The Three-day Travel Bag

Though I have developed a general distain for wheeled carry-on luggage, if I had to take one the Three-day Travel Bag would be on my list. Looks great.

Whisk to airport with spacious wheelie bag for quick weekend get-away. Retractable handle steers casing banded with seatbelt-style, metal-buckled compression straps. Main compartment comprises laundry sleeve and removable shoe sack. Neoprene construction adds stretch to zip for closing ease. Top pocket conveniently placed for keys, coins and phone.

The Three-day Travel Bag

Drobo with FireWire 800 Review

The Drobo is too expensive for my budget and as such I use a couple Stardom enclosures coupled with Superduper and Time machine.

While the Drobo isn’t the fastest unit out there, its ability to allow users to effortlessly administer multiple external hard drives makes it handy for people with large storage needs. It’s faster and more flexible than the previous model, and if you’re someone who has such high demands on memory as to require a machine to organize your drives, you’ll likely need any speed upgrade you can get.

Macworld | From the Lab | Review: Drobo with FireWire 800

Google phone article round-up

The Google phone, paraphrasing from Apple’s classic line, might be the phone for the rest of us. The rest of us being those like me who don’t have access to Apple’s iPhone.
At first glance it lacks the elegance of the iPhone but elegance (and in some cases reliability) has never been a strong point for HTC. Other then design, the only real criticism I have is that I hesitate tying all my mobile communications with Google. And will their be any Google phone to Mac desktop syncing? I’m looking forward to a wider non-US release.
Here is a collection of articles I have been following since the initial announcement:
Android vs. the iPhoneMany believe this is the first real challenge the iPhone is seeing, and much of the marketing for it seems to be aimed right at the iPhone and its limitations.
With Google Phone, HTC Comes Out of the ShadowsThe Taiwanese electronics manufacturer was chosen by Google more than two years ago to build the first mobile phone based on its “Android” software in large part because of its proven ability to design and build head-turning mobile devices.
T-Mobile Lifts 1 GB Bandwidth Cap for Google Phone
T-Mobile G1 first hands-on
Hands on with HTC’s Google phoneT-Mobile, Google and High Tech Computer (HTC) unveiled the highly anticipated Android phone in New York on Tuesday, and I got a chance to try out the new handset at HTC’s office in Taipei.
The applications on board are by far the coolest feature of the handset, especially Google Maps Street View, which on the handset, allows a person to view a snapshot of an entire street scene at any of several U.S. cities.

Android and T-Mobile G1’s Five Worst Flaws
Amazon: 6 million DRM-free songs on T-Mobile G1
Walt Mossberg on the G1In sum, the G1 is a powerful, versatile device which will offer users a real alternative in the new handheld computing category the iPhone has occupied alone.
HTC G1 Specs
Boing Boing’s overview“We share a vision of making the mobile internet practical and fun,” Chou said. “I’ve been working in this industry very long time. The Android phone is nimble, flexible and powerful. … it’s a fundamental shift in how people use the internet.”

Indoor Gardening machine

Though a bit off-topic, I’m enthused over this product from prepara. I’ve been thinking allot lately about how to have a small garden with limited space but with little time to care for it my current efforts have largely failed. I love the idea of being able to grab some fresh herbs or greens for an impromptu dinner. Though I prefer the ‘feeling’ of tending a garden, getting dirty, and the smell of freshly watered soil, I think the Power Plant is an acceptable alternative. Especially if you actually yield plants. Perhaps this is the perfect garden for those on the go!
Power plant growing machine

A couple last minute tips for travel

I’m on my way out the door in a few hours for a brief trip to Hong Kong and I thought I might share a couple things I have encountered as I prepare.
1st tip: Don’t assume that that packing cube you have had tucked away in the closet for the past 6 months is going to smell fresh and clean. I have 5 packing cubes and all of them smell like vomit. That’s a smell that I don’t want on my clothes so I am doing some last minute cleaning and freshening of all my bags.
2nd tip: Thoroughly check all those hidden pockets in your luggage of choice. This can be fun if you find money or some memorabelia from your last trip. Not so fun is not checking and having a pocket knife, pills, or some unknown liquid be found by security. Clear out the pockets and remove another reason for security to make your life unpleasant. In checking this morning I found old receipts, melted candy, and a toy truck.
If you are traveling – have a fun and safe trip!
Photo via mayhem.

Dining in Bangkok

After Taipei, try Bangkok for food.

The crowded banks of the Chao Phraya River were once considered the heart of Bangkok. But these days the river is largely peripheral for everyone but tourists — the main business districts in the Thai capital are well inland. This is a shame because river life in Bangkok is still relatively vibrant, the temperature always seems to be a few degrees cooler, and the well-lit monuments along the Chao Phraya are gorgeous at night.

Bangkok – Dining Down by the Riverside

Come and eat in Taipei

Which is a pity if you like to eat, for food is one arena where Taipei — the world’s most underrated capital city, according to Monocle magazine — blows Beijing away. Its food incorporates more influences, spans street food to haute cuisine with greater aplomb and is out and out more delicious than that of its mainland counterpart. Not to mention that its people are perhaps the most comestible-crazed Asians outside of Singapore — no excursion is complete without, say, a bag of stewed duck tongues at journey’s end.

Feasting at the Table of Taipei

Business Travelers Expect a Squeeze on Expenses

OH, this is shaping up as a jolly time for business travelers. Not only will they be under pressure to generate more business on each trip, their travel arrangements may be more spartan.
At least that is the expectation of Susan K. Gurley, the executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, and other travel industry experts as well. Employers, said Ms. Gurley, “are going to basically say, ‘You should be lucky to have a job, and if it means staying in a less expensive hotel or doubling up or taking a more uncomfortable flight, so be it.’ ”

36 Hours in Phnom Penh

This may be your last chance to see Phnom Penh before this former village at the mouth of three mighty rivers, once called the Pearl of Asia, turns into a booming metropolis. Even today, the city seems to shimmer with the sense that its low-slung buildings, ambling cows and smiling monks are not long for this world.

iStik iPod Nano (2G) case

In this product review, I’ll be offering you a closer look at the iStik iPod Nano case. It takes a lot to get me interested in an iPod case nowadays, so rest assured that this case is different from anything you’ve ever seen.

From Gadling

‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures

If you have traveled with a laptop recently you may have gone through the pain of having to put your laptop on a plastic tray so that it can be scanned for ‘irregularities’. Since Aug. 16, the American TSA has allowed laptops to remain in bags when the bags meet new ‘checkpoint friendly’ guidelines. Not all laptop bags are ‘checkpoint friendly’.

To help streamline the security process and better protect laptops TSA has recently encouraged manufacturers to design bags that will produce a clear and unobstructed image of the laptop when undergoing X-ray screening. A design that meets this objective will enable TSA to allow laptops to remain in bags for screening.

New ‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures and Industry process and guidelines for laptop bags

When a Precision Airport Security Ritual Works Too Well

… I’ve had to devise a system that gets me from my home to my plane to my offices with very little hassle and in as short a time as possible. Recently, however, the system failed me, resulting in the most traumatic travel experience I have ever endured. This system involves setting things on the conveyor belt in a particular way. The goal is to get through the security line as quickly as possible. And I’ve come to realize that the little things can make a big difference.

Tom Bihn’s Convertible Packing Cube

I don’t usually travel without a packing cube or two. They are a great way to keep organised and neat while traveling light. The cubes I have are remarkably well made and since they essentially carry much of what I need I have often thought of ditching the bag I put them in and using them alone. Or using them for day trips and leaving the heavier out bag I use at the hotel. Unfortunately they don’t have straps, making the job of carrying them inconvenient. Tom Bihn has released a Convertible Packing Cube/Backpack which seems to fit this need exactly. Like all of Tom Bihn’s products they are built to last and unlike most bags today are locally made in his Seattle, Washington factory. Worth looking into before your next trip.
Convertible Packing Cube/Backpack

Netflix for magazines

Maghound is an interesting service that lets you choose from a modest catalogue of magazines that get delivered to your door every month for one flat fee. The kicker is that you can change your magazines or try new ones whenever you like. The downside is that they only deal with US customers. A fact that is mentioned nowhere on their site. So if you are an American expat. in Singapore this isn’t for you but if you live in the US and love Netflix this is worth a try.
Maghound. Via Uncrate.