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Behind the wheel. 

5 Aug

I’m back behind the wheel after 15 years of taking the metro and riding the skateboard, and, as you know me now, I like to be prepared.
You never know what can happen, so let’s get ready (maybe I’m watching too many bad movies …).

Sometimes during accidents, your belt is stuck and you need to cut it to escape the wreckage. I got your back!

And if you need to break the window and kicking doesn’t cut it, I got it covered too thanks to the StatGear Auto Escape Tool.
For only $9,95 you have the 2 in 1 tool that will cut the belt and break the window. In the rest position, the Escape Tool is securely fastened to the sun breaker ready to be used.

Hydration is key during long summer drive in Florida, it’s great to have an ice tea that stays cold during hours. With the insulated Klean Kanteen (double wall bottle, dish-washer friendly), your beverage will stay cold 24 hours and warm 12 hours.

Also if it’s really hot out there, it’s good to have the hydration tabs to drop in your bottle.
Then you fill it with water (the Nunn tabs are unsweetened, so no sugar kick and down, just the electrolytes straight to your muscles).
Those tabs are made for desk jobs but also to support my sport activities where I’m sweating big time and loosing lots of electrolytes.

And if I’m hungry on the way home, I always have a package of Jerky in my backpack, the Mapple Bourbon Churro from Three Jerks Jerky is my favourite flavour.

I’m always fully charged with my Aluminium Dual Car charger (from Rokform).
It’s a great combo with the Rokform suction mount for iPhone (for once, a stand that’s not falling off the windshield … priceless).
I love the 2m~6feet charging cable by Apple to charge the phone while using Waze to find my way.
The 2nd slot is used for charging my external batteries.

In the trunk, I use the Gear Tie  Loopable Twist (from Niteize) to secure my skateboard and stuff that could be moving in the trunk.

Safe travels!

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6 in 1!

13 Oct

DoohicKey by Niteize
If you need
. a ruler (in inch and mm)
. a wrench (3 sizes 1/4, 5/16, 3/8)
. a box cutter
. a screw driver
. a bottle opener ?

Doohickey by Niteize Doohickey by Niteize Doohickey by Niteize

Search no more, and get a Doohickey by Niteize.
This tool is meant to be the soulmate of your keyring for only $6!

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. Official Niteize website

Back to school, on the smart side

1 Sep

Vacations are over, we had fun on the beach, BBQ everyday, made new friends, discovered new places… Basically we enjoyed our time off before the rat race starts again.
As we didn’t win the Powerball, we have to go back to the office and we better be ready.
Here’s what I always have with me to face the worst.

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. Extra battery for my iPhone, iPad and computer, the Sherpa 50 by GoalZero (powered by a solar panel!!)
. Jump Cable by Native Union, giving you a 30% boost and serving a a charging cable too
. Klean Kanteen bottle, to cut on using plastic
. Nunn tabs to stay hydrated during the work day
. Luminox watch, the brand of the Navy Seals (I switched to the textile bracelet to have it a bit funkier)
. A Bluetooth earpiece, the New Era by Jawbone (4 hours autonomy, super light)
. Tile, a bluetooth tag that helps me not to forget my stuff behind (in this case my wallet)
. Shine by Misfit to track my daily and night activity
. And my beloved Biscuit skate by Hamboards to land-surf to the office and back home (still practicing).
Have fun, work well and the next vacations are around the corner!

Innovative products soon in my pocket

10 Mar

20140307-082634.jpgNiteize is a great brand for indoor daily uses and outdoor activities.
I use everyday their biners, gearties and flashlight and … I’m not a hunter.
It’s an innovative brand which keeps developing new products, so I have to keep it up and test their new products.

And talking about new products, 4 raised my interest during my lunch break: the Screenskate to wipe clean my iPhone screen, the Doohickey key tool to basically do everything I can’t do with my fingers and nails, the Inova Squeeze light to have a tiny light always with you and the Geartie mount perfect to tie and not loose my earphones.

They are ordered and I will start testing them very soon now. Stay tuned …

Hang in there!

3 Oct

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Being a techie, or always looking for a smart product doesn’t free you from your daily chores at home … one of them is the washing. I already got the two in one sink/washer from Smeg and I need a smart way to dry it.

I started looking for a wash dryer system to hang my laundry home image(I don’t have a garden, only concrete …).
I bought a regular dry system (even if you fold it it takes room and is not that handy to handle, and it looks ugly), but as you know regular is not enought for me and I kept looking for the perfect system.
I narrowed down the contestants to gearlines (the ones used when camping).
I bought it and brought it home to start testing it. And I must admit that it is really useful even if you don’t live in a tent!
My choice went to the brand Niteize, the line comes with 2 gear ties and 10 different sizes S-Biners (the competitors just give you the line and you need to find a way to attach it.
My line is 4 feet long, but also exists in 2 feet length.
I use it horizontally for the wash to dry and vertically to listen music in the bathroom and hang my speakers and iPhone.
Cheap and polyvalent, it’s how I like it.image

More about the GearLine by Niteize

My travel kit

5 Jul

My travel kit
I am a frequent flyer and I’m packing again for a 5-days trip abroad, don’t like packing … I always forget something, always! It’s a rule, so lets make the exception and at least help you pack the “survival kit” and forget what you can easily buy at destination.

1. The hardware.
Cables and chargers.
photo-9You will of course bring your chargers and adapter with you BUT if, like me, you have 1 blackberry, 1 iPhone, 1 iPad, a Fuelband, …
You already need 3 plugs and you’ll have to search the room for plugs, unplug lights to charge your devices, scatter them across the room.
I don’t like to have my phones scattered across my hotel room!
So I bring with me my Belkin with 3 electric plugs and 2 USB plugs.
This is handy and you will gather  all your electronic devices in the same area so you don’t forget them when you leave your hotel.

Power.
Especially when you travel you need power. Power to charge your phone or camera or computer while visiting new countries and taking so many pictures.

Photo 27-06-13 11 57 51 AMI always carry my Guide10 or Sherpa50 depending my needs. Usually a Guide10 will be enought, but if you need to charge 2 phones, 2 cameras on the fly better go for the Sherpa50.
I also bring the solar panel that I tie to my backpack while walking, so I can charge my charger during my busy working day and enjoy free-from-plug charging.

2. The software, the travel apps.
Worldmate app will accompany you from the booking to the landing of your plane at destination. Delay, changes of gates, … You’ll be able to communicate the details of your trip (departure, arrival, gate, …) and if you want share it with friends (twitter, facebook) and LinkedIn contacts (no worries, you have the option to keep your trip private too), you can.
Currency convertor, tips calculator are included as well as weather forecast at destination and local searches are available thanks to Yelp!

You are not a star in languages and you didn’t take French or Japanese as 2nd language?
Don’t stress, great translator apps are out there ready to help you.
Of course there will be mistakes and it’s not perfect but you’ll get understood and your iPhone will become your personal translator.
Try Google translate, type or just say the sentence you want to translate and let it do it’s magic.
Lots of languages available, easy to use, and handy to read the translation.

Also, if you want to understand the local newspaper, give a try to Pixter which will scan the article and translate in to own mother tongue! Impressive results!

Need a cab? Get a personal driver with the Uber app!
Don’t book in advance, just on demand.
The closest car will pull down in front of you.
Prepaid fare and invoiced to your mail (no surprise with the price), you’ll receive a text on your phone to alert you when your driver (professional taxi driver) is there. You’ll love it ! Alittle bit more expensive than with a regular cab, but better driving and service.
PS: Uber works with iPhone, Android, web and even SMS (Canada and USA only).
The countries covered are France (Paris, Lyon and Cannes), UK (London), Australia (Melbourne and Sidney), USA, Italy (Rome, Milan), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Toronto), Germany (Berlin), The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Passwords? Your passwords, bank cards details, and passports number will be always on you with the Dashlane app.
Lets say you lost you passport, your bank cards have been stolen, … You need to access your emails from a computer in a cyber cafe and don’t remember your password or credit cards numbers? Just launch the Dashlane app and all of your important informations will always be within reach, you got yourself an eVault! Free trial than 17,99euros a year.

The convertor
Centimetres into inches? Kmh into mph? Degrees Celsius in degrees Fahrenheit? You never got it? You are not the only one!
With Measures app, this is all a bad dream.

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3. Also don’t forget …

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a Knife.
Great to open a carton box, cut food or defend yourself. Don’t need a big one, I have a keyring Curve knife by Gerber  that comes with screw drivers and bottle opener.
Be aware that small knifes are allowed again on planes by TSA but I prefer to put it safely in my checked-in bags.

many Karabiners.
Great to hang my solar panel to my backpack or to my office balcony, but also great to tie your backpack to the chair you are sitting on so no shoplifter runs away with it or simply to hang the keys of your b’n’b. I use the S-Biner (lots of sizes, colors and durable).

a Rope.
Coming in the shape of a good looking and customisable survival strap, you will now always carry a rope with you. Ready to be unravelled when needed (hang your laundry while camping, tie stuff together, …).

a Drinking bottle.
Photo 25-06-13 7 02 55 AMAlways stay hydrated thanks to your vey own bottle that you carry with you wherever you go.
Klean Kanteen, Bladder bottles are great.
Brita bottle or Purificup bring added value with their filter. Brita bottle will take away the bad taste of tap water while Purificup will let you drink safely the water in the river, … Killing more than 800 bacteria thanks to its filter.

Nice to have, a sleeve for your bottle to keep it warm or cold.
I love the Built-in ones or the the Greenspan ones.

And of course, a flash light. Check the key ring size Swipe to Shine by Niteize.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, this should be your basic kit and you could face whatever situation.
Now travel safely and dont hesitate to share your travel tips with us 😉

Happy holiday!

The light at the end of the tunnel

14 Jun

Photo 7-06-13 8 28 55 PMBecause we don’t wear night googles when we walk at night, a flashlight is mandatory when it comes to face darkness and see in the dark.
Great to untangle the electric cables behind the TV or to find the keys in an heavy purse or to get your key in the keyhole without groping in the dark as well as to send a distress signal or avoid roots in the wood while hiking … to summ up, a flashlight is a basic in any bag.

It shouldn’t be heavy or too big though, that’s why I settle for the keyring “Swipe To Shine or STSInova Microlight.

The Inova Microlight STS by NiteIze is small, light, easy to operate, you just have to swipe!

Swipe left (like on your iPhone) to turn the light on and swipe right to turn it off. Great to avoid your flashing discharges itself by pushing on a button unintentionally.

Photo 7-06-13 8 29 15 PM3 lights modes are available (just swipe left)
high power, 16 lumens, lasting 9 hours
low power, 2 lumens, lasting 64 hours
strobe, to signal your position when in distress

Good to know, the Microlight works on 2 2032 lithium batteries and comes with a S-biner clip.

This flashlight is a great add-on to your keyring!

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