Jawhorse Reviews: The Jawhorse – Is it Right for Your Home Workshop?

This is an article I wrote for ezine articles.  I thought I would share it here.  The jawhorse is manufactured by Rockwell.  It’s a portable device that can replace saw horses, vises, clamps, and workbenches.  It is often sold on infomercials leading many to question:  Is it any good.

If you are not familiar with the jawhorse you can see a video of it here.

My Jawhorse Review article is below and can be seen here.

Jawhorse Reviews – Is the Rockwell Jawhorse Right For Your Home Workshop?

By John Lunt

Have you seen the infomercial on the Rockwell Jawhorse? Are you considering purchasing one for your home work shop? We look at some Jawhorse reviews from Amazon and other sources we find out what people really think of this piece of shop equipment. Is it really a great deal as the infomercials say? Or is it another infomercial product that would never get used? This equipment is billed as a combination sawhorse replacement, workbench, clamp, and vise. It is shown as portable and easy to transport? But is it true?

Amazon has a large number of reviews for this product. Most reviewers, 138 out of 183 total reviews gave it their highest rating: Five Stars! So what did they like about this piece of equipment. We looked at some of the most common praises we found for it.

1. Many reviewers say that the Jawhorse is sturdy and well built.

2. It does a great job clamping down and holding items.

3. The lock release allows quick release of items rather than having to unscrew a clamp.

4. It is an extremely versatile device. It can be used as a workbench, clamp,  saw horse, and base for a variety of tools.

5. It comes assembled and ready to use out of the box.

6. Pads on the clamps prevent damaging or marring.

7. The tripod does lend itself to some stability even on uneven surfaces.

There were also some areas that customers believed could use some improvement. Most of these were isolated and scattered complaints.

1. Several reviewers indicate that the Jawhorse is too heavy for some people like those who are older.

2. There are some complaints about the wheel, the lock down button and a couple of other parts that are made of plastic instead of metal

3. There are complaints that the owner’s manual is not very helpful.

4. Some people point out that tripod leg arrangement is not the most stable arrangement because it is easier to tip than most four legged structures.

5. The wheel does not work well on rough surfaces.

While the Jawhorse is not perfect, it does seem to be well like by people who have purchased it. It is a sturdy piece of equipment that can be used in the home work shop or in some construction settings. It actually allows one person to do what would often take two people with most other equipment.

If you are considering purchasing the this equipment please check out Jawhorse Reviews for additional information. You can also watch some short Jawhorse video reviews about this product as well as a demonstration video.

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Your Sprint GPS Enable Phone May Help Big Brother Track Your Every Move

gps enabled phones could be used by lawn enforcement to track you.According to an article in Computerworld,  your gps enabled phone could be used against you if the police have an interest in where you are going.  It looks like big brother could be watching you.

Computerworld – Sprint Nextel is downplaying a controversial blog report that it provided customer GPS location data to law enforcement authorities more than eight million times between September 2008 and October 2009.

In a statement Tuesday, the company called the figure a gross misrepresentation and said it doesn’t represent the actual number of customers whose location information was provided — nor does it represent the number of times law enforcement contacted Sprint directly seeking data. Instead, the number represents automated individual requests, or “pings,” by authorities for specific location information needed for investigations over the 13-month period. Typically, a single investigation could generate thousands of individual requests to the network by law enforcement officials trying to track or locate a person over several days or weeks. That means the eight million automated requests were probably generated by thousands of customer searches — not millions, Sprint said.

Sprint’s comments followed a blog report published earlier this week by Christopher Soghoian, a security researcher who attended a recent closed-door conference on electronic surveillance technologies and practices.

During a panel discussion at the conference, Paul Taylor, Sprint’s manager of electronic surveillance, talked about the sizable number of requests for customer GPS data after Sprint rolled-out a new Web portal for automating such requests.

I am conservative and generally favorable toward law enforcement.  However, I also believe that people have a right to have their information secure against unwarranted intrusion by the state and at this time their appears to be no standard of what level of reasonble cause if any has to be reached for law enforcement agencies to request information from your gps enabled phone.

In an audio clip of Taylor’s comments posted on Soghoian’s blog and now mirrored elsewhere, the Sprint executive is heard expressing concern about the volume of requests that came in after the Web interface went live. “There is no way on earth my team could have handled eight million requests from law enforcement, just for GPS alone” without the portal, Taylor said. “So the tool has just really caught on fire with law enforcement.

“When it comes to law enforcement access to location information, it really is the Wild West,” said Gregory Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy and Technolgy (CDT) a Washington-based think tank. “There are no statutory standards that tell authorities how much evidence they need to have before they can track a cell phone user’s location,” Nojeim said.

That has put carriers in a tough spot because they are not sure what to require from law enforcement authorities seeking such information, he said.

“In our view, there has to be a court order. The issue is under what standard should the order be issued?” Nojeim said. “You could have a court order based on a very low reasonable cause standard or a court order based on probable cause which is a very high standard,” Nojeim said, adding that the CDT supports the latter for location-based tracking.

John Verdi, senior counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington said the number of law enforcement requests made to Sprint — and almost certainly to other carriers — is a reminder of the need for good accountability procedures for electronic surveillance.

If you carry a GPS enabled phone, you can be tracked  and that information can be turned over to law enforcement.    This issue needs to be addressed.  I can see it leading to real infringement on the rights of private citizens.  In addition, information like this could lead to court legal challenges that could lead to overturning convictions because of the way the information was acquired.

Snow This Morning in North Texas

In the back of the house

The UN’s Double Standard

The citizens of Switzerland have passed a ban on new “minarets” in their nation.  I really could care less what they do.  However, I found the UN’s so-called human right’s chief’s statements on the issue absolutely ridiculous.  according to an article  on Forbes.com,

The United Nations called Switzerland’s ban on new minarets “clearly discriminatory” and deeply divisive, and the Swiss foreign minister acknowledged Tuesday the government was very concerned about how the vote would affect the country’s image.

U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said Sunday’s referendum to outlaw the construction of minarets in Switzerland was the product of “anti-foreigner scare-mongering.”

So let me get this right.  Thousands of Christians have been murdered, burned alive, had their houses destroyed as well as their places of worship throughout majority Muslim countries and Ms. Pillay doesn’t make a big deal of  it.  But when Switzerland chooses to ban minarets, not mosques, just the minarets, they are accused of being discriminatory.

Of course this isn’t Ms. Pillay’s first foray into one-sided statements.  She wanted Israel held accountable for war crimes, but didn’t even give the real aggressors in the last conflict a slap on the wrist.  Don’t worry about the fact that Israel was continually challenged for weeks leading up to open hostilities with rockets coming down on their cities and towns.

I really don’t give a damn about what this so-called “human rights” chief wants.  She should stay out of the Swiss’ business – and Israel’s as well for that matter.  The UN continues to prove itself to be a meaningless organization that should be scrapped at the earliest convenience.

Wal-Mart Maximum Security on Black Friday

razor wire- maximum security

Photo by Wendy - Picassa - cc - non-commercial-attribution

I guess Wal-Mart is working on losing a customer.  I went to Wal-Marth this morning to take advantage on the deals on a couple of smaller items.  No, I did not get in line at 4am or anything.  I guess I made it there about 8am.

I noticed they had a lot of extra security,  police officers stationed throughout the store.  At first, I thought they were there to help prevent the kinds of tragedies that took place last year where crowds rushing caused death.  I’m now pretty sure, they weren’t there to protect people, but Wal-Mart’s merchandise.

Anyway, I picked up the things I wanted, checked  out, tossed my receipt into one of the bags and headed to the door.  They asked me for my receipt.  I had to dig through until I found the little piece of paper.  Now no one at check-out told me I would need to present the receipt.  They’ve never done that before.  Frankly,  I was annoyed and ticked off.  All they needed was some razor wire and the guard tower to complete the irritation.

I won’t be doing any more shopping at Wal-Mart Maximum Security for the rest of the Christmas Season, and I’m seriously considering returning what I bought just because I’m  ticked off at them

So Much To Be Thankful For

There is so much to be Thankful for.  In the midst of everything,  I often forget how good we have things.

  • I am thankful that I was born in the United States.  While I do not want to downplay the plight of the poor, even our poorest generally have it better than the poor in other parts of the world.  For instance there is food available.  It may not be the greatest, but very few Americans ever starve.  Most Americans also have access to clean water.  In most cases in emergencies, there is also access to medical care.
  • I am thankful that I have everything I need.  I don’t have all of my “wants” but I do have my needs.
  • I am thankful that I live in a nation with a high regard for the rule of law.  While we have crime, I don’t have to fear roaming militias.
  • I am thankful for our political system.  I disagree with the current administration, but there is a process to challenge them and to try to get them replaced in an election that is never more than four years away.
  • I am thankful for a system where I have the opportunity to pursue my own goals, ideas, and dreams.
  • I am thankful for a loving family
  • I am thankful I have the freedom to Worship God and to proclaim my allegiance and faith In Jesus Christ.

There are many more things I could add, but I thought this was a good start.  So if the economy has you down…count your blessings today.

So Father I want to express my thankfulness for your many blessings.

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

 

 

EzineArticles Author -Hooray!!!

I’m not bragging, but I really am excited.  My first submission to EzineArticles was approved today.  I got this email from EzineArticles:

John, Your Article is Accepted: Christmas Solar Lights – Four Reasons to Switch From Traditional Holiday Lights

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There are lots of folks out there who write lots of articles for EzineArticles.  However, they have a reputation for being the best article directory on the web and pretty tough.  I’m new to this and don’t no much about it, but I was a bit intimidated because of the things I had heard about them.
I wrote the article and edited it.  Then I waited two days before submitting it.  I guess I was afraid of rejection or something.  It really was pretty stupid.  But anyway, today I got the good news and I celebrate it.   I celebrate the fact that I conquered fear and intimidation.
I’ve already submitted a second article and it is part way through the approval process so I’m crossing my fingers.
Anyway, the article is about  Solar powered Christmas lights.  So, if you have any interest in these great Christmas decorations, check it out.