Cool Stuff Review - GelaSkins

This is a re-post from my old blog from 5/20/07

GelaSkins are removable “stickers” to customize your iPod or your laptop.

I bought 3 different styles for my iPod with video as well as my old 12″ Powerbook to take advantage of their buy 4 get one free deal.

Here is one applied to my iPod, one package and one contents of package. (You can click for a larger image.)

Here is the Powerbook Skin.

On the Powerbook.

It’s very easy to remove with nothing left on the laptop.

The stickers are high quality, look great and are very easy to apply. I was concerned that it would be difficult to apply to some of the smaller areas such as the click button on the center of the iPod wheel but it was fairly easy even for someone like me who doesn’t have fine motor control. The included screen protector was the best I’ve seen in ease of application and the lack of any bubbles.

They were a bit expensive. The iPod skins were 14.95 USD and the 12′ Powerbook skin was a whopping 32.95 USD. However it does do an excellent job of protecting my old already scratched up laptop and you can’t be to careful with those video iPod screens.

I’ve also gotten numerous compliments on my iPod from co-workers and envious (at least I thought they were envious) stares from folks on the train.

If you are looking for a great way to customize your tech toys without damaging them then GelaSkins might just be a great way to do it.

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Customizing your Desktop Icons

This is a re-post from my old Blog from 5/22/07

Everyone has their own system but on any computer I work on I have at least three main folders. A download folder, a work folder and a fun folder. There is a structure within those folders for pics, video ect. but I like to keep a clean desktop so that’s my three main ones.

Since I use them so often I like to customize their icons so I can find them easier plus it’s just fun. I primarily work in Windows so that’s what I will be referring to.

To customize a folder’s icon you need to right click it and choose properties. Then click on the “customize” tab.

At the bottom you have a “change icon” button. If you click it you are automatically sent to where all the icons live which is “%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll”. There are quite a few good ones to choose from there. I’m fond of the star myself. Easy to spot in a folder list.

Click on the icon you want and click ok.

Now those icons are ok but if you want fun ones you gotta hit the web. Not any image will do. It has to be a .ico and it’s not something you can easily make with Photoshop and the like although there are tools available. However I’ve found Icon Factory has great free icon downloads and I’ve used those.

Changing your icons isn’t much but I’ve found it really helps me find what I need in a hurry.

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