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 […]

Comparing the camera on the Pixel 3 vs the OnePlus 7 Pro

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My Pixel 3 XL has been getting long in the tooth lately. After a year of owning it, it’s slowed down to the point where I could barely use it in some situations. As a result, I decided to get myself the highly touted and reviewed OnePlus 7 Pro. After a few weeks with it, the biggest issue with it was the camera, especially in comparison to the Pixel. In order to fully decide if […]

Why I bought my own email service and stopped giving away my data

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I ‘ve been a Gmail user since it first became available in beta through an invite-only system back in 2005 or so, but recent concerns over the data that gets tracked, collected, and stored for uses beyond email caused me to find a replacement option. Luckily, thanks to my dedicated cloud server and domain for my blog, setting up my own custom email address was incredibly easy. Now I’m not longer paying for a “free” […]

My favorite running gear – 2019 edition

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One of the nice parts about running is that compared to many sports, it really doesn’t require much gear. However, there are a few critical parts of running gear that can make a big difference. Once I found ones I liked, I’ve pretty much stuck with them. When running, especially long distances, you never want to be weighed down with too much stuff, so finding those few items that make the run more pleasant without […]

I’m done giving tech companies my personal and private data

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It’s been a while coming, but this week finally broke the straw for me. I’m sick of giving tech companies my private information, personal data, or contributing content to them for free for whatever limited functionality I get from them. Instead of the promised convenience and supposedly better and better “personalization”, all we’re getting it more invasive targeting, sales and leaks of our personal data, and building up more giant companies with the free content […]