Reuse all those plastic bags with a countertop gadget



I hate seeing my friends throw their clean, dry plastic bags in the trash. But even if they sort them, 95% will not be recycled. So I decided to do something about it.

On, I pre-ordered the Obaggo, a 10.5-inch tall trash compactor that will sit on my kitchen counter. With a little heat and a lot of pressure, it turns 20 to 25 bags of groceries into dense hockey pucks about 6 inches in diameter. Recycling centers can crush the discs and turn them into pellets, the kind that industry uses to make new products. If you are using thicker bags, like the blue and white ones from Amazon, you will need less. You can also use vegetable bags, cereal box liners, bread bags, ziplock bags and dozens more, storing them in the Obaggo until it’s full.

Obaggo was founded by David New, whose father founded one of the first recycling centers in the United States in the 1970s. New watched with frustration at his father’s machines treating clean plastic bags as a contaminant to the environment. to throw. Even today, thin plastic bags clog the machines and are thrown away. The company says it is quickly developing contracts with recycling centers and drop-off bins, but each Obaggo will come with two shipping labels. Users can return their drives to the company every six months.

Plastic is in great demand. Prices have skyrocketed, in part due to supply chain issues, according to industry analysts. The delays also affect Obaggo. The $ 219 compactors won’t ship until November 2022. But for me, it’s worth the wait.


The Jooki is a music player for ages 3 to 103. It looks like a radio and is a little bigger than my hand with my fingers spread out.

The company sent me the model for $ 120. Put an orange token on the player to listen to your favorite playlist. Or, put a blue one for a different playlist. It’s a baby version of putting an album on a turntable. But there is no needle and the plastic tokens fall out. The $ 160 version comes with five minifigures and eight tokens.

Parents will need to be a bit tech savvy to install it. The Jooki app on my phone made me think I needed the Spotify music service. But I did not do it. You can rip them from CDs using Windows Media Player. Simply insert a CD into the drive, launch Windows Media Player and click “Rip Settings”, then change the default to MP3. You can also adjust the MP3 quality from lowest to highest. If you prefer to download music from YouTube, go to

The sound quality is excellent once you go to “Parental Controls” in the Jooki app and turn off the volume restriction. Otherwise, it’s too quiet. But full volume without parental controls can be dangerous if the child puts it to their ear and turns the volume knob all the way. To stop the music, just lift the plastic token. To skip a song, turn the other knob.

Thanks to Jooki, I have an eclectic mix of songs: rock ‘n’ roll when the orange chip is in place and a few classic songs when the blue is in it. The simplicity is refreshing. But if I give it away as a gift, I’ll put a lot of Disney tunes on it first. The songs that accompany the Jooki are not music to my ears.


Remember the old versions of Android where you had a home screen icon, a back arrow, and a little square icon for recently used apps? In later versions of Android, these have been replaced by gestures. I have trouble remembering the gestures. So I went back to the basic home button etc.

If you want to do that as well, click “Settings” on your Android phone and search for “Gesture Navigation”. In Android 11, it’s under “System”, then “Gestures”, then “System navigation”. Note that the “Gestures” choice is activated. Turn it off by pressing “3-button navigation” instead.


Bad passwords are easy to guess, like “I love you”. But the most common use your home address, date of birth, or other personal information that a hacker might guess. According to ZDNet, only 8% of survey respondents knew to avoid using anything personal. The best password, they say, is an absurd phrase with numbers or symbols.


Here is a breakdown of the most popular online messaging apps by popularity. Google’s Gmail has around 1.5 billion active users. Microsoft Outlook has 400 million active users. Yahoo Mail has approximately 225 million active users. Mozilla Thunderbird has more than 20 million. AOL has around 2.3 million. But it was announced in May that Verizon, owner of AOL, had sold it. AOL will be consolidated under the Yahoo brand, along with TechCrunch and HuffPost. By the way, you can have as many email addresses as you want and use them for different purposes.

Joy Schwabach can be reached by email at [email protected]



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