Online tool for frequent business travellers

Dopplr lets you share your travel plans privately with a group of friends and colleagues whom you have chosen. It then tells you when people you know will be in the same cities. It also reminds you of people who live in the places you’re planning to visit.
Dopplr works on your personal computer and mobile phone. It links with online calendars and social networks.


Track US flight delays

Webapp Flight Wait takes the guesswork out of flight tracking by providing you with a map of FAA flight delays in real time. Simply input the city or airport code and let Flight Wait determine whether there are any traffic delays that you may need to be aware of. If all lines are green, the wait is a maximum of 15 minutes. If the lines are yellow, your airport or area is reporting delays between approximately 16-59 minutes. A red line indicates a wait of an additional one to two hours, and if the line is black, you’re stuck for at least two hours.

Flight Wait. Via lifehacker.


Modular Cellphone

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Bug Labs is planning on offering a modular cellphone that allows you to piece together different functions as needed – ex. replace camera module with gps. The handset with use Linux as it’s OS and will offer four modules initially, a GPS, camera, LCD touchscreen, and an accelerometer/motion sensor. With phones increasingly including all sorts of computing functions in ever smaller form factors this seems to be an idea past it’s time.
Via textually.org


Ho ho ho

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Please pardon a break for the next few days. Merry Christmas from my neck of the woods.


Extreme last minute gift giving

Sure, it’s better to give than to receive, and it truly is the thought that counts, but when you’re in a hurry you can make some serious gift-giving mistakes. So with that in mind, here are five simple ways to make the most of every shopping minute — and dollar. Plus, we’ve included plenty of specific last-minute gift ideas to make your task even easier.

Good or bad there is little to no Christmas spirit in our neck of the woods. Without the constant barage of buy now messages that I would be experiencing in Canada, I let the whole gift buying task slip. Except for our kids I haven’t bought a thing. Perhaps it’s not too late to ease some of the guilt I am feeling.
Kiplinger has some suggestions which aren’t bad – some seem impersonal (email gift certificates) but at this late date impersonal may be better than nothing at all.
Link. Via Lifehacker.


How to prevent lost luggage

Great tips from a veteran airline baggage handler.

When you fly, do you check in your bags? Watch out: Once that bag leaves your side, anything could happen to it. For every 1,000 bags, the typical airline mishandles 6.
Sure, the odds don’t sound too bad. But what if the dice doesn’t roll in your favor one day? What do you do if the airline loses or damages your bag? More importantly, how do you prevent your bag from becoming a statistic?

Read.


Rimowa Topas Aluminum Carry-on

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Rimowa’s Topas aluminum cases are among the lightest and sturdiest cases in the world. The grooved aluminum-magnesium shells will protect against severe humidity and extreme temperature changes and stand up to the stresses of frequent travel.

These cases are nearly indestructible and make an amazing choice for carry-on luggage.
Available here.


Losing your luggage

The most important advice you can take is to simply pack light and carry on your bag. It takes away one possible bit of stress from your travel experience (and you get through the airport and out the door quicker). If you can’t do that then read my notes and tips from When good bags go missing.

“You must expeditiously go to the adjacent baggage claim office and report that your bag is not on the belt,” … If you check your bag in early enough, there are times when the carrier might put it on an earlier flight, say, if the plane has weight restrictions” and security measures are met. All passengers, he said, should have an accurate description of their bags — the color, the shape, the material, the make, any identifying characteristics such as a pink and green ribbon on the handle, and of the contents.
When you get your boarding pass and check your luggage, make certain you look at the baggage tag to verify the information is correct — something most fliers never do, but should.
Don’t think you’re going to strike it rich if your bag is lost. The maximum you can receive domestically is $3,000, a figure set last February by the Transportation Department.

Most bags are lost, for various reasons, when they are not transferred from one flight to another.
Tips:

Put your name and itinerary inside your bag, maybe in a big envelope so it can be seen, suggested ATA’s Castelveter. If a baggage agent opens the bag, he’ll know immediately whose it is and where you are.
Check in early.
Do not pack fragile or valuable items – antiques, cameras, electronics, jewelry, medicines – in your checked bags.
Consider insurance. AIG Travel Guard’s coverage for a baggage and personal effects loss is $1,000. Check your own household coverage.
Ship your bag via FedEx or firms like luggageconcierge.com or luggageforward.com.

Link.


24-7 bag

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The ripstop nylon bag measures 12″ x 14″ x 5″ with a 26.5″ strap and features a shoulder pad for comfort. What is somewhat unique about this bag is it’s ability to be rolled up into 3″ diameter ball making this an ideal bag to have on person for last minute shopping excursions. Available in teal, brown, neon lime, or black. Each bag costs $15.
flip & tumble – reusable bags


Skype Phone Adapter

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Do you have a favorite old telephone–maybe that old rotary phone, or your house cordless phone? Use this handy adapter to connect it to your PC. The SKYHJA has standard audio in/out plugs on one side and a regular old phone plug (RJ11) on the other, essentially converting your old phone to a speaker and mic to use with Skype.

Find here. Via Swissmiss.


To create great work you need focus

Without a doubt, the best work is done by people who are dedicated to their work. The reason is pretty simple. It is hard to develop something amazing if you don’t care about it, when there’s no interest or passion.
If you talk to people who do great work, they will tell you that there is dedication based on the inner need to craft something wonderful. It isn’t money or external rewards that drive the best people …

Link.