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Stressed Out? Desktop Fireworks is an Instant Mid-Day Pick-Me-Up

Desktop Fireworks

Stress can make people do crazy things. It can make someone feel trapped and so wrapped up in trying to resolve the issue at hand that it makes them forget about the other things that matter. Work or school, after all, isn’t everything. So when you start feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, defeated, and helpless, then here’s what you should do: hit the Desktop Fireworks button and watch your desk come to life. You should call a friend afterward to talk things through, though, when the excitement has died down.

The Desktop Fireworks is the brainchild of Tomomi Sayuda. It’s actually a set of fun lights, noisemakers, and confetti crammed into random stationary and supplies you’d commonly find on a table.

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The Only Hub You’ll Ever Need: 28-Port USB Hub

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Most laptops come with at least two USB ports on average. Some come built with as much as four. But if you transfer files from one external drive to another while printing stuff and adding songs to your iPod on the side, then you’ve got no more port left for hooking your camera or tablet or whatever else up. Not that you should be doing all of these things at once, but if you do, then you might want to get one of these 28-port USB hubs.

It looks like a power strip, only instead of sockets, it’s line with USB hubs instead. As the name implies, it can accommodate up to 28 connections, from flash drives and cables to connect your camera, phone, and MP3 players with your computer.

The 28-port USB hub is available online for about $62.

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Office Wars: Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie is All You Need and More

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Be ready for anything you might encounter at the office and look spiffy to boot with the laser-guided tactical necktie. It’s basically the most bad-ass tie you can ever own, with a MOLLE system sewn right onto it with a built-in D loop. It also comes with a removable pouch that you can fill with your small but essential stuff, like a multi-tool or mints or something.

The coolest part? The second removable pouch, which houses the class II laser pointer that you can use when you’re presenting something or when you just want to mess around with the people on the other end of the room.

The tactical necktie is available online for $29.99.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Mover & Shaker Pens: Sturdy, Machined, and Nearly-Silent Click Pens

Mover and the Shaker

If you’re on a search to find a click pen that won’t fail you when you need to write some stuff down on the go or in a rush, then the Mover and the Shaker pens might just be what you’re looking for. Designed and made by Tactile Turn, these custom-machined pens have a body made from 7075 Aluminum, while the clips are 301 Spring Steel.

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ALERT Staples: Every Office Needs These

Alert Staples

Everything’s all good until you run out of staples. What’s worse is when your office is truly out of staples because the guy in charge of supplies screwed things up. This happened last week at our office, and let me just say that the hour it took to buy staples was as tense as things can get in an otherwise boring office.

I’m sure it’s happened to you before: you’re stapling forms and documents, working up a good rhythm, until you hear that empty click that means your stapler is out of staples. Working to make sure that this doesn’t happen without your awareness is ALERT Staples. It’s a concept by Wei-Ling Hsu, Yu-Ren Lai, and Cyuan-Yi You, where your typical staple wires are inked with a red band at the edge.

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Heavy Tape Dispenser Makes One-Handed Use Possible

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Tape dispensers are usually a two-handed operatio: one hand holds the dispenser while the other pulls the tape out. But the Ultimate Heavy Weight Tape Dispenser doesn’t mess around with any of that. Weighing at a hefty, but still reasonable 2.2lbs, the dispenser will stay firmly planted on your desk. It’s made from aluminum with a cast iron core, and its industrial looks will blend nicely in almost any decor. It can also do double duty as a murder weapon, though we really don’t recommend that usage.

$50.

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Pens That Camouflage As Grass Brighten Up Your Office

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This is going to make some cubicle dwellers smile a bit. It’s a set of pens called Pooleaf, and they’re shaped like giant blades of grass. When packed together into a jar, it looks like a tiny bit of greenery. It’s not going to make up for being cooped up in an office while others frolic outside in the sun, but we suppose it’s better than nothing.

The thing is… it’s not exactly cheap. At $5 per pen, it’s going to set you back a bunch to create the effect pictured. Either that, or we just made a mistake and you get more than one per $5; it’s a bit of a confusing product site.

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Standing Task Chair Places You Halfway Between Standing And Sitting

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There’s a trend emerging where companies get standing desks (like the X-Table, instead of regular workstations where people just sit. The idea is that sitting for long periods is bad… but standing for a whole day also sounds like it would suck a lot. So the Standing Task Chair is attempting to bridge the gap. It keeps you upright, but includes supports for your knees as well as your posterior, which ends up placing you in an allegedly optimal position for extended work periods. The reasoning is that your weight is distributed between your feet, your knees and your butt, so no one body part ends up carrying you all by itself.

The STC has an adjustable seat, and comes in a metal or oak finish, and costs $499 and $599 respectively. It’s seeking funding on Kickstarter, but it’s quite far from its goal at the moment.

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Treadmill Desk Lets You Work While You Exercise and Vice Versa

Treadmill Desk

Work can be such a pain. The same goes for exercise. Why someone would want to assemble a contraption that would allow people to do both things simultaneously is beyond me, but maybe there’s a demand for it because the treadmill desk exists. It’s called the TrekDesk and it’s a desk that can be attached to a treadmill so you can walk, job, or run at your desired pace while typing reports, crunching numbers, or doing whatever else you need to do on the desk.

The TrekDesk can be attached to virtually any treadmill and comes with a manuscript holder, a three-level file folder, two cup holders, and a headset stand. That way, there’s a space for most of your stuff so your work area won’t be so cluttered. The desk lets you work hard while you work out, although you probably shouldn’t sign anything while you’re on it because you’ll probably mess your signature up.

The TrekDesk retails for $479.

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