I have a rolling computer case instead of a backpack, but much the same kind of stuff inside: computer, power supply, mouse, cellphone, USB chargers, cables (USB with interchangeable client ends and Ethernet), paper, pens, business cards, coffee cards, travel club cards...
Not nearly as much fun stuff as yours, though, Max.
Over at Microcontroller Central, one of our bloggers (Adam Carlson) has written about the portable development toolkit he keeps in a backpack. Seems his day job is not about electronics, so in order to work on his home electronics projects at lunchtime, he created this carry-along lab bench. Check it out at Create a Portable MCU Tool Kit
Wow, Max!! You should be a tough man for carrying such amount of stuff around!! LOL
I always carry a leather handbag with all my stuff inside, but instead of carrying my own electronic devices, I carry a kit to fix -- or "parasitize" -- other people ones. Let me explain:
* 3-4 USB aimed with diferent bootable live OS images -- both 32 and 64 bits!!
* 1x 500GB USB external disk loaded with tons of useful software, including Virtul Box and virtual disk images ready to be played in any virtualization platform -- I've come to the conclusion that having my workspace in a virtual disk is very useful for making back-up copies and when you use to switch from one machine to another.
* An old S60 Nokia with integrated sliding keyboard -- yes it's an old device, but I've a lot of custom C apps running on it that I want to keep available!
* 1x MicroSD to USB conversor
* USB to PC cable
* 1x standard MicroUSB Charger
* ... and a load of tobacco, rolling paper, etc. -- time flows slowly when you are reinstalling an OS or compiling a huge application!!
@Garcia: ...and a load of tobacco, rolling paper, etc. -- time flows slowly when you are reinstalling an OS or compiling a huge application!!
Interesting idea to carry the systems on USB sticks and then just use whatever computer is handy -- it speaks to a day in the future when everything is in the cloud -- but it wouldn;t work for me at the moment.
Re the tobacco .... STOP .... one of my friends who smokes was just rushed to hospital a couple of weeks ago with a breathing attack -- he wa sin for about 10 days -- at one point they didn;t think he was going to make it -- now he's back at home with a portable oxygen tank -- they don;t know if he will ever be able to go back to workm, and he's only 58 years old. Instead, carry a good book around with you for when time is flowing slowely :-)
@Garcia: I'm working on it, but is a hard task... maybe I'll try to start changing my bad habits with the next book I'm going to read!
If you work on giving up we'll all be rooting for you. With regard to a good book -- if you like Science Fiction I'm currently reading Existance by David Brin; if you enjoy a good fantesy that I LOVED Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
@Rich: check out the comic masterpiece Good Omens by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
I agree -- that is a BRILLIANT read. Are you a fan of Pratchett's Discworld series? I know he is not well, and also that he's been working on other projects, but I really hope he does the one where "Moist" takes over the Tax Department (as a follow-on to Going Postal and Making Money)
@rich: I've read a few of Pratchett's Discworld series and enjoyed some more than others. Of those, Going Postal was definitely my favorite as I recall.
I'm constantly amazed by the amount of research he puts in and the "hidden stuff." In Making Money he describes what is essentially a water-based analog computer used to model the financial systems of the city ... I later discovered that this was based on a real-world machine!!!
They were giving iPad cases away at Design West? I missed that ... but it really doesn;t matter, because I can't see me ever not using my leather iPad case from Saddleback Leather ... this just "Stands Proud in the Crowd" :-)
Very nice (I ready your review). As my noise cancellation requirements are more coffee shop than 747 I get by with a cheaper pair of folding Sennheisers. They don't create total silence but are good enough for Peet's.
@Brian: You have a laser? Or an exploding fake moustache?
Funny you should ask about the moustach. One evening at Design West 2013 I was invited by a company to an evening event that featured the "Moustache Camera" that was at the show -- by some strange quirk of fate I just happened to have a carved wooden moustach on a stick in my backpack (I always carry one in case of emergencies :-)
Like you, I used to travel with the most amazing pile of stuff. Then I saw the light! These days, I am fanatical about taking as little as possible. I have not checked a bag on a business trip in over 10 years. Most of my trips are long-haul intercontinental, lasting up to ten days so some discipline is required.
As far as computing and electronics goes, all I take is:
- an iPad
- video interface for iPad so I can deliver presentations with it
- a laptop (the smallest the company will buy for me). Sometimes I will leave the laptop at home and survive with the iPad. If all you need to do is give presentations, keep up with email and keep in touch with the office, who needs a laptop?
- a Kindle (I used to get through 4 or 5 books in a trip and books are heavy. Buying a Kindle was one of the best things I ever did)
- Power supply for laptop (complete with international adapter)
- iPhone, plus USB lead. I charge it via may laptop overnight so no need to take a separate charger)
- a Power Monkey for those awkwards moments when you get low on power in an airport or on a train or somewhere. This has saved my professional and personal life on occasion.
- The wireless interface for my hearing aids. Although I would not wish hearing loss on anyone, believe me whenI say that in-ear hearing aids with wireless audio streaming make the best noice-cancelling headphones every invented. Plug the magix wireless box into the aeroplane entertainment system (or into my phone if I want to listen to music), mute the microphones and there you go.
And, seriously, that's it. I find travelling much easier now I have slimmed down what I take to the absolute bare minimum. And my back feels much better too!
@cshore: I find travelling much easier now I have slimmed down what I take to the absolute bare minimum. And my back feels much better too!
I hear you!!! If I had a choice for what I travveled with, it would be my leather messenger bag with my iPad (& charger), headphones, and a paperback book. My problem is that I spend every day writing, editing, and posting articles -- along with creating graphics and processing images -- to do this I need a notepad PC, and having been caught short when I dropped my PC several years ago whilst on the road, I now carry two ... and so the story gos (and grows)
@cshore0: All my stuff goes in my nice black Saddleback messenger bag too. One of the nicest things I own. I guess I have you to blame for that!
I certainly don;t mind accepring responsibility for that. The only problem when you get it is that it looks so new. These things look better and better the older they get and the more the see the world. I've been carrying mine around constantly since I got it, and it's only now starting to show a little "character" based on the bumps and knocks it's received.
In fact, it was just a couple of days ago that I emptied it out, took all of the straps off, and sat out on our back porch rubbing "leather liniment" into it to keep the leather supple and conditioned -- it's amazing how fast that stuff soaks in (I use the "Chamberlain's Leather Milk" that they sell on the Saddleback Leather website -- I think it's created by the owner's browther-in-law or something -- I like the sense of homor, like the label on the back that says "Do not drink or throw thsi product into your eyes, nor toss from a moving vehicle." :-)
This bag really is something to be handed down from father to son (or best friend if my teenage son doesn't stop being so "bolshy" :-)
Oooh -- these are very tasty -- I really need a pen to go in the Leather Belt Pouch I just aquired from Saddleback Leather -- unfortunately even the short Mover/Shaker (~5") would be a tad too long -- ideally I need one that's 4.5" -- any suggestions?
@Antedeluvian: I googled "stubby pens". Here's one.
You are the king of Googling -- this "Roadster" sounds like just the thing -- the reviewer said "I found the Roadster at my local Staples and fell in love with it right away. It's a thick, fairly stubby pen just under 4.5" long..."
I will stop off at my local Staples on the way home this evening
Traveling lightly is definitely a highlight of our times. What do people carry in their backpacks? That sure depends on where they are going. If you want to travel to the Galapagos Islands for instance you won't need your laptop too much, the nature in that area is just too gradiose and exceptional to be replaced with something else.
Wow, this is pretty impressive! I mean everything is so neatly organized. Well, if anyone has ever seen inside a bag owned by his wife, girlfriend or sister, you'd know what I mean! Max, I am NOT showing what I got in my bag now ... Sitting at Dallas airport, waiting for me delayed flight...
@Junko: Wow, this is pretty impressive! I mean everything is so neatly organized.
It really helps to have a system -- I always store things in exactly the same place in my backpack. Of course new items do get dropped in there, which is why the day before a trip I take everything out and completely re-pack it.
The recent comments to this blog have just reminded me that I'll be going to Brazil in a couple of weeks -- I'll need a couple of wall socket power adapters -- I'm not sure if the ones I have will work -- I'll need to look this up.
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