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Category: Hardware Published on Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Improving the Brain, Memory and Dexterity 

The number of new products available in technonerd land can boggle the brain. So, with that in mind, here is my attempt to guide some of you through the maze.

We begin with a few calisthenics for the brain courtesy of Happy Neuron (, which is a subsidiary of Sceintific Brain Training. For a fee ($99.75 per year or $9.95 per month), this website stimulates your grey cells using a variety of exercises and games designed to increase your memory, etc. The exercises are actually a lot of fun, although sometimes a bit frustrating, especially when you progress to the more advanced modes. You can also purchase books and other materials designed to keep your neurons in tip-top shape.

Now that we've improved our memory, it's time to give our computer storage a boost.

Ctera Networks has devoloped a small device called a CloudPlug ($199 to $299, depending on where you purchase the unit) that allows you to back up your data on line. All you have to do is plug the CloudPlug device into an electrical socket, attach it to your router using an Ethernet cable, attach it to an external hard drive, and you're ready to go.

The CloudPlug self-installs, which means there's no software to load onto your computer. Just follow the onscreen prompts and you're connected. It will then search the external hard drive for files to back up. I was able to store files from all of the computers on my network just by dragging and dropping them onto the drive and letting the CloudPlug do its thing.

The one big thing that makes this different from other types of online storage is that you need to be part of a specific CloudPlug network to save and access these files - - - it's not just a simple case of knowing a signon name and a password.

Unfortunately the cost of using the service isn't listed on the company's website, but a qucik check with one of the company's partners reveals that storage space can cost an average of $99 per year for 25 gigabytes to $199 for 50 gigabytes.

Last, but not least, we come to dexterity of the fingers. For this we have a new wireless keyboard from Adesso, which seems to produce new keyboards with the frequency that rabbits have offspring!

The company's new Slim Touch Pro Touchpad Keyboard ($119.99) uses RF wireless technology to allow you to enter data at distances up to 30 feet from your PC. Among its key features are:

-- Four Internet hotkeys, six multimedia hotkeys and three PC hotkeys.
-- A touchpad with two buttons.
-- An on/off power switch.
-- Twelve auto-changeable RF channels to eliminate conflicts with other wireless devices.
-- A quick-connect button that enables you to easilly synchronize the keyboard with your PC.

For more information, check out the companies' websites at, and

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