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Day packs - what are they good for?

I started looking for a few different names for this post because I have a day pack and some very UL gear and it's still not big enough. So what's it really good for? Maybe snacks and water when going to the beach so long as you use a micro towel and not a beach towel.

@JupiterHikes uses a PalantePacks Joey. It's 26L and he does many different types of hikes. What's interesting is that he's confident that where he is going and what he needs will fit in those compact 26L. He's also spent a few extra bucks to make sure he has what he needs and nothing more. Albeit he's added a fanny pack.


too much stuff - what gives you joy?

I'm putting a pack together for an upcoming trip that might afford me some out of doors sleeping. When I first put my pack together I had a hammock and ground tarp setup. Unfortunately my 40L pack was full and now there was no place for me to keep my underwear.

I've stripped my gear to the minimum and I'm happy again... but I miss the hammock.

I'm a hiker do I need a BOB

Hell no you do not need a BOB (Bug out bag). A BOB is also known as a "go bag"... it's a pack you grab on the way out the door when all hell is breaking loose and you need to get to safety and survive for some period of time. That pack should allow you to extend the rule of 3s and the 5Cs. But the question is do you need one?

My quick answer that I posted on a vlog:
from the WTF WAS I THINKING category... forget all this nonsense and look into ultralight and super ultralight hiking. After that it's all about selecting the colors that make you happy... but consider this... bugging out in a military context means you are being hunted by some other force. That could be law enforcement but let's go with the foreign invader, crash of wall street or the zombie apocalypse. If everyone with a bug out bag decided to head for the hills the hills would be pretty crowded. That said; I live in Florida and we get the occasional hurricane. There are other areas of the country th…

YTT or Hulu the breakdown

The quick answer... hulu wins but not because it's better... just less bad.

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The life of a cord cutter....

Last night we experienced an outage at Hulu. It was terribly frustrating because it's probably been going on, intermittently, for a couple of days only the hulu app and the web app or customer service "don't know and won't tell". So last night I did a deeper dive into YTT (YouTubeTV) and in my case it's not a good match.

The customer service person I was chatting with at YTT was very helpful. There is so much to know:

- not all LIVE content will be available VOD (video on demand)
- YTT is a proxy or passthru for the live content
- VOD content is uploaded by the networks
- LIVE and VOD as provided cannot skip commercials
- only recorded shows can be skipped
- if you jump into a live show you are supposed to be able to skip back to the start of the show but that did not work for me. But seems counter-intuitive if YTT is merely a proxy
- YTT does n…

I see the light

Watching, reading or listening to stories of hikers on the famous trails typically take place in daylight hours. Occasionally there are stories about a night hike here and there. But what I never hear is someone hiking the Big Cypress at night. On the AT, PCT and CDT a hiker can just stop, wrap themselves in a tarp or tent and go to sleep. But in Big Cypress unless it's the dry season or you are on high ground... or you have a hammock then you gotta finish...
But how does that work if your flashlight or headlamp stops working?

I have several flashlight with different features. Let's start with my least favorite...
The Viitchelo is the worst. I have two models. One with shock cord and two with a strap. The buttons are unreliable. The cap clip is too strong and the lamp too heavy for a boonie had. The clip makes managing the strap very difficult. However the two biggest issues are [1] battery life is different even in the same model [2] the button functions are different even th…

How fast is fast enough?

There was a time when I would download many GB and possibly TB of videos all for the purpose of binge watching an entire series over many seasons. Now that Netflix, Prime Video and no hulu fill most of that need every is streamed. So what sort of speed do I need in the house?



It's not that difficult of a question and there are some generalities you can apply. How many HD or 4K TVs? Are you actually downloading big things?

So; since I no longer download I do not need the big pipes. What I really need is symmetrical speeds (same upload and download) and reliability. Since the later is impossible to predict but can be implemented with multiple vendors and load balancing that's what I did. The former is possible from both ATT and Comcast so both boxes checked.

As for speed... there are 4 people in the house... but let's assume one guest... so there could be 5 streams going at once. HD needs about 8Mbps per stream for a grand total of 45Mbps. And if that were a 4K stream then b…

Google Cloud Computing Outage

If you're complaining about the outage yesterday then you're an id10t. I just read the byline on TechCrunch and the author and editors clearly do not understand the options and why the occasional cloud infrastructure outage is simply not that big of a deal.



Simply put you get what you pay for and diversity is king.

First of all there is nothing capable of 100% availability. Just look at all of the loopholes in the six sigma specification. Second the more reliable or the more clicks you want to capture closest to an "event" the more it will cost to reconcile those last events; Just as your creditcard's provider. And more of that cost will have to be passed on to the customer.

Sure, it sucks when a system goes down and even worse when it's a system you or great number of people rely on. But your transaction is not any more or less important than anyone else's... And this is not a call to move your services in-house. If these systems were in-house [a] would …