My Upgraded Charging Setup

Over the years, I’ve added and removed multiple things from a travel kit. When I got my tactical bag, I started to think of minimal carry. In fact, it’s starting to bleed into my regular life as well. But that’s a post for another time.

At the start of the year, I started thinking of an all-USB-C charging setup. I’ve had other power bricks and cables, but as I move towards devices which can accept more from higher-output chargers, the idea of using USB-C only is really appealing. My iPad Pro 11″ and iPhone Xs are both capable of faster charging speeds, which is really why I started my journey.
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Brydge Pro Keyboard

When I purchased iPad Pro 11″, I immediately bought the Smart Keyboard Folio (SKF, as I refer to it).1 At the time, this was the best – and only – keyboard option made specifically for the iPad Pro. I needed something that wasn’t heavy, something portable, and something versatile. Over time, some of those needs have changed, and I’ve added a few more use cases that might not be best satisfied by the SKF. So when the Brydge Pro keyboards were announced, I was intrigued about the possibility of that option. I reached out to the team at Brydge, who were kind enough to send me an 11″ Brydge Pro keyboard review unit to try out.
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The iOS-Only Podcasting Kit

I got into podcasting late. I’ve been listening for years, but I never started my own. But by the time that Seth and I did, there was an emerging idea started by Jason Snell: recording and editing podcasts iOS-only. As someone who rarely ever touches a Mac for their day-to-day work, this idea has continued to gnaw at my brain. I tried my hand a couple of times at doing something differently with it, but it never panned out the way I wanted.

In an effort to head down this road, I ended up switching microphones last year: I had the clutch Blue Yeti microphone, but decided on the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB instead. Not only was it better for the environment in which I record, but it also afforded me the possibility to record using both the USB and XLR connections, pushing me closer to the goal of iOS-only.

A month or so ago, I was recording the show via the late-2012 Mac mini I have. I ended up having an issue while recording, and I lost my audio in several spots. Given that this is one of two jobs that I ever ask it to do, I was understandably upset and put off by recording in the same way going forward. The idea of going iOS-only came back to the forefront of my mind. I again turned to Jason’s setup, only to realize that this was going to cost me several hundred dollars to create. I don’t have that lying around, and I wanted to find something that would work for me.
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Tactical Bag

Tactical Bag

For a while now, I’ve had the same backpack. It’s been my trusted bag for everything: work, travel, day tripping, etc. It carries everything I could think about needing and then some. But with some changes in my needs, I started realizing that for some situations – like going to my 3rd office that is known as Chipotle – it’s way more than I need. I need something smaller on the weekends when I’m not lugging my work laptop around.1

I needed something smaller, compact, focused. I needed a tactical bag.
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