Cool Tools is about exactly that, useful tools and gadgets reviewed by people who use them. It was started by Kevin Kelly and now Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing will be editor-in-chief. It already has a sense of community. Now there may be podcasts, meetups, and more.
Cool tools really work. A cool tool can be any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that is tried and true. All reviews on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it. Items can be either old or new as long as they are wonderful. We only post things we like and ignore the rest.
Cool Tools is where I learned about Eneloop rechargeable batteries, which keep most of their charge for three years and are more powerful than other batteries. There’s lots of amazing stuff at Cool Tools, all neatly categorized with handcrafted reviews. Check it out.