I mentioned in an earlier post that the keyboard on the Macbook Pro (touchbar) is so bad that I had to bring a separate keyboard to avoid aggrevating the carpal tunnel in my wrist. The keyboard that I bring along with me is the Ducky Mini mechnical keyboard with blue Cherry MX switches. It is a 60% keyboard so it’s smaller then the full size external keyboard since it doesn’t have the number pad.
This is a comparison of the Everki Atlas and eBags TLS Professional Slim. These are two backpacks targeted at modern professionals needing backpacks for work. Specs Feature Everki Atlas eBags Professional Slim Laptop Up to 17” Up to 17” Laptop compartment 11 x 1.6 x 16.5 in (28 x 4 x 42 cm) 12.25 x 1.5 x 17.5 in) Dimensions 13.
Here are the things I have along with me everyday. More specifically, these are the things I bring to work: 1 Universal 60W USB Type-C charger is mainly for charging the laptop but it can charge anything else using USB Type-C. 1 Universal 15W USB Type-C charger is for my Pixel C. The specific one that I use doesn’t seem to be sold anymore but there is a 18W version with a detachable cable.
Recently, I got a new backpack for work. I had been using a small custom Osprey Pixel that I got from the office. It wasn’t the ideal backpack. It was small and while the front flap offered protection from rain it also made access to items more inconvenient. For bringing my laptop and some daily accessories between home and work it was okay. Beyond my daily carry items, I couldn’t fit much more into it and even my normal load made the front pouch too tight to be usable.
Modern day traveling has never been easier (buy a ticket online and you can soon be flying to a far-away exotic location), but it is also full of hassles. While we no longer have to deal with things like traveler checks (credit cards are more widely accepted) and bulky books (an entire library can live on your phone), we’re saddled with new inconveniences such as luggage restrictions, security checks, and providing power to our growing list of electronic devices.
I’m not a frequent traveler but I do occasionally travel for work and family trips. I set up a modular organization system to allow me to quickly pack based on who is on the trip. I’ve settled on using these to organize all my tech gear: BUBM Travel Organizer Carrying Case Cocoon Grid-It BAGSMART Travel Organizer I have a base set of items that I put into two Cocoon Grid-It (one I keep in my backpack and bigger one in my carry-on) and one BAGSMART travel organizer for smaller accessories or when I need to pull out quickly.
In my review of the Everki Atlas, I pointed that the outside pocket might collect water if it rains. While the rest of the backpack’s contents will be fine, items in that pocket might get wet. Everki does sell a backpack rain cover that can protect the backpack but it is outrageously expensive. Instead, I got the Ayamaya 40L raincover from Amazon. It is a fraction of the price and easily fits the Atlas.
Our family always brings a Chromecast with us when we travel so we can watch our video library on the TV. The challenge has always been getting it to work in hotels especially ones that require a password to access its wifi. The easiest solution is to have a travel router that connects to the hotel’s wifi and have all the devices (chromecast, phone/tablet) connect to the travel router. Only the router needs to be configured to access the hotel network and all your devices access the Internet through the router.
I’ve been using a Victorinox backpack for many years whenever I’ve had to travel. I can’t find a link to it since it’s no longer being made, but it is very well made, TSA friendly, side-loading laptop compartment, allows for good organization and can hold a good amount of items). It is not a light backpack and is pretty heavy when loaded up. Especially when traveling with the family which increases the number of electronics, I definitely started to feel the weight.
Setting up 2-factor authentication is an important step to keeping your online accounts safe. For many people, this comes in the form of having an additional code that must be entered in addition to their passwords such as those that is sent to their phones through SMS or using an app like Google Authenticator. Admittedly, this additional security comes with an additional inconvenience of needing to have your phone nearby and looking up the code which probably turns off a lot people.