Analog Notes

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Blog, Stuff, Tech

So I mentioned notes on a paper.  You do remember those, right?  Paper? Products?  Sometimes it just feels good to put them there.  Or there is an appropriate time to make those notes as opposed to putting them on your phone, tablet or Laptop.

When I need to, and I do this in the lab, on the road, in the field, taking pics, wandering around, just don’t feel like taking out an electronic device (read: battery is low), then these are my go to note pads.

Field Notes notepads are small, easy to carry around, excellent for lists of IP address, router locations and configuration and parameters, as well as who was in what image during an event shoot.  I have a few in my camera bag, Laptop Bag, commuter bag.  It’s just a thing with me to have them.  Sure I use digital notes (more on that later).  But when it’s time to go old school, these win out every time.

Paperwhite and a Good Read

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Podcast, Read, Tech

Travel is good for the soul.  Getting there is great for books.

My iPad is great for many things that sometimes area  great many distractions from ready, the Kindle Paperwhite is none of those things.  Easy to read in any light, especially the starboard seat of an morning flight north, sun coming through the open window that won’t get closed.  Or if you don’t fly, outside at the table during your lunch break.

At $99.99, wireless sync, backlight for might time reading, light as a paperback but hold thousands of books, it’s a no brainer.

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

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And while you’re at it, pre-order the Grit by Angela Duckworth and stick to it!

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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Storage Junkie

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Tech

Everyone knows that I am a storage junkie.  As a media and data guy, it’s always on my mind.  From storing the latest images into my QNAP RAID, pushing datasets to portable Toshiba USB3 drives or synching them to the cloud for safekeeping, storage is on my mind 24/7.

Being a Apple user, ultrafast SSD drives come to the table some time ago and have made the systems fast and reliable but at a compromise: size.  Sure you could upgrade but if you’re like me, you’ll like to be able to switch things up, move them around and make copies for safe keeping.

Transcend’s Jet Drive is happy to oblige in every way.  Small, huge storage options and nearly undetectable, this card slot solution can double your storage and best of all, you don’t have to open up your Mac to do it.  This is especially good for MacBook Air users.

With 128GB and 256 GB options for Macbook Pro and Macbook Air, it’s a simple, fast update that will put more music and video storage at your fingertips without cables and other power concerns.

Transcend 256GB JetDrive Lite 360 Storage Expansion Card for 15-Inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (TS256GJDL360)

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Transcend 256GB JetDrive Lite 130 Storage Expansion Card for 13-Inch MacBook Air (TS256GJDL130)

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Trial and Error But Better

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Stuff, Tech

Form and function is something that comes natural to come designers.  It’s a gift and a curse.  The gift is that they have it at all.  The curse is that the rest of us have to wait for inspiration to hit and then product marketing and filtering to happen before it gets down to us.

So the story goes.

I bought my wife an Apple Watch a few weeks after they came out.  It’s main use it to track our daughter’s CGM.  As a Type 1 Diabetic, being able to monitor these things in real time on a wearable is not just remarkable but a lifesaver.  But the trouble with eery new device is managing it and it’s accessories.  It’s not enough that it needs cables but it need a different cable, new stands, etc.  It adds up over time. Watch, phones, tablet, laptop.  The bedside table has no room for a lamp anymore.  “Good thing the phone comes with an LED, right?” I say to her.  To which the response is that look.  You know the one.  It says, “Figure this out or you’ll be sleeping with one eye open until you do.”  I know that look.

So scared and a little tired I find this.  Bury cables inside, add others right to it.  One outlet, simple design.  Sits next to lamp.  I get to sleep with both eyes closed.  Sold!

Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White) Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White): Cell Phones & Accessories

Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White) Apple Watch Stand, Oittm 4 Ports Desktop Smart Charging Station Nightstand Apple Watch Charger Dock Apple iWatch Charging Stand for iPhone SE, iPad Pro, Samsung S7/Edge and More (White): Cell Phones & Accessories

Ketogenic for the Weekend

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Health, Read

So those of you who know me, know that I am a strong proponent of the Ketogenic Diet.  What is that you say?  Well, think Low Carb High Fat.  “Fat!?!” you say in astonishment making that face people make when they eat kale and pretend to love it.  “High fat!” you say is even worse.

Well, hear me out.  It’s not what you think or perhaps not as bad as you think.  There are several varieties of the diet out there and most can fit even the craziest lifestyle while keeping off the weight and providing a myriad of other help benefits.

Disclaimer time:  I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV.  Consult your doctor and common sense before trying any new health fad or diet recommended by your friends uncle bob or anyone you find on the internet…like this one.

The diet works on a simple principle: use fat for fuel instead of only carbs.  By limiting carbs you force the body to use up its fat stores.  And if you’re like me, you have a few.  By burning fat instead of going for quick carbs you can quickly loose weight while at first restricting calories and later maintain weight by keeping to the diet guidelines.

Here’s a few things to read on the subject for the weekend.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  I may open a different comment section for this as w grow.

Slow Carb Diet Proponent Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

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Strong keto advocate, Maria Emmerich gives good advice if a little heavy handed for the average dieter.


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Jimmy Moore makes is all simple and easy.

Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

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Polar Ice Tray

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Kickstarter, Stuff

One Cocktail or two.  Sometime ice just doesn’t last long enough.  Sometimes, it’s just right.

If you’re like me, you like your drinks cold but not watered down.  And for the perfect drink, chilling is good but not great.  So I searched for a solution and came across this.  It was a Kickstarter staff pick and reached nearly $300K versus the $10K goal.

Clear, artful, and delightful ice for your drinks, special occasions or just enjoying reading a book in the wonderful spring air.  Sure this take time and effort but artful living takes time.  And sipping one of your own creations if a great way to live artfully.

Polar Ice Tray – Polar Ice Ball Series

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Backup Power

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Tech

Power and backup power is not a sexy topic.  But it’s something that I discuss often with clients since the Operating Room is a Mission Critical environment.  And while your desktop/gaming/entertainment center may not be as critical, there are times when a power outage can be a tad inconvenient.  Especially while saving the world Manhattan playing The Division.


APC ha sbeen known for making backup power supplies and surge protectors for years.  I’ve owned them I put together my first 286 PC in the early 90’s.  It’s pricier then.   Today, there are much better deals to be had and if saving your electronic equipment is tops on your list but you’ve put it off for some time, NOW IS THE TIME!

Amazon is offering a few deals and with Prime shipping, it’s a good thing for your as April showers and intermittent power may be upon us.

APC Back-UPS Connect BGE90M,120V, Network Backup with USB Charging ports

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