Hacking Your Pants

Odd name for an article, don’t you think?

This is the original idea which prompted me to start a blog, so here I am, and here it is:

Where I Started

A long time ago, my buddies and I were discussing how many devices you could reasonably carry on your belt without looking too much the geek. One argued, and still does, that it’s none, but the consensus at that time was two – a phone, and a pager (That’s how long ago!). On that particular day one of the guys at the table was on call for his department, and his team, and doing his rotation on phone support. He was carrying two phones, and two pagers – a phone, and two pagers on his belt, and a phone in his pocket. Things have changed, haven’t they?

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How Much Will You Pay to Solve a Problem?

This is a concept which came to light a number of years ago as I tried to mitigate my impulse buying.

I have a weakness for bags, and gadgets, and it was pointed out to me that perhaps I had enough of both. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but it got me thinking. I thought I should take a more deliberate approach to this issue, be smarter about my shopping, and try to buy the right item the first time. Now… We all know that’s not possible, but I was, and am, convinced that trying to get it right, rather than buying stuff on the spur of the moment, is a more effective solution. I have, more or less, eliminated the urge to buy stuff just because it looks interesting. I am also a bit of a design freak, so I do sometimes buy things which just looks interesting (Did I split that semantic hair too thin?).

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Upside Down Devices

The iPad and iPhone, and most smartphones, can be placed upside down

This would seem to be a simple statement, but I’ve seen a number of reviews of desk stands, trays, and various products which hold those touchscreen devices complaining that the device in question provides no facility for the cable to stick out of the bottom, or that it requires a very specifc cable, and won’t accomodate some aftermarket cables. Did no-one notice that these devices work upside down, and the cable could stick out the top just fine?

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