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What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
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Scroggs
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Scroggs,
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6/3/2014 | 8:08:25 AM
Re: What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
Couldn't agree more. Two totally different devices. 

-Nick

www.HackedPack.com
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/3/2014 | 8:00:12 AM
Re: What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
@Scroggs, I'll admit that your pattern is similar to mine with the iPad. I find it's a great email and social media machine (especially with the Apple Wireless Keyboard tethered) and it's the perfect "emergency backup" device for those times when WiFi just isn't happening. I still carry my 15" MacBook Pro Retina most places (it's just light enough for me to get away with that) but there have been conferences at which the iPad was my only device and it worked just fine.

To me, the big thing is that I don't try to replicate my laptop experience on the tablet: They're two different devices with two different user experiences. As long as I accept that, I'm happy. If I ever try to force one to act like the other, I get frustrated.
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Scroggs,
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6/2/2014 | 9:52:58 PM
Re: What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
I love my iPad (by they way, I was mistaken my wife has the iPad 2. I have the "NEW" iPad). I use it all the time for note taking (Notable is a great app). I also use it to check my email when I wake up in the morning. It is also ok for some simple design sketching. I take it with me everywhere I go, but I'm more than willing to admit that is 90% because of consumption reasons. I listen to audiobook 24/7 on my iPad. I use it to browse the web and watch tv on the go and I play my friends in bluetooth games (backgammon, risk etc) at least once a week. The vast majority of the use on my iPad is for entertainment, but it is very useful and handy for that 10% of real work that I use it for. My prefered laptop is basically a precious portable desktop with a battery. I move it around from room to room, but it almost never leaves my house. 

-Nick

www.HackedPack.com
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/2/2014 | 3:51:24 PM
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@snunyc, it's interesting to hear you talk about the different experience of reading on an ereader and paper. A dear friend gave me a Kindle Paperwhite and I really like it, but I'm still having trouble thinking of it as "reading." I miss the feel and smell of a book.

Of course, I like being able to carry many books around in my pocket, so I might just buy a sheet of paper to touch when I need to "feel like I'm reading" and continue to work on the Kindle!
Curt Franklin
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Curt Franklin,
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6/2/2014 | 3:48:59 PM
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Nick, I love the idea of carrying a hammock! I'm a big hammock fan and find there's really nothing like the joy of relaxing in a hammock strung between two good shade trees.

Your list makes me curious: Do you find that the iPad 2 is a decent tool for creating content or do you agree with some people that it's simply a content consuming device? I know my opinion (and I'll share it later) but I'd love to know how you feel about the tablet.

And thanks for sharing your thoughts with us here!
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5/29/2014 | 9:31:38 PM
Re: What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
First and formost, I carry the ancient technology of a hammock. After that is it 2 usb drives (a clean and a dirty one), 2wo charging packs, my iPad 2, and my LG bluetooth head phones. If I plan on going out with friends I often bring my Logitech bluetooth mini "boombox" and my brookstone pico-projector (also doubles and and extra charging pack). Sometimes i bring my micro-pc (little android thing that can plug into HDMI。

 

-Nick

www.hackedpack.com
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5/29/2014 | 7:00:42 PM
Re: What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
@Curt: If I travel with you I woudln't need my own office-in-a-bag.

Depends on how far I'm going. For a day-trip to the office I go minimalistic: 13-inch MacBook Pro & assorted power cords, iPhone + charger; and iPod with earbuds (yes, I am a dinosaur, i  keep my thousands of tunes on my old iPod and yes, I have heard of Rhapsody but still...). I also carry an arc notebook (the groovy refillable variety availalble at Staples), and two pens that are also refillable (trying to minimize waste). Also, because Im in the Bay Area I now always carry a canvas tote bag, since you have to pay an extra 10 cents for a bag anytime you buy something in SF or the EAst Bay.

things get a tad more complex for business travel--thanks to your advice I also carry a 3-way outlet expander which not only helps you make friends at airports but also comes in handy in hotel rooms. I bring my iPad on business trips along with all of the above, and a book, a real book, for reading when I have down time. I don't like doing my leisure reading on devices, my eyes get tired.

Can't wait to see what else folks have...I'm hoping someone pulls out a clothespin just like on the old "Let's Make a Deal" TV show...
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Curt Franklin,
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5/28/2014 | 11:19:28 PM
What's in Your Backpack (or Messenger Bag)?
Hey, everyone, I've got a question: What technology do you carry with you on a daily basis? Which things can you not imagine working without?

I'll get things started: On an average day my messenger bag has my 15" MacBook Pro Retina, an iPad 2, a Kindle Paperwhite, a 1 TByte USB drive, and assorted cables and power blocks. There's also a composition book, a bunch of pens, and a small cloth bag that holds stevia packets, salt substitute packets, tea bags, non-dairy creamer packets, and other assorted condiments. What else? Oh, yes, a 3-way outlet expander (for being a good neighbor at coffee shops and airport boarding gates) and some earphones (or a set of headphones connected to the bag with a carabiner). An iPhone 4 is generally in a pants pocket (with a Leatherman multi-tool in another pocket).

That's my basic "office in a bag." What does yours look like?


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