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  • Around the world in a carry-on

    As some of you may know, I will soon be embarking on a 6-week round-the-world trip. My itinerary is:

    1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    2. Berlin, Germany
    3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
    4. Rome, Italy
    5. Cape Town, South Africa
    6. Kruger National Park, South Africa
    7. Cairo, Egypt
    8. Luxor, Egypt
    9. Jerusalem, Israel
    10. Moscow, Russia
    11. Beijing, China
    12. Tokyo, Japan
    13. Kyoto, Japan
    14. Sydney, Australia

    I almost always travel with just a carry-on, but this is a must with the above itinerary which has so many destinations. I won’t be in any one place very long and will spend a big percentage of my time in transit; I won’t have time to deal with lost luggage or drag around a heavy suitcase. So as usual, I have condensed my luggage down to a small duffel bag and my GoRuck GR1 backpack.

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    Having said that, the wide variety of destinations did present a packing challenge. Criss-crossing the equator, some locations will be hot (like Rio and Cape Town) while others will be chilly (like Berlin and Moscow). So in the interest of answering all at once the many folks asking what I’ve packed, below I’ve broken down my luggage item by item. Some of these items I purchased specifically for this trip, but I’ve had others for a long while (and field-tested on many previous trips). Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Around the world in a carry-on</span>” »


  • Sling TV $20 Cable Bundle Review

    We cut cable television out of our lives years ago. It was just stupid to pay $50 per month for a “basic” cable package full of channels we never watched. Instead, we’ve put that money towards a Netflix subscription, Hulu subscription, Spotify subscriptions, an MLB TV subscription, and buying/renting shows on Amazon streaming (and we still come out ahead to the tune of $10 per month).

    But there’s always been a small problem with this scheme: Sportball. Now, personally, I don’t watch Sportball myself. But my wife likes it, and frequently wants to have people over to watch the matches. But since we cut the cord, she’s been mostly out of luck, except for the games that are available on the local broadcast channels.

    So I decided to try out Sling TV’s $20 per month streaming cable service for cord-cutters. It includes pretty much the best channels from basic cable, including ESPN, Cartoon Network, and Disney. It also has a handful of optional channel packages for kids, sports, and news. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Sling TV $20 Cable Bundle Review</span>” »


  • Interview with Shuvadeep Sarkar, co-inventor of the ReTiSense Stridalyzer

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    I bought an elliptical machine about five years ago and use it a couple times a week. One of the big reasons I decided to go for the elliptical machine was the almost negligible risk of injury. But recently, I started toying with the idea of adding some running to my routine for the increased activity and high-impact bone strengthening. I did some research on how to get started with running, including the “right” running form. There’s a lot of confusing, even conflicting, information out there. I even found myself with a pair of running shoes in my online shopping cart, but backed out, too scared to pull the trigger. I know running isn’t rocket science, but I started to feel discouraged with the learning curve before even starting. Inertia was pushing me towards giving up and just sticking with my elliptical.

    About a week later I was talking with Shuvadeep Sarkar, a former colleague. As luck would have it, the startup he had co-founded, ReTiSense, was developing a wearable running product called Stridalyzer. I was pretty excited after hearing about it, and asked Shuvadeep if he would mind doing an interview for WickedGlitch. The transcript is below. Continue reading “<span class="entry-title-text">Interview with Shuvadeep Sarkar, co-inventor of the ReTiSense Stridalyzer</span>” »


  • Amazon Fire TV Stick Review

    When Amazon announced their Fire TV Stick, I immediately snagged one. Unboxing and first thoughts below.

    Unboxing

    Facts

    On first boot, my wireless was easily detected and a software update was downloaded.

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    On reboot, I was treated to a cute 5-minute video explaining the Fire TV Stick‘s operation.

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    The Amazon Fire TV Stick does a good job playing Netflix, Hulu, and of course Amazon Prime videos. The UI while navigating through Amazon’s content is silky smooth.

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    But swiping through Netflix and and Hulu’s titles is a little sluggish; better than my Samsung Smart TV but nowhere near as nice as my Roku. Nonetheless, all the streaming video plays in HD without hiccups.

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    There is a fairly wide selection of games, but most of them require Amazon’s Fire Game Controller (sold separately). Those that work with the included Bluetooth remote (no line-of-sight required) work well.

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    The Verdict

    In short, the Fire TV Stick is…. pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a solid, cheap entry into Amazon’s content library. If you caught the special $20 pricing for Prime members, it’s a steal. At the normal $40 price, I’d probably pay a little more for a Roku.