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Even though I promised I would blog every day, the new month isn’t off to such a good start. In what can be a coincidence, while on my way back from India, I caught some kind of cold-cough infection, most likely on the plane or at the airport. When I got back to San Francisco, I was feeling sluggish. The nose was starting to stuff. The throat was sore and itching. I was feeling a bit tired. Oh, oh. I thought, did I catch the virus? 

The next day, I went and got the new booster and a flu vaccine, both at the same time. Before heading to get my shots, I tested myself — negative, and I have tested negative every day since. I even tested negative on the PCR test. So it must have been the common cold with a dash of jetlag. But it sure did feel like the dreaded virus. I had no idea what had happened. I have been down since, and it has taken almost ten days to recover from whatever was the affliction. 

This morning, though, I feel much better. It feels good not to be all stuffed up, and I can walk without wheezing. I feel pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to get going.

Oct 5, 2022. San Francisco 

PS: I’m a fan of Nomad Goods. I love their Horoween leather iPhone and iPad covers. I probably drop my iPad more than any sane person, and the cover has protected the screen from shattering. The brand is having a giveaway for a new iPhone and the new Apple Watch Ultra. You give your email to them and get marketing emails. Nothing comes for free, right? 

My order of AirTags arrived this morning. I got a four-pack, because, why not? I got them engraved because, again, why not?

At first blush, they are much larger than I thought they would be. Though, I like the curved coin-like look and finish, which is typical Apple. By comparison, Tile had a better form factor, but I was not too fond of their finish. At some stage in the future, I will delve into Tile vs. AirTags and the strategic importance of AirTags for Apple.

Setting them up was smooth, and using them in my tiny apartment is a no-brainer. The real-life test, of course, will have to wait until I start traveling again. For now, the biggest question is: what should I do with my AirTags?

I can (and will) replace my decade-old keychain. Apple’s own keychain models are excessively priced, so I am going to give them a pass. I really like the new Horoween leather keychains from Nomad Goods, one of my favorite brands. They have multiple accessories for AirTags, so I need to figure out which one I really like.

The biggest problem with the AirTag luggage tag is that it is the first thing a thief would sees — just before they cut it off from the luggage. That is why I like the new Stretch Fabric Mount accessory from Moment, which sticks to any fabric surface. This will definitiely be going inside my camera bag. It is probably the smartest product I have seen for us camera nerds — the Stretch Fabric Mount is hidden and will make it difficult for a would-be thief to know that there is an AirTag on board. The only bad news is that it won’t be available for another couple of months. For now, I am using black gaffer tape to hide the AirTags on the inside of my camera and my duffel bags.

I have one left. What should I do with it? Suggestions? (Comments are open.)

May 12, 2021, San Francisco