Logitech MX Keys Keyboard Review

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I bought the MX Keys wireless keyboard to pair with the Apple Magic Mouse for complete, elegant minimalism wireless freedom for my iPad and other computers. The MX Keys wireless keyboard is packaged very nicely and is as pleasant to unbox as any Apple device. The setup is trivial - I just had to go into the Bluetooth settings, select the keyboard, and type in the pairing code. Check out my video - you can even do it while filming!

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KINESIS Gaming Freestyle Edge RGB Split Mechanical Keyboard Review

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I spend a lot of time typing. When you are an engineer, you would think that you should spend your days drawing diagrams on whiteboards and marinating your brain in creative juices by playing Ping-Pong in a white room. However, in reality it is all about typing out reports, writing documentation, answering email, sending email, and surreptitiously typing blog entries during meetings. Keyboards are the physical object with which you interact with the virtual world and are an extension of your natural body.

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Briggs and Riley Torq International Carry-on Review

I have been a long time backback carrier. I’ve put my stuff in one from when I got my first pack in Kindergarden to now where I use it to tote my laptop and sundries around. I even take one to the store to carry my groceries instead of the reusable bags most people prefer. For travel, backpacks are ideal. You can fit in a few days of gear and still be highly mobile.

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Red Oxx Rigger Wallet - A Review

I happened across Red Oxx while reading through the Flyertalk forums. The thread was about about their Mini Air Boss and was filled with rave reviews about the build quality and the Red Oxx unconditional warranty. I checked out their site and noticed they had a wallet. I had been looking for a wallet for a while and almost settled on a Bellroy but was hesitant because it is pricey and the thin fashionable leather did not seem durable.

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens Review

This is a review of the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon. I bought this lens with my own money for video and general photography like landscape and events. I paid $800 for it at BH Photo where they have a 4% rebate and offer it with expedited shipping. Before this lens, I only had the 18-55mm and 55-300mm kit lenses that came with my Nikon 5100 bundle from Costco. When deciding on this lens, I was trying to pick one from Nikon 35mm f/1.

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Manfrotto BeFree Carbon Fiber Tripod Review

I bought the Manfrotto BeFree Carbon Fiber Tripod to use with my Nikon D5100 for outdoor and indoor video and photography. It is a nice tripod and a decent deal if you can get it on sale for less than its list price. I highly recommend that you consider the aluminum version. You’ll easily save $100 to $150 for a about 0.5lb increase in weight and no change in any other specification.

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Intel Broadwell NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH Review

This is a review of the Intel Broadwell NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH which I unbox here and build here. It is not quite a production ready system. I’ve tried to like it but it and Intel’s actions are so broken that it is hard to do. The fan ramps up every time I do anything slightly demanding. Open a browser window -> Fan ramps up. Start playing a video -> Fan ramps up.

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Watson EN EL14A Lithium Ion Battery Pack Review and Pictures

I’ve recently become interested in photography. I have a Nikon D5100 and while I can take several hundred pictures by themselves, using the screen and taking video tends to drain the battery. Since I only have the one battery my Nikon D5100 came with, I decided to get a second battery for extended photo sessions. Looking at the B and H Photo website, I had the option of purchasing an OEM Nikon EN-EL14A battery for $42 or a generic “Watson” brand battery for $30.

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Review of the Cirque Du Soleil Show - ‘O’

I attended the Cirque Du Soleil Show “O” at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. I had seats in the center section in the third row from the front. I paid $160 for the seat. The show is good, If I could choose again, I probably wouldn’t pay $160 to watch it from the front. I’d sit towards the back and pay the the $100 to $120 I think it is worth.

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Blogger vs Wordpress: Wordpress Suspended Site For Violating Terms of Service

I started out blogging on Wordpress way back in 2008. So recently when I decided to create a second blog to write about non-technical topics, I again decided to go with Wordpress. However as soon as I submitted my first post, my blog was immediately deleted and this message was shown on my dashboard: Your site has been suspended from WordPress.com for violating the Terms of Service. If you believe this was done in error, please contact us as soon as possible to have the suspension reviewed.

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Mighty Plugs vs El Cheapo Foam plugs: A Long Term Review

I used Mighty Plugs for a few weeks before and after writing that review to get a feel for them and then I decided to try out the Howard Leight Laser Lite earplugs from Amazon. I am a light sleeper and I use earplugs at night to block out traffic and noise from my neighbors. Amazingly, I’m still on my original case of 200 earplugs about 2 1/2 years later with many more still left in the box.

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A Cheap Stand Up Desk For Small Spaces

I used to live in a small space and didn’t have the space for a desk as well as a chair. While walking around at Ikea one day, I noticed they have a very versatile shelving system called IVAR. IVAR comes in two basic sizes, approximately 35x20 inches or 19x12 inches and in a variety of heights. I decided to try out the smaller one, the 19x12 inch version, for a standing desk and found they are good to storage but also make excellent standing desks.

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