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My 7 favorite minimalist EDC wallets – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – Today I posted episode #7 of the Gadgeteer Video Podcast and to go with lucky number 7, the topic of the podcast was my 7 favorite minimalist wallets. Let’s check them out. 1. IDENTITY Card wallet The IDENTITY Card wallet was my favorite for a very long time because it has the smallest …

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The gear I am (was) taking with me on vacation – Julie’s Gadget Diary

ARTICLE – This year we were very much looking forward to finally getting away for a real vacation by flying to Sanibel Island Florida (our favorite place on the planet). We usually go every fall but we haven’t been there since 2018 because in 2019 we were remodeling our house and had moved into an …

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I just posted episode #1 of The Gadgeteer video podcast – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – When I retired from my day job with Cummins Inc. after 34 years this past March, I made a list of all the new things, changes, and updates that I wanted to do with The Gadgeteer. One of the things on that list was to create a video podcast. It’s amazing that in …

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I almost fell for a DirecTV phone scam! – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – In order for this story to make a little more sense (and so you won’t think I’m a complete moron), you first need to go read my DirecTV cord-cutting article from yesterday. But if you don’t want to read that article (it’s really good by the way…) here’s a quick summary… Once upon …

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I finally cut the cord with DirecTV! – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – I’ve been a DirecTV customer for close to 30 years but earlier this week I called them up and asked for a divorce. Why did I break up with DirecTV and what did I replace it with? Let me give you a little history before I answer those questions. First of all, I …

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I’m all in with Apple – Julie’s gadget diary

ARTICLE – Multiple times over the years I’ve tried to switch from Android to an iPhone and it just never worked out. But recently I’ve made the switch in a big way and of all things, I have COVID to thank for it. How did a global pandemic make me switch back to an iPhone …

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Julie’s gadget diary – Now that home screen widgets are coming to iOS, I may finally switch to an iPhone

ARTICLE – Did you watch Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) keynote yesterday? Even though the iPhone and iPad haven’t been my primary devices in several years, I am always interested in everything new with iOS, iPadOS, and macOS (since my main computer is a MacBook). I was overjoyed to see that with iOS version …

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Julie’s gadget diary – Android users now have a coveted iPhone feature

ARTICLE – See anything different in the screenshot above of the Google Messages app? It’s those 3 little dots at the bottom that bounce up and down when the person who you’re texting is replying to you. That’s right, iPhone snobs will no longer be able to gloat about how great their blue bubbles are …

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Julie’s gadget diary – The Pixel 4 XL makes me want to switch to an iPhone

ARTICLE – The Pixel 2 XL was my all-time favorite smartphone for a couple of years and I kept going back to it each time I’d try the newest flagship from various other phone makers. I purchased the Pixel 3 XL last year but promptly returned it because it felt almost identical to the 2 …

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Julie’s gadget diary – T-Mobile Home Internet part 2

ARTICLE – It’s been a few weeks since I wrote a gadget diary post about being selected to join T-Mobile’s invite-only (right now) Home Internet pilot program and I thought it was time to post a follow up to let you all know how it’s been working out for me so far. What did they send …

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Julie’s gadget diary – I am now a T-Mobile Home Internet pilot tester

ARTICLE – I came home yesterday afternoon to find a postcard in my mailbox inviting me to join T-Mobile’s new Home Internet pilot test which started rolling out back in March. I remembered reading about their invite-only service for existing T-Mobile customers but forgot all about it until yesterday. For a little background, I live …

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Julie’s gadget diary – I ordered the Huawei P30 Pro

ARTICLE – As Britney Spears would say, “oops, I did it again…” I ordered another phone. This time it’s the Huawei P30 Pro. I know that my score sheet for buying new phones and actually keeping them has been pretty embarrassing for the last year and a half. The last phone that I bought and …

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Julie’s gadget diary – The Samsung Galaxy S10+ let me down and I’m sad

ARTICLE – I feel like I’m Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. Every time I want to upgrade to a new phone, I get all those exciting newphonia feelings until I actually get the phone in my hand and something spoils it for me. That’s what’s happened with the Samsung Galaxy S10+ when I …

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Julie’s gadget diary – I’m finally upgrading to a new phone

ARTICLE – My track record for upgrading phones has been bad the past year and half but that’s finally going to change. Really, I promise this time guys! First some background… I bought the Pixel 2 XL back in the fall of 2017 which feels like forever ago, but I’ve been using that phone since …

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Julie’s gadget diary – The Pixel 3 XL is nice phone, but I sent it back

ARTICLE – After Google’s Pixel 3 XL unveiling a couple of weeks ago, I immediately ordered one because I’m a sucker for newphoneia, that feeling you get when you order a new phone and the anticipation that it will make your life easier, better, and more fun. At least I think that was what was …

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