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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Computers and Accessories:

  • Apple 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display – I use this computer for everything from gadgeteer work, couch surfing to travelling.
  • LandingZone DOCK – I use this dock to connect my MacBook Pro to my LG monitor and other accessories. It makes it so easy to grab and go without having to disconnect individual cables.
  • 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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Cameras and Related Gear:

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Audio / Video Home Theater Gear:

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  • Roku 2 XS - I’m use this streaming media player for watching free movies and shows with my Amazon Prime 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.

Car Gear:

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Miscellaneous Gear:

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Flashlights:

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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 linked review due to damaging it. The one I have now is made of waxed canvas with a Blue stripe.
  • Timbuk2 X-Small Classic Messenger Bag – (not shown above) 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.
  • Waterfield Finn Wallet – I’ve been using a Waterfield zippered wallet every day since 2005. I recently updated to their Finn wallet.
  • Waterfield Outback Duffel bag – My travel bag.
  • 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 and have a jacket with pockets.
  • Dragonthorn Leatherworks PCS – This is a custom PCS (Pocket Carry System) that has been designed to hold a small Altoids tin with aspirin, nail clippers and lip balm.

Other Geek Gear:

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My Favorite Android Apps:

  • WakeVoice – Great alarm clock app for Android that speaks the time, weather and news headlines and can be stopped with a hand gesture.
  • Slacker Radio – My current favorite audio streaming app.
  • Tasker – Automation app.
  • Words with Friends – This is pretty much the only game I play. I’m not that good, but I still enjoy it.
  • Pure Calendar – Calendar widget that can be customized.
  • Nova Launcher Prime – I’m never happy with stock anything, so this app let’s me tweak my phone’s interface.