Best Electronics

To find the best electronics I comparison shop.

Before I invest my hard-earned money, products go under the microscope.

Lots of choices, some junk, and a few real gems translate into a real chore if you are like me and HATE to make a shopping mistake. I once bought a lousy computer router that wasted two frustrating days and never worked for me.

Tip: Start with electronics best sellers, read the reviews, then find reasons NOT to buy.

Having a HUGE number of reviewers who report any glitches, gremlins, gotchas (and goodies) gives me the confidence that I’m getting the best electronics on the market.

Here is a list of Amazon best electronics sellers to get you started.

Top notch router lets you share your cable connection with devices all over your abode. Lag-free gaming and video streaming. Highly rated and a best seller.

Connects 4 USB devices. Inexpensive and a best seller.

Hero 4 is a GoPro camera that people who love to buy the best electronics love to buy. A best seller.

If you have a GoPro (see above) you will need a head strap. You could make your own out of a miner’s helmet and duct tape but at this price, why? Many found this GoPro accessory an irresistible best electronics buy.

If you are a bold adventurer, strap on your GoPro to capture your future exploits. Paranoid? Wear backward.

During a power outage you need light, information, and most important, a way to charge your smart phone. A minute of cranking charges this piece of gear with enough juice to power five minutes of radio, 30 minutes of flashlight, and five minutes of calling on your cell phone.┬áReviewers give high ratings to this bestselling emergency device. Don’t wait until the power goes out to order.

Frankly, when it comes to shopping electronic gear, or any product, most of the manufacturer’s technical specs go right over my head. But I can understand when an actual buyer says, “I love it!” and then tells me why.


Bluetooth In-Car FM Transmitter

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You’ve already invested in devices capable of storing music, books on tape, and talking live with your friends. Why rely on your car radio for tunes and news?

Use your car radio to transmit what you want to hear, including phone conversations.

Making the most of your devices, a wireless in-car Bluetooth transmitter let’s to call hands-free, which in many states is the ONLY LEGAL way to use a cell phone in a moving car.

This product is an FM transmitter that connects to your Smart Phone via bluetooth, and then transmits the audio to your car stereo through an FM signal. Just the same as other FM transmitters, but using bluetooth connection to your phone rather than a cord.

Well rated by Amazon users, the GOgroove FlexSMART goes well beyond the basics, offering device charging and music control to hands-free calling.

The GOgroove FlexSMART X2 ADVANCED Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Charging, Music Control and Hands-Free Calling for ANDROID, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Smartphones has both benefits and very few downsides.


Sync the GOgroove Flexsmart X2 to your Bluetooth device in seconds and enjoy a wireless music listening experience.

Make and Receive Calls on your Phone Hands-Free while driving – Equipped with Bluetooth Technology, it’s easy to use your phone while driving.

The GOgroove Flexsmart X2 is a Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter works for Hands-Free Calling on ANDROID, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Smartphones

A Bluetooth Transmitter Allows Hands-Free Calling

Use a cell phone in a moving car and you are risking a ticket with a hefty fine.

Yet I see many drivers with cell phones pressed to their ear. Studies have shown that this is as dangerous as driving drunk.

This can be avoided with the Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Hands-Free Calling on ANDROID, iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Smartphones.

Boost your cell phone and data signal strength. You have invested in a cell phone, possibly a high-end Apple i-phone. Kind of dumb to go driving around hoping for a good signal and possibly dropping important sales and business calls.

Be professional, originate calls from dreaded “dead spots,” and increase your data rates in areas with weak cell phone signal.

Bluetooth Explained on Wikipedia

100 Guitar Riffs

photo of an electric acoustic guitar by TakamineCan you close your eyes and name every one of these classic guitar riffs?

Here are 100 guitar riffs from the rock songs you know, played by the amazing Alex from Chicago Music Exchange.

Play guitar and love rock? Required!

Just love Rock? Play the game Recognize the Riff with your friends.

Here’s how the game is played. People do not look at the screen and shout out the song name as soon as they recognize the riff. You will quickly separate the posers from the potentials. It’s not that easy to think in music and in English at the same time. Those who excel at Recognize the Riff may be potential singers or idiot savants.

If you can recognize every riff, then you really do love rock and roll! (and have a memory for music).

Don’t feel bad if you miss some, especially the very short pieces.

If you don’t get any, well, welcome to the amazing world of rock guitar!

If you play guitar, this video shows you how these riffs are done.

It’s pretty overwhelming to try and follow – You Tube needs to install a “repeat of segment” setting like some of the video players have. But if you are committed, and if you have chosen the guitar as an instrument you had better be, all the secrets are there.

Pretty nice gift from the Chicago Music Exchange if you ask me. If you need a new guitar or other gear, you might remember how cool these guys are. (no affiliation, no compensation, no expectation of one, just know cool when I see it ®).

The video is followed by a gear sales pitch from the Chicago Music Exchange by Daniel, who happens to be very entertaining.

Daniel’s first words about those who lack skills because they don’t do the work is a humorous reminder that musical ability may be a gift, but musical competence comes from persistent work.

I can’t vouch for the Saund Fraud pedal Daniel is promoting, since I haven’t tried it, but it sounds totally bitchin to me.

Caveat: Daniel appears to intentionally play better when the Saund Fraud pedal is hooked up. Of course, if you play you can hear that. I feel Daniel may be hiding skills in this presentation until the product is plugged in! What a rascal. Hey, if it sells product keeps these guys in business, so be it.

Most instruments are purchased by people who never get good because they don’t work. This is a call back to Daniel’s first words.

Now prepare yourself and your friends to play Recognize the Riff and start the video.

Need some inspiration? Purchase one of these books about which I know nothing, or find a better book of guitar riffs on Amazon.


Bonus: 100 drum riffs!