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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

8 Responses

  1. Sandy says:

    Objective, sympathetic, even kind: nice article. YOURS, however, is too brief, and compares products priced three times as much as another. And how are they that much better than Garmin’s 3600 Palm based unit?

  2. Dan (b393capt) says:

    Sorry to admit this … but I dozed off reading the article after nearly finishing the second device.
    It’s not the writing, it’s either me or the devices. Maybe I am spoiled now … but after having weather integrated with my cartography, it has become a must have feature for me. Reading that the Garmin is the best device of the four, and it does not have weather and as a navigation device dosn’t include voice … zzzzzzzzz.
    How long until we hear about the Busnell ONIX ?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Dan, you’re a hard geek to please! I will write more about the Onix, but in short I think that while it works fairly well, the weather is a bit limited for boaters. Onix certainly is a mark of where handhelds can go, though.
    Meanwhile, I think I just found a life-altering gadget, at least for me, and at least a mind altering gadget for anyone interested in technology. It’s not at all marine, but for people like me struggling to integrate written notes, interview recordings, and a PC work environment, the LiveScribe Pulse SmartPen is really, really interesting. I just got it yesterday, so my experience is limited, but I think I’m falling in love:

  4. Todd Smith says:

    I just can’t get excited about any of these units that don’t take the free NOAA charts. And I would prefer the vector charts.
    How long before someone makes a real chart plotter that takes the non-proprietary charts ?

  5. Sandy says:

    Have you found your livescribe usefull?

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sandy, I’ve use the Livescribe Smartpen a lot, and it’s phenomenal. It actually works better than advertised!

  7. MaineFog says:

    Its one major issue is that it is round with no bumps so it rolls easily on any flat surface. Apparently they do not like to bounce after a good roll.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    My daughter Jesse is shining this week, co-author of an important article about gender inequality that even involves her employer, Newsweek. That’s her on the left:
    And here’s a follow-up piece that involves yours truly in his younger days:

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