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Julie’s Favorite Gear

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Hey folks, here’s my ever evolving listing of the gear (and other favorite things) that I use on a daily basis. Each category has been sorted in order of usage. The most used item is on top. I’m also posting regular gadget diary posts and EDC updates where I talk about the gadgets I’m using and adventures I’m having on any particular day.

Smartphone and Related Accessories:

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 - I’ve gotten used to the size.
TYLT VÜ Wireless Charger review - Qi wireless charging stand that I use on the night stand next to my bed.
Nokia DT-910 Wireless Charging Stand - I have 2 of these. One in my office and one on my desk at my day job.

Computers and Accessories:

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13″ Macbook Pro with Retina display – I recently upgraded from a 13″ Macbook Air. This is my one and only computer that I use for everything from gadgeteer work, couch surfing and travelling. If Apple ever decides to make an MBA with retina, I’ll probably go back to the lighter weight machine.
Google Nexus 7 2013 (LTE, 32GB) – The Nexus 7 replaces my iPad mini. Loving it so far.
Logitech V470 Bluetooth Cordless Laser Mouse – I use this with my Macbook Air. I like the smaller size and fact that it doesn’t require me to plug in a USB dongle. The down side is that it sometimes I have to manually reset/pair it because it will lose connection after I wake up my laptop.

Other Office Equipment:

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Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer
Coalesse Power Pod – Power “strip” cool enough to put on your desk instead of hiding it underneath.

Cameras and Related Gear:

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Canon G11, Canon 430EX II speed light, Canon ST-E2 wireless flash remote – This is the setup that I use for all my Gadgeteer review pics.

Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card – If you take a lot of pix and don’t have one of these yet, get it now. Trust me!

Audio / Video Home Theater Gear:

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Samsung 55″ LED TV
Samsung Blu-ray DVD player with WiFi
Onkyo TX-SR608 AV Receiver
DirecTV HD DVR

Roku 2 XS - I’m starting to use this streaming media player more and more for watching free movies and shows with my Amazon Instant Video account. It’s tiny, silent and never seems to have a hiccup.
Dropcam Pro- I keep an eye on my house with this remote Wifi camera.
Bose MIE2i Mobile Headset - Current favorite earbuds. I hate in-ear style buds, and have found these to be the most comfy (and great sounding) so far. It comes with a nice zippered storage pouch too.

Miscellaneous Gear:

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GoSmart STYLUS – So far the best capacitive stylus I’ve tried for both writing and drawing.
ANicelyDone Stylus Handpad – Cushioned pad that allows you to rest your entire palm on the tablet’s display while drawing/writing.
Sensu Artist Brush Stylus – Looks and feels like a traditional paint brush.
Uniball Jetstream - My favorite ink pens. They put down a smooth thin line that never skips.
Intelli IMT-500 Chromatic Tuner – My favorite clip-on tuner for my ukuleles and guitars.

Flashlights:

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ICON Link Flashlight – This is my current quick grab flashlight.
Coast LED Lenser LED Lantern (TT7105CP) – I grab this one whenever our power goes out at home. It’s still using the original batteries!
Huntlight FT-A3 – I keep this one in my gear bag.
Photon X-Light Micro – Keychain flashlight.

Gear Bags, Pouches, Cases, Wallets and other items of holding:

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Timbuk2 Custom Laptop Messenger Bag – I prefer traditional messenger style bags and this one is roomy and looks great. I’ve been using one for years now. I recently replaced the one shown in the review due to damaging it. The one I have now is made of waxed canvas with a Blue stripe.
Quiver Moleskine Pen Holder – So far, my favorite way to keep a pen with my journal.
Waterfield Finn Wallet – I’ve been using a Waterfield zippered wallet every day since 2005. I recently updated to their Finn wallet.
Waterfield Cableguy Pouches – My favorite way to organize the stuff in my gear bag.
Waterfield Indy bag - My weekend shopping / travel bag.
Timbuk2 X-Small Classic Messenger Bag - I use this one when I need to carry more gear than the Waterfield Indy will carry, but not enough to fill the Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger.
Kensington iPad mini cover – My current favorite iPad mini case.
Col. Littleton Front Pocket Wallet – My current favorite minimalist / travel wallet when I don’t want to carry a bag or have a jacket with pockets.

Other Geek Gear

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SCOTTEVEST Lola Jacket
Sprira Odyssey Running Shoes – Most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever worn!

Favorite Apps

MightyText – This is a great free Android app that links to your phone and lets you send/receive text messages via your computer’s browser. Messages sent from your browser show up in your SMS history on your phone and visa versa.