…is all laptops.
- MacBook (left): My trusty laptop, which has been my workhorse for closing in on three years. Despite the leaps in what phones can do, I still need it for the full keyboard and photo and video editing.
- Kodak Zi8 and Flip Mino HD: Not one but two pocket HD video cameras. The Flip Mino is my traditional camera, but the Zi8 will probably see more action this conference as I’m testing it out.
- iPhone. Web. E-mail. Photo. Video. Audio. The Le Web app. Essential tool for me these days
- Fuji Z20fd: Snappy Fuji compact, for those moments when I don’t want to traipse the SLR around with me, but the iPhone won’t cut it. The most endangered part of this kit.
- EOS 500D and 70-300 Zoom Lens – The bedrock of my conference photography. As past events have show, I can grab great pics from the stage by pushing the camera’s ISO high and shooting at the extreme end of the lens.
With a bit of luck, this will allow me to find alternative solutions to recommend to our journlaists or point the way to changes we need to make in the IT kit we provide or allow. For example, I participate in a chatroom that recently moved from AIM to Jabber. And we don’t currently seem to have an approved Jabber chat client at work. So, for the time being I’m using the Meebo web-based IM service to work around that. Will it be a good long-term solution? I don’t know. But it’s interesting finding out.
The Washington Post has published an interesting article by a law professor about students attending classes with laptops open. It calls into question the idea that the younger generation are as able to multi-task and process as many information sources as we think they can.
Is he being reactionary, or is this going to be a genuine problem?
Ironically, I’m typing this in an internal meeting with my attention on 50% on the proceedings.
On a similar theme to my last post, Web Worker Daily has a slightly sinister photo of laptops users in a coffee shop.
A whole new meaning to “together alone” there…