The tag line read: “Never Love Anything Again!” Yes is still has an exclamation point. Those Tile folks are cocky. They never met the man who’s lost a half a dozen iPods on planes or the kids who create messes that rival natural disasters and then drop their ID’s in it. The Tile folks had they work cut out for them.
They arrived in a little box, well packaged, compact and sealed (something to do with activation of the low power chip that is the magic). Download the app, setup and account, press the “E”, give it a name like Dad’s Bag or Soon to Be Lost Keys and you’re ready to go, literally.
While the alert is low, it’s enough to let me find the things that so frequently get misplaced: Keys, Remotes, Bags. Even my daughters CGM and Glucose Meter have a Tile traveling along with them just in case they get left behind. It’s been a life saver!
One tile is a start but the value adds up when you get more. We’re now a multi-tile household with a new community of converts who are no longer afraid of loosing their things. Because they’re never truly lost. Just temporarily lost object permanence.
Online shopping for Tile at Amazon.com
So what does travel teach you about being safe. A whole lot. Travel has made me more aware of my surroundings, more aware of people and the things they do. It’s not fear. Not in the least. It’s protection. It’s not being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s keeping an eye out for the strange and the unusual. Sometimes moving to it and sometimes moving away from it. It’s the natural reflex of being in unfamiliar surrounding and trying to get your bearings. It’s natural.
At home, security systems are such an obtrusive thing. Unlike life out and about, security at home typically comes with a large obnoxious box on the wall, some immobile touch panel that beeps and burps (yes burps) and makes noises akin to klingons (not a typo for klaxon).
Canary is different. Form with function. A lot of function. After raising nearly 2 million dollars from an IndieGoGo campaign, they proceeded to release a product that continues to evolve and get better over time. 5 minutes to install, Canary is up and running and part of your digital life in no time. Monitoring temperature, humidity, and air quality, it’s a virtual dynamo. Add to that, high quality streaming, the ability to monitor more than one device in more than one physical location (upstairs, downstairs, at your aging parents home) and you have to ask yourself what’s not to love.
The Canary is a one time buy. Nothing to purchase after that. It comes with 12 hours of storage that you can add to at anytime. Updates have been free so far. Packed with other undocumented features like compatibility with Wink, it’s getting better and better all the time.
Right now, it’s $20 off the typical asking price. Amazon Prime supplies the free shipping. Simple. Easy. Elegant. And yes, it make a loud noise to scare the bad guys.
Your phone is your life. It’s the one thing that you can’t live without as you make your way in the world day in and day out. And while they are the Swiss Army knives of the new world digital order, they are don’t get the shotgun seat in the car.
In steps the Moobom Cradle. It’s loud and obnoxious, holds practically any phone securely and comes with two 2.1A USB ports; one for your phone and one for your wing-person. Or perhaps you can charge that tablet device at full speed, making light work of your travel to that sale that makes you Sales Person of the Year.
Pick up a short USB cable while you’re at it to avoid the clutter of cable and make thing a bit more tidy that your usual setup. Who knows, your attention to detail as you drive that client to lunch may be the icing on the cake that seals the deal. It’s the little things, you know.
At $11.50 with free prime shipping, it’s a steal.
So yesterday we started a series on travel and we focused on staying healthy on the road with some quick product tips, things that I use every trip to stay fit. A couple of things I didn’t mention were that I follow a mainly Ketogenic/Slow Carb Diet as popularized by Tim Ferris in the 4 Hour Body. So plenty of water and (s)low carb and protein shakes work for me. I’ll be writing more about travel and fitness, tech and the things I’ve tried that work for me and why later. Until then, feel free to send in any questions.
[su_spoiler title=”A Quick Aside About Me”]A quick note about me. I’m 6’2′ and about 190lbs (1.85m and 86kg). I work out on average about 3 times a week, sometimes more some times less depending on schedule. All hard to maintain on the road. You know, the work life balance thing everyone tells you you need to have. Exercise and health are a much a mental game as they are physical games you play. Do what works for you and guess what: it will work.[/su_spoiler]
For Part 2 of this series, we’re going to focus on stuff. Some functional stuff, some techy stuff, but mostly on details. We’ll get into details of process in later posts. The things we need to get out of the way right now is where does all of that stuff I mentioned last post go and what new goodies are we in store for?
I’m glad you asked.
[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]Tech Gear[/su_heading]
Let’s start by saying that I’m carrying a lot of baggage. Or at least I was. I’ve gone through backpacks, shoulder bags, sling bags, duffel bags, and other bags that I’ve entertained but have not worked out for what I needed (now donated to a good cause). That was until I was introduced to a wonderful company called Timbuk2. I now own several of their bags and I can’t say enough about them. Roomy, thoughtful, and quite simply the most functional well made bags I have ever used. Where I was buying a new bag every year, I have had the very same Command TSA-Friendly Messenger bag for over 4 years. Comfortable straps, well organized pockets, and expandable. It’s a good, one or two night bag, for those short trips. Laptop, batteries, tablet device, pens, paper, ink, hard drives, passport, keys, water bottle, and so on and on and on. When I first used it, stuffed it and ran off for a two west coast trip, it was like the rabbit in the hat. Timbuk2 even makes a camera insert called Snoop that allows you to safely transport your gear without worry. Another one of the reasons that I own two.
As a media guy I carry a lot of drives. Drives are important to me. And the Timbuk2 bag has a couple of slots that I use to carry two mobile hard drives to augment my storage and organizational needs. Seagate makes a great quick USB 3 drive that I use to port info, organize, draft, etc. They come in a couple of colors that I assign to Quarters (Blue Q1, Red Q2, Black Q3, Silver Q4).
Power on the go is also an issue. Not very hotel has enough outlets, or in the right place, and don’t get me started on airports. So instead of begging or having to do some weird phone yoga on messy airport floors, a portable power source is the way to go. At 2.4Amps per port, a nice fast charge several times your portable devices is in your pocket.
And while reading on your phone is great, it gets to be an eye strain with the glare, etc. So unless you’re an iPhone user and are looking to get a popSlate2, the Kindle Paperwhite Edition is a great reader for all of your books. eInk is less power hungry and the readability can’t be beat. Slim enough to fit in a side pocket, or interior pocket of your new Timbuk2 Command Messenger, it’s a wonderful addition to your tech arsenal.
As always, comments welcome. More and more travel gear and tech to come.