Category Archives: Technology

10 Ways the iPhone Transformed My Last Trip (and Smartphone #Travel #Tips)


Traveling with an iPhone (or another smartphone) can enhance your travels in many ways. Until my last trip, I had traveled with no phone, I’d bought a local phone (and got a SIM card) and two trips ago, used my iPhone just to share when in wifi zones. My last trip, to Indonesia, was the…

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5 Reasons Why I’m Dumping My iPad2 (& Why I Cheated with the MB Air 11″)

iPad2 and MB Air 11"

Dear Beloved iPad2, So sorry to have to do this, but I’m…dumping you. Yes, I once loved you, but you’ve disappointed me too many times and it’s just not working out. Especially for certain projects and for travel. It’s over. Before I tell you the reasons, I want to say that it’s me and not…

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10 Types of Spammers and Why They’re All Evil Cyber Spawn

If “idle hands are the work of the devil,” then it looks like evil cyber spam spawn (ECSS) are being born by the second. At least they’re hoping to be. That’s right. In a parallel universe—where there’s no red or blue pill but rather, a list of 1000 crappy mail-order generics—super lame (and some evil)…

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6 Reasons I Took a Break from Blogging: Results, Rewards and What’s Next

Borobudur Buddha and Stupa

When I took my recent trip to Ecuador and Panama, I went with my usual backpack of travel stuff (carefully packed and not too heavy) and some new high-tech equipment: my new camera—an Olympus XZ-1 (a high-end point and shoot)–and my iPad2 (plus an amazing Zaggmate keyboard and a WordPress app). I was all packed…

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Breaking up with my camera. Find me Mr. Right?

Dear Beloved FujiFilm FinePix E900,

We need to talk.

Sure, there was a time when I thought you were ‘it.’ You were attractive, brilliant, fun, and we were compatible in so many ways, especially since you were my first…digital camera. Your memory cards were sharp and your F stop, just right. Also, you fit right into my life…and my backpack. It was easy to make the commitment to buy you 4 years ago.

But after a few short years, when I got to know you better, the thrills wore off and I saw who you really were. Eye candy and essentially a pretty good–but not amazing–point and shoot.

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Travel in the Dark Ages–ie, When the World Was Lower-Tech

Rotary phone by Clemson @Flickr

Imagine this. You’re traveling somewhere (a developing country, perhaps) and have just done something incredible or had an intense experience–and you want to share it with someone back home…a friend, a significant other, a sibling or a parent.

But you can’t.

You can’t relive recent memories by viewing photos on your digital camera, either. You don’t have one. Nor can you send a text on your smart phone. Very few people even have a dumb phone at this point.

Want to listen to music? Sorry, but, there’s no lightweight iPod (there is, of course, a bulky Sony Walkman). How about changing your status or sharing photos on Facebook? Tweeting? Sending a basic e-mail? Nope…not possible either.

And as for a blog? Fuhgeddaboudit. They won’t be around for a while.

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