What’s on my desk? Work from home edition

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Before 2020, I loved working from home. I thought I would want to do it all the time. When it was a periodic treat rather than an every day necessity, it felt fun and like a privilege. Now that I have to do it daily, it doesn’t feel so special and I’ve needed to adapt to the situation to establish a workable daily office at home so I can actually get work done. In order […]

For the first time in a decade, I’m keeping my phone

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Every single year since the first Motorola Droid came out in 2007, I’ve bought a new phone. I’m a habitual upgrader, always wanting the latest and greatest in electronics. Every year before, that’s meant grabbing the newest phone at least once a year, and even going through three last year before settling on the iPhone 11. This year, the upgrades just aren’t enough to get me to upgrade. Phones were the most exciting part of […]

Using an iPad as my primary computer

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While I’m on parental leave, I’ve begun an experiment to see how often I can use my iPad as my primary computer. I don’t have much need for my laptop while I’m not doing work, so I found myself reaching for the iPad to do quick tasks more often. In fact, I’m even writing this on it. By doing this, I’ve found that there are many places an iPad is just as good as a […]

I am a Peloton believer – my Bike and app review

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I ordered my wife a Peloton Bike for her birthday and I’ve been on it pretty much every day since. I figured I would get marginal use out of it and maybe use it once or twice a week to supplement my running. However, I’ve discovered the great suite of exercise programs that come with the membership, and I’ve used it a ton already. I really didn’t think I’d buy into the religion of Peloton, […]

The running gear I can’t live without in 2020

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This year has involved a bit more running than I originally expected. I aimed to run my first ultramarathon in April, but thanks to COVID, it moved back to September. That meant training up to peak mileage with 50+ mile weeks not just once, but twice. It meant many more weekends spent out on the trails than I expected with a newborn, but it also meant I got to field test a ton of running […]

Taking the Tesla skiing

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Cold weather and electric cars don’t exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, I still decided to take my Tesla Model 3 on the longest trip yet, up into the cold and potential snow, outside of the electric range in Vermont for some skiing. During the trip I learned a lot about the car, it’s limitations, and discovered that electric cars maybe aren’t as limited as it seems. At 250 miles from my […]

My 10 favorite tech items of 2019

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As the year winds down and the decade comes to a close (though I say that won’t happen for another year because I actually understand time), so does the era of gadgets and smartphones being the most exciting tech. In 2010, the most exciting device I owned was the original Motorola Droid, my first smartphone. While a new phone each year has become far less exciting, there’s still a ton of technology that I have […]

Back in the walled garden – my iPhone 11 review

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Are Android and iOS really all that different? It turns out that after years of borrowing ideas from each other, they are actually much closer than anyone who hasn’t used both in the last couple of years might know. After a few disappointing Android devices where so many things were good, but there was at least one crippling deficiency, I decided to go back to the world of iOS with the compelling iPhone 11. After […]

Running like a pro: My Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review

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After three years with my Garmin Vivoactive smartwatch, I decided it was time to graduate up to a more professional and full featured running watch. Going back to my Fitbit, I’ve enjoyed running with a smart device, but with each upgrade, have felt the need to add a bit more power. With the Fenix 6, I quickly discovered a ton of new features that help me push to become an even better runner. I’ll miss […]

Truly Professional – My OnePlus 7 Pro Review

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The OnePlus 7 Pro landed on the smartphone scene this year without a ton of hype, but generated a ton of noise. Could a smartphone costing only $700 really match up with $1000 plus flagship phones from Apple and Google and actually surpass them in several areas? I saw enough reviews saying that it could that I decided it was time to give it a try. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now […]