William Ray Jr.

Bikeboard AG Bikeboard Offroad

The bikeboard, a new product from Bikeboard AG, is an extreme sports recreational vehicle based on a bike fork and frame. This original concept has been expanded to include land, water, and snow based recreation. Bikeboard AG is based in Lucerne, Switzerland and their products are distributed in the United States by Bikeboard North American, a division of SI Health and Fitness, Inc.

Spire Torq Backpack

Cory at Spire USA contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their latest product: The Torq – a laptop backpack. Although I currently use a backpack bag for all my camera gear – the Crumpler Karachi Outpost backpack – and I only have one back, I thought I would give it a try. What could it hurt (aside from my back)?

Crumpler Karachi Outpost Backpack

Sometime back in May or June I decided to try a different approach for my photography business. Rather than the traditional portrait stuff, I decided to see if I could make a nickel selling action shots. So far my little endeavor (iphotsports.com) seems to be paying off pretty well. Anyway, getting round to the point, …

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JetAudio iAudio4 MP3 Player Review

Product Requirements: Device: Windows PC running 98, 98SE, 2000 or XP with USB port. Jet-Audio Software: Windows PC running 98, 98SE, 2000 or XP with sound card and speakers. About three months ago I started going to the gym again in an effort to harden my physique. It was never my goal to make myself …

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Bag Strap Review

Here it is. Another review brought about by the reoccurring theme — “Bill whines about something and Julie comes to the rescue.” The strap on my laptop bag started rolling over and cutting into my sensitive shoulders. Whaaa. 🙁 The original strap was a two piece arrangement — a seatbelt type nylon strap with a …

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Mini Tripods from minitripods.com Review

If you are a shutterbug (and why would you be interested in mini tripods if you are not?), you might have read my review on the Clamperpod a few months ago. A few weeks ago I noticed that Fred at clamperpod.com was starting up a new site for mini tripods (ironically called minitripods.com). I suggested …

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RoadWired Roadster Convertible Review

Mike over at RoadWired sent Julie their latest gear bag – The Roadster Convertible. When Julie asked me if I would like to review the bag, I said simply, “Yes.” I like to keep my answers simple — besides I really like all of the RoadWired gear I already own. Julie forwarded the description of …

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ClamperPod Review

Product Requirements: Device: Camera or accessory with standard ¼ inch tripod mount hole   Have you ever been a situation where you need a tripod, but forgot to bring one along? Perhaps you want to use your camera’s self-timer function, so you can be in the picture, too. Throw a ClamperPod in your camera bag …

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Syba PCMCIA USB 2.0 CardBus Review

Product Requirements: Device: A computer running Win98/Win98SE/2000/ME/XP CardBus PC Card Slot   When I purchased my laptop, I sacrificed USB 2.0 ports for processor speed, hard drive space, and a CDROM burner. I hate being on a budget. I never seem to have enough money to buy what I really want, so I always end …

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Hotway Hotreader Review

Product Requirements: Device: A computer running Win98SE/2000/ME/XP/Mac OS 8.6 or higher USB port Owners of products utilizing one of Sony’s proprietary memory card formats might want to consider Hotway’s Hotreader offered by the Brando Workshop (USB). It supports all four of the Sony Memory stick formats (Memory Stick 4MB~128MB, Memory Stick PRO 256MB~1GB, Memory Stick …

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Sony HDD Photo Storage HDPS-M1 Review

Product Requirements: Device: Windows ME, 2000 (SP4 or later), XP (Home or Pro) Mac OS X (10.3 or later) USB port (1.1 or 2.0) for data transfer to PC or Mac Sony Memory Stick (original, PRO, MagicGate, ROM, Memory Select, DUO) or Compact Flash PhotoDiary (included software): Windows (same as above — will not run …

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RoadWired Keycard Travelock Review

The Keycard Travelock, available from RoadWired  provides the laptop owner with a simple and effective way to secure their portable computer. The kit includes a 4.5″ and 60″ braided and coated steel cable along with a laptop lock designed to fit in any standard laptop locking slot. This fit securely in the locking slot on …

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