Eero vs Luma - Surround Wifi

Wifi has been with us for a very long time now. I'm fortunate that my house is wired for ethernet, which means I have generally had a glorious blanket of high speed internet everywhere... well almost.

For my family though, that's another matter. Wifi is infuriating to get everywhere in the house. These days with printers, and tablets and Alexa, Sonos and other devices, it's really critical that you have Wifi signal everywhere in your house.


However, the standard tech out there does not solve for this. I have tried every kind of wifi range extender and other things to solve this problem over the years and only been frustrated by the results. 

Being away from their homes, and being "tech support" further complicated this.

To make matters worse, my own wifi needs have grown to require wifi to blanket the outside of my house to power things like my Ring Doorbell, Outdoor Dropcams and Sprinkler System. Heck, I also needed wifi in my garage for the Tesla! In addition, wifi has gotten faster over the years, and I also wanted the best / fastest Wifi everywhere. 802.11ac is the newest wifi standard, and with my 120 MBps internet service, I want all that data speed to get to my devices.

To date, the gold standard in simplicity, reliability and ease of use (manage from your phone) is Apple's Airport devices. But no more. Enter the new kids on the block, eero and luma.

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HP LaserJet Pro M252dw - 4 stars

Every couple of years, I end up with a new printer. In 2009 I purchased a brother laser printer with ethernet and no wifi. I later upgraded it to another brother laser printer with wifi and one that had better support for east setup drivers for Windows. After all, installing printer drivers in Windows is just about the worst possible way to spend an hour, and it seemed worth it to upgrade for just this reason.

This past week I upgraded again, but this time to a color laster printer with AirPrint, NFC, e-mail print and tons of other features. And get this, it cost $220. 

How good can a $220 color laser printer be?

One word; Amazing.

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iPad - The Evolution of the Companion Device

There are a number of Apple products that have really transformed personal computing. Top on my list is the Apple Airport, as many may not know Apple was the first company to really bring WiFi to the masses with the original Airport.

There are lots and lots of others though. To me, the iPad was one of those devices as it really wasn’t like anything else. I owned every iPad since the original iPad and have struggled to really figure out “which iPad is the right iPad”. It really comes down to how much of a “companion” it is…. a companion to your PC or Mac or your Phone. 


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Bose QuietComfort 20i Noise Cancelling Headphones - 5 stars

61xf-JwpkEL._SL1500_ It doesn't happen often, but I had to make an emergency gadget purchase (pair of Bose QuietComfort 20i Headphones) on a recent trip  to Nova Scotia. You see, Air Canada has a rather bizarre rule that you cannot use any kind of bluetooth headphone on their flights. Their flight attendants don't seem to know why, insisting that bluetooth could take down the flight. Never mind the Gogo inflight Wifi. I feel safer already knowing airlines all  have these bizarre and inconsistent rules.

Anyway, they were quite insistent on this. That made my other Bose headphones, the SoundLink rather useless (they have a cord one can use that I did not bring). I have some of those huge Bose QuietComfort QC15 headphones too, but I never travel with them any more as they take up too much space and I usually want the Bluetooth Bose headphones to use on vacation, beach, in bed etc.

Anyway, this is the part where there I was standing in front of one of those Best Buy vending machines in Canada looking at the solution.


The headphones were on sale, and Canada is also on sale with everything 25% off (US dollar is strong). I also learned that my good friend Doug, who keeps me on the bleeding edge of camera technology, already had these headphones. Why he keeps things like this a surprise I'll never know.

I really don't much like in-ear headphones and was concerned about how comfortable they are. Bose has these silicon gel ear tips (cleverly named Stay Hear) that don't so much go in your ear, but sit just outside creating a low pressure seal.


They felt perfect, so in my no foreign transaction fee credit card went, and out came my new headphones.


The headphones come with a nice case, a battery (usb chargeable) and an inline remote, that lets you disable noise cancellation temporarily.


The noise cancellation seemed at least as good as the QC15's that I own. What they have though is a very compact package. This will ensure they come along for every trip I go on as there won't be any space compromises. Also you can sleep with these on. Not so easy with ear cans.

I have a hard time knowing if they are really better or worse than the newer Bose QC25s, but I'm going to sell my QC15s and just travel with these and my other Bluetooth Bose headphones which I still love for the beach, pool and everywhere else.

Bose has really upped their game the past few years. So I have no hesitation giving this 5 stars. If you purchase, be aware there are two models. the "i" designation means they work with Apple devices. The non "i" model means they may work with your Android phone/tablet.

★★★★★ Exceptional. A spectacular product.

Pencil by FiftyThree - 4 stars

By now I think you all know that Apple announced a new iPad called the iPad Pro, with a keyboard and Stylus called Pencil. I’m sure it will be amazeballs. Just remember, there are no new ideas, just old ideas with different execution. Before Apple announced iPad Pro and Pencil I had picked up a similarly named product called Pencil made by FiftyThree. They are a company that produces an app called Paper and hardware called Pencil, which is a really nice stylus for your iPad and now iPhone. As a side note, I feel kind of bad for these guys since Apple has basically ripped off their product name and product. But such is the life when you build a feature for Apple’s ecosystem and then Apple decides it wants that feature too. And to be clear, the Apple Pencil will have far better / greater hardware integration than anyone else can deliver.

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