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Having the ability to throw some light on a situation always makes it seem better. And when you're constantly diving under desks or delving inside PCs, having a flashlight that fits into your pocket is very handy. I prefer to go with an LED flashlight these days because they last much longer than incandescent bulbs and the batteries last a lot longer too.
There are plenty of LED flashlights to choose from, starting at the high end like Surefire, going all the way down to a cheapo plastic thing you can pick up at a gas station for a dollar.
I've just picked up a new LED flashlight – the EagleTac D25A – and it seems to tick all the boxes for me. It has variable output, it's small enough to fit into my pocket, it’s powered by a single AA battery, and it's tough enough survive daily use.
Why lug a toolbox around with you when you can have a toolbox that fits in your pocket or on a belt?
I'd never suggest that a multitool can take over the job of a proper toolkit, but a proper toolkit is only any good to you if you have it with you.
There are countless multitools on the market, ranging wildly in terms or price, quality, and features. Since I live by the adage of "buy cheap, by twice" I prefer to pay a little more and get a quality item. This is why I always carry a Leatherman tool with me. The company offers over 30 to choose from. I like my multitool to have a pair of solid pliers, decent screwdrivers, and a pair of scissors.
A data backup is something you can live without – until you need it! And backing up your precious data onto a second hard drive inside your PC just doesn't cut it any more. You need to be covered not only against drive failure, but PC failure, PC loss or theft, and total loss of your stuff from the likes of fire or flood.
To make sure you are protected from data loss from a disaster such as fire or flood you either need to have an off-site backup (either in the form of an over-the-web backup if you have the bandwidth for it, or by backing up to an external drive and taking that to a secondary location) or you need a solution that can withstand fire and flood.
ioSafe have a range of products designed to protect your data if the worst does happen. These solutions don't come cheap, but if you or your business relies on the data you have, it may be a small price to day.