Crabby Wallet

The Crabby Wallet was one of the first Kickstarter wallets around. It managed to get $300,000 over its original pledge request of $10,000. Typically such a large amount over the original request spells death for a Kickstarter, but the folks behind Crabby managed to pull it all together and deliver the wallets pretty much on time.

I received my Crabby Wallet about a week ago and immediately put it to use as my day to day wallet, replacing a Ridge Wallet.

The first thing you notice is that the Crabby Wallet isn’t the prettiest girl at the dance. It’s black elastic with an elastic strap that comes in a few different colors. Going purely by looks I would pick my Ridge Wallet any day. The second thing you notice about the Crabby Wallet is that it’s small and thin, oh so very thin. The crabby is slightly longer but slightly shorter than a credit card. Cards in the top slot stick out a bit. This makes it very easy to put cards in and take them out, at the same time an elastic strap holds them in so there is no danger of them falling out. With four credit cards inside the Crabby Wallet is roughly the same thickness as a Ridge Wallet empty. It is by far the slimmest Wallet I’ve owned.

The Crabby Wallet solves my one complaint with The Ridge, pocket feel. The Ridge is smooth aluminum, it would slide around my pocket and end up at odd angles. Sometimes my key fob would get involved and sit on the wallet making it very uncomfortable. The Crabby Wallet is made out of elastic, it doesn’t slide around in my pocket. Its thin enough that if my key fob does sit on top of the wallet its not a big deal.

For the ease of use and comfort that comes with the Crabby Wallet I can get over any problems I have with its looks. I really like the Crabby Wallet and it will be the wallet I use for a long time.

You  can buy a Crabby Wallet from http://www.crabbygear.com/

2013-12-16 Update: The elastic began to wear quite a bit and fray. On a recent trip I was pulling cards in and out of the wallet seemingly constantly and it just about did the little guy in. As it is now, the wallet still looks alright, no holes or anything glaring. The elastic band is noticeably frayed. The wallet is very loose. If I dropped it I think the contents would spill out.

It’s the first wallet I have ever worn out and it only took a few months. It’s sad because I really like it.

 

The first and only Nintendo 3DS flash cart was released last month. Here is my take on it.

It works, mostly. You can put a Nintendo 3DS ROM on an SD card and play it via the Gateway cart. If you’re used to DS flash cartridges and their features you’re going to be in for some surprises though.

As of this writing the Gateway 3DS only works on firmware 4.5. If you’ve ever updated your 3ds you’re out of luck for now.

The Gateway 3DS only allows one rom per SD card. The SD card does not need to be the exact size of the ROM.

The Gateway 3DS does not run any homebrew yet. That means no emulators for SNES, GBA, ect.

The Gateway 3DS does not run DS games. You need a DS flash cart like the DSTWO for that.

The biggest problem is that games that utilize saves do not save once you take the cartridge out. Chew on the implications of that for a bit.

Sadly, that’s a whole lot of ‘does nots.’ Good news is that the makers of the Gateway have plans to resolve all of these problems in future firmware updates as the cartridge is upgradable.

In the meantime the Gateway 3DS is more of a proof of concept than a real usable flash cartridge.