Sunday, April 13, 2014

Maxpedition Rat Wallet as USB Battery Pack Case

My wife has always referred to it as the "man purse" but that wasn't the reason I didn't use it. The Maxpedition Rat Wallet is durable and awesome looking, but it's just wasn't that functional for any use case I had in mind for it ... until now. I noticed a while back that my solar USB charger fit perfectly in one of the compartments, but it seemed a waste to use it just to carry one thing. Then it dawned on me that my Ruinovo Battery Pack which had killed about $500 worth of stuff with it's sleek aluminum edges would fit in the Rat. Not only did the battery pack fit the Rat's cell phone pocket perfectly, but it left the Android charging port of it open. Now I can use that battery pack without removing it from the Rat!

Maxpedition Rat Wallet

I put the Ruinovo in there just to get it somewhere where it wasn't scratching everything I own. Then one day I noticed I could see the Apple port and then thought what a shame that it didn't show the Android port. Then my slow-working brain figured out that hey, I could turn the battery pack around. I still have to push the button through the elastic to start it charging, but that's even a benefit because the button won't get accidentally bumped when it's in the Rat.

Maxpedition Rat Wallet With Ruinovo USB Battery Pack 1

Maxpedition Rat Wallet With Ruinovo USB Battery Pack 2

Maxpedition Rat Wallet With Ruinovo USB Battery Pack 3

The Rat also fits my solar USB battery pack/charger and various cables, too.

Maxpedition Rat Wallet With Ruinovo USB Battery Pack and Solar Charger

Even better, the Rat attaches to the outside of my SwissGear laptop bag for easy access to my USB charging packs. It would have been genius had I actually planned it.

Maxpedition Rat Wallet With Ruinovo USB Battery Pack Attached To SwissGear Laptop Bag

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Phone Scammers Part 2

They've been calling my work number almost every day.  Never the same phone number twice, in fact never the same state twice. They claim be calling from  "account services" and ask me to press 1 to lower my interest rate, which then gets me on hold about a minute. I rarely get very far with them before they sniff me out for purposefully leading them on. When asked "what company are you with?" they usually reply with "this is account services" or some such mumbo jumbo.

They are pretty good about sniffing out questions that would catch them in an outright lie, and usually just hang up immediately after being asked such a question. Asking something like "are you account services from my bank?" usually gets me a hangup. One creative guy yesterday answered "no sir, your bank would never call you to save you money" which I thought was an interesting response and thanked him for his honest and creative reply before I pressed the hangup button.

At any rate, if the name of your company is "account services" and you routinely spoof your caller ID to mask your true whereabouts, then there is a special circle of hell reserved just for you. It makes me wonder how many vulnerable people like the elderly they are preying upon. I try to do my part by keeping them on the phone as long as possible.