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!

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Nikon Camera Giveaway

By ltsolet / On / In Gear, Giveaway

The good folks at Preservation and Creation are giving away a Nikon D750 and some other cool stuff.  Preservation and Creation are all about timeless classics, creating photo books and journals that stand out as art not just simple albums of your memories.   Use them for something special, create your own coffee table conversation starter.  And for a limited time, there is 50% off some really cool stuff.


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(Retail Value = $2,379.99) We believe in the collection of moments – not things. We also believe each and every moment deserves to be preserved in the best light possible, so we are giving away to one lucky winner a Nikon D750 with a 24-120 Lens Kit to help preserve the unforgettable moments of your life.

Lume Cube Giveaway

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Giveaway, Photography, Tech

The good folks over at Lume Cube are giving away a brand spanking new Sony Alpha 7RII Camera.  If you take pictures and you don’t know Lume Cube, don’t worry.  Here’s a brief introduction that will whet your appetite for this great portable, lightweight and powerful technology.

Light your way into any situation with these powerful 1,500 lumens cubes.  Waterproof, shock proof, dimmable, Bluetooth controlled and mountable.  Great for night time and low light video which is what I use them for.  These LEDs make capturing night time video simple.

Lume Cube 1500 Lumen Light (Gunmetal Grey, Two-Pack)

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And they are giving away a Sony A7R II.  Check their site.  Check the product.  It’s you’re into video and night time shooting, this little cube will make for a great addition to your bag without the bulk.


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Enter to win a Sony A7R II as well as additional prizes from our generous sponsors.


Return of Lawn Work Revisited

By ltsolet / On / In Amazon, Gear, Stuff

Ok.  So as you know I’ve gone green.  Gone Kale eating slap happy electric mower green.  Well green but not that green.  Steaks are still served with the kale.  But I digress.

I promised a quick follow up (see link here) on the Greenworks 10AMP mower I bought a few weeks ago and here it is.  Unboxed in all it’s glory.  I can say that the thing is dream to work with.  My wife even cut the lawn, neigh, took the machine out of my hands and continued on until the yard was finished.  The neighbors are still wondering how I did it.

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Here’s how:

  1. Small footprint (small enough to fold down and stay in the garage so no getting in the nasty smelly shed)
  2. Easy to start (pull the lever and press the button.  No priming or cranking or clouds of smoke)
  3. Easy to push (light weight. So lightweight in fact there was no lamenting that it was not self propelled)
  4. Easy to care for (a light hosing once you are done to remove any thatch build up.  Really that’s it)
  5. Easy break down (It’s like taking the wheels of a modern bicycle.  Folds down to almost nothing)


And there you have it.  Easy, convenient, small footprint and powerful enough for tough weeds grass.

GreenWorks 25142 10 Amp Corded 16-Inch Lawn Mower

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West Coasting On Your Feet

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

Sorry for the lateness of my post.  I have been on the other side of the country at a conference.  Busy flying, busy chatting a talking and doing the entrepreneur thing.  Consulting is a great business but it takes its toll on blogging.  I wish it didn’t and perhaps I will figure out how to be better.  I have a plan.  Hoping to implement it.  When I do, I’ll post about it later.  We’ll all be better for it.  Right?  Right!

Standing all day and meeting clients from past jobs and potential clients from futures jobs takes a toll on ur feet and back and legs and and and and and.  No that’s not a typo just an appreciation for what happens to you when you stand on concrete without moving further than a few feet for an hour.  Sure I got to stroll show floor but it’s still the same concrete.

And what do I find a booth but the AcuXPD Micro Physical Messager.  It’s small, last for hours and can be worn around while standing around awaiting clients to show on hard concrete in comfortable shoes but less than comfortable concrete.

I’m not a doctor so please consult your physician before purchasing any medical device for uses that may or may not be appropriate for your condition.

I slacked around the show floor with a demo unit for a few hours and the effects of fatigue were negligible.  No pain, no sore back, nothing but the sweet goodness of comfort.

How it works:

Electrical pulses are sent to your muscles that help to stimulate blood flow.  I’m a network trade and standing up on less than stellar flooring has caused me to by relatively expensive footwear to stave off minor aches and pain.  While this is not the cure for those expensive shoes, it certainly is a remedy for when I can’t wear them and for longer than normal days on unforgiving, unloaded concrete floors like this week’s conference.

Retails for $450.  Show price was $280 for the latest and greatest.  Found here on Amazon for $130.  After two demonstrations over the past two days, I’m sold.  For the five conferences I go to a year, I won’t be going to another one without one.

Hi-Dow AcuXPD Micro Physical Therapy Massager

Hi-Dow AcuXPD Micro Physical Therapy Massager

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