A review of gadgets I use

I am frequently asked by many people about the devices I use and why, or about what I would recommend when it comes to gadgets. Since I’m a sucker for anything new and will try using something at least once, I can understand why that question comes up a lot.

Therefore, I thought it would be fun to keep a list of gadgets that I actually use day-to-day and update this list from time-to-time. I also think this will be interesting 50 years in the future when my grandkids ask, “Granddaddy, how did you ever do X, Y and Z with so little memory or CPU power?” Come to think of it, my very first PC had 128KB (that is K, not M, and certainly not G) of memory and this was upgraded!

This list will primarily be a hardware list since it is easier to compare/contrast between products. I have made this a perma-link page so it’ll be easier to find:

On this one, I would definitely love to hear everyone’s comments and feedback. Please let me know how to make the review more useful. I also hope to learn about even more interesting gadgets, possibly purchase them and offset the current incumbents on this list.

William Saito
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.

He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

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