Safeguarding your phone on a trip

Some tips from Gadling, the most obvious being:

Don’t show off your phone. The iPhone and most Blackberry models rank up there with that well known Cola brand in the red can; everyone recognizes it. Sadly, not everyone around you will be as good natured as yourself, so don’t flash your phone around too much. If possible, put it in a nondescript case so you don’t tell the world you have an expensive phone.

If traveling for pleasure you might try divorcing yourself from your expensive gadgets until you return. Hard for a pickpocket to steal your $1,500 Nokia when it’s sitting in a safe at home. Also there is nothing more tacky than seeing a traveler flaunting around their waste the monetary equivelent of many small countries gdp.
Phone safety tips – safeguarding your phone on a trip

Enjoy a shower on Emitrates air

Maybe the most expensive 5 minute shower you will ever have.

High flyers will be enjoying the ultimate freshen-up this week when Emirates introduces the world’s first in-flight showers.
From Friday, first class passengers on board the new superjumbo A380 Airbus will be able to indulge in ‘shower spas’.
Emirates President Tim Clark warned passengers could not spend too long relaxing under the jets of water.He said: ‘The showers are regulated through a software programme that gives people a five-minute shower, which is ample in most cases.’A traffic light system would let passengers know how long they had left: ‘If you’re on amber and your hair’s full of shampoo, you want to get moving.’ The plane will have to take on board an additional 500kg of water, an increase of some 25 percent – adding to fuel. This new service will be functional between London Heathrow and Dubai from December 1 for a price of £4,737.

Just a shower away

Hong Kong – World’s Best Airport

Hong Kong International Airport has been voted the world’s best airport for the seventh year in an annual survey of passengers, it was announced today (July 16). Airports were judged on factors like shopping, dining, staff courtesy, baggage delivery and wait-times at security.

Shopping is never an important factor in my airport experience. I want to spend as little time in an airport as possible. Hong Kong’s strength is it’s ability to get you to Hong Kong quickly and relatively cheaply via the airport express. A feature that Taipei desperately needs.
Airport Technology – Hong Kong Voted World’s Best Airport

How to Find a Clean Hotel Room

Are you prepared for a dirty bedspread, a scummy toilet or even a bed bug infestation? It’s highly unlikely that a slightly soiled bathroom floor will put your life in danger, yet an unclean hotel room could affect your health; the most common afflictions are colds or stomach viruses. Taking a few small steps to protect yourself from germs and bacteria could save you from dealing with a sore throat while you’re practicing your French in Paris or a nasty cold while you’re hiking the hills of India. Try the following tips and sleep more soundly on your next adventure.

How to Find a Clean Hotel Room

OXO Candela Luau

While it may have value in emergencies, I think the greatest use of this LED lantern would be as lighting for your portable workspace. If you are lucky enough to have a yard or a deck this lantern would help create a wonderful evening work or reading space.

OXO Candela Luau is a portable LED lantern that stays lit up to 10 hours, is cool to the touch, and provides soothing light. Luau is suitable for a wide variety of settings. On the bedside, at the BBQ, or on the patio, the Luau lantern is practical for everyday use but unique enough for special occasions. Portable and cordless, Luau can be placed on the dinner table and lends a festive accent to parties or evenings outdoors. Luau’s dimming feature allows you to control brightness by simply rotating the lantern’s integrated base. A discreet colored light on the base indicates the lamp’s charging status—orange if it’s charging and green when it’s fully charged. Luau illuminates automatically when lifted from the charging base or during a power outage. When placed on the charging base, it automatically recharges for the next use. With Luau, there are no bulbs or candles to replace and rechargeable nickel-metal-hydride batteries ensure that it can be used again the next day and the day after that… for years of enjoyment.

Candela Luau. Via IDasia.

What the Internet is doing to our brains

I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going—so far as I can tell—but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Chronic procrastination

According to new research, one person in five now suffers from the problem so badly that their careers, relationships and health are threatened. Many researchers blame computers and mobile phones for providing too many distractions for people

I find it takes far more self-discipline to stay on task than it ever had in the past. I have always had a propensity to day dream and now with ‘the world at my finger tips’ it’s very difficult to not be distracted. This is especially true now that I work alone.
What I have done is remove temptation (games) and to try to limit the time I spend in my office to actually work related tasks. Reading books vs. online helps my focus as well.
All common sense but somehow lost as I got dug into working solely in front of a screen.
Time-wasting is not just an irritating habit. It is an affliction that ruins millions of lives and often requires therapy and other treatment for sufferers, psychologists have warned.
Hi-tech is turning us all into time-wasters.

Mitchell 15″ Laptop Messenger

The form is something commonly seen in many bags costing much less but the detailing makes for a very visually striking bag.

A designer alternative to the standard laptop messenger, this cross body bag from Diesel will be a perfect companion for years to come. The Mitchell is a revamp of last seasons Betray bag made of nylon, finished with leather, and has plenty of pockets throughout to keep you organised. This classic bag has a lined main compartment and is finished with snap button and zipper closures. It is big enough to hold your laptop, personal technology, a bottle of water and a few of your favorite books.

Find it at Rushfaster

The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard

Solving the mystery of why some hotels provide free internet access, while others hit you with major fees.

A decade ago we were complaining about the cost of calls from hotel-room phones. Why, we wondered, did cheap hotels give us free calls, but fancy, five-star joints ding us even for toll-free numbers? Who made more sense: The general manager who insisted that telephone calls were an integral part of the nightly rate, or the one who claimed he wouldn’t think of charging a guest for a service he or she didn’t use, so anyone who used a hotel’s telephone system had to pay inflated, à la carte prices?
Mobile phones mooted that debate, and no business traveler even thinks about using a guest-room telephone today. But the deep, philosophical disagreements are back—over the price hotels may or may not charge to access high-speed internet and WiFi service.

Hotel Internet Access