I had some readers complain that a camp stove has no place in Macworld. Let's talk about that.
I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to stretch outside of the confines of Apple hardware for my column. Writing for Macworld as I do, it seems reasonable that I should stick to coverage of MacBooks, Apple Watch apps and iPhone-related travel accessories. But I'm not all that reasonable a guy, so here we are, looking at camp stoves.
Here's my thinking on it. When it comes to travel tech, there's more than enough accessories, apps, cases other flotsam made or approved of by Apple that I could fill this column twice monthly for years without fear of running out of topics to cover. It'd be the safe bet. But I wouldn't be serving my readers. By injecting my column with a few pieces of hardware off the beaten track from time to time, I feel that I'm broadening horizons. My mandate is to help people discover technology that'll make their travels easier and more enjoyable. A good camp stove definitely falls into that category.
So here we are.
Will I cover gear like this all of the time? Absolutely not--I love Apple hardware and use it daily. I love being able to share new ways to use the phones, tablets and computers that have shaped so much of my life. Will I stop covering hardware, on occasion, like camp stoves because of readers griping? Absolutely not--I drive this bus at the behest of my editor. If she's got a problem with what I do, then I'll definitely change course. But if I worried every time someone didn't like what I write about or how I write it, I'd never get get a single word down on paper.
So, here's a review of a damn fine camp stove.