Category: Tools

Tools for the Business Travel Lifestyle: I travel a lot, almost constantly. I share with you what tools I have found to work, for the road warrior, the jet-setter, and even the leisurely rambler.

21 May

One Year Review: Shokz OpenComm UC Bluetooth Headsets Holding Up Well

After a year of constant abuse, Opencomm holds up well after being stuffed in backpacks, suit jackets, and countless airport security bins.

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04 Apr

Photographers Are Extremely Disappointed WIth Canon. That Includes Me.

I sincerely hope Canon's policy with its new EOS R series evolves quickly and decisively. Until then, I'm refraining.

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07 Oct

SoundPEATS Sonic Wireless Earbuds May Be The Best In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Yet

Most of you know that I am already a fan of Soundpeats Bluetooth headsets, having had several pair of their wired and earbud models. My most recent pair are...

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03 Oct

Under $30 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds? Dudios! Yes Please!

Most of you know that I am already a fan of Soundpeats Bluetooth headsets, but as Eastern sages remind us, “all things are temporary”—especially headphones. I had two sets...

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30 May

Serengeti Makes Some Of The Best Sunglasses On Earth. Is Their Future In Doubt?

I strongly believe that my consistent usage of Serengeti sunglasses for almost all of my adult life is the reason why in my 50s I need neither reading or...

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17 May

DJI Launches Flagship Commercial / Industrial Drone With New Camera Platform

DJI introduces new Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 Series drones to extend Airborne Intelligence to a New Generation of Work Ready to Embrace Digitalization and AI

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28 Apr

Necessary Toys: Does the DJI Mavic Air 2 Mean It’s Time To Break Down And Buy A Drone?

Up until now I have resisted drones. I saw them at first as toys. Later I realized that they had practical uses but “weren’t for me.” Now I realize...

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04 Jan

Soundpeats May Be The Best Bluetooth Headphones You Have Never Heard Of

They were very inexpensive, I thought that there was no way they could be very good. I ordered two pair. I was surprised. They are great. The sound quality...

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16 Dec

The Cuisinart HM-70 is the “Maserati of Mixers”

This mixer is great! I can’t think of anything to do to improve upon it other than make it free or include beer in the box. Its 7 speeds...

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30 Apr

Opteka Flash: An Example Of Defective Design. Beware!

I needed a compact flash for my Canon 5D. I have a full size flash but often it is too heavy and unwieldy and I needed to have a...

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18 Jun

This 10-Buck Camera Sling Strap Literally Saved My Neck

Looking at the pictures, and even looking at it when it arrived, it looked kind of weird. But I have a full frame DSLR that is way too heavy...

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10 Jun

Finally A Versatile Soft Camera Case That Can Handle My Full Frame DSLR

I purchased this rooCase, and am quite pleased. It is roomy, well constructed, has plenty of versatile pockets, and has its own little raincoat that folds out to protect...

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27 Apr

My Portable Duxtop Induction Cooktop Travels With Me on Extended Stays

Often when I travel, there is either no cooking stove, or whatever is provided just sucks! I needed something powerful and portable, so 6 years ago I purchased this...

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29 Sep

My Sennheiser In-Ear Stereo Headphones Were Too Fragile For The Real World. Here Is What I Replaced Them With

I purchased these wired in-ear headphones by Sennheiser back in 2014. I have always been an audiophile and since I couldn’t try them before I purchased, I trusted the...

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13 Sep

I Got My Panasonic DMC-ZS30K Pocket Digital Camera in 2013. It’s Still Going Strong.

I travel, as a journalist, and sometimes I am in some dicey places where a full SLR can make you a target. 7 years ago I purchased a Panasonic...

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27 Jul

My Panasonic DMC-LX2K Digital Camera Was A Real Trooper:

I have always been an SLR photographer and have held off on purchasing a digital camera up until this one because I previously was not convinced of the resolution...

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31 Mar

Orienteering? Here Is The Perfect Compass For a Tank Commander!

I purchased this compass from Amazon a few years back. It seems well made, but WAY heavier than I expected. Solid metal construction. If you need one super tough,...

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22 Apr

This Gourmet Mandoline Is Light Enough For Travel But Tough Enough For Everyday Use

I travel throughout the year, usually internationally. On longer stays, I like to take a few essentials with me such as my portable induction cooktop, my Henckels, and this...

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18 May

Can A Simple Stapler Lead To A Happier Life?

Well, maybe if it is this one. I purchased this Swingline Optima 40 not expecting much, just a good solid stapler. The last couple of staplers I purchased, cheaper...

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