IsatPhone 2 lets you...

, camera   IsatPhone 2 The IsatPhone 2 is the latest generation of phones from Inmarsat. With coverage available for 99.9% of our earth, there’s very few places you’ll go that won’t work with this great phone. It’s much thicker, but otherwise similar in width and height to an iPhone 6,...

Bird watching – South Dakota style May04

Bird watching – South Dakota style

Southeast South Dakota was the destination for many birders this weekend. Attendees from surrounding states attended the fifth annual South Dakota Birding Festival at Fort Randall in Pickstown, SD. From the tiniest wren to the Great Egret, there were birds of all shapes and sizes to enjoy. If nature and wildlife are your thing, this was the place to be. South Dakota Birding Festival Hairy Woodpecker Tree Swallow on branch Sharptail Grouse in flight Killdeer in flight Baltimore Oriole The three day event featured talks and field trips to introduce visitors to over 400 species of birds found in Southeast South Dakota. Beginners as well as...

Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visitors May01

Sioux Falls – a dozen top recommendations for visi...

Traveling east? Traveling west? If so, chances are you may be following Interstate 90. And if you are, you owe it to yourself to plan a couple days in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I’m in Sioux Falls right now and I’d love to share some recommendations for a great two days. DAY ONE Grab a bike Sioux Falls is a wonderfully bikeable city, and with big blue skies and clean country air, this is a great place to ride. Just about my first stop in Sioux Falls was to Spoke-N-Sport (2019 South Minnesota Ave.; Sioux Falls, SD 57105; 605.275.2453), a very complete bike shop with a nice rental fleet. You could choose from comfort bikes, tandem bikes or...

Starwood’s keyless entry proves popular Apr27

Starwood’s key...

Road warriors usually look forward to getting to their rooms at the end of the day, but the part that is no fun is standing in line waiting for a room key. It’s late, and so often the one in front of you seems to be the one with so many questions, you wonder if you’ll ever see your room. Well...

George Foreman Evolv...

Depending on when you last experienced a George Foreman grill, it may be time to repay them a visit. This new Evolve grill is nothing short of terrific.  Grill, bake, cook, sear…the George Foreman Evolve grill  (GRP4800R) does it in no space at all. George Foreman Evolve One of the most...

Smartphone Scope Mou...

You’ve got a smartphone that takes high-quality video and stills, and you’ve got a high-power spotting or hunting scope.  Putting them together was Smartphone Scope Mount’s dream, and they’ve succeeded. Now you can mount your smartphone to either a spotting scope or a rifle scope and...

Cuisinart Alfrescamo...

When our kids were younger, a favorite activity was making pizzas.  They weren’t great, but the kids didn’t seem to care. Now however, with the new Cuisinart Alfrescamorè Outdoor Pizza Oven,(CPO-600) you can enjoy making your own pizzas AND they will undoubtedly taste terrific. With this...

Qumi Q5 – top ...

If a portable projector is in your future, the Qumi Q5 ought to be on your radar.  At 6” x 4” x 1-1/4”, it is just slightly larger than many of the pico projectors out there, but this thing is truly useable in many lighting conditions.  While the pico projectors I’ve seen can only be used...

Dpower camp stove &#...

Our power went out this morning, so it was a perfect time to get out a new Dpower Ultralight Folding Backpacking Camping Stove I recently got for testing.   Made of stainless steel and aluminum alloy,  this little camp stove folds to go in a miniature pouch (supplied) but will hold up to...

Griffin Twenty – thi...

Want better sound from those old speakers? It might not be the speakers that are at fault.  Chances are, hooking them up to the new Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier is just what the doctor ordered. Griffin Twenty With 20 watts per channel, the Twenty can push most any speaker you’ve got...

Swiftpoint GT –...

If you can afford the best, you owe it to yourself to try the Swiftpoint GT mouse. Windows 10 ready, you’ll be flying through your touch screens with unparalleled ease with the Swiftpoint GT. If you’ve ever tried a “mobile” mouse before, chances are you were disenchanted with the durability...

Chesterfield Inn – How to relax in the heart of New England Apr03

Chesterfield Inn – How to relax in the heart of Ne...

Gazing out the windows of the wonderful Chesterfield Inn, one can’t help but relax in this idyllic setting. High on a knoll, guests have a magnificent view of the grounds and the surrounding countryside. We arrived in winter, and the hills were wrapped with an undisturbed fleecy white blanket of snow. With just enough shadows to give it definition, the snow was piled high on the patio outside our room; creating little bee-hive caps on the railing posts. White birch trees, a favorite of mine, lined the edge of the property, pointing to the Connecticut River, just a short hike away. The Chesterfield Inn The inn has been owned by Phil and Judy...

Music City Loft gives you the chance to live large in Nashville Apr03

Music City Loft gives you the chance to live large...

Living like a local has a great ring to it, doesn’t it?  Immediately, thoughts come to mind of being in the center of the action, being close to the city’s vibe, being a part of all the things that make that city attractive. So when offered the opportunity to try out Nashville’s newest digs, I jumped at the chance. Music City Loft, at 162 E. 4th Street N. is truly in the center of what’s happening in downtown Nashville.  You’re just minutes away from Printer’s Alley and all the great restaurants on 2nd Avenue N.  Another block and you are down on the riverfront. Head the other direction one block and you’re at the Ryman Auditorium. Entering...

Justin Power Banks –...

You’ve got to keep your energy levels up if you want to perform to your peak capacity. Good advice from your doctor, as well as your CIO.  Electronics without juice are just anchors in your pocket – not good for much but doorstops. Justin Power Banks I recently tried a pair of Justin Power...

Congested?  TomTom thinks you are Apr02

Congested? TomTom th...

TomTom – makers of my favorite GPS units, have just completed a study on the most congested cities around North America and around the world. Traffic Congestion The good news for the US is that only Los Angeles finished in the top 25 cities with the world’s worst congestion. Looking at the...

Hear better, see bet...

PUMP AUDIO You want to listen to tunes while you exercise, but you don’t want to compromise your audio. It’s typically been a tradeoff until now.  After coming off a successful Kickstarter campaign, Pump Headphones are the new standard to meet or beat.  In fact, in a blind listening test,...