A whole mess of quick reviews for things I’ve actually bought and used. Oh, yeah, and recommend. Many of the links do have an affiliate code, but again, this is stuff I’ve already bought myself, sometimes going so far as to buy it for others as well.
Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch TV Keyboard with Easy Media Control and Built-In Touchpad
If you have a media PC (or HTPC), then you want this keyboard. The batteries last forever, the touchpad works smoothly, and it’s just like it’s made for putting beside the couch with no wires. The one drawback is the awkwardness of trying to press key combinations that involve the function keys, as you have to hit (for example) Alt-Fn-F4 instead of just Alt-F4. I remapped a few key combinations (Ctrl-Alt-X for close program, for example) when such an annoyance showed up. It’s also possible I missed a bit of customization that would have solved the problem. 🙂 Works just fine on Linux (Debian Buster).
As a big guy, I tend to be hard on footwear. Especially things like hard-soled slippers. I’ve had these Hanes Men’s Moccasin Slipper House Shoe about three months now and while they’re warm, they’ve not been *too* warm, even in the summer.
The padding and the soles have held up well and while they’re not daisy-fresh, they don’t smell bad. Again, summer. The heels are decent stiffness – enough to stay up, not enough to eat into your ankles.
Also as a big guy, belts are a problem. This Drizzte belt is not only adjustable-length (by trimming the end) but it’s discreet and has held up *really* well with jeans and shorts alike. It hasn’t warped or frayed at all, and is good for work and casual belt needs.
Breathe Healthy Honeycomb Black Mask – Comfortable, Reusable
It’s not just my waistline that’s big – my face is as well. While there’s lots of customized cloth masks, most of them are just a little too small for my face, either slipping off my nose or my chin. These, on the other hand, are solid and large enough to really cover my face well.
Bellemain 100% Pure Bamboo in Drawer Knife Block, Knife Organizer
I don’t have a lot of counter space, but I had a drawer that was just randomly holding my knives. This did the trick really nicely.
OXO Good Grips Silicone Drain Protector for Pop-Up & Regular Drains,Grey,One Size
I have an older home, so I have a lot of odd-shaped drains. But honestly, this haircatcher that pops up has been the best I’ve ever used for my shower.
It’s heavy enough that it stays in place, but doesn’t have suckers or other things to get nasty at any point. Hair just collects on the side and it’s easy to get the hair off of it when it’s dry.
Timer Outlet, Nearpow Multifunctional Infinite Cycle Programmable Plug-in Digital Timer Switch with 3-Prong Outlet for Appliances, 15A/1800W
I have some hardware (an older router) that should get power-cycled once every three days or so. This programmable timer is the only one I tried that actually did the job easily, out of the box, and had a three-prong outlet.
BN-LINK Indoor 24-Hour Mechanical Timer Outlet, 2 Prong, 2-Pack
Before I upgraded, I was using one of these timers. Still a solid choice, though the minimum on/off time is about five minutes instead of one, and it’s an every day cycle.
Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce Air Circulator Fan Black
This little fan is still a good investment. It’s not too loud, but despite its small size, it definitely moves a good amount of air around a standard-sized bedroom or living room.
So those are some things that I’ve really been glad that I picked up over the last year or so, and recommend to others. I hope they help you out too!
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