Tech Newsletter #1

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021

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Hey gang!

It’s been a while since I’ve written about technology on my blog. That’s not because I’ve lost interest. It’s just been a while since I got an exciting gadget to write about.

I had planned to write about the new Apple Watch Series 6, but I was so disappointed by the lack of new hardware and software features that I decided not to buy one this year. Specifically, the lack of advanced sleep tracking was a deal-breaker for me.

On the other hand, I’m pretty excited about the new HomePod Mini and the new camera system in the iPhone 12 Pro. So I’ll probably get both, and I’ll share my impressions with you in the next newsletter!

Also, I recently got my hands on some other toys that I’m currently in the process of testing. That means new tech reviews are on the way!

Right now I’m testing two network-attached storage (NAS) devices from Synology, which will replace my aging direct-attached storage (DAS) solution from LaCie.

So I’ll be doing a dedicated review of the consumer-level Synology DS1520+ and another article that talks about my new data backup and archiving solution involving the rack-mounted Synology RS1219+. Stay tuned for those articles!

I also got new cameras for my UniFi Protect ecosystem to replace all the Arlo cams I had before. I just got fed up with having to recharge their batteries every couple of months. Plus, I really like that UniFi records 24/7, so I never miss anything and can scrub through the timeline at my leisure. 

Case in point: A few weeks ago, an Amazon delivery truck rolled into our retaining wall and damaged it. I didn’t have it on camera because we were at home at the time and Arlo was configured to only record when we’re away (otherwise, we’d be getting constant notifications about motion events). That triggered me to rip out Arlo and to add some new UniFi equipment.

I also got a brand-new stand for my iMac Pro, courtesy of Twelve South. I liked the old stand* I had too, but the new one looks slicker in my opinion.

That’s it for my first dedicated tech newsletter. Stay tuned for new reviews, and if you have any specific products you’d like me to review or take a look at, let me know by replying to this email.

PS: As I mentioned in my last health newsletter, I decided to split my mailing list into two: health and tech. As a result, I’ll be sending two newsletters every month. So you can subscribe to either one or both!

PPS: I gave my homepage a facelift and created a brand-new tech landing page. Check it out and let me know how you like it!

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