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 in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.

After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.

Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.

He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.

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