Smythe Richbourg

BrenthavenCollins2

Hello, my name is Smythe, and I'm a bag-a-holic. I know I've come to the right group, because you all have far more bags than you can use in a month, don't you? Well, my current bag habit has brought me a bag from veteran bag makers Brenthaven, in their Collins line of messenger bags. [...]

Posted in: Bags, Reviews
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TheDuke - 8

Standing desks have been around for years, but they are making a comeback, due to some recent studies. The studies revolved around the dangers of sitting for prolonged periods. I've recently seen news reports of schools that are replacing traditional desks with standing desks, and the energizing effect they've had on students. So, with my [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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tenda-powerline-2

When you want a truly fast network connection, nothing beats a wired connection. The only issue with that is, traditionally, you either have to cut into walls and woodwork, or you have to leave wiring exposed and lying about. There is a third way, however - Power-line Communication. "Power-line communication (PLC) is a communication protocol [...]

Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews, Wireless
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LifestanceSolarLight - 9

I'm a big fan of LED technology. I have replaced many of the bulbs in my home with them, as well as all my flashlights. One place I've not upgraded to the brighter, more energy-efficient tech has been in the outdoor lights around my home. When we were offered the chance to test the Lifestance [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Outdoor Gear, Reviews
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Mujjo - 3

Ah, leather! Such a nice feel, and so easy on the eyes. I have always preferred it to the various synthetics. I especially like the finishes that are less polished and lend themselves to natural wear and "character building." Recently, Mujjo has expanded their line of cases to include Apple's newest iPhones, and they offered [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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Spyder3n1 - 1

We all have battery chargers by now, right? Some are large, some small, some include cables to connect to phones or tablets. But one thing almost every charger I have seen has is this: you have to carry along a phone charger or a device capable of charging the battery to top it off. (It [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Car Gear, Reviews
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CarvediPhone - 3

I've mentioned before that I love natural surfaces - wood, leather, and stone stir something calming and satisfying in my spirit. I have a beautiful teak dining table that I use as my desk. There's an old oak library table that used to be in my grandparents' study across the room where I have my [...]

Posted in: Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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I've been playing acoustic guitar for more than 40 years. Same guitar, but I'm hopefully a little better for the years of practice. A decade or so ago, I had my guitar retrofitted with an internal pickup, since I was playing regularly into a sound system. Recently, however, I'm more interested in getting that sound [...]

Posted in: Music Gear, Reviews
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Qicent - 1

This is another product category that has moved from being a geeky thing to perfectly normal for people in all walks of life. In the last year, I have seen power cords and surge suppressors that have several USB plugs for charging phones or tablets in coffee shops, malls, bars, and waiting areas in healthcare [...]

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Reviews
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InateckHinge - 7

Cases for iPads have run the gamut, from heavy-duty armored monstrosities to the barest wisp of a cover. Many folks, unable or unwilling to retrain their typing skills to use a glass virtual keyboard, swear by their keyboard case. Inateck has made cases for iPads that include keyboards for years, and they have recently created [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Cases and Covers, iOS, Reviews
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TenbaDNA13 - 1

Photography tools have changed considerably over the past fifteen years. Used to be, you had to have a large camera body, many varied lenses, and dozens of filters, flashes, and meters to capture the perfect photo. True photogs shot on film, so there needed to be a place to hold unexposed rolls and exposed rolls. [...]

Posted in: Bags, Camera Gear, Reviews
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Tribe Wallet 3.0 review

TribeWallet - 4

I have been using a front pocket wallet for over a decade, but still haven't decided that the one I'm using is my ultimate. I remember a year or two back reading about the Tribe Wallet on Kickstarter, but hadn't backed it. Not sure why. When Julie offered the team the Tribe Wallet 3.0, a [...]

Posted in: Reviews, Wallets
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LEDs are working their way into everything - vehicle headlamps, flashlights, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, kids toys, and our light sockets. With the advent of computers in offices over the past few decades, desktop task lighting has grown and expanded, so it's only natural that the cool, low-energy, relaxing light of these devices should invade [...]

Posted in: Home and Kitchen, Reviews
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Wouldn't it be nice if people didn't steal our stuff? You could just leave things on your table, backyard deck, or car seat, walk up to the counter for coffee or whatever, and not have to keep watch on your stuff. OK, Leave it to Beaver moment is over. Fact is, everybody is trying to grab [...]

Posted in: Bluetooth Gear, Reviews
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When I want to listen to music, I prefer over-the-ear headphones, but those are not really a good fit when out and about. I've used both of Apple's earbuds/pods that came with the iPhone's I've owned over the years, plus many others, trying to find that sweet spot of durability, good sound, and sound isolation. [...]

Posted in: Audio, Video, TV, Reviews
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