The SNES Classic is a lot of fun
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Sorry for the delay in getting this written and posted. BestBuy successfully had my SNES Classic in my mailbox on the morning of launch day. The crew of usual suspects came over Friday night and most of Saturday and we put the SNES Classic through its paces. We all grew up with the Super Nintendo and still break it out to this day for the occasional weekend BBQ and New Years marathon.

The new Audio-Technica ATH-AR5BT are fantastic headphones
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I did some headphone shopping last week while killing time in Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku. Yodobashi is one of my favourite places for headphone shopping because of the sheer number of headsets you can try out. With the Bluetooth headsets you simply pair them to your own phone and listen to your own variety of music. I’ve always been a big fan of Audio-Technica headphones as they seem to generally balance the sound quality and cost pretty well.

Suica, iOS and the Apple Watch
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This is going to be a two parter, mostly because I don’t want to write two separate entries. I’m going to talk about Suica on iOS and how well it works, but I also want to talk about my general experience with the Apple Watch Series 2. The iPhone launched in Japan missing many features that people believed made it an unviable product in that market. The iPhone didn’t allow users to attach phone charms, something that people thought would hurt it’s adoption, it didn’t.

Apple, Ports
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Fall 2016 has brought two big Apple hardware announcements. The first was the iPhone 7 which lost it’s headphone jack. The second was a new MacBook Pro line which lost basically everything in favour of USB-C ports. I feel partially guilty for my support of the iPhone 7. When rumours came out of losing the headphone port I was pretty instantly angry. I am a bit of a headphone geek and own many pairs.

PhaseOne's 100MP digital back and the future of Medium Format Digital
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This morning Phase One has announced a 100MP digital back for their XF camera system. It’s unclear if this back will have the same camera support as the other IQ3 backs, but it probably will, so that means Mamiya/PhaseOne DF+, Hasselblad H / V and Mamiya RZ67/RB67 support. I’m not sure if you’d really want to put a 100MP digiback on an RB67. The lenses probably don’t have that kind of resolution.