2009-05-29

Quest for a netbook pack

Recently I've been looking for a small single strap backpack for my netbook. The search turned out to be rather difficult since I was only able to find suitable packs online and retail locations did not carry the models that I wanted. If I wanted a local store to special order a pack for me I would have had to pre-pay for it. I didn't want to be stuck with a pack that was too large or worse too small.

My requirements for the pack are:

  • Large enough to carry my MSI Wind 10" netbook and it's power adapter

  • Not much larger than the netbook and power adapter

  • Single/Mono Strap backpack style, not a messenger bag style

  • Not a Murse


I created a list of possible bags that fit the first 3 requirements. Since I have no sense of style/fashion the last requirement was not as obvious to me so I recruited my girlfriend to help me with choosing a bag that looked good but wasn't a murse.

Ironically the pack I ended up getting is from the Women's backpack section of REI. "REI The Mini Sling Bag - Women's" fit all of the requirements. My local REI had it in stock so I was able to look at it and make sure the netbook fit before buying it. Also the bag can be worn over either shoulder.





Other bags that I thought about buying:

Osprey Tilt - REI has the Osprey Veer which has the same volume as the Tilt. I tested my netbook out in the Veer and it was a snug fit. Also from the pictures the Tilt looks like the strap is fixed to one side and can't be switched to the other shoulder

Maxpedition Lunada Gearslinger - The dimensions listed suggest that my netbook would fit and there is a comment that someone uses this bag for their netbook. The bag is on the expensive side but you definitely get what you pay for judging by the features/materials listed.

Timberland Single Strap Mini Backpack - this is only sold in pink/grey and they have no current plans to bring back the black/grey option they used to have.

2009-05-11

Getting a new (or used) washer and dryer?

If you plan on getting a new washer make sure you get the shipping bolts from the delivery people, or if you are getting a used one see if the previous owner has kept the shipping bolts. You'll need them if you ever going to move the washer. The shipping bolts for our Samsung WF218ANW look like this

Also if the delivery/install people are stacking the washer and dryer for you get the dryer feet and locking screws as well. Our Samsung DV218AGW dryer feet and locking screws look like this: