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Choosing a laptop daypack

So I’m heading back to uni this October to start my Masters (shock horror!)  Two things I had to retire after finishing up my Bachelor’s was my Oakley Flak Pack (Version 1) daypack and my laptop which died 2 months after my last exam.  (Perhaps my 300000+ word honours thesis tired it out…. ) I’ve since bought a new laptop (well, it was new in 2011…. though with a quad core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256Gb SSD, it still runs quick) so the search is now on before I head back to school to find a bag to carry it around in… Continue reading Choosing a laptop daypack

Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets


I’ve just returned from my 2 week trek to Everest Base Camp, which took me from Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Periche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and a whole host of small villages in the Himalayas on the way back.

Across the entire journey (including Kathmandu), every guide book and travel advice centre highly recommends that any water consumed (unless it is bottled) be treated.  Whilst bottled water can be purchased along the trail, it can get very expensive as all these bottles need to be carried up on the backs of porters or animals (yaks, donkeys, or half yak/cow hybrids).  The empty bottles also pose a significant environmental problem as there is no immediate way to recycle such bottles in the mountains, nor any organised method to transfer the waste back to a place to be recycled.  Due to these reasons, trekkers are highly encouraged to take water from local sources, treat then consume. Continue reading Review: Water purification methods- Filter vs. UV vs. Tablets

Only the Best Made…

One of the Christmas gifts my sister bought her husband last year was an axe named Grace from a shop called The Best Made Company located in New York.  Yep, an axe and yes it has a name but no, he’s not an axe murderer nor a lumberjack. They don’t even have an operational fireplace. However “…it does look cool and it will mean I’ll have one in case of a zombie apocalypse” or so the story goes… Continue reading Only the Best Made…

12 years of G-Shock

So for probably the 4th time, the battery of my watch died.  No big deal – unscrew the back, swap out the battery, clean the o-ring, apply some silicone grease and it’s back to business as usual.

But it made me think.. I’ve had this watch since 2001 and it was made in 1999.  That’s a 15 year old watch with 12 years of service!

Finding an old stock photo of the watch as-new shows that it has definitely aged in that time with most of the armour, light button etc, succumbing to humidity deterioration and wear and tear.  But it still works fine, keeps time, all functions working.  Let’s hope its 13th year isn’t going to be unlucky.

As new
As new

Canon EOS 100D – Trial by Outback

My EOS 100D has arrived and in the nick of time too!  As my order also had extra batteries (of the lithium-ion type) and because Cameras Direct forgot to sign the dangerous goods form, the shipment was delayed, arriving on Friday 25th October, the day I was to leave for the outback.  Small mistake, but luckily the staff at CamerasDirect were able to quickly get a hold of Australia Post to sort it out (luckily I notified them after seeing the status update on the online tracker, when it didn’t arrive on time!) Continue reading Canon EOS 100D – Trial by Outback

Protective Cases Comparison – Pelican 1450 vs. Duratech Precision MPV4

If you need a watertight, dustproof, shock absorbing and crush resistant case for transporting your valuable gear, there is no product which can match the decorated testamur of the Pelican case.

From protecting precious military equipment in the Middle East to allowing researches in the pacific to swim to shore with their equipment intact, the Pelican case has been there, done that, again and again and again. Continue reading Protective Cases Comparison – Pelican 1450 vs. Duratech Precision MPV4