Monthly Archives: January 2007

RC Helicopters…those mini-Styrofoam ones

Around Christmas I researched buying one of those little radio controlled helicopters that one can fly indoors.  The going price, at The Discovery Channel Store, Radio Shack, and other brick and mortar stores ranged from about $59-$79, so I went online, and I found a couple in the $25-$35 range that looked exactly the same.  Now, well after Christmas, I cannot remember where I found the links, so I will re-discover them and let you know what I find.  From the discussions I’ve read, one is just about the same as the other, so a) why spend money needlessly when a cheapie is available, and b) I’ll probably fly the thing into a brick wall and bust up the “indestructible” little fellah anyway, so I might as well waste less money.
 
Understand here that I am talking about the little foam bodied dual propeller dealies, not a “true” RC helicopter that a hobbyist would have.  If anyone has any suggestions about which one(s) to buy, please post a reply here.  Otherwise watch this thread for an update.

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Woke up this morning to write a review…RoboForm

…and I can’t remember what I was going to write about.  That’s what I get for having put off running vinegar through my drip coffee maker for the past month.  It’s running through now, so I’m stuck with a Diet Pepsi instead of what Natural Selection intended — fresh ground coffee.  I’m destined to surf the web for an hour, then shower and head into work.
 
Oh.  Now I remember.
 
RoboForm.  It’s great.  Yeah.  I’m one who has a thing about having a totally unique password for every site.  I know people who have one password, or at least one main one, for everywhere they go.  Uh uh.  That’s just asking for trouble.  Yet, I’ve had an Internet connection since 1993, and was online in local BBS’s since 1986…so suffice it to say I have a few online accounts racked up out here.  RoboForm handles the problem of remembering them all very nicely.  It installs a toolbar (eeek, not another toolbar…yeah) in your browser of choice, then it remembers all your login information for you.  You set one password to remember, and RoboForm fills all the others in for you, including login names, wherever you go.  It’ll also remember all the form-filling information you want it to, such as your phone number, email address, street address, name, age…whatever, then you can use it when you visit a “sign up” page.  Very handy for entering those online sweepstakes, opening up yet another web account, etc.  It also allows one to save multiple identities, and it allows for multiple users on the same machine.  And one can look at one’s login information, for any site, at any time (just make sure no one is standing behind you when you do, as all the passwords show up in all their textual glory).
 
Of course, they hooked me with their free trial, then it disabled itself.  At that point I usually say to myself, “That was fun,” then uninstall whatever it is.  Not this time.  I bought three licenses, for three PC’s in my house.  I use their nifty little GoodSync tool to keep the encrypted files sync’d up among my PC’s via a secure USB flash drive.
 
Check it out at http://www.roboform.com/.
 

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