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After lugging my laptop, camera, tape recorder, sundry cords, a phone and notepads around the Las Vegas Convention Center for CTIA, I feel like a packhorse rather than a blogger. This got me thinking about how to lighten my load. Ideally I want to be able […]

After lugging my laptop, camera, tape recorder, sundry cords, a phone and notepads around the Las Vegas Convention Center for CTIA, I feel like a packhorse rather than a blogger. This got me thinking about how to lighten my load.

Ideally I want to be able to travel with a laptop (MacBook) and a phone. Thanks to Internet radio and Hulu, I’ve eliminated a lot of of my entertainment gadgets, but I’m still packing a lot everything listed above.

Plus, I have enough cords to restrain a linebacker. I would love to hear what tools you guys use, especially when it comes to eliminating cameras, cords and maybe the external 3G card. I’m especially curious how many people have given up a laptop for short trips and instead travel with a mini keyboard and a smart phone. Bueller? Anyone? Anyone?

  1. “tape recorder” ? surely you jest ! seriously, though ‘instant-on’ reporting/blogging may be perceived to drive traffic, but does it boost engagement/time spent on site? roaming around CTIA for a couple of days with a berry or notepad alone, and then writing a high quality post or two brings less traffic to the posts? since there are no standard/interchangeable cords and feather-light laptops for a few years, i doubt anything short of changing work/type/blog habits lightens your load.

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  2. broadband_fan Monday, April 7, 2008

    Om….

    I don’t have any tips unfortunately. But I did want to share that I am preparing for the day when my grandchild asks me…”Granpa, you really had to lug a 4lb box and power supply everytime you traveled?”

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  3. broadband fan Monday, April 7, 2008

    oops…meant that for Stacey not OM…..

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  4. I was actually thinking the same thing this weekend as I packed my iPod, phone, and laptop, which required me to either bring chargers for all three devices or cables to interconnect them to charge and transfer data. We need some standardization…at least Bluetooth can partly eliminate cables for data transfer, but power is always an issue.

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  5. honestly, my thoughts are nokia n95 on at&t with 3g tethered to the macbook. why the n95? it packs 3g, video recording, audio recording, expandable storage (with 8gb loaded already), 5mp camera and others.

    that way you can walk around, snap photos, do audio on the spot or video, and when ready go back to your lappie use the usb cord (only 2 cords needed all trip long) and upload your stuff, using marsedit and you are set.

    that’s my personal thoughts, hope that helps.

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  6. Chuck Marshall Monday, April 7, 2008

    Steve Paine (Chippy) over at UMPCPortal.com blogged about his kit for CEBIT ( http://www.umpcportal.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1278 )

    Lots less than you’ve got.

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  7. One thing I do is try to get devices that can be recharged through a USB cable to my laptop. Then, all I need is a power cord for my laptop and I charge everything else using it as a hub.

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  8. BrotherMaynard Monday, April 7, 2008

    iPhone…once they allow everything to be landscape (including their notes app), typing will be much easier.

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  9. I use a Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PC with a folding keyboard — you’ll need good eyesight to view the small screen for extended periods of time, however. I leave my notebook computer at home.

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  10. Dimitrios Matsoulis Tuesday, April 8, 2008

    For now merge camera and camcorder in one flash based device. In a few months’ time you might have a large choice of light devices (MID or UMPC) that could temporarily replace your laptom. Hang on to your cellphone and chose a really small model.
    http://electronrun.wordpress.com/

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