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I admit it. I'm something of a sync-geek. I love software that helps me fling files far and wide. I have machines all over the world, doing all sorts of interesting things, and I constantly need to move files hither and yon.
One of my favorite tools for this is SyncBack Pro. This thing has a tremendous number of options and capabilities, can sync locally, to FTP, SFTP, S3, Google storage, and even Microsoft Azure. I use it as the core of my backup strategy, and also use it to keep a wide variety of servers updated with various content bits here and there.
What I like: Easy, reliable, fast, robust, flexible.
What I'd like to see: Easier way to send settings between instances or some centralized management control (which, apparently, is actually in beta).
Find it here starting at about $55.
Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer
I've recommended what I call my "magic measuring machine" before, and I'm doing it again. This thing is a huge help whenever I'm trying to size an area in the house or workshop. This thing is different from sonic-based measuring devices, which shine a light beam just to give you an idea where you're pointing. This uses a refracted laser to measure and, over the past few years, where I've measured things down to the quarter of an inch, it hasn't missed once.
An essential tool for the homeowner and DIY-ITer, especially if you're trying to setup a workspace.
What I like: It works.
What I'd like to see: Easier way to record measurements, perhaps the ability to send them to my phone. Can you imagine this with Siri? Hey, one can dream, right?
Find it here at about $90.
ProPrompter HDi Pro2
When I set out to build the the Skype Studio, I knew I wanted a way to look straight into the camera (and not below it, like on a webcam). I also knew that, once in a while, I'd also need to read text Obama-like, right off a teleprompter.
But I wanted something relatively small and light, yet capable. What I hit on was the Bodelin and ProPrompter HDi Pro2, which allows me to use an iPad as the screen. This is enormously powerful, because I use a VNC client on the iPad to reach out onto my network and feed anything I want into the prompter, usually the image of the person I'm talking to on Skype.
One very neat feature of the ProPrompter is there's iPhone and iPad software that talk to each other. I had to do a scripted bit for The Economist last summer and I was able to control the pacing of the prompting on the iPad by tapping my iPhone, which sat on my lap.
What I like: Lots of flexibility.
What I'd like to see: A little bit easier way to insert and remove the iPad without accidentally moving the camera setup by a tiny bit.
Find it here at starting at about $1,200.