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Mostly technical things

Everyday Carry

I’m rarely without my shoulder bag, a habit that’s persisted since my school years.

Here’s a selection of what it contains, as a reminder/inventory for myself, for potential interest to others, and because I have an Amazon referral account.

Waterproof Roll-top Dry Bags

I learnt the hard way the danger of leaks and spills inside my bag. These are light-weight and great for easy-access subdivisions – one for cables, one for laptop etc.


Incredibly bright (1k Lumens), small, lightweight and fairly cheap. My phone has a torch but I often want to conserve its battery, and have something less valuable I can throw around! This isn’t the model I own but the closest I could find.

Eye mask and earplugs

I periodically find myself flying to/from LaterPay’s Munich office, and these make a 0625 flight less damaging to my day.

Travel Router

Fantastic little device – a single device to connect to a new WLAN so all my other devices can keep connecting to it. Particularly useful given how frustrating connecting a Kindle can be, or those various captive portals in hotels etc.! At some point I’ll get around to making it do smart VPN things…

Thanks to Chris Lamb for the recommendation! I’m running vanilla firmware on mine, but Chris has lamby/lamby-ansible-router if you want OpenWRT.


I didn’t originally want a MacBook, but after my 13” Air took two pints of tea and it was the only thing available for next-day delivery, I grew to like it.

It’s incredibly light, and does nearly everything I need – builds code, runs Docker, runs VirtualBox / Vagrant – the only times I wish for something beefier are when I’m running Firefox!

Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

Essential kit if you have a MacBook with its general lack of ports, this gives you HDMI and USB-A.

Kindle Voyage

I thought I’d never give up on dead-tree books. I still haven’t, but when it comes to fiction, the ability to have the next book in the series right there, along with a week’s worth of reading in my coat pocket, was awesome.

For non-fiction where I want to scribble notes, flick between sections, and leave bookmarks scattered throughout, I doubt I’ll ever go Kindle – at least until Amazon MatchBook comes to the UK and I get free search and indexing.

Portable USB Charger

Invaluable for keeping my phone running, the odd occasion when my Kindle needs it, and I can run my MacBook from it.

Thanks to Meri Williams for the recommendation!

Mu Plug Folding USB Charger

Small lightweight USB charger for the occasions when I actually have a wall to plug in to.


The great thing about standards is there’s so many to choose from

I’m a huge fan of Amazon Basics for cables, or Anker for what they don’t stock.

Haribo Gold-Bears

Because sometimes the blood sugar needs a boost. These are resistant to temperature ranges and getting squashed!