What Foods Can You Carry On The Plane?

I prefer to travel light so taking enough food with me to last a 14 – 24 hour trip is not likely to ever happen. Some nuts and dried fruit maybe but certainly not complete meals. I would rather not eat at all. Of course when traveling with our kids, I’m willing to break my back in order to keep them calm and happy. So for those times this is an interesting read.

Tomorrow we’re leaving to go to Switzerland for a conference, and it’s going to be a long trip from San Francisco to Geneva – 14 hours! Airplane food is not known for being particularly tasty, and we’d like to pack our own meal. But with security regulations, we wondered: what can we carry on the plane

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What Foods Can You Carry On The Plane?


The Quest for Perfect iPhone Earbuds

A good survey of in-ear headsets for use with your iPhone.

Yeah, I love my iPhone. I use it more than any other gadget. So a good pair of earbuds is critical. And you can’t use just any pair because the on-cord clicker/mic makes the device so much better.
I’ve spent way too much money trying different ones, but the perfect pair still eludes me. Here’s my take on the ones I’ve tried so far, in order of cheapest to most expensive.

The Quest for Perfect iPhone Earbuds


50 Tips for Frugal Living

I practice many of these but never skimp on high quality home cooked meals (no processed or frozen foods).

Why live frugally? First, because it allows you to spend less than you earn, and use the difference to pay off debt, save or invest. Or all three. Second, because the less you spend, the less you need to earn. And that means you can choose to work less, or work more but retire early. Or take mini retirements. You have more options with a frugal lifestyle.

The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living


8 Things We Dislike About IT

Hate is too strong a word.

You may think that hate is too strong of a word for feelings toward a corporate department. I don’t. Yesterday, I was interviewing an executive on his perceptions of IT and he couldn’t spit his frustration out fast enough. He said, “In the quest of getting things organized, they are introducing a bunch of bureaucracy and, in the process, they’re abdicating their responsibility for making sure the right things get done.” This is completely typical of management’s frustration—no, management’s hatred—of IT.

8 Things We Hate About IT


Say no to multitasking

In this age of instant technology, we are bombarded with an overload of information and demands of our time. This is part of the reason GTD is so popular in the information world — it’s a system designed for quick decisions and for keeping all the demands of your life in order. But even if we are using GTD, sometimes we are so overwhelmed with things to do that our system begins to fall apart.


How NOT to Multitask – Work Simpler and Saner


Find the best cell phone coverage

SignalMap was created because one of us had to try three cell phone service providers before he could find one that had a strong signal where he lived. All of the sales reps guaranteed that he would receive a strong signal where he lived. A couple of them even showed him maps with GREEN clouds over his home, indicating a guaranteed strong signal. The frustration led to an idea we now call SignalMap.com.

Signal Map – Find the best cell phone coverage in your area, or add your own cell phone signal to the map.


Calder Airlift for MacBook AIr

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Calder make professional cases for guitar and violin so they have a thorough understand of what it means to protect and transport your investment. In addition to guitar and violin the also make laptop cases which feature a leather exterior, carbon fiber shell and suspension system, and a hand painted silk velvet lining. Recently Calder introduced the AirLift for MacBook Air, which seems ideally suited to a product like the MacBook, though with a weight of 4lbs the case negates the one of the advantages of having such an attractive laptop. They do marry well together and these cases certainly are beautiful. More photos after the jump.

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Traveling with Odd Luggage

Sue Richards, a harpist for the musical group Ensemble Galilei, talks about the challenges of traveling with her four-foot Celtic harp. Listeners share stories of bringing oddly shaped objects onto planes. A 16 minute broadcast from December 26, 2007 on NPR. Listen to it here.


iPhoto finds duplicates

I’m importing 6 months of camera photos into iPhoto, the only means in which I take photos these days, and somehow iPhoto detects duplicates. That’s a neat feature I haven’t seen before.
Later: Oh and it catalogues my camera movies as well. I think I might just come back to using iPhoto again after using iView for years. Via Kelake.