Gearaholics Anonymous

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REI sales are a terrible thing.

I consider myself highly resistant if not reasonably immune to rampant consumerism, however gear shops have a way of bending my resolve like nothing else, and like Backcountry Jesus I have accepted REI into my life so completely that it’s impossible to escape the Good Word of 20% Savings. Wherever I turn, from my mailbox to my email inbox, even the damn app on my phone, I’m bombarded with the need to get more stuff. On the street, gear shops and surplus stores beckon me with a relentless siren call. And I always, always waver.

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Review: Joby Gorillapod

It’s really not a question of whether you will have a camera with you when you travel anymore, it’s now more a matter of how to take the best possible photos with what you have. From the instant-upload cameraphone snapshots, to the compact crowd wanting some decent holiday photos, to the DSLR enthusiasts trying to capture the perfect shot, everyone is trying to get just the right angle. With the Gorillapod, the world is your tripod.

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The Most Portable Computer Is No Computer

Internet-based applications and file storage, or “cloud computing” as it’s popularly referred to, are fast becoming incredibly functional for most basic tasks on the computer, but there’s still a lot to be said for keeping the trusted essentials with you, especially when you’re traveling to places where internet connectivity and security are unknown quantities. Thankfully, not just web applications are easily portable; with USB flash drives going for peanuts, you can take your whole computer with you in your pocket, just without the hardware. Find any working computer, even one that’s been erased or locked down, and it can become yours with all your programs and files.

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