Ok, the title might sound a little bit cryptic… let me explain.
A few weeks ago I was listening to a podcast that I enjoy called Surface Smiths (www.surfacesmiths.com). It was Episode 11, and the product they were reviewing was called the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 – 4 In 1 USB 3.0 Adapter from Juiced Systems. They had a contest, and all you needed to do to enter was retweet something. I did, and I found out a few days later that I won. I was happy, but I forgot about it… life just gets in the way sometimes.
Life can be rather amusing sometimes… Just Friday I was lamenting that I was going away for a few days, and I would only have my Surface Pro 3 with its single USB port because I was not bringing a docking station with me. And then when I got home, what was in my mailbox, but a package containing the prize – a 4-in-1 adapter that is custom fitted to the Surface Pro 3. It has two USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader (Great because I take a lot of pictures), and a Micro-SD Card reader (Great to transfer files to and from my HP Pro Tablet 408 which I use for videos).
The best part of it all is that it does not interfere with any of the other ports on my device. This was something I was worried about, because the USB port and the Mini-Display Port are so close to each other. While that means nothing to me on a short trip like this one, when I go to Japan later in the month it will be crucial.
So I got to my hotel room in Ottawa Monday afternoon, and I was really excited about the new add-on to my Laptop Kit. However the excitement had little to do with the USB ports… Seldom do I travel with a bunch of USB devices when I am only gone for a few days. But not only did I spend the weekend in Montreal taking pictures, but Sunday night was the Super Moon Eclipse. So I got some great pictures, and I was thrilled that rather than having to transfer them onto a USB key from another computer, I could just plug my SanDisk SD Card into my Surface directly using the new Juiced Systems adapter!
The device retails for $29.50, so it was not a major prize… but it was one worth having for sure!
Just so that you can all see what gets me so excited, here are a few of my pictures from Sunday. If you think getting close up to butterflies is easy, or that shooting a Lunar Eclipse is simple, I challenge you to show me what you can do!
Butterflies on Mount Royal
Butterflies on Mount Royal
Ducks on the Pond in Beaver Lake, Mount Royal
St. Joseph’s Oratory, from Beaver Lake, Mount Royal
Minute 62 of the Lunar Eclipse (10:23pm) from Westmount Lookout
(Note: All pictures taken with a Nikon D5200 camera with a 70-300mm VR lens. Night time pictures also used a Nikon SpeedLight SB-700 flash)