Playing with New Equipment

A significant number of you sent questions to me wanting to know if I were distracted from this blog.  Rather than reply to each of you individually, and to share the same information with everyone at the same time, I’ll share a secret with you.

I’ve had the good luck to test (play with) some new gear from several manufacturers.  I gave the equipment a though once-over and then shared what I liked and disliked about the latest and greatest gear headed to market.  As always, I didn’t receive any pay for my efforts.  Instead, I used the opportunities to offer possible ways to overcome the weaknesses that I found in some of the new equipment.  Only the manufacturers know if any of my suggestions will ever see the light of day.

I mention this to assure you that I haven’t forgotten about this site.  In fact, truth be told, I enjoy hearing from you more than you will ever realize.  I took advantage of the opportunities presented to me with the hope that I might be able to lend a hand and make products better.  I didn’t ask for or receive a nickel in return.

Some may say that not taking any money or hardware makes me a poor businessman.  I’d maintain that I was free to share the good, the bad, and the truly ugly with the companies who asked me to review their equipment.  They had no leverage over me and didn’t influence my remarks.  Several firms politely accepted my reviews and then said they didn’t have anything else for me.  Others appreciated my comments and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing more of their products in the days ahead.

If reviewing products continues to grow, I’ll consider putting the reviews on this site.  This will be trickier than you might think because part of the review process is the mandatory signing of non-disclosure agreements which prohibit those of us who reviewed the gear from sharing our thoughts, and even its very existence, with you until authorized to do so by the companies whose equipment we tested.

I don’t want to become another review site, but there are some products that I thought were so outstanding that I’d like to be able to share my thoughts with you on them.  There were other products that I thought weren’t ready for prime time and I’d like to be able to share that news with you as a precautionary tale.

Stay tuned.  I don’t know what will happen, but I do know that just when you think you have life figured out, you discover that you didn’t have it figured out as well as you thought you did.  At least, that’s been my experience.  If you’ve managed to have your life work out just the way you planned, good on you.  (If you’d sent me a note on how you did it, I’d like to post it because I’m sure that a lot of people would appreciate learning your tips and tricks.)

If you’d like to comment on this post, share your thoughts with me on this topic, or just drop me a note, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!