The ink sinks into paper and dries quickly (which is great for lefties), and it rarely, if ever, feathers out from your lines or bleeds through good notebook paper. Available in a variety of tip widths and colors, the Jetstream is sold in office-supply stores and through online merchants. It felt reasonably good in our testers’ hands, and it has been a Wirecutter pick since 2013.
Tip width as tested: 0.7 mm
Widths available: 0.38 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, 1.0 mm
Style: Ballpoint
Ink type: Hybrid (low-viscosity ballpoint ink with pigments)
writing  review  comparo  wirecutter 
19 days ago by rgl7194
The Best DNA Ancestry Testing Kit: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 80 hours of research and reporting, and evaluating results from a panel of testers representing every major population group, we think AncestryDNA is the best DNA testing service for most people who are curious about their ethnic roots or are searching for contemporary relatives. All five DNA services we tested involve compromises, and you should keep in mind that the TV ads for these companies suggest a level of certainty that is well beyond the science upon which current tests are based. But AncestryDNA presents your data in a way that is easier to understand than many of its rivals, makes use of the largest database of DNA participants we’ve seen, and is among the lowest-priced services we tested.
Our pick
AncestryDNA
Great for tracing your ethnic roots and finding living relatives
AncestryDNA makes it easy to explore your ethnic origins but can’t differentiate between maternal and paternal lineages.
$100* from AncestryDNA
*At the time of publishing, the price was $80.
AncestryDNA is our pick for those who want to learn about their relatively recent ethnic roots or are seeking to connect with unknown relatives. Though all of the DNA services we tested provided broadly similar results for the ethnic origins of our panel of testers, AncestryDNA did a better job than its rivals of presenting this data in a clear manner while placing the information in a useful historical context. And for those seeking distant cousins or even biological parents, the company’s claimed DNA database of 5 million customers—two and a half times larger than its closest competitor—increases the odds of successful family matches. Unlike the other services we tested, however, AncestryDNA cannot track your maternal and paternal heritage independently or trace your ancient migration path out of Africa, so although its clarity makes it a superior choice for most people’s needs, it may not satisfy more dedicated amateur genealogists.
review  comparo  wirecutter  history  family 
22 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Basic Home Toolkit: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 75 hours researching almost 50 home toolkits, talking to experts about the basic essentials of any toolbox, and testing nine sets on a range of household tasks, we found that Home Depot’s HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set is the best basic toolkit for most homes, apartments, or dorm rooms if you’re not putting together your own kit. No preassembled toolkit will offer much more than entry-level tools, and the tools will not last forever—but if you’re looking for something simple and straightforward, this is the guide for you. This kit has been our pick for the past two years, and after a new round of comparing and testing the options, we concluded that it still offers the best value—a useful mix of decent tools at a great price.
Our pick
HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set
The HDX has all the essentials in a small package at a great price, making it the best choice for common home repairs and upgrades.
Buy from Home Depot
*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.
More than any other kit, the HDX set delivers on the basics, providing the necessary items without the useless filler that inflates the total tool count—and the price tag—on the other kits we tried. The HDX kit includes a perfectly adequate hammer, tape measure, utility knife, screwdriver, and hex wrenches, just to name a few. It also has one of the best adjustable wrenches that we saw in any kit. The tools come organized in a case that’s cheap-feeling but basically okay, and also one of the most compact cases we’ve encountered.
You can find plenty of kits that offer a lesser selection of tools and cost twice as much—and you can also find some that cost a bit less but fail to match this set’s overall quality. The HDX set was among the lowest-priced products we tested, and for about $20 at the moment, it’s a steal. This kit wouldn’t last long on a construction site, but for simple home upgrades and repairs, you could keep it around for years.
tools  repair  home_stuff  wirecutter  comparo  review 
23 days ago by rgl7194
The Men’s Travel Clothes I Pack No Matter Where I’m Going: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In my travels spanning 10 countries across four continents over the past five years, I’ve found that any comfortable clothes can get the job done. But having the best travel clothing lets me pack less and do more. This wardrobe of basics fits into a single medium-size packing cube yet works in climates ranging from the humid jungles of Brazil to the snowy craters of Mount Etna. I’ll add a blazer and a button-down to pass the dress code at a nice restaurant, or an extra coat for colder places, but these are the clothes I pack regardless of my destination.
Video: Michael Hession
The research
One T-shirt for all climates
Desert-island jeans
Shorts that go beyond the gym
A jacket for all seasons
A travel-underwear bargain
Socks for life
Bonus: Always bring a towel
men  clothing  travel  wirecutter  review  comparo 
23 days ago by rgl7194
The Best Hangers: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After testing dozens of hangers over the span of seven months using a range of clothing, and asking experts in the home-organization and garment industry, we recommend Proman’s Kascade Hanger as the best and most durable general-purpose hanger for most wardrobes.
Our pick
Proman Kascade Hanger
The best hanger
Lightweight and well constructed with a consistent finish, yet affordably priced.
$60 from Amazon
(50-pack)
Lightweight and slim with uniform construction, the Proman Kascade Hanger is an affordable, classic, and versatile clothing hanger style. Its consistently smooth edge finishing, its hooks for chain-linking hangers vertically, and its sturdy construction set it apart from competing models we reviewed. Our top all-purpose wooden hanger pick is strong enough to hold heavier winter coats, even suits, and it also accommodates all types of clothes, including pieces with delicate straps. If you buy a box, you’ll probably never have to worry about buying hangers again.
clothing  storage  wirecutter  review  comparo 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Rams are sixth-most valuable franchise in the NFL | Rams Wire
Everything about the Los Angeles Rams is on the rise right now. Not only is the team a legitimate Super Bowl contender, but the roster is littered with exciting players who are sure to draw fans to home games in 2018.
The stadium may not be anything special, but that’ll change in 2020 when the new venue in Inglewood opens and hosts its first Rams game. Needless to say, the team’s move to Los Angeles has paid big dividends financially, not only helping lure players in free agency, but also raising the value of the franchise.
Forbes released its latest list of the most valuable franchises in sports and not surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys were once again on top at $4.8 billion. The Rams weren’t far behind at No. 6 on the list, coming in with a value of $3.0 billion.
football  rams  business  comparo  top_ten 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Long Songs by Led Zeppelin, Yes, Iron Butterfly + Others: Odd Couples
“ACHILLES LAST STAND” by LED ZEPPELIN VS. “HEART OF THE SUNRISE” by YES: Led Zeppelin has a reputation for long songs, especially in a live setting. And then there’s “Stairway to Heaven,” one of the most-loved long songs of the classic rock era. Surprisingly, the mighty Zep only has three studio creations that clock in over 10 minutes: “In My Time of Dying,” “Carouselambra,” and “Achilles Last Stand.”
Yes is another band with a reputation for long songs, but at least they sometimes explicitly subtitle the songs into sections, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Hmmm … points awarded here for honesty, or maybe deducted for pomposity?
When it comes to lyrics, both bands have been accused on occasion of being obscure. “Sharp / Distance / How can the wind its arms all around me?” ponders Yes, “Oh to ride the wind / To tread the air above the din.” responds Led Zeppelin. As to whether the winds in question are breezes or hurricanes – well, likely only the singers know for sure.
Actually, there is some speculation that both songs are perhaps travel related. “Sunrise” references being “lost in the city,” while “Achilles” is supposedly about a trip to Morocco.
Winner: “Achilles Last Stand.” Both of these long songs are pretty good, but regardless what the lyrics actually mean, “Achilles Last Stand” musically sounds like the second coming of the Viking hoard from “Immigrant Song.” I dunno – did Norsemen ever holiday in Casablanca?
music  ledzep  70s  comparo  songs 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Should you upgrade to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018)? | iMore
Is Apple's new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) worth the upgrade? Find out!
Apple has unveiled the all-new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2018) and with it a bevy of new features … but not all the ones everyone was hoping for. If you've been waiting to upgrade from a MacBook, MacBook Air, or previous generation MacBook Pro, is now the time to do it? Let's take a look!
MBP  preview  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Less, More and None/Best tape measurer/The Gateway | Cool Tools
Shopping research
When I’m in shopping mode I check out BestReviews. Modeled after Wirecutter and Cool Tools, it tests, compares and recommends a huge variety of products, from ATV ramps, to kiddie pools, to pressure washers. It carries no ads, relying on Amazon links for revenue. While its range is vast, the depth of reviews is uneven, but I find their simple summaries of the best stuff worthwhile to check out. — KK
shopping  review  comparo 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Old music: The Electras – Action Woman | Music | The Guardian
The Electras have got to find themselves some action, a little satisfaction – anyone know a woman who might lend a hand?
In his magnificent autobiography, Head-On, Julian Cope recounts one of the arguments that would rend asunder Liverpool's music heads in the 70s: whose version of the 1967 garage-rock staple Action Woman was better? Was it the one by the Litter, better known by far, after featuring on the first volume of the Pebbles series of albums? Or was it the one by their Minneapolitan confreres, the Electras?
Action Woman was written by a man called Warren Kendrick, who was the manager of the Electras. He was also the manager of the Litter. So the ownership of the song – usually ceded to the Litter, though no one seems sure whose version came first – is open to debate.
music  60s  garage_rock  comparo  review 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
NutriBullet Review: Which NutriBullet Should You Get?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
NutriBullet is the most recognized name in the world of personal blenders. They’re everywhere, from TV infomercials to large displays in big-box stores. And at first glance, all four of NutriBullet’s current models look kind of the same (with the exception of some size variation). So, besides comparing price and wattage (which won’t tell you everything about how a blender performs) how do you know which is right for you?
The short answer, for most people, is the 900-watt NutriBullet Pro. It offers the best price-to-performance ratio of any NutriBullet—or other brand of personal blender for that matter—which is why it’s been our top pick since our personal-blender review first published. But to give you the long answer, we put all four NutriBullet models—including two we hadn’t tested before—through their paces side by side.
food  cooking  gadgets  review  wirecutter  comparo 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Garden Hose: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you’re looking for the easiest and cheapest way to keep your garden lush, your car clean, and your sprinkler a-sprinkling—or you just need an elongated water source to let your kids play with on a hot summer day—then the lightweight Flexzilla Garden Hose is your best bet. It’s safe, durable, and far more flexible than any other hose we tested.
Our pick
Flexzilla Garden Hose
The best garden hose
This tough, flexible hose was the most kink-resistant hose we tested, and its lightweight material will coil up, lay flat, and twist and turn easily. It’s durable, but it can show dirt if you don’t store it well.
$13* from Walmart
$33 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
Don’t be fooled by the Flexzilla’s ectoplasmic coloring—its hose and fittings are both made from the same proprietary materials that the company uses for its other industrial-grade offerings. This slinky hose is nearly impossible to kink or break, it lays flat when you unroll it (the material has no “memory” of its coiled state), and its light weight and flexibility make it easy and comfortable to coil up at the end of the day. One drawback is its potential to show dirt or develop moldy patches, but that’s an issue you can control by storing it under shelter.
home_stuff  gardening  wirecutter  water  review  comparo 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Rams another 'Dream Team' Eagles? We'll wait and see - Los Angeles Rams Blog- ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- The heightened excitement and the lofty expectations that surround these Los Angeles Rams have been tempered, somewhat, by the faint-yet-lingering presence of a recent cautionary tale.
The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, who carried the burden of a “Dream Team” moniker all the way through a disastrous season, have occasionally been linked to a 2018 Rams team that is suddenly bursting with star talent.
football  rams  comparo 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Waterproof Mattress Protectors and Pads: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you want to shield a mattress from spills, potty training accidents, or pet messes, we recommend the SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector. After 240 hours researching and testing 14 protectors, we found the SafeRest did the best job at keeping our mattress dry, while also feeling comfortable to sleep on. And after multiple washes, it retained its waterproofing better than almost any other protector we tried.
Our pick
SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector
The best waterproof mattress protector
This inexpensive fitted mattress protector is one of the few that stayed fully waterproof through our tests. It’s comfortable to sleep on and inexpensive.
$25 from Amazon
$30 from Walmart
The SafeRest Premium Mattress Protector is one of the few protectors we tested that never failed, staying completely waterproof through 10 cycles of washing and drying and two leak tests. It’s affordable and highly recommended in user reviews (and from our staffers who’ve owned it). We think it’s great for a child’s bed, and we recommend having at least two on hand to swap out if needed. The cotton/polyester terry top is a little noisy and it’s scratchier than pricier quilted protectors, but we don’t think that’s a big deal because it goes underneath the sheets, not against the skin. The SafeRest comes in twin to California king sizes.
sleep  home_stuff  wirecutter  review  comparo 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Sunscreen: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 60 hours on research and interviews, and many more wearing sunscreen on our bodies, we’ve determined that the best sunscreen for everyday use is the one you’ll apply liberally and often, so it should be inexpensive but still feel good. But most people don’t wear nearly enough sunscreen—which means you probably don’t either. That’s why we recommend Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70.
According to all seven experts and dermatologists we interviewed, as well as the many scientific papers and lit reviews we read, if you’re outside, you should be applying a full shot glass’s worth of sunscreen to your near-naked body about once an hour in order to get adequate protection from your sunscreen. That’s a lot, and it means the best sunscreen needs to be affordable. Ideally, it should go on easily and feel good against your skin as well. If you prefer a spray sunscreen, or if you need something that won’t stain white clothes, we have picks for you, too.
Our pick
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
Great feel, smell, and price
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has all the features you need in a sunscreen at a reasonable price: It’s water resistant, it offers broad-spectrum protection, and it has no added fragrance.
$10 from Amazon
$10 from Walmart
$10 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Coppertone Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70 has a thin texture for its SPF rating, making it one of the easiest sunscreens to apply of the 14 we tested. It’s water resistant (not all sunscreens are) for up to 80 minutes, the maximum amount of time a sunscreen can claim to be per FDA guidelines. At just over a dollar per ounce, it works as well as sunscreens that cost seven times as much, but it is still smooth and easy to apply, and it comes in a bottle that’s easy to hold and easy to close. Unlike many sunscreens we considered and some we tried, it won’t make you look like a ghost or smell like a Bath & Body Works shop. In fact, it smells like almost nothing. And it comes in the best format to ensure optimal protection: lotion.
safety  health  wirecutter  review  comparo  water 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Best Electric Pressure Cooker: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 40 hours of research and testing—including cooking 15 pounds of brisket, 13 pounds of black beans, and 12 pounds of brown rice—we think the best electric pressure cooker for most people is the Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart. Of the nine cookers we tried, it offers the best combination of great performance at a reasonable price. The Duo 6-Quart will help you get dinner on the table in less than half the time of cooking in a regular pot. And unlike the finicky, volatile pressure cookers of the past, this smart electric cooker is totally safe and easy to use.
Our pick
Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart
The best electric pressure cooker
One of the most affordable electric cookers we tried is a versatile time-saver in the kitchen.
$100 from Amazon
$100 from Walmart
The Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart is our overall favorite if you’re looking for a super-easy pressure-cooking experience. It’s simple to use and will turn out delicious meals in a fraction of the time conventional cooking requires—you can cook black beans from scratch in 20 minutes, for example. Compared with other models, it has more heat settings, and it sautéed our onions better. (None of the electric models brown meat all that well). As a multi-cooker, you can also use this pot as a slow cooker and a rice cooker (although if you eat a lot of rice we prefer our rice cooker pick, which will give you better texture and flavor).
cooking  food  gadgets  review  comparo  wirecutter 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lakers News: Metta World Peace calls Kobe Bryant, not LeBron James or Michael Jordan, the best player of his generation - Silver Screen and Roll
Former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who also played against LeBron James and Michael Jordan, explained why he felt Kobe Bryant was the best player of his generation in his new book.
Metta World Peace, the Artest formerly known as Ron, played with and against some of the greatest players in NBA history, including a few years alongside Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and plenty of chances to guard LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
This experience gives World Peace some interesting perspective on the greatest of all time debate that’s been raging once again following James’ eighth-straight trip to the NBA Finals, an argument he weighed in on in his recently released autobiography, “No Malice: My Life in Basketball or: How a Kid from Queensbridge Survived the Streets, the Brawls, and Himself to Become an NBA Champion.”
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
As he gets set to (maybe) join the Lakers, it’s time to acknowledge that LeBron James has surpassed Kobe Bryant - Silver Screen and Roll
Kobe Bryant might always be more loved by Lakers fans than LeBron James, but there is no arguing he’s better any longer, and it’s time to finally appreciate James’ greatness.
I hated LeBron James, for years. Hated that people kept talking about him, because when I heard his non stop praise, in my mind it came at the expense of my favorite player of all time, Kobe Bryant. Every time somebody spoke about his Magic Johnson-level passing, I heard it as shade towards Kobe’s more aggressive style of playing basketball.
And then I grew up.
I think it’s worth exploring why I and a lot of my fellow Lakers fans disliked LeBron so much. I started watching basketball roughly around 2000, but I really got into it in a big way around when Shaq left. To me, Kobe wasn’t just my favorite basketball player, he was basketball to me. There was no League Pass, I barely watched any games that didn’t involve the Lakers, and I fell in love with Kobe’s nightly displays of brilliance. I was never ready to let go of the fact that Kobe was not only my favorite player, but the best player in the NBA, and like people hold onto music from their childhood, I held onto that and reveled in LeBron’s failures. (Remember #LeChoke?)
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Kobe Bryant says debating whether he, Michael Jordan or LeBron James is better is a waste of time - Silver Screen and Roll
Retired Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn’t a fan of arguments about the greatness he, LeBron James and Michael Jordan have displayed throughout their careers, as one reporter found out the hard way on Twitter.
Every time LeBron James racks up another career achievement, the discussion throughout media always (predictably and exhaustingly) turns to where he ranks among the all-time greats. Sunday night was no different, with the internet and broadcasters immediately flipping to debate whether or not James’ eighth-straight NBA Finals appearances is finally proof he’s better than greats like Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
For Bryant, it appears that discussion has grown exhausting, and he tweeted out a plea to end it following the game:
We can enjoy one without tearing down one. I love what he’s doing. Don’t debate what can’t be definitively won by anyone #enjoymy5 #enjoymj6 #enjoylbjquest
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 28, 2018
basketball  lakers  kobe  lebron  comparo  twitter 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Strike: Career of Evil: How is the BBC version different to the book? - Radio Times
The latest TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s crime series is probably the biggest departure from the source material yet
When adapting books to TV a certain amount of change should be expected, and the BBC’s Strike series is no exception.
In the first two mysteries solved by the ex-army detective (adapted from The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, written by JK Rowling under the penname Robert Galbraith), all sorts of characters and subplots were altered – but the new adventure for Strike (Tom Burke) and Robin (Holliday Grainger) might have the biggest changes so far.
Here are just a few fairly spoiler-free divergences that you might notice…
crime_drama  detectives  rowling  tv  books  comparo 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
LogMeIn Ignition vs. Screens vs. iTeleport: VNC apps for iPad shootout! | iMore
Screen sharing and VNC apps allow you to log in and access other computers remotely straight from your iPad. Whether you've forgotten a file on your work computer, need to access data from your Mac at home while you're on vacation, or want to run your server room from pool-side, a VNC app is what you need to get the job done. LogMeIn Ignition, Screens, and iTeleport will all give you access to any Mac, PC, or server you've linked them up with from anywhere in the world. But, they all handle the process in very different ways. Is one more convenient and full featured than the others or will they cater to completely different user bases? Follow along and we'll help you figure out which one may be right for you...
...LogMeIn Ignition vs. Screens vs. iTeleport: The bottom line
iTeleport is neither the best nor the best value. However, if you really don't like the price of LogMeIn or the interface of Screens, iTeleport is an option.
LogMeIn Ignition is the best all around screen sharing and VNC client package when it comes to user interface, ease of use, simplicity, and features. You've got one login to rule them all and once you install the software you'll never have to think about it again if you don't want to. It's also the only service that offers features like file management and direct access to cloud services. If convenience is more of a concern to you than price is, look no further than LogMeIn Ignition.
Screens is the best value for your money. Sceens is super easy to navigate and easy to set up. If you only need to access your computers remotely and screen sharing is all you're concerned with, Screens is the client for you.
apps  comparo  ios  mac  remote_access  review  windows 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
The best remote access solution for Mac and iOS – The Sweet Setup
The best remote access solution for Mac and iOS
Screens
BUY APP
iPhone $19.99
Mac $29.99
Screens for Mac and iOS is the best remote access solution for accessing our Macs when away from home. It uses industry-standard technology for remote access (VNC), but the free Screens Connect service makes it easy to setup. This removes the requirement to use a static IP address or configure your router manually.
If your machine is behind a corporate network that prohibits Screens from working remotely, we recommend LogMeIn. The iOS and Mac apps are free, but the service is prohibitively expensive for most users.
Why do you need remote access?
With the rise of services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud, remote access services aren’t necessary for simply accessing files remotely. There are countless ways to sync documents and access them from anywhere. Accessing a PDF file using PDF Expert that is stored in Dropbox is certainly better than remotely controlling a Mac and opening the document. I use remote access to manage a Mac mini at Mac mini colo and my Plex server at home. Accessing a Mac remotely allows you to run desktop applications, have access to a full web browser from iOS, and access files and programs that are only on that one machine.
apps  comparo  ios  mac  remote_access  review  windows 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Mueller’s First Year Compares To Watergate, Iran-Contra And Whitewater | FiveThirtyEight
And what those past investigations tell us about where the Russia investigation might go next.
It’s a big day for Robert Mueller and his team: One year ago today, Mueller was appointed to lead the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials. It’s a miracle, in some ways, that Mueller has lasted this long. President Trump’s relationship with the investigation has grown increasingly adversarial, and at many moments over the course of the past 12 months, it seemed like Mueller’s job was in jeopardy.
So this hasn’t been an easy year for Mueller, but it’s certainly been productive. Since the first indictments came down in the investigation last fall, the special counsel has racked up five guilty pleas and 14 indictments of individuals.1 He also reportedly gave a referral to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York that led to a raid on the office, home and hotel room of presidential lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, which has turned into its own separate investigation.
We’ve taken a look at how Mueller’s first year measures up against the initial 12 months of other special counsel and independent counsel investigations. In terms of the number of charges he’s been able to file, Mueller is moving quickly. At one year after the formal appointment of a special or independent counsel, only the Watergate special prosecution force had obtained more indictments and guilty pleas.
538  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  special_counsel  trump  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Antivirus Is Not Traditional Antivirus: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We set out to do a standard Wirecutter guide to the best antivirus app, so we spent months researching products, reading reports from independent testing labs and institutions, and consulting experts on safe computing. And after all that, we learned that most people should neither pay for a traditional antivirus suite, such as McAfee, Norton, or Kaspersky, nor use free programs like Avira, Avast, or AVG. The “best antivirus” for most people to buy, it turns out, is not a traditional antivirus package.
Information security experts told us that the built-in Windows Defender is good-enough antivirus for most Windows PC owners, and that both Mac and Windows users should consider using Malwarebytes Premium, an anti-malware program that augments both operating systems’ built-in protections. These options provide reliable protection without slowing your computer significantly, installing unwanted add-ons, or harassing you about upgrades.
Malwarebytes is not an all-in-one option for protecting your system against exploits, malware, and other bad stuff. But information security experts repeatedly recommended it as a useful anti-malware layer, one of multiple layers of security you need for your devices, coupled with good habits. Relying on any one app to protect your system, data, and privacy is a bad bet, especially when almost every security app—including Malwarebytes and Windows Defender—has proven vulnerable on occasion. You should have good virus and malware protection, yes, but you also need secure passwords, two-factor logins, data encryption, and smart privacy tools added to your browser. Check out our guide to setting up those layers here.
security  privacy  wirecutter  review  comparo  malware 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Blankets: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A great blanket should not only make you feel cozy but also keep you from sweating (or feeling too cold), while looking good on your bed for many years. After spending almost 400 hours researching more than 100 blankets, and sleeping under 21 of them over the course of a month, we recommend seven that we like for their softness, warmth, and design. There’s no perfect blanket for everyone, but we think most people will find something here to love.
We focused on blankets that worked nicely on top of a sheet for the summer, or layered under a comforter for the cooler months, and that were reasonably priced. Our picks come in a range of fabrics, including a lightweight cotton gauze; a cotton/acrylic blend for moderate weather; a chunky, warm waffle knit; a heavyweight cotton twill; a velvety, warm fleece; a washable wool; and a plush/cotton quilt. Wherever possible, we looked for blankets that were widely available, and that came in a good range of sizes and colors.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  review  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Best Trampoline Brands - Our Top 7 Picks 2018 | Trampoline First
Trampolines – no matter how big or small – are an investment. Whether you’re buying one for yourself or for your family to enjoy, you want to make sure that the trampoline you purchase is durable, safe and fun to use. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that you buy from a brand that is well respected and trusted in the industry.
But let’s face it, you don’t have time to scour the web for reviews or compare brands. That’s why we’ve done all the hard work for you. Listed below are the absolute best trampoline brands on the market, and a few other brands to consider, too.
sports  review  comparo  exercise 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 20 hours considering nearly 100 models, interviewing experts, and testing our top candidates, we found that the CyberPower CP685AVR is the best uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for people who want to keep a home network or other small electronics running during a blackout of an hour or less. It requires no setup aside from plugging it in, and it includes important features that competing models lack like automatic voltage regulation.
CyberPower CP685AVR
The best UPS for a home network
It can reliably keep your Wi-Fi network up for an hour in a blackout and is affordable enough to pick up "just in case."
$70 from Amazon
The CyberPower CP685AVR will cover the basics for most people during common, short blackouts. In our tests, it provided enough power to keep the average broadband modem and Wi-Fi router running for an hour, which means that you can stay online while the power is off—whether that’s to reach emergency services, follow news and weather changes, or just pass the time on your favorite websites. CyberPower is the only company with such an inexpensive model that can also correct minor power fluctuations without resorting to battery power; that, in turn, extends the overall life of the battery and improves its reliability.
home_stuff  networking  router  electric  battery  backup  wirecutter  review  comparo 
may 2018 by rgl7194
The Best VPN Service: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent more than 130 hours over four months researching 32 VPN services, testing 12, interviewing the leadership of five, and consulting information security and legal experts about our results. We found that most people should prioritize other security tools and privacy practices first, but in the cases where a VPN makes sense—such as when you’re connecting to public Wi-Fi—IVPN is the most trustworthy provider that offers fast, secure connections with an easy setup process on both computers and mobile devices.
Our pick
IVPN
Security we trust
This is the most trustworthy VPN provider we found, with fast, secure connections, easy-to-use applications on every major platform, and helpful support.
$100 from IVPN
(per year)
IVPN excels at trust and transparency, the most important factors when you’re choosing a virtual private network. The company publicly displays information about its leadership team so you know who you’re trusting with your online activity. After interviewing IVPN’s CEO about the company’s internal procedures, we’re convinced that the team is dedicated to its promises not to monitor or log customer activity. But a trustworthy VPN is only as good as its connections, and in our tests IVPN was stable and fast, with very few exceptions. IVPN defaults to secure connections with the OpenVPN protocol on Windows, macOS, and Android, plus a few other platforms. Its apps are easy to set up and use, and they’re secure even if you use the default settings. (We don’t recommend any VPN service’s native app for iOS, but IVPN has options for Apple devices, too.) And you can make IVPN even better with two clicks: one to enable IVPN’s “firewall,” a kill switch to stop traffic when you aren’t protected, and one to auto-connect IVPN when you’re joining unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Even though IVPN is more expensive than some competitors, we found it to be worth the price for its combination of trust, security, and usability.
vpn  privacy  security  wirecutter  comparo  review 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Shootout: Samsung Galaxy vs Google Pixel vs Apple iPhone
It’s been a few years now since smartphones became legitimate tools for professional photography. While a DSLR or high-end mirrorless is almost certainly the preferred choice, phone camera quality has reached the point where it can be used in many situations. TIME Magazine ran an iPhone photo as a cover image in 2012, and since 2017 many other major publications have had their own mobile-shot covers.
However, with the exception of one Sports Illustrated cover, most photographers wielding smartphones are firmly in Apple’s camp. The iPhone long had the superior image quality, and a large part of Apple’s brand was their dedication to great cameras. In the past two years, though, Android has done a lot to catch up.
iphone7  smartphone  camera  photography  comparo  google 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Windshield Wipers for Your Car: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching wiper blades for more than 60 hours, scouring user reviews, talking to auto-service shops in such weather-challenged regions as Chicago and Portland, Oregon, and testing top competitors on a handful of cars, our findings show that the Bosch Icon is a good bet for most drivers, as long as it fits your car. Bosch wiper blades are recommended by the shops we interviewed more than any other brand, and the Icon is consistently among the highest-rated models by users on websites that sell a wide range of wipers. It’s also earned among the highest ratings of any top-selling blade on Amazon with relatively few complaints.
Our pick
Bosch Icon
Best windshield wipers for your car
This beam-blade wiper is a solid choice for any climate and is consistently among the highest-rated wipers by users.
$22* from Amazon
$21 from Walmart
*At the time of publishing, the price was $20.
The best wiper blade, of course, is the one that fits your vehicle and performs well throughout its service life. But because windshield shapes vary a lot, even the best quality blade may perform poorly if it doesn’t fit (as is obvious from the number of negative reviews you’ll find for just about any popular wiper). The Icon is a beam-blade wiper that, like other beam blades, generally works better in snowy and icy conditions than traditional bracket-style wipers. It’s a great choice for year-round use in any climate. It’s among the top-rated wipers on the Amazon, Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, and JC Whitney websites. And it has the best differential between five- and one-star ratings of any best-selling model on Amazon, which is important to know since many users leave a one-star rating when a wiper doesn’t fit their car well. That means more people like them and fewer people have had problems with them. The bottom line? If you’ve found wipers that you’re happy with, you might want to continue using those, because you know they’ll work on your windshield. But if we were buying new wipers, we’d choose the Bosch Icon first.
cars  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review  weather  cleaning 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Furnace and Air Conditioner Filters We Would Buy: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If we were looking to buy a new filter today for our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, we’d aim for a medium-efficiency filter with a MERV rating in the 8 to 13 range, which can clean the air throughout your home almost as effectively as a portable air purifier can clean a room.
Nordic Pure MERV 12
The filter we would get
Available in a range of sizes and usually at a lower price than similar competitors, this pleated electret filter catches most anything you would breathe at home.
$41 from Amazon
(Box of 6)
Compared with the cheapest basic filters available, medium-efficiency MERV filters like the Nordic Pure MERV 12 can greatly reduce airborne dust, mold spores, pollen, and even smoke, and doing that can help ease respiratory ailments, according to an NIH review.
However, these filters have a few drawbacks—first, they can cost about $7 to $20 apiece, versus about $5 for a six-pack of basic fiberglass filters. You’re supposed to replace filters every few months, so the cost adds up. Second, they can put stress on some HVAC equipment, making the system less effective at heating and cooling, potentially even shortening its life span by restricting airflow and forcing the equipment to run harder. But those are rare circumstances, and the decision to pay more for a better filter or not mainly comes down to whether or not cleaner air is a priority for you. If it is, there are several examples of qualified filters that we’d recommend—including the Nordic Pure MERV 12, a perfectly good filter that we’d look for first (because it often costs less), as well as two other filters that are also fine.
home_stuff  wirecutter  comparo  review 
april 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, First-Round Preview: Let’s Crunch Some Numbers - Jewels From The Crown
Vegas ran away with the Pacific, but do their numbers back up their dominance?
There’s no shortage of interesting storylines in this matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights. The old guard versus the new upstart in town. An expansion team of spare parts and unknown quantities, beginning their season under the shadow of a great tragedy that brought the team and the city together. Two battle-tested goaltenders, both with their share of post-season triumphs and collapses. A world-class all-star center, against a revelation of a scoring machine.
If you’re talking narratives, there may not be a better matchup than Kings/Golden Knights. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have an age-old grudge match. Toronto has a chance to exorcise some demons against Boston. But the Kings trying to resurrect themselves after being all but buried by most hockey pundits, taking on a team which was predicted to be somewhere between embarrassment and adequate, we guess? Now that’s a story.
While the general perception of these teams is that of a rising star taking the league by storm squaring off against the fading beauty trying for one last hurrah, the numbers — well, the numbers tell a slightly different story.
hockey  kings  statistics  comparo 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Mac Power Users #425: Web Browsers - Relay FM
David and Katie dive into the topic of browsers. The browsers we use on Mac and iOS, reasons to look at third-party browsers vs staying with Safari, tweaking your settings, our favorite add-ons and companions services and more.
LINKS AND SHOW NOTES
Please Review: Mac Power Users
macOS - Safari - Apple
How to start using Safari on Mac | iMore
Pin frequently visited websites in Safari on Mac - Apple Support
Safari for Mac: Keep a reading list in Safari
Apple - Safari - Safari Extensions Gallery
Instapaper
DuckDuckGo Search Engine
Chrome Web Store - Extensions
Chrome Web Browser
Download Firefox — Free Web Browser
Choosy: A smarter default browser for macOS
Opera
iCab Mobile (Web Browser) on the App Store
Google Chrome on the App Store
Dolphin Web Browser for iPad on the App Store
1Password
Grammarly
Ghostery Makes the Web Cleaner, Faster and Safer!
Adblock Plus - Surf the web without annoying ads!
Get organized. Work smarter. Remember everything. | Evernote
Downie on Setapp | Ultimate YouTube video downloader
My Feed | Honey
Amazon price tracker, Amazon price history charts, price watches, and price drop alerts. | camelcamelcamel.com
Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked | The Firefox Frontier
Amazon Assistant
1Blocker on the App Store
The Super Simple VPN You Can Trust | Encrypt.me
eero Plus: Worry Free Wifi Security | eero
MPU  podcast  browser  mac  ios  comparo  safari  chrome  firefox 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Mostly False: 18 U.S. school shootings so far in 2018 and 18 in rest of the world over past 20 years | PolitiFact Wisconsin
Amid the early news reports about a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead on Feb. 14, 2018, longtime network TV journalist and author Jeff Greenfield declared in a tweet:
In the rest of the world, there have been 18 school shootings in the last twenty years. In the U.S., there have been 18 school shootings since January 1.
It’s a provocative claim that drew more the 130,000 likes on Twitter.
Greenfield, a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, may be on the right track generally in contrasting how much gun violence there is in America compared to the rest of the world.
But as for his specific claim, he leaves a misleading impression with the U.S. part and lacks evidence for the part about the rest of the world.
statistics  guns  usa  comparo  factcheck  politics 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Multiport USB Wall Charger: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After surveying more than 1,100 Wirecutter readers and using six iPads to test 20 top models, we can safely say that Anker’s PowerPort 4 is the best USB wall charger for most people. It costs a little more than Apple’s single-port 12W USB Power Adapter, but the Anker model can push out more than three times as much power and charge four devices at once. In fact, it can simultaneously charge three full-size iPads at full speed while also charging a smartphone. Surveyed readers said they preferred chargers that plug directly into an outlet, and this is the most powerful one we tested to do so. Additionally, Anker’s charger allows connected devices to draw the advertised amount of power; some of the competition doesn’t.
Our pick
Anker PowerPort 4
The best multiport USB charger
Affordable, fast, and compact, this 40-watt charger is great for use at home or on the road.
$26 from Amazon
This 40-watt four-port charger is just as wide as Apple’s iPad charger but larger in its other dimensions because of its extra ports. It plugs directly into an outlet instead of using a detachable power cable, but thanks to the orientation of its prongs, it covers only a single outlet instead of crowding your power strip or wall plate. Anker’s PowerIQ technology identifies what kind of device is plugged into each port and delivers the proper amperage without your having to figure out the “right” USB port for each device.
charger  battery  ipad  USB  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Checked Luggage: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching 26 pieces of checked luggage and testing five finalists, we can say that the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is the best checked luggage for most travelers. We put it through its paces on a three-week trip to New Zealand and found that it easily packs two weeks’ worth of clothes into the maximum-allowed checked-bag dimensions for most airlines. It also looks and feels fantastic, and it comes with a lifetime warranty against defects and airline damage.
Our pick
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
The best checked bag for most travelers
Luxury feel at a reasonable price, with a capacity, warranty, and reliability that should suit most travelers. The 25-inch model should offer plenty of room for most people without going over airline weight limits.
$288* from Amazon
$360 from Bed Bath & Beyond
*At the time of publishing, the price was $305.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 29-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
Same, but bigger
If you need the maximum space allowable and don’t mind going over weight limits, the 29-inch model is the way to go.
$340 from Amazon
$400 from Bed Bath & Beyond
luggage  travel  flying  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The iPad Is the Best Tablet: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We think Apple’s iPad (5th generation),1 released in spring 2017, is the best tablet for most people because it offers the best combination of speed, features, screen size, ecosystem, and price. The iPad line is the best selection of tablets for many reasons: They’re solidly built, they perform well, they have fantastic screens, they run a reliable and easy-to-use operating system, and—maybe most important—they have the largest app library and accessory ecosystem of any tablet. They also come with the best support of any brand. If you’re looking for the best tablet, your biggest question is likely “Which iPad should I buy?”
Our pick
9.7-inch iPad (5th generation)
The best tablet for most people
The standard iPad is powerful and easy to use, and it features a large, high-quality screen, solid build quality, and a huge app library.
$330 from Best Buy
$330 from Apple
$330 $280 from Staples
You save $50 (15%)
$330 $280 from Costco
You save $50 (15%)
The things that have made all iPads great tablets—such as an unbeatable selection of outstanding apps, stellar hardware quality, long battery life, and unrivaled customer support—help them continue to best other tablets on the market. The 5th-generation iPad’s significantly lower price than the model it replaced (the $400 iPad Air 2, our previous top pick) makes it even more appealing and simplifies the decision between it and other iPad models: Although the iPad Pro and iPad mini models will be better for some people, the 5th-generation iPad is the best all-around value. (Though you may want to spring for more storage.)
ipad  comparo  review  wirecutter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Cable Modem: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If you have cable Internet, you already have a cable modem, and you’re probably paying your Internet service provider a separate fee every month to rent it. Stop giving away your money. If you instead buy a cable modem like the Netgear CM500, you can recoup its cost in as little as six months—and then start saving up to $10 each month.
Our pick
Netgear CM500
The best modem for most people
Compatible with the most ISPs, the CM500 supports Internet plans up to 300 Mbps. It’s reliable, and it pays for itself in about six months.
$60 $48* from Amazon
You save $12 (20%)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.
After researching nearly 100 cable modems over the past four years, we recommend the Netgear CM500 for most people. The CM500 offers reliable operation, supports the Internet speeds available to most Americans, and has positive reviews from owners. Just as important, it’s compatible with the most major cable Internet service providers in the US—including Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner, Charter, and Bright House), Cox, Suddenlink, Cable One, and WOW—which gives you the flexibility to switch providers if you move (or if you’re lucky enough to have multiple ISPs to choose from).
The CM500 works well for plans up to 300 megabits per second, because it’s a DOCSIS 3.0 modem that can handle 16 downstream channels and four upstream channels. (A channel is a connection to your ISP, like a lane on a road. The more channels you have, the easier it is to avoid congested traffic. While channel availability varies by region, 16×4 is the maximum you need for the most common current plans.) The CM500 has a good reputation for reliability, but it comes with only a one-year warranty, while most modems come with a two-year warranty.
cable_modem  wirecutter  review  comparo  broadband  internet 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Battle of the Baby Bimmers: Hot Wheels BMW M2 vs Matchbox BMW 1M – the Lamley Group
If I could have any car – real car, not toy car – what would it be?
I get asked that a lot. Many times by you diecast nerds, but also by a lot of non-diecast nerds who know I am a diecast nerd. And in all honesty I have no idea. I know what cars I would put in my garage if I were a Jay Leno-like collector, but I’m not. That is probably why I’m a diecast collector. Lots of cars, minimal space.
Back to the real cars. Considering all the factors – classic vs new, project vs low maintenance, fun-to-drive vs fun-to-look-at, among many – there have always been a few cars on my list. I won’t get into all of them now, but the BMW 1M is one of them.
I don’t know what put the 1M on my favorites list. It might have been Jeremy Clarkson’s reaction to driving it, or maybe it was the Matchbox release. Needless to say, I’d love to have one in the garage.
I probably won’t have on in the garage, so the Matchbox will do just fine. I have a nice collection, including a prototype won at a Gathering charity auction, and am happy to have them. And I am happy to start a Hot Wheels BMW M2 collection alongside it.
Both castings represent their real counterparts well, and both are musts for me. The real-life M2 doesn’t bring the excitement that the 1M does, but I am sure happy to see it in diecast form. The casting is stellar.
cars  BMW_M  hot_wheels  matchbox  video  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Sheets Buying Guide: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and slept on dozens of different sheets in order to figure out just what makes a great set stand out from the rest. If you’re lost in the bedding aisle while trying to figure out what to buy, this guide will help you walk away with a winner.
The first step is to figure out what texture of fabric you like and how warm or cool you want to feel when sliding into bed. Most people should have at least one or two sets of cotton percale or sateen sheets for year-round use, but you may want to invest in flannel or linen sets depending on how cold or warm your room gets seasonally (or mix and match different types of sheets for extra comfort).
We recommend buying sheets made from long-staple cotton or linen, since they’re breathable and long-lasting. Sheets made from microfiber or bamboo rayon have environmental costs with no real benefit over natural fibers. In addition to helping you pinpoint the type of sheets to buy, we’ll help you figure out the right size and color of sheets for your bed, whether to buy a set or individual pieces, how to parse thread counts, and when you might want to spring for organic bedding.
home_stuff  sleep  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Best Evernote alternatives for iPhone
Nothing can truly replace Evernote, but OneNote comes darn close.
You may be at a crossroads right now, wondering if it's time for you to end your Evernote subscription and move on to something different. It's a difficult choice. Evernote has been your go-to note-taking, web-clipping, audio-storing, collaboration app for a very long time and change is hard. If you're fed up with Evernote and the change, though hard it may be, is worth it, here's the best alternatives to help ease the pain of transition.
The Best: OneNote
Runner up: Google Keep
Built-in: Apple Notes
For Sharing: Notejoy
notes_app  evernote  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Definitive Blueberry Hill - Page 2 - Led Zep Live - Led Zeppelin Official Forum
Posted February 8, 2017
Guys, could use some help please. This seems to be discussed in several places in this forum, but I was hoping for a discussion devoted to this and this alone. 
From what I've read, there are many different audience sources of this gig. Also, many different labels have put this out. 
My question is, what is the definitive version? 
Cheers
Neil
Posted February 8, 2017 (edited)
Not really a definitive version, because of all the source combos but the Winston Remaster is pretty damn good. A new label called Moonchild has been pressing Winston's freely shared work onto silver discs and selling them for $10 to $40 a title depending on the source. ( I don't like the fact that "Moon Child" is taking a freely shared version and pressing them onto silvers with some artwork and selling them but hey, that's the boot business).  I worked on a fan based version called Heavy Vibraphones which I think stands up to the best of them. The latest offering from Eat A Peach was quite good. The key with that show is to enjoy the different sources because they have different sonic qualities to enjoy. Mono, stereo, more ambient , more dry and focused. I still like the old Cobra boot!  But if you want the best source blend with smooth editing and correct pitch, then you can't go wrong with the Eat A Peach version. Heavy Vibraphones is quite good IMHO and should be around the trading sites still. If you want silver pressed discs and artwork though you'll have to pay $ and take your chance. I would go for the Winston ( Moon Child) or Eat A Peach versions. 
Edited February 8, 2017 by porgie66
bootlegs  review  comparo  ledzep  music  concert  LA  70s 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Gas Grills: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After four days of cooking burgers, barbecue, and chicken on six top-rated grills—and weeks of researching the dozens available—we’ve decided that the Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill is our pick as the best gas grill for most people. No grill out there matches its combination of exceptional performance, usability, durability, and value.
Our top pick, the Weber Spirit E-310, has been replaced by the new Spirit II E-310. With some nice features borrowed from our upgrade pick, the Genesis II line, like an externally mounted propane tank, the Spirit II is our new provisional top pick. We’ll test it fully this spring. In the meantime, the original Spirit E-310 is being sold at a nice discount until inventory runs out.
Our pick
Weber Spirit E-310 Gas Grill
Exceptional performance, exceptional value
Offering an unrivaled combination of performance, usability, versatility, durability, and value, this is the best grill for most people.
$450* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $500.
The Spirit E-310 excelled at every test we ran it through, producing the juiciest, most perfectly cooked hamburgers of any grill we tested, and outdoing or equalling the others on barbecue chicken and whole roasted chickens. Its overall compact size suits almost any patio or deck, but its grilling surface is big enough to cook a complete meal (meat or fish and a couple of veggies) for a family, or a dozen burgers for a party. With a thick, rustproof cast-aluminum firebox, it’ll last for years. And Weber has refined the Spirit’s design for decades; as a result, it’s a particularly easy grill to assemble, maintain, and use. Finally, at $500 currently, it’s a terrific value.
food  cooking  grilling  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Closet Organizing Ideas: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent 41 hours researching and testing closet-organization tools in our own homes. Then we asked five experts for their best tips and tricks for getting closets of any size under control. Whether you need to maximize storage in a tiny space, install a closet system, or store seasonal clothing and bedding, we’ve found the best items to help you find your organizing bliss.
The research
Why you should trust us
How to organize a closet
Small-closet organizers
Closet systems
Seasonal-storage options
Sources
storage  organizing  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
A Year-Long Experiment Comparing the Best Map Navigation Services – MacStories
We all have our own anecdotal reasons for thinking a certain map navigation service is best, but few of us are willing to perform a committed experiment that gathers enough data to prove our beliefs. Artur Grabowski, however, did just that.
In an experiment that began early last year and led to recording 120 different driving trips, Grabowski compared the big three mapping services: Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. Though more complex studies could certainly be done, Grabowski kept things simple by focusing on answering only three questions:
Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?
His results found that Waze estimated the shortest travel times, but that actually wasn't a good thing, because the service also had the least accurate estimates. Apple Maps estimated the longest times, but that resulted in it being more accurate than its competitors. Google Maps, meanwhile, most often produced the fastest actual travel times, with Apple Maps and Waze placing second and third, respectively.
Grabowski's tests are accompanied by the asterisk that his routes were all taken in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Apple Maps is likely at its strongest. Even so, the data he compiled over the year is fascinating to analyze, and shows just how competitive these services are with each other in the areas that matter most.
google  apple  maps  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Rechargeable batteries are better and cheaper than you remember, and all the name-brand offerings will hold a charge for months and cost less than a nickel per charge over their entire life. Despite running our battery analyzers for over 1,000 hours, doing more than 20 hours of real-world tests, and literally driving three top brands considerably harder than recommended, our tests showed only a few small differences between the top brands. If you’re looking for AA batteries, the Energizer Recharge line of batteries ekes out the best performance for the price, but Eneloop AAs shouldn’t be ignored if you can find them on sale. For AAA batteries, AmazonBasics AAA Rechargeables are generally the best deal, but performance was nearly identical to AAAs from Eneloop, Energizer, and Duracell, so just get whatever’s cheapest when you need them.
We’ve added Ikea’s AA rechargeable batteries (which may or may not be repackaged Eneloops) to our What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Energizer Recharge Universal
The best rechargeable AA battery
The Recharge batteries proved their worth in testing with high capacity and longevity after dozens of recharges. They are widely available at a fair price.
$11* from Walmart
(4-pack)
$20 from Amazon
(8-pack)
$10 from Target
(4-pack)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $15.
The Energizer Recharge Universal AA batteries performed well at each step of testing: initial capacity, capacity after four dozen charges, self-discharge, and high-drain RC car racing. In raw capacity, Energizer had 30 percent more energy storage per dollar than the Panasonic Eneloop AAs, so your devices should run a little longer between recharges. In the first few cycles, that came to average of 1,888 milliamp hours (mAh) or 2.3 watt hours (Wh) of discharged capacity. When we cycled the batteries—discharged and recharged them, again and again—to show how they might handle once-a-week charging for a year (or once-a-month charging for four years); both the Energizers and Eneloops had virtually the same available capacity as when we started. This means that even after four dozen charges, we’d need more precise equipment to quantify any changes in performance and you shouldn’t notice a difference in day-to-day use.
battery  wirecutter  review  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Bed Pillows: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending a combined 459 nights on 45 pillows, talking with nine sleep and industry experts, and long-term testing our top picks for 15 months, we’ve concluded that the best pillow for most people, including back-sleepers, side-sleepers, and stomach-sleepers who prefer a pillow with generous loft, is the Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow in standard size. The best choice for stomach-sleepers who prefer something thinner and less lofty is the Parachute Down Pillow in soft density.
We’ve gone through this guide and are still confident in all our picks.
Our pick
Xtreme Comforts Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (standard)
Best for most sleepers
It’s supportive without being stiff, and it’s moldable, giving excellent support for back-, side-, and some stomach-sleepers. It’s also one of the most affordable pillows we tested.
$50* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $45.
Because finding the best pillow usually starts with looking at your sleeping position, we thought we’d need to find a variety of pillows for different positions. Our experts agreed that there’s no best pillow for everyone. That’s why we were surprised that the Xtreme Comforts actually pleased so many of our testers. Everyone loved how supportive it was without being too stiff or firm, and its moldability made it more comfortable than you’d imagine for a pillow filled with cut-up foam. We originally featured this pillow as best for back- and side-sleepers, but in additional tests we found that stomach-sleepers who prefer a half-stomach, half-side position, or with their arms under the torso, really liked this pillow.
wirecutter  sleep  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best DSLR for Beginner: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
The Nikon D3400 is the best entry-level DSLR for those looking to improve their photography and learn the ins and outs of tweaking camera settings. The D3400 has some of the best image quality we’ve ever seen at this price, along with excellent battery life, Bluetooth connectivity, 1080/60p video, silent autofocus for video, easy-to-use controls, and a Guide Mode to help you learn—and it’s widely available for less than $500.
We’ve added the Canon EOS Rebel T7 to the What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Nikon D3400
The best beginner DSLR
The best image quality, longest battery life, and best ease of use at this price. Now with Bluetooth for easier connection with your devices.
$497* from Walmart
$497 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $496.
Nikon continues to put better sensors into its entry-level cameras than main rival Canon, which means you get cleaner images when you shoot in low light and can capture a wider range of darks and lights in a single photo. Add to that a superior kit lens and a mode specifically designed to teach beginners how to shoot and you end up with a camera that makes it easier for beginners to capture better images.
camera  comparo  review  wirecutter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
What Do Return Policies Owe Us?: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
L.L.Bean has changed its legendary return policy, and some people are so mad, they’re suing (PDF). But we’re not too worried.
You’re no longer allowed to return anything as long as you live, due to “a small, but growing number of customers” who abused that policy, the retailer’s executive chairman wrote on Facebook last month. Now, you’ll typically have just one year, and you must show proof of purchase. After one year, the company will still consider a return if the item is defective. L.L.Bean is following in the footsteps of REI (which also reduced its lifetime policy to one year to escape its reputation as “Rental Equipment Inc.” ) and Nordstrom (which now excludes special-occasion clothing from its no-time-limit policy).
business  clothing  footwear  gear  wirecutter  comparo 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Hidden Joy of Great Packing Tape: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Sometimes that moment where you critically reexamine your life choices happens when you least expect it—like when you just spent 90 seconds trying to find the end of a roll of clear packing tape, finally managing to claw up the edge, and then successfully peeling off an entirely useless half-inch strip that means you have to start over again. And you think to yourself, “Why in the world didn’t I buy more of the good stuff?”
I’ve been working for Wirecutter in one form or another for more than five years, and by now much of what I own consists of Wirecutter picks. I know objectively that most of these things are really good, and that they do their job admirably. But there’s a special sort of joy from using an object that comes only from years of struggling with something much, much worse. And the difference between good packing tape—the kind that comes off the roll easily and sticks quickly and firmly—and the other stuff fills me with regret for the countless hours I spent struggling with bad tape.
wirecutter  review  comparo  home_stuff 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Consumer Reports: iPhone X Has the Best Smartphone Camera
Consumer Reports has published its latest research regarding the best smartphone cameras on the market. The non-profit magazine concluded that the iPhone X is number 1 camera on the market today. The number 2 and 3 spots? They’re held by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, respectively.
Here are the 10 best smartphone cameras available, according to Consumer Reports:
Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone 8
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8+
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
As many reviewers are finding as of late, the quality difference between the cameras in flagship smartphones these days is shrinking almost to the point of being non-existent.
camera  iphone  android  comparo  ranking  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze (in the Bay Area)
Artur Grabowski (no relation, presumably, to Steve):
In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release.
I thus set out to answer three questions:
Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?
This whole comparison was interesting, but particularly interesting to me was that Apple Maps was the only one of the three to under-promise and over-deliver on estimated time.
maps  google  apple  comparo  daring_fireball 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Audi TT RS vs. Porsche 718 Cayman S | Comparison Tests | Comparisons | Car and Driver
A gray California winter helps establish the pecking order among German sports cars.
In the winter of 1846, a group of pioneers seeking a better life in the vast unknown of the American West got trapped by weather in the mountains of the California territory. Bored and running desperately low on cheesy Pringles, they had to turn to the most cursed of sustenance: putrefied beef jerky from the Sherman Oaks Chevron station.
Did we say 1846? We meant 2018. And it’s cool; only one of our three pouches of Oberto had turned gray. Still, though, we didn’t know that could happen to beef jerky.
cars  comparo  review  audi  porsche 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Dog Gates: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
It’s not just the best baby gate of the 20 we’ve tested: The Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special is also the best gate for keeping dogs (and less mobile cats) restricted within your home. Building on the research and testing we did for baby gates, plus additional testing at home with a dog and two cats, we found that the SS-30 is easy for humans to open but impossible for pets to unlatch. It’s also quick to install, easy to position, and durable, and it will damage your walls less than a pressure-mounted gate.
Our pick
Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special
The best dog gate
Our top pick for babies is also great for containing pets. This is a sturdy hardware-mounted gate that's easy to install, even where you don't have studs directly across from each other. Easy for humans to open, but impossible for dogs.
$70 from Walmart
$73 from Amazon
The Cardinal Gates SS-30 Stairway Special screws directly into your wall studs, so it’s more secure and sturdier than pressure-mounted gates, and it’s easier to install than most other gates of either variety. Not even the craftiest of dogs can barrel through or open it, but it’s easy enough to use that you can open it without breaking your stride. You can place it in almost any doorway or passage up to 42½ inches wide regardless of where your wall studs or stair fixtures align—most gates require them to be directly across from each other. (It can also fit in wider openings, with use of a 10½-inch or 21¾-inch extension, sold separately.) The SS-30 is tough enough that even an overly enthusiastic Great Dane won’t damage it, thanks to its entirely metal construction, and in our tests it was able to handle an adult male sitting on it without deforming or misaligning.
dogs  home_stuff  accessories  wirecutter  comparo  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Trump's Economic Scorecard: One Year Since Inauguration
This Saturday is the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Over the past year, the stock market has boomed, GDP growth has improved and unemployment is at an almost 17-year low. However, job gains were lower than any of the past six years and wage growth was less than last year.
President Trump inherited an economy that was on a good trajectory with solid job growth and low unemployment. Trump's own mark on the economy will be based on the long-term impact of his new tax laws.
trump  gov2.0  politics  economics  visualization  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
iPhone: The ultimate guide | iMore
Everything you need to know about iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and more!
iPhone is a pocket camera, computer, and yes — communicator — all in one. It's Apple's most successful product and one of the most successful products of all time. Introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007, Apple has sold over a billion of them to date.
Current models include iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE. That's a lot of iPhones, with a lot of different features, at a lot of different price points. Here's how to sort them all out!
Our recommendation: The Best iPhone is the 256 GB iPhone X
What's next: iPhone 9 / iPhone XI rumor roundup
All iPhone news
iPhone reviews
iPhone X review
iPhone 8 review
iPhone 7 review
iPhone 6s review
iPhone SE review
iPhone 6
iPhone 5s
iphone  guide  review  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Gear for Your Road Trip: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A road trip should be an adventure, but all adventures require a little planning (and one or two backup plans in case things go sideways). This year, after spending 60 hours researching and testing gear for the open road, we packed all our top contenders into our pick for the best subcompact hatchback and headed out on a four-day jaunt to see what kind of gear is nice to have, what’s great, and what’s absolutely essential for your next road trip.
Last updated: February 5, 2018
We’ve updated the car mount section with our new pick, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4, which comes in a dash/windshield mount, a CD slot mount, and an air vent mount.
Four states, 1,500 miles, and six national parks later, we think we have some answers. In addition to our own research and testing, we consulted with half a dozen engineers, mechanics, and other experts to bring you these picks. Our hope is that the recommendations in this guide will help you see more and explore farther down the road than you thought possible.
However, even if you do have the best gear in the world, catching small problems before they become emergencies is always the best policy. That’s why we asked Christopher Smith, a veteran automotive journalist with a penchant for restoring fixer-uppers, to help us put together some advice on how to prepare your car for a trip. (And he lives in South Dakota, where things are spread out, so he’s always prepared.) We cover everything from checking your tires and dipsticks to knowing what you should do if your car starts smelling like rotten eggs for seemingly no reason.
travel  cars  gear  wirecutter  comparo  review  storage  driving  navigation 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Knife-Sharpening Tool: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After 15 hours of research and testing, and several adult lifetimes of kitchen experience, we recommend the manual Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 as the best mechanical knife sharpener. It’s impressively simple—almost intuitive—to use: You run the blade back and forth between its diamond-impregnated sharpening wheels to cut and then hone a new edge. The ProntoPro 4643 works on both traditional European and Japanese knives, which use different edge angles, making it universally utilitarian. (Note that we also link to otherwise equivalent but cheaper single-angle sharpeners below.)
Last updated: February 2, 2018
After testing nine honing rods—five traditional steel and four ceramic—we have a pick: the Idahone 12″ fine ceramic sharpening rod. Its hard, smooth surface quickly returns a keen edge to both traditional European knives, made of softer steel, and modern Japanese-style blades made of hard alloys.
Our pick
Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643
Intuitive, inexpensive sharpening
Foolproof, durable, and affordable, this sharpener will give the best performance, for most people, for years to come.
$50 from Jet
$42 from Amazon
In our tests, the Chef’sChoice ProntoPro 4643 took seriously dull blades—we ran them against a chunk of concrete curbstone until they were all but useless—to tomato-filleting sharpness in less than a minute. And like all our picks here, it’s far easier to master, and far cheaper, than traditional sharpening stones or modern jig systems. Effective, affordable, simple to use, and easy to store, the ProntoPro 4643 is the clear winner for most people.
knife  accessories  comparo  review  wirecutter 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Toiletry Bags: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching dozens of toiletry bags and trying nine top-rated contenders in our most recent round of testing, we think the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small is the best option for most travelers. In addition to being lightweight and leak resistant, it has flexible internal organization and an oversize, swiveling hook that can find a place to hang in almost any bathroom.
Last updated: January 31, 2018
We recently learned that our top pick, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small, has been discontinued. You can still find it in stock for under $40, but once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Once that happens, we plan to recommend the Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag as our new top pick.
Our pick
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small
Packable, accessible, and lightweight
This bag’s large hook and simple, effective interior organization make it particularly easy to pack, hang, and access a week’s worth of toiletries.
$39 $27* from REI Garage
You save $12 (31%)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small organizes a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries into a compact, carry-on-friendly package that weighs only 4 ounces when empty. Its 4-liter capacity, split across three zippered compartments, makes it the largest carry-on-friendly toiletry bag in our test group, and leaves room to accommodate extra makeup or an electric shaver. And its ripstop, siliconized nylon body gave it great leak resistance in our soap-spill test.
toiletries  accessories  storage  travel  luggage  wirecutter  comparo  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Online Fax Services: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spent more than 20 hours researching and testing 10 online faxing services and found that FaxZero is the easiest and fastest way to send a free fax from a computer or smartphone. It often takes just seconds to complete, and you don’t need to set up an account or provide payment information. But we also have picks for more-professional options (for a subscription fee) that include more features, offer dedicated numbers to receive faxes, and let you send and receive more pages each month.
Our pick
FaxZero
Easy, free faxing for occasional use
FaxZero is the fastest way to send good-quality personal faxes for free, without signing up for anything.
Buy from FaxZero
To send up to three pages and a cover sheet for free, we’d use FaxZero. The single-screen setup is straightforward and allows you to send a fax in seconds without creating an account. Aside from sending an email to complete transmission of our fax and a second one to confirm the fax was sent, the site didn’t generate any spam or extra marketing messages. Our test faxes showed up looking exactly as expected: easily legible without distortion or lost shading. Each cover page has a FaxZero logo in the letterhead, but we don’t think that branding matters for personal faxes. If you need a longer fax, you can pay $2 to send up to 25 pages, which also removes the logo from the cover page.
internet  services  wireless  comparo  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Cheap, Great HDMI Cables: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
If I needed an HDMI cable, I’d get the 6-foot AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable. This decision came after considering more than a dozen reasonably priced HDMI cables and eliminating dozens of overpriced cables (more on this in the competition section).
Last updated: February 1, 2018
Some Ultra HD video sources, such as 4K Blu-ray players and 4K-capable streaming devices, now offer 4K video at 60 Hz with HDR, which requires more bandwidth than our previous pick, the Monoprice 6105, can carry. We’re in the process of testing some new cables, but in the meantime, we recommend our previous runner-up pick, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable, which can pass 18 Gbps.
Our pick
AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable
The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable is affordable and will work with all of your current gear (and Ultra HD 4K TVs). It also has a lifetime warranty.
$5 from Amazon
The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable sells for about $1 per foot if you have Amazon Prime (free shipping), and can handle resolutions up to Ultra HD 4K (with HDR), including 1080p and 3D, plus it has Ethernet and Audio Return Channel capabilities. It has great reviews on Amazon, and also comes with a lifetime warranty.
cable_tv  cables  comparo  wirecutter  review  amazon 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Lakers Logic: Which Laker had the best rookie season? – Lakers Outsiders
Some of the greatest players in Lakers history started their careers with the team: Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, and George Mikan. Today, I’ll be determining which Lakers rookie was the best. Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are two of the team’s current rookies, and most of the team’s rooks in recent years haven’t been quite as explosive as fans would like, so we’re going fairly old school here.

The downside to having some of the players from the 60s, 70s, and even the 80s (or the 40s and 50s in Mikan’s case) is the fact that the NBA just didn’t record quite as many stats then. However, stats like points, assists, free throw percentages, and total field goal percentages should be plenty to determine who is the best Lakers rookie.
basketball  lakers  magic  kobe  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Ski Socks: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A good pair of ski socks can make or break your day on the slopes, so we spent more than 40 hours testing and researching lightweight and midweight ski socks. In the end, we decided that the men’s and women’s Smartwool PhD Ski Light socks are the best for most people because they offer the ideal mix of comfort, cushioning, breathability, and support.
Our pick
Smartwool Women’s PhD Ski Light
The best ski socks for most women
The best mix of versatility, support, and comfort in a narrower profile than the men’s sock.
$25 from REI
$25 from Amazon
Smartwool Men’s PhD Ski Light
The best ski socks for most men
The same versatile sock as the women’s model, but in different sizes and widths.
$23 from REI
$25 from Amazon
The Smartwool PhD Ski Light sock, which comes in both men’s and women’s models, is the most versatile sock for people who want to ski in everything but extremely cold conditions. It offers the best mix of fit and comfort compared with the other socks we tested because of its superior foot support and key mesh ventilation zones, which improve breathability. On top of that, the sock is made with merino wool, which wicks moisture away from your feet and helps to regulate your body heat in a variety of conditions.
sports  skiing  clothing  accessories  wirecutter  review  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Audi A5 Sportback vs. BMW 430i Gran Coupe, Kia Stinger | Comparison Test | Car and Driver
A battle for coupelike supremacy.
Second (Tie): 2018 Kia Stinger AWD
Second (Tie): 2018 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe
First: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback
In this cuckoo-crazy, mixed-up world, nothing is certain and the set order is up for renegotiation. For decades, the four-door sedan was the sensible choice, the vehicle that sober, serious grown-up types bought to show just how sober and serious they really were. But crossovers have toppled the establishment, and now four-doors are struggling to retain relevance. So squash the roofs, pack in the tech, add a practical hatch for the camping equipment, and voilà—the sedan is king again. Only now they’re four-door coupes. Got it?
The quasi-coupes under examination today are Audi’s A5 Sportback and BMW’s 430i xDrive Gran Coupe, with the Kia Stinger here to do its own renegotiating of the set order. The Audi and BMW lead with, and are enabled by, their heritage. They’re tweaked expressions of long-established brand identities. Kia is relatively new to the premium realm and has yet to produce a hit there. The Stinger could be it.
cars  audi  BMW  kia  comparo 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Foam Mattresses You Can Buy Online: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We’ve researched more than 40 of the top online mattress companies, surveyed hundreds of Wirecutter readers about their mattresses, interviewed experts on sleeping and mattress design, and spent more than 6 months sleeping on and assessing foam mattresses. All of that leads us to recommend the Leesa as a mattress that will work well for most people who sleep on their side or stomach.
Last updated: December 14, 2017
We tested the Loom & Leaf mattress and added our thoughts in The competition. Next, we’ll spend a month sleeping on and rating Casper’s lower-priced mattress, the Essential.
Our pick
Leesa
Best for most side- and stomach-sleepers
Leesa’s soft but supportive foam mattress has better cooling, edge support, and a nicer cover than the competition, for a fair price. You have 100 days to decide if it works for you.
$840* from Amazon
(queen)
$840 from Leesa
(queen)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $865.
The Leesa offers support at the body’s pressure points as well as a contouring “hug” that feels comfortable rather than hot or muddy. It breathes to promote cool sleeping, it fared well in eight-year durability tests, and it’s just a bit more firm at the edges than the competition. It isn’t the best choice for everyone, but it is a good fit for many people. It’s also easier to try than a store mattress, because you have 100 days to return and refund your purchase.
Runner-up
Casper
Good for rotators and split couples
The newest Casper does a better job of supporting hip weight, and it’s still pretty good on sides and stomachs. It’s a good choice for those who rotate or share a bed with a back sleeper.
$995* from Amazon
(queen)
$600 from Casper
(queen)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $950.
If you switch between back-sleeping and side-sleeping, or if one of two people sharing a bed tends toward back-sleeping or prefers a firmer mattress, Casper’s newest mattress is a better pick than the Leesa. Side-sleepers may find the Leesa relieves more pressure where they sink in (shoulders, elbows, and hips) than the Casper, but by only a small margin. The newest Casper is a very close runner-up to the Leesa, especially for singles or couples who vary the side they sleep on.
home_stuff  sleep  review  comparo  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Sheets: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
We spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, so it’s important to choose great bed sheets that are comfortable and durable. To find the best, we conducted roughly 300 hours of research over the past four years, slept on more than four dozen sets, and tested with a veteran textile designer. After trying 18 new sets for this update on our own beds, we’ve found that L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets and JCPenney’s sateen Royal Velvet 400tc WrinkleGuard Sheet Set offer the best combination of softness, durability, and affordability for most people. These sheets have won in our tests four separate years with four different writers, so we’re confident they wear well and have consistent quality.
Last updated: January 29, 2018
We’ve read through and tweaked portions of this guide, and are still confident in each of our picks.
Our pick
L.L.Bean Pima Cotton Percale Sheets
The best percale sheets
If you like a cool, crisp feel to your sheets, these are comfortable, very breathable, and reasonably priced.
$130 from L.L.Bean
Royal Velvet 400tc WrinkleGuard Sheet Set
The best sateen sheets
If you prefer soft, smooth, drapey sheets that resist wrinkling, this Royal Velvet set feels luxurious and is better than sets twice the price.
$90 $56* from JCPenney
Use promo code 53DEALS
*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.
If you like a sheet that’s crisp and very breathable (ideal for summer nights), L.L.Bean’s 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets offer a superior, cool feel at a great price. They aren’t the smoothest percale sheets we tried, but they’re very soft and did as well in testing as much-more-expensive sets. In four years of testing, they’ve held up over many uses and gotten softer with progressive washes. And L.L.Bean’s generous satisfaction guarantee means you can return them at any time. Some readers have complained about these sheets feeling rough. If you want something softer, we recommend going for one of our sateen picks.
For those who sleep better with silkier sheets with a heavier drape, we recommend JCPenney’s sateen Royal Velvet 400tc WrinkleGuard Sheet Set. In our tests, these beat out sets that cost twice as much. As with our L.L.Bean pick in the percale category, the Royal Velvet sheets have won in our sateen category four years running (with four separate sets). They have a soft luster and are very durable. And though it’s hard to truly be wrinkle-free, this set comes pretty darn close. These exhibited barely any wear over the course of our testing. Also, these were one of the few sets we found that come in California king size.
home_stuff  sleep  comparo  review  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
25th Anniversary: Alien 3 - the theatrical cut vs. the assembly cut - Blog - The Film Experience
Tim here. With Alien: Covenant opening to #1 over the weekend, it's fortuitous timing that today marks the 25th anniversary of Alien3.  The 1992 sci-fi thriller is probably best-known today for two reasons: introducing music video director David Fincher to the world of theatrical features, and knocking all the shine off of the Alien franchise for the first time (and alas! not the last).
Underperforming at the box office, and outright flopping with critics, Alien³ has never since recovered its reputation; if time has been kind to it, it's only because at least we can now say, "well, at least it's not as bad as Alien: Resurrection"...
movies  sci-fi  thriller  90s  hair  review  comparo  alternate 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Fireproof Document Safe: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Everyone has crucial documents—birth certificates, passports, old photographs, and more—that would be difficult or impossible to replace in the event of a disaster. For things you need easy access to, a fireproof document safe can make more sense than an off-site security deposit box. After subjecting five top-rated models to an actual trial by fire, we found that First Alert’s safes are the best for most homes, and we specifically recommend the First Alert 2017F.
Last updated: January 30, 2018
Our also great pick for hanging file folders, the First Alert 2603DF, has been discontinued. We’ve replaced it with the similarly-sized First Alert 2037F, since we prefer the company’s safes in general.
Our pick
First Alert 2017F
Small, sturdy, and proven
The safes in this family kept our valuables protected from extreme heat and high-pressure water. This is a small version that’s great for personal documents.
Buy from Amazon
$40 from First Alert Store
*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.
We exposed a group of safes to real-world, 1,300 °F conditions in a specially constructed burn room (nearly melting our GoPro camera along the way), then blasted the charred safes with a fire hose and opened them with an ax. A larger version of the 2017F, made with the same materials and locking mechanism, kept a flash drive, a DVD, printed photos, and a newspaper free from fire and water damage in our burn. It’s large enough to hold 8½-by-11-inch sheets of paper without your having to fold them, and it’s as affordable as any other safe offering the same capacity and features. The key-based locking mechanism isn’t fancy, but it is secure.
safety  record  home_stuff  emergency  disaster  wirecutter  comparo  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Best Stands for Sonos Play:1 in 2018 | iMore
Looking to complete your Sonos home theater? You'll need some speaker stands. Check out these awesome speakers stands for the Sonos Play:1!
Sonos has been a popular wireless speaker ecosystem for years and they Sonos Play:1 is the company's cheapest and smallest speaker. While they sound great on their own or as a pair, they really shine when you use them as rear speakers for a home theater system.
To accomplish a true home theater set up, you need to place your Sonos Play:1's behind your couch or seating area to get the best result, the easiest way to do this is with a speaker stand. Whether you're looking to finally get that surround sound experience with your Sonos system, or you just love the look and feel of a stand, here are my top picks for stands that work with your Sonos Play:1.
Vogel floor stand
Flexson floor stands
Sanus floor stands
Flexon desk stands
Vogel tabe stand
sonos  speaker  accessories  review  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Plug-In Smart Outlet: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending over 22 hours plugging in and unplugging lights and other small appliances and turning them on and off using various apps (and by barking orders at Siri and Alexa when we could), we found that the Belkin WeMo Mini is the best smart-switch outlet adapter for people who want to add smart control to their existing outlets. It packs most of the same features as our previous pick, the WeMo Insight, into a smaller form factor, and it’s less expensive. It also plays nicely with both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and integrates easily with popular smart-home protocols and devices. All you need to do is plug the Belkin WeMo Mini into an existing outlet and install the app to get started with home automation.
Last updated: January 29, 2018
We reviewed the Wemo Bridge which gives Apple Homekit support to our top pick, and added that information to the guide.
Our pick
Belkin WeMo Mini
The best smart switch
The WeMo Mini is a strong performer that’s easy to use. More compact than its predecessor, it works with both Android and iOS devices, and supports Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (via Bridge), Google Home, and IFTTT.
$35 from Walmart
$30 from Amazon
All of the smart plug-in switches we tested performed well, turning anything that’s plugged into them on or off remotely via smartphone or tablet. However, the Belkin WeMo Mini’s compact form factor, price, and set of smart-home features set it apart from the competition. The WeMo Mini supports IFTTT (“if this then that”), so you can create home-automation “recipes” to use it along with other smart devices in your home. The switch even works with the Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (via the WeMo Bridge), and Google Home, allowing you to turn on a lamp, fan, or other electronic device with the sound of your voice.
smart_home  automation  electric  wirecutter  comparo  review 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Smart Lock: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than two years of testing, including ongoing use of our previous picks and extensive head-to-head competition among leading smart locks, we continue to recommend the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd Gen with the optional Kevo Plus upgrade (a separate $100 in-app purchase) as the best choice for most homeowners. A great smart lock needs to be at least as secure as a traditional deadbolt and a lot more convenient to use in order to justify the price premium, and the Kevo fits the bill better than any other lock we’ve tested. The Kevo’s unique mechanism (to trigger the lock you simply tap the deadbolt’s exterior housing with your finger) is nearly as fast as using a key but far more convenient, making it the best method we’ve seen for everyday smart lock use.
Last updated: January 25, 2018
We’ve added August’s third-generation Smart Lock and new locks from Nest and Brinks to our What to look forward to section.
Our pick
Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock 2nd Gen
The best smart lock for most people
This smart lock is sturdy and easy to install and, when used with the optional $100 Kevo Plus upgrade, can be controlled from anywhere. It makes keyless entry easy and convenient.
$181* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $230.
Kevo’s Bluetooth-based close-range authentication system is also more secure than the geofence-based auto-unlocking features employed by many locks, which proved unreliable in our testing. The fact that you can control the Kevo with a standard key, a wireless key fob, or a smartphone app also makes it the most versatile option we’ve ever tested. The Kevo app makes it easy to administer the lock and share eKeys, which allow guests to lock and unlock your Kevo; the Kevo Plus upgrade lets you control and monitor your Kevo when you’re away from home. While no lock can provide perfect security (and we considered smart features rather than physical robustness for this guide) Kwikset has been making locks for more than 60 years and the Kevo has an ANSI Grade 2 rating. (That’s the intermediate level of the three ANSI residential grades— if you want Grade 1, the highest rating for residential locks, take a look at our touchscreen pick from Schlage.)
security  privacy  smart_home  home_stuff  safety  wirecutter  review  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Home 3D Printer for Beginners: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After spending 18 hours researching, 22 hours setting up, and 240 hours printing with eight of the best beginner-focused 3D printers we could find, we think the Tiertime Up Mini 2 is the best choice for most people just starting out with 3D printing at home. It has an unmatched combination of affordability, reliability, features, and style; it was the easiest to set up; and it produced as many great-quality prints as models that cost twice as much.
Last updated: January 23, 2018
For the original version of this guide we focused on entry-level printers below $600. But spending more can get you a printer that’s easier to use, so for this update we expanded the printers we considered to include those costing up to $1,300, and added an upgrade pick, the Aleph Objects LulzBot Mini. But these higher-end printers are worth buying only if you plan to do a lot of printing or need a specific high-end feature.
Our pick
Tiertime Up Mini 2
The best 3D printer for beginners
This printer is easy to set up and consistently cranked out good-quality prints. It also looks better than most 3D printers, which is notable.
$604 from Jet
$600 from Amazon
The Tiertime Up Mini 2 includes surprisingly high-end features for the price and cranks out good-looking prints with no fuss. Its ease of setup makes it appropriate for beginners, but we also think it’ll satisfy people who move on to more advanced print jobs, making it a good value even given its somewhat higher cost relative to other entry-level models we considered.
printing  review  comparo  wirecutter  3D_printing 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best USB 3.0 Flash Drive: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After more than 14 hours of new research and testing, we found that the 64 GB SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive is still the best flash drive for most people—while you can get it. With both PCs and Macs, the SanDisk Extreme CZ80 offers the best combination of speed, price, capacity, and usability of any thumb drive we’ve found.
Last updated: January 22, 2018
At CES 2018, we saw the latest version of the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.1 flash drive, which we’ve added to the What to look forward to section.
Our pick
SanDisk Extreme CZ80 USB 3.0 Flash Drive 64 GB
Fast and easy to use
Our pick for the fourth year in a row, it’s fast and affordable, with a one-piece design that’s simple and comfortable to use.
Buy from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
The SanDisk Extreme CZ80 is the same flash drive we’ve recommended for years. SanDisk has given it several quiet speed boosts since we first tested it, and the current version, the 64 GB Extreme CZ80, hits the sweet spot for price and capacity. Unfortunately, SanDisk is discontinuing the Extreme CZ80, but we’ll continue to recommend it as long as you can still buy it for a good price.
USB  flash  storage  comparo  review  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Laundry Detergent: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Laundry detergent has to simultaneously attract and repel dirt, then rinse away without damaging your clothes, your washer, your skin, or the environment. After doing 85 hours of research, examining 782 stain swatches, running 456 pounds of laundry, testing 42 different detergents, drenching bar towels in more than a cup of melted bacon fat, and analyzing laundered fabric with a UV/Vis spectrometer, we’ve chosen Tide Ultra Stain Release Free Liquid as our top pick. In our tests, it was simply the best overall detergent, great at getting out seven types of stains and the pervasive smell of bacon grease. Its price, roughly 27¢ per load, is among the highest of the detergents we tested, but 100 percent worth it (we think).
Last updated: January 25, 2018
We’ve added additional notes about Tide Pods staining clothing to this guide. See our recent blog post about why we don’t like them (believe it or not, it has nothing to do with teens eating them, though we don’t condone that either).
Our pick
Tide Ultra Stain Release Free
The best laundry detergent
Offering up a wicked stain-busting, odor-removing combo, this was the best all-purpose detergent.
$13 from Target
clothing  cleaning  wirecutter  comparo  review  home_stuff 
january 2018 by rgl7194
HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Max vs. Sonos One: Speaker showdown
When it comes to speaker quality and privacy, HomePod has no competition.
I am not — nor do I have much desire to be — an "audiophile." I didn't study audio production in school. I don't have a multi-thousand dollar audio rig. And I think lossless audio streaming services like Tidal are nice ideas that fall flat when most don't have the equipment to tell the difference.
But I know music. I may not be able to pinpoint the exact sonic frequencies for an acoustic performance, but I know how it's supposed to sound when someone pours their soul into grand piano or sings in harmony — I heard it every day growing up, floating up stairs and through the halls. My musician parents frequently held rehearsals and practice sessions in our house; rare was the afternoon I'd come home to a silent living room.
homepod  sonos  google  amazon  comparo  review  music  speaker 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Look: Comparing Jared Goff’s passing charts from 2016 and 2017 | Rams Wire
Jared Goff won’t win NFL MVP this year. He won’t even win Comeback Player of the Year. In fact, he wasn’t even the most improved player on his own team; Todd Gurley was.
Despite those facts, Goff’s improvement and development from 2016 to 2017 was absolutely stunning to watch. He went from arguably the NFL’s worst quarterback as a rookie to one of the most consistent signal-callers in the league this past season.
football  rams  goff  statistics  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Bike Rack, Basket, and Panniers for Commuting: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Commuting by bike with a backpack or a messenger bag leads to a sweaty back and sore shoulders. The right rack, basket, and panniers can make carrying things on your bike almost as efficient and effortless as using the trunk of a car, allowing you to haul and protect up to 65 pounds of stuff without affecting the ease of your ride. After sorting through 71 panniers, 38 racks, and 16 baskets, we chose 23 top contenders to road-test, spending nine months transporting everyday objects around on two wheels to find the most comfortable and convenient setup.
Last updated: January 8, 2018
We’ve reviewed this guide and are still confident in all of our recommendations for bike racks, baskets, and panniers for commuting.
Since having all the right gear isn’t enough if you don’t know how to use it, we’ve also included tips on how to install your carriers, troubleshoot issues, and load everything up. Whether you’re bringing a week’s worth of groceries home from the supermarket or hauling 40 pounds of climbing gear to the local crag, our recommendations should have you covered.
The Research
Why you should trust us
Getting started
Front bike basket
Rear bike racks
Bike panniers
Sources
bicycling  storage  accessories  gear  travel  comparo  review  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
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