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)

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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)

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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.  http://amzn.to/1NougLm

 

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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