This week’s episode of the Mac Roundtable is hosted by:
Tech gadgets we must pack for vacation:
- Chargers – phone, camera, video camera, iPod
- Battery pack for iPhone
- HyperMac (or similar) chargers? hypershop.com
- Cables – Ethernet (Bart also carries ethernet crossover cable), iPod/iPhone, USB, Firewire
- Spare Flash Drive
- Movie Drive (small USB drive with Drive-In encoded movies (telestream.net/drive-in) sadly shut down by the DVD Copy Control Association
- Noise canceling headphones for the plane
- Surge protector for dodgy power (in Mexico) catalog.belkin.com
- Plug converters for European travel (and American travel for Bart)
- How much memory do you carry? SD cards in camera vs. video camera?
Related: What is your current travel bag and why do you like it?
- Bart- Crumpler Base Toucher (L) laptopstuff.co.uk to hold my laptop and related stuff (hard to get a good bag for a 17″ MBP), or my LowePro Orion Trecker II camera bag amazon.com/Lowepro-Orion-Trekker-Camera-Backpack
- Al- LowePro Micro Trekker 100 products.lowepro.com + Tamrac Adventure 9 tamrac.com
- Katie – Expandable Trek BP Titanium MacBook Backpack brenthaven.com
What tools or skills do we want to learn/improve next year?
- Bart – I want to learn more about iMovie
- Katie – Blogging (WordPress, Mars Edit, etc.) WordPress theme Allison recommended to Katie is Atahualpa from wordpress.org/extend/themes/atahualpa (named after the last Incan sovereign emperor)
- Al – more about screencasting and video in general – still baffled by encoding options.
Tech Related gifts bought or received:
- Al – LowePro MicroTrekker 100 & Logitech MX Revolution amazon.com/Logitech-Revolution-Cordless-Laser-Mouse due to peer pressure from the Mac Roundtable – now how do I talk to it without the Logitech drivers?
- Bart – iPhoto Calendar – it’s the most tech-related thing I’ve given this year. I decided on the topic at the very start of the year – “Butterflies of Ireland” – and spent the whole year diligently gathering the shots to assemble into the calendar. Even put in all the Latin names!
- Katie – iHome iP9 Clock Radio for iPhone store.apple.com