September 07, 2004
CyberTool: It changed my life
Mark Frauenfelder asks people for their experience with the Victorinox CyberTool. My quick reply:
I've had mine since soon after they came out (2-3 years?), and rely on it.
It's got all the bits you need to take apart any computer. I've disassembled 10-15 laptops with mine, and use it for field trips to do maintenance on my company's electronic signs.
We found a Leatherman Juice tool in our office, and I started trying to use it, but the CyberTool beats it hands down, for the way it fits your hand, the selection of tools (ballpoint pen! Eyeglass screwdriver!), and maximum portability.
I once used one of the bits to replace a blown fuse when I couldn't find a replacement.
My developers “borrowed” mine for a few weeks, and I didn't think I was going to get it back, so I'm likely to buy enough to go around.
I worry about packing it in my checked luggage, since it's so easily pocketable. I have other (often better) tools available, but the CyberTool is sort of like a phonecam: It's the tool that's on you that's going to get the most use.
I think I have the middle level, with 34 or so tools -- the same one in the BoingBoing picture.
All in all, $50 very well spent.
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I've one that my mom gave me the year before she died. *Prods pockets* It's at home right now on the coffee table in the war room, but its often with me.
Posted by: Ryan Gill at Sep 8, 2004 9:18:38 AM