Category: Product Reviews

After more than 26,000 miles around the world, an update on OneSimCard in 2014

globe-plus-onesimcard-2014Since 2012, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to a bunch of other destinations over the years, and the OneSimCard has been a faithful companion during that time! Fans of my original post (A Field Review of the OneSimCard) will recognize that I had high hopes for this little SIM card. This card’s strong suit is in helping European travelers by balancing convenience and affordability of service.
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A Field Review of the OneSimCard

Note: There’s an update to this post. More information for 2014 is here!

I recently traveled to Europe for business, and wanted to stay connected with my family and friends in the US while I was over there. And since I have a smartphone, I also wanted to have affordable data access at good speeds. After a little research, I stumbled upon the OneSimCard as a possible solution. It’s a SIM card solution that gives you a Estonian phone number and utilizes roaming arrangements to keep costs down in a lot of different countries (according to their site, they cover more than 200!). It was a great solution to my needs, but watch that meter closely!
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A Review of “Practical Product Management”

I give "Practical Product Management" a 3.5 out of 5.When I mentioned that I was attending “Practical Product Management” presented by Pragmatic Marketing, many of my peers wondered about the value of the seminar itself. After all, product management is something I’ve been doing for several years now, so I’ve got some hands on experience about the topic. Based on my search through Quora and LinkedIn comments, I decided to give it a try this past January. Spoiler: good, but not great.
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Compromises and 2012 (or why I love my MacBook Air)

A profile shot of the MacBook Air, rev. late 2010.
Image courtesy of CNET Asia.

An article on TUAW about the history of the MacBook Air prompted me to think back in early 2010, when I was comparison shopping for a lightweight laptop. My search had come down to four choices:

  • the Toshiba Portégé M800,
  • the Panasonic Y5,
  • the Lenovo ThinkPad X301, and
  • the MacBook Air.

At the time, these light-weight machines were premium-priced products that were selling between $2000 and $3000. So only after painfully extended deliberation did I order the Lenovo X301 because of its inclusion of the DVD drive. However, Lenovo cancelled my order in the spring of 2010. And that has made all the difference.
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I heart my Joemo XL!

Very few products inspire me to <3, but I have to say that I really really do love my travel mug. The day’s weather struck me as a particularly nasty example of lousy New York rain.  As the fall ushers out the summer, the temperature bounces up and down, and the flu starts to go around, I always make it a point to lug great coffee or tea with me.  Thus, enter the Joemo XL!
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Useful Communication Starts with Useful Pictures

Napoleon's March of 1812 and 1813
C. Minard's Depiction of Napoleon's Invasion of Moscow and Russia in 1812 and 1813

I recently finished reading Dan Roam’s “The Back of the Napkin,” which is a great introductory and reference book on communicating with pictures.  I also spotted Seth Godin’s blog post commenting on this NYTimes post and its validity.  And last but not least, one of my favorite examples of multiple dimensions of data plotted on a single illustration is explained by Edward Tufte.  I mention all of these examples because it’s easy to make a bad picture, but not too hard to make a really good one.

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