Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch

June 27th, 2017 Comments off

I recently received some wearable technology as a gift and spent time testing different platforms and implementations.

Samsung Gear S3

I settled on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier as my smartwatch of choice.

One feature’s details with which I was unfamiliar when I purchased the watch is the Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST).

For Apple and Android mobile device users who setup and use Apple Pay or Google Wallet, Samsung’s MST uses Samsung Pay but with a twist.

Where Apple Pay and Google Wallet depend on NFC, the Samsung Gear S3 opens a new opportunity for paying.


Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

December 22nd, 2016 Comments off

I’m a fan of Anker products and this small, Ultra Thin USB 3.0 hub fits well with the other Anker items I use.  The price of this hub has been reduced (at the time of this writing) to $9.99.

This is the “everyday carry” (EDC) USB hub for my Microsoft Surface Pro 4.  This is not an externally powered hub but it expands the single-USB connection of the Surface Pro 4 into four.  If you are looking for a hub that can power low-consumption USB devices, albeit slightly larger than Anker’s, check the Sabrent UM-43, also for $9.99 as of this writing.

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Mini-Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad

July 28th, 2016 Comments off
QQ-Tech Mini Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad

QQ-Tech Mini Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad


I’ve been trying the QQ-Tech mini Bluetooth keyboard for a few months and it’s turned out to be a handy device.


The keyboard is powered by a rechargeable, internal LI battery.  The keyboard takes a mini-USB cable for charging.

mini-USB power

mini-USB power


The touchpad works well on connected devices.  I’ve tried it with my Android devices and my Windows Surface Pro 4 tablet.  The device provides several special character/feature capabilities that are difficult or unavailable using the Swype virtual keyboard I normally use on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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Introducing Podcasting into Personal Blog

April 2nd, 2016 Comments off




I’ve been blogging and active in social media for years but recently added podcasting for both my faith-based site, and my professional information security/risk management site,

This podcast should follow recent blog posts in focusing on products and services I use.


Podcasting Equipment: Audio-Technica 2020 microphone

January 20th, 2016 Comments off
Audio Technica AT2020

Audio Technica AT2020


I recently began podcasting after years of blogging and social media engagement via multiple Twitter (primarily @0bytes, @ADubiousDude), Instagram and other accounts.



This venture arose, like several of my information security peers, out of a desire to promote my career through social engagements.  A partner and I agreed to invest in this venture at professional information security strategists.  My decision to stand up a podcast about my faith followed as a way to re-purpose the equipment and practices into which I invest for podcasting, extending my stewardship of these tools and skills.