23 Apr 2021

Review: Runwave Lotus Flower Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP)

By |2021-09-09T22:25:52-07:00Apr 23, 2021 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 7 mins. Standup paddle boarding had been such great fun while socially distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It helped us bond with our children, and not long after, many friends joined in with boards of their own. Most of them bought the beginner-friendly Runwave Kohala inflatable stand up paddle board (iSUP), but I still found the DvSport Sunshine to be my favorite. Recently, though, one of my female friends purchased the Runwave LOTUS Flower and many of the women in our circle drooled over it. "Cute" or "pretty" were words that most of them expressed. In this review, I took a look at that surprisingly light, very stable, beginner-friendly Lotus iSUP that my sister-in-law also adores!

25 Mar 2021

Review: Netgear ReadyNAS 314 / Ultra 4 NAS with Plex Media Server

By |2022-02-18T19:41:03-08:00Mar 25, 2021 - Thursday|Product Reviews, Reviews, Technology|0 Comments

Read: 13 mins. Losing important data -- documents and treasured photos -- can be a frustrating, sad, and time-consuming ordeal! I had encountered multiple losses over the past, two decades, and that experience prompted me to look into Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices to provide data protection and disaster recovery. The Netgear ReadyNAS series had reliably safeguarded my data and also had been hosting the Plex Media Server: a free software that presents your movie, TV, music, and personal video collection in a beautiful, Netflix-like interface. In this review, I share why the ReadyNAS had become my favorite NAS and provide comprehensive tips on making the most of it.

23 Mar 2021

Review: Abysup SUP123 Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP) (North Shore)

By |2021-09-09T22:31:26-07:00Mar 23, 2021 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 7 mins. Standup paddle boarding had been such great fun while socially distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic last year. It also helped us bond with our children, and not long after, many friends joined in with boards of their own. Their favorite was the beginner-friendly Runwave Kohala inflatable stand up paddle board (iSUP) that also had proved quite popular around the harbor we paddled at. In this review, I took a look at the Abysup SUP123 (North Shore) iSUP whose dimensions put it right between the Runwave and my slightly-more advanced DvSport Sunshine. In other words, it should appeal to both beginners and those more experienced/transitioning to the intermediate level.

6 Nov 2020

Review: Runwave Kohala Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP)

By |2022-03-04T08:47:50-08:00Nov 6, 2020 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 7 mins. About five months ago, my best friend and I each purchased an inflatable, standup paddleboard (iSUP) so we could get some fun exercise in while socially distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also meant as a way to bond with our children, and not long after, many friends joined in with boards of their own. Their favorite was the Runwave Kohala that also proved quite popular around the harbor we paddled at. In this review, I take a look at what makes it an excellent beginner board. It had also been marked a "Best Seller" by Amazon.com a couple times.

4 Jul 2020

Review: DvSport Sunshine Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board (iSUP) (WH305-10)

By |2021-09-09T22:31:24-07:00Jul 4, 2020 - Saturday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 6 mins. Ever since my best friend and I tried stand up paddle boarding (SUP) a few years ago, we had always wanted to purchase one but did not know whether we would enjoy it enough to buy one. Today, after having rented one many times, we decided it was time to own one but were unsure about whether to get an inflatable (iSUP) or a hard SUP. This review dives into the differences between them, and why I ultimately chose the inflatable, DvSport Sunshine.

30 Jun 2020

Review: Garmin inReach Explorer+ (vs Mini), Tips, and Subscription Plans

By |2021-09-09T23:23:57-07:00Jun 30, 2020 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Read: 14 mins. A week ago, I took my young son on his first backpacking trip into the Sierra Wilderness on a multi-day journey. Naturally, my wife was worried for our safety, and that gave me the opportunity to finally purchase something I had been eyeing for a while: an emergency GPS satellite communication device. I looked into SPOT, Garmin inReach, and various other products, but ultimately went with Garmin for its reliability and Iridium global, satellite network. How did it work for the trip? Did it send timely updates on our status and whereabouts?

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