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Travel Gear and Gadgets #5: Cocoon Coolmax Travel Sheet

Has anyone ordered stuff from the SkyMall catalog? Are those parking mats useful? Is the giant crossword puzzle futile? Is the Sting letter opener superfluous? Will the garden giraffes fool neighbors into calling animal control? Is the silvery gray color … Continue reading

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Travel Gear and Gadgets #4: Light My Fire outdoor meal kit review

This $20 outdoor meal kit was designed by Scandinavian designer Joachim Nordwall specifically for Light My Fire, a Swedish company, and we know how ingenious those Scandinavian designers can be. Photos may include a 12-ounce soda can and a 1-Liter … Continue reading

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Travel Gear and Gadgets #3: Monster Outlets To Go Power Strip review

If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely aware of power strips. Simply put, they are a way to have multiple devices that run on household electricity share one electrical outlet. You may hear them called surge protectors, which are slightly … Continue reading

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Travel Gear and Gadgets #2: Energizer Duo and mini-USB hub review

I find the Energizer Duo to be a marvelous $16 device. You can use it to recharge 2 AAA (included) or AA batteries (not included) in two different ways: via powered USB port or wall outlet (US standard, though it … Continue reading

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Travel Gear and Gadgets #1: Mini-Laptop computers preview

There is a new trend in portable computing: the mini-laptop, or sub-laptop. So far, the smallest notebook computers have had 12-inch screens, but you have had to pay a premium. The UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) is small, with a screen (sometimes … Continue reading

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