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Review: Highway 21 Turbine Mesh Motorcycle JacketReview: Highway 21 Turbine Mesh Motorcycle Jacket

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:21:34 +0000

This is most definitely a budget jacket that I’m reluctant to say, I bought for its style. Riding in the heat of Austin, Texas requires a mesh jacket and compared to most others, the design is simple and classic with only the single leather vertical strip. Branding is minimal.  The initial description indicates “CE Protection” but I bought it knowing full well that it would require an armor upgrade. The red flags are right in the description.

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Heritage Motorcycle Luggage ProjectHeritage Motorcycle Luggage Project

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 04:43:53 +0000

I'm a fan of Cafe Racer styling and design principles for my Triumph Bonneville. That means: simplicity, reduced weight, and "period" styling". With that in mind, I was loathe to add any kind of luggage to my motorcycle - if I needed to transport anything, I would wear a backpack or try to fit it in a cargo net on the back of my seat. When I would ride with friends for the day, I'd sometimes bring a small tank bag to hold water, an external battery pack and cable for my iPhone, and some snacks. That worked fine for the first couple of years. Now that I live in Austin, Texas, I ride my bike all year long and as often as I can. At times, I find myself in a weird position: I want to bring an item with me, like a notebook, but don't want to throw on a bulky, sweat-inducing backpack for something that weighs just a few ounces, but is too big to fit in my inside jacket pocket. (Yes, I'm OCD. Why do you ask?) ;) So, I considered [panniers][1]. One would suffice, as I could always supplement my total carrying capacity with a backpack if I found myself in a position where I had a bunch of stuff to carry but didn't want to drive my car. I started combing the interwebs, looking for a pannier that had sufficient storage for my MacBook Pro, notebook and maybe some clothing layers for long riding days when the temperature might swing widely or gets wet.

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Thank you

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:25:19 +0000


Are you feeling it?

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:37:24 +0000


We've Reached "Peak Messaging"We've Reached "Peak Messaging"

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:33:42 +0000

As the quintessential early adopter and a propoent of creative disruption, I never thought I’d find myself saying this: when it comes to messaging, I’m old school. Sure, email has it’s problems, but it works. The same goes for SMS. Both are ubiquitous - it doesn’t matter what mail client you have or what phone you use, it just works. For everyone.

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My 2016 CES RoundupMy 2016 CES Roundup

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:27:00 +0000

Once again, I avoided CES this year. In principle, I love CES, but it’s expensive and difficult to get around Vegas during the event. Since I’m not officially covering it, I simply gather the cool stuff from my favorite blogs. Here’s what I found interesting this year.

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Loopback from Rogue AmoebaLoopback from Rogue Amoeba

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:09:18 +0000

I've wanted to go "all-usb" with my podcast setup for years but was always held back by the fact that there was no such thing as a "software channel strip" that would work with applications like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. At one point, I went so far as to hack one together using a combination of Soundflower (with Soundflower Bed) and GarageBand. Soundflower is the audio routing software while Soundflower Bed is the configuration tool. It worked, but the CPU on my 11-inch MacBook Air would max out, making the video capture almost unusable.

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Ambition Today PodcastAmbition Today Podcast

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:49:21 +0000

I had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Siskar for the Ambition Today podcast. It was a great conversation. We talked about entrepreneurship, podcasting, digital media and what keeps us motivated every day. Listen here.

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Subscription Transparency and SaaS

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:09:57 +0000

In today's of "subscriptions everywhere" I sometimes feel like I need an attorney to review all my user agreements before I sign up for anything.

A few weeks with CoinA few weeks with Coin

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:24:00 +0000

As one of the original backers of Coin, I had completely given up on it.  I figured it was an experiment in crowdfunding, one where I was the butt of the joke. Imagine my surprise when, after almost two years, I received an email asking me to confirm the shipping address for my Coin. ("Wow. Is it *really* going to ship this time?") A week later, I was finally holding the impressively engineered device in my hand.

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Twelve South BookBook Wallet Case for iPhone 6 PlusTwelve South BookBook Wallet Case for iPhone 6 Plus

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:29:33 +0000

A number of years ago, I decided to simplify the number of items I carried day-to-day and consolidated my wallet and iPhone protection into a single case. (You can find some unique handmade items on Etsy.) To date, I used a sleeve case with pockets on the outside for credit cards, ID, etc. This is primarily because I always preferred a "naked" iPhone instead of one that's in a case all the time. I've always liked the way the phone felt in my hand but also, a phone without a case is easier to fit into the mounts I typically have in my car. All that changed when I purchased the iPhone 6 Plus.

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On Startup Sales

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:12:10 +0000

You just can't make this stuff up. From a sales call this afternoon...

Double-Duty DonglesDouble-Duty Dongles

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:44:51 +0000

Chances are that if you have a MacBook Air, you have dongles.

You know, things like USB sticks, ethernet adapters, video cables for external displays and, thanks to it's two lonely USB ports, probably a USB hub. Or two.

I got fed up with carrying my Bag O'Dongles and in the process of looking for yet-another-dongle, stumbled onto a whole category of products to help with this first world problem.

The saga continues.

This past weekend I was prepping for a big pitch and was going through my gear bag to make sure I had everything I needed, which typically includes no less than three video display adapters: HDMI, DVI and (believe it or not), VGA. You'd be surprised how many times I show up to give a presentation and the only available input is VGA.

Again, I was fed up with carrying all this crap, so I jumped on Amazon. Behold, my newest find: a combination Thunderbolt to HDMI, DVI and Display Port adapter. For less than $20 bucks, too. ($17.99 at the time of this post.)

Sure, I still have to carry a VGA adapter, but now I can leave my DVI and HDMI dongles at home and simply carry this one replacement.

I'm a happy geek.

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The Tear Down Show #11The Tear Down Show #11

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:58:47 +0000

I was a guest on this week's episode of The Tear Down Show along with Bob Knorpp of The BeanCast. Thanks to Michael Wolf and David Spark for the invitation. Listen below or subscribe here.

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Using Gmail Labels to Manage TasksUsing Gmail Labels to Manage Tasks

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:28:40 +0000

  While I have a task list, that I manage religiously, email drives a lot of my workflow. As a result, I've created a labeling system for my inbox to help me manage my tasks. It's loosely based on David Allen's GTD methodology, but I've adapted it to fit my own needs.

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How to Get Bandwidth and Storage to Spare on Your MacBook AirHow to Get Bandwidth and Storage to Spare on Your MacBook Air

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 02:35:14 +0000

I want to share a seemingly mundane but completely work-saving solution I cobbled together. I had two challenges, both overcome thanks to Moore's Law and a little research.

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I gave up my Unlimited Data Plan. (And Survived.)

Sun, 21 Jul 2013 16:10:41 +0000

I swore that there were only two reasons that I'd stay with AT&T as my wireless carrier: 1. My thousands of rollover minutes and; 2. My grandfathered, unlimited data plan for iPhone This past week, I proved myself wrong on both counts.  Here's why.

Everything you ever wanted

Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:26:00 +0000



Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:43:37 +0000

"Don't bother about genius. Don't worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination."

-- Sir Frederick Treves