Today I worked at Second Gear, a co-working office in Lansing, MI. I took my “office in a bag” with me and realized, I have a sweet setup and thought I would share what is in the bag and why I chose this combination.
Starting with the bag itself, (which is a two part system), I carry a Super Ego from Tom Bihn. This is hands down the best bag I’ve owned for traveling with your gear. I have it full of everything I need, and its not even close to full.
The things I like are
- its sturdy
- easy to pack
- easy to unpack
- doesn’t spill your stuff if you pick it up when its open
- the zippers open/close with ease and seal the bag shut
- the way it looks
- that it has hooks for my keys, pockets for my stuff and latches for my Brain Cell with the Absolute Shoulder Strap
Within the cavernous space that is the main pocket of the Super Ego, I snap into place my Brain Cell with the Absolute Shoulder Strap. This ingenious smaller, hard sided bag is fit to my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It is designed to cradle your laptop, saving it from the bumps and dumps of laptop life. And it does its job really well. If you are traveling light, the Brain Cell with the Absolute Shoulder Strap is the way to go. I suggest you fork over the extra bucks for the Absolute Shoulder Strap too. Its how shoulder straps should be designed. Its padded, stays right on your shoulder, super comfortable and sorta flexes when you step so the weight just disappears when you walk,
The things I like are
- its hard shell – armor for laptops is good
- the thick velcro top, it opens quick, closes without effort and if you decide to flip the bag over and shake the living hell out of your bag with the laptop in it, it won’t let you down
- that its really light
This is my third Brain Cell – the first is still with my mother-in-law protecting an old Gateway (may it rot), the second is with the owner of my old MacBook Pro (farewell old friend) and now I have my third. If repeatedly buying a product is not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.
Next up is something that I just started carrying. Its my giant X Trac Pads Ripper XL mouse pad which is 14 x 17.5 inches. This massive mouse pad needs some space layout, but once you do, oh baby, its smooth sailing for my Magic Mouse. I made the mistake of leaving the X Trac at home the other day when I worked from a coffee shop and I regretted not having it. If you find yourself with less room than is need you can fold the mouse pad up or hang it off the edge of a table and it still is better than not having it.
The things I like are
- its HUGE
- its very smooth
- also, its HUGE
Next up are my MacBook Pro and the Magic Mouse. I love that these two work so smoothly together. Its like someone sat down and designed the two to work smoothly or something. I walked in today and fired up the laptop, the mouse was already discovered and away I went into designer land.
The things I like (MacBook Pro)
- the power, speed, accurate screen color
- the keyboard is silky
- the fact that its the most complex (I think) thing I have in the bag and yet I never worry about it working
- this is the short list, this is the most important tool I have in the bag, the tool that I use to do my job and earn a living, I am stopping with just a few here
The things I like (Magic Mouse)
- simple to use
- scrolling any direction (software vendors need to start updating their software to handle that feature!)
- its light – which strangely was a put off the first time I used it, being so used to my old Logitech with 84,000 buttons and weighing in just less than King Kong.
I just got the Circa Notebook with Action Method from Behance and its good. Crazy good. Jeff, I am gonna have to get you one of these, and you will have to write in it. The dot grid is the way to go, I am forcing myself to get into the habit of making action lists, when I follow the rules, I get way more done. If I slack off, I pay for it.
- The things I like
- its proportions
- the quality of the paper
- the dot grid
- the Circa system where I can easily move pages around with no irritating three/six ring binder system
Next up are my Bose in-ear headphones (mine are older than what shows up in this link). These are the only headphones that I can wear for hours on end, that are comfortable enough that I was willing to spend a hundred bucks on them for me, and then again for my Dad and then another $50 when I busted the first pair and needed a replacement from Bose. Way to much, I know, but next to the glasses and the laptop itself, nothing else gets as much use. The poorly designed Apple earbuds make my ears scream in pain when I used them, the Sonys, Phillips and SkullCandy versions all sounded like garbage or hurt, or both. I finally tried these after trying a dozen other options.
Things I like
- the are comfortable after 6 hours of wear (I bet they would be fine at 12 too, I just tend to need them in lesser chunks of time)
- the sound awesome for such little things earbuds
Finally, my iPhone 4 (Verizon). I waited, and waited and waited for this one to show up and thankfully it did. I had hoped to be underwhelmed, to hate it, to return it in the 14 day window that Verizon said I could return it for something else. That did not happen, its has become “my precious” making me Gullum. For social reasons, I have changed “precious” to shiny so when I freak out and say “my shiny” I can slip in phone and seem normal(er).
The things I like
- size, weight shape
- screen brightness, touch reponse
- having the internet in my pocket (that is addicting)
- sound, both calls and the built in speaker
- all the apps (well that there really is an app for just about anything)
- its not a flip phone
- its not a Droid – I wanted to love ‘em but the Droids I have seen made me keep my flip phone