How to fix your Magic Mouse connection problems in 5 second

The Magic Mouse is great, but it does have a couple issues. My biggest problem... Connection issues. The good news, this is usually caused by a simple problem. Battery fitment. 

Test your Mouse:
1. Life your Magic Mouse about 1" above your desk surface. 
2. Drop your Magic Mouse onto your desk.
3. Watch to see if your mouse drop it's connection.
4. If it does... this may be the fix for you. (see below)

5 Second Fix:
1. Remove battery cover.
2. GENTLY apply a slight bed to the battery cover of your Magic Mouse.
3. Re-attach battery cover.

It only takes the slightest of bends to keep the batteries secure. In my experience, this completely resolved my connectivity issues, cost nothing and took about 5 seconds to complete.

DISCLAIMER: This is not professional advice. This is a simple DIY fix that is not for everyone. Bend at your own risk :)

The Apple Watch needs lugs

 Apple Watch + Shinola Natural Leather Strap

Apple Watch + Shinola Natural Leather Strap

The Apple Watch looks to be a great little device that really pushes the personal boundaries of humans and technology. It is also among the first legitimate attempts for technology to cross over to fashion. There are no surprises that Apple likes to keep control over their products and how they are presented. In the world of watches this can be a bit trick with a decades-old legacy of attaching timepieces to wrists using lugs and spring bars. There is no doubt that Apple has made an advancement in this area by introducing a much easier way for customers to quickly change out straps and by doing so, they are telling us... buy lots of straps and change them often. This is a concept that has been for the most part exclusive to the watch or horological enthusiast community, until now. Apple's new mechanism in its innovation seems to have excluded the age-old approach of customizing a time piece. Personally, I think that's a bit of a shame. Although it's not right for everyone, I enjoy the simplicity of the lugs + spring bar approach. I also prefer its efficiency of materials and therefor manufacturing. The watch strap is the one piece of an Apple watch that can be handmade. Perhaps the one piece that is a bit more personal than technology. A handmade strap could be the one thing that makes the device feel truly, special. 

Black & Tan

Black and tan is a nice color combination on watches. Here are a few options that deliver a varying bang for your buck, depending on what you are looking for.

Above you'll find 4 watches with a similar aesthetic and a ver similar color combination. Ranging from a humble Timex to a luxury Bell & Ross these 4 timepieces have you covered.

The Timex is a classic, simple and humble entry in to this look for watches. Offering a lot for it's price point. $65 gets you a 42mm watch with a mineral crystal and 2 year warranty. At $325 TSOVET SVT-RS40 offers swiss build quality, including a highly reliable and efficient RONDA quartz movement that is covered by a 5 year warranty and lifetime *free (doesn't include shipping) battery replacement program. The Shinola Runwell is a $600 piece that for all intensive purposes is "Made in Detroit". The movement is quite similar to that of the TSOVET, the parts are even sourced by RONDA. The Shinola however boasts a sapphire crystal and high quality Horween leather strap, which on their own account for a decent chunk of change. Then there is the Bell & Ross, perhaps the pioneer of the black & tan look and the only automatic of the bunch. Bell & Ross is known for producing high-end quality pieces, using some of the best materials and movements out there. In the case of the BR123, it's using an ETA 2892 which provides hours, minutes, seconds and date.

Each of the above watches does a good job of providing a classically analogue look that should stand the test of time, even if we are all wearing TV's on our wrists in the coming years.