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criana
Jul 21, 2004, 09:11 PM
I've had a powerbook now for a few months now, and have slowly stocked myself up with accessories and necessities.

I thought it would be cool to make a post about what things your consider essential to your portability and your laptop.

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I have:

•Commuter bag from Timbuk2
•Marware keyboard protector
•MacAlly IcePad
•Apple BT mouse
•Retractable hotsync cord for my PDA

What does everyone else carry around with their laptops?

MacUser1
Jul 21, 2004, 09:22 PM
Brenthaven 15" Shoulder Case
Apple Bluetooth Mouse
Extra Apple Power Adapter
Retractable Ethernet Cord (i forgot what brand)
FireWire, USB 2.0, iPod Connection cable
Traveler CoolPad
All the cords and whatnot that came in the PowerBook box

Horrortaxi
Jul 21, 2004, 09:33 PM
The first thing you need is something to carry it in--something that fits the way you'll actually use it. A briefcase might work for some while others will need a backpack. Personally, I like this over-the-shoulder thing I've got. It also has a handle on top and can be worn as a backpack. Covers all situations. After that I just carry what you need. For me cables are a big deal. When I get where I'm going I don't always know what I'll be doing or how I'll be doing it so I carry a variety of cables--USB, ethernet, FireWire, telephone, and external monitor adaptor. Most cables are available in retractable form so they don't take up that much room. I try to carry a couple iKlear wipes as well, but I always end up using them on other people's gear. I like to carry my digital camera with me whenever possible, so I've got that plus a small tripod and the proper cable in my bag. There's usually an iPod in there as well--and I got that Dr. Bott FireWire to iPod dock adaptor to carry as well. Good stuff. That's my basic portable setup. It's not unusual to find a book or magazine in there along with some work stuff. I just don't pack any heavier than I need to.

atari1356
Jul 21, 2004, 09:34 PM
Radtech Powersleeve
Spire Zoom Backpack
a lightweight and padded lapdesk


I just bought a lapdesk from Bed Bath and Beyond for $10, it has a plastic top but is sturdy and very light - great for using the laptop in bed, or while sitting in a chair. Target is selling one for $10 too (with all the "back to school" stuff)... it has a nice wood top, but is quite a bit heavier.

I'd add a spare battery to the list, but I don't have one. :p

Ryan1524
Jul 21, 2004, 09:40 PM
on the go:
Radtech Screensavrz
Crumpler School hymn (with regular looking backpack or messenger)
MS Intellimouse Explorer 4.0 (until a decent BT one comes out)
Extra 512MB ram
Ethernet & phone cable (just in case no wifi is present)
Power adapter (duh)

at home:
160GB Firewire external HDD

Koodauw
Jul 21, 2004, 10:48 PM
Here is what I have.

Radtech Powerbook Sleeve
AcmeMade Slim Carry Case
Power Charger


I like to keep my computing needs a minimum.


I guess you can include an Airport Express now. Not sure how handy it will be though.

criana
Jul 21, 2004, 11:11 PM
That Radtech company has some really great stuff. I get paid how soon? ;)

atari1356,
Is this the lapdesk you got from BB&B

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/380/2240212965370P.JPG

virividox
Jul 21, 2004, 11:25 PM
kensington pro mouse
keyboard protector
isight
external hard drive :)

cmx08
Jul 21, 2004, 11:56 PM
iFlex,
Pocketdock,
iSight, iPod with PodSleevz 4G 40Gb as iPod of course and as a HD,
BT-500 Mobile Mouse and
USB combo kit from Macally

radtech's PowerSleevz, Wildeepz and iSkin

All this in my Incase Nylon Brief
Of course, it's a 12" iBook G4 1ghz, not a PB

A must for Lecture recording and filming with office 2004 it can't get any better.

No need for pen and paper

MacFan26
Jul 22, 2004, 01:06 AM
Macally wireless USB mouse (I love it!) and if you're planning on using a laptop often, a mouse is a must.

Lacie external hard drive

Marware keyboard protector

external speakers

edit: I forgot to add my Waterfield sleevecase that I use to take it everywhere :)

vixapphire
Jul 22, 2004, 02:27 AM
tibook 867 (bought refurb'd recently for os9 legacy capabilities)
m-audio backpack/shoulder bag
bose noise canceling 'phones
oxygen8 usb midi keyboard (weighs nothing)
blank cd's
pad of paper, pen and sharpie

so, maybe it's a bit bulkier than the incase nylon sleeve thingie i had on the ibook i recently passed along to my parents, but it sure is more useful now!

Diatribe
Jul 22, 2004, 03:09 AM
Depends on where I am.

On the go(if I am away for a longer period of time):

- Samsonite ITC Backpack
- Bluetooth mouse
- iSight
- Ethernet Cable/ modem cable/ other cables
- iPod
- Canon digital Elph
- Sennheiser HD595 headphones
- 2 DVD-RWs/ 2 CD-Rs

At home(or when I am gone for over 4 months):

- 250GB LaCie Drive
- Bose Companion Speakers
- Airport

BakedBeans
Jul 22, 2004, 04:09 AM
IVE GOT

incase sleeve from the apple store...
apple bt mouse
iclean (never travel without it)
2 dvd-rs
microfiber cloth

thats it...

at home hp deskjet
saitek 3000 cordless gamepad..

JFreak
Jul 22, 2004, 04:49 AM
samsonite case, lacie hard drive, apple bt mouse, plus all the cables you can imagine. that is enough for most of the time. oh, and i have an extra power adapter from a previous powerbook i had. that has been handy.

of course, i will soon also carry an ipod with me all the time. and i already have a 5MP canon camera, but those are not laptop essentials ;)

Diatribe
Jul 22, 2004, 05:08 AM
samsonite case, lacie hard drive, apple bt mouse, plus all the cables you can imagine. that is enough for most of the time. oh, and i have an extra power adapter from a previous powerbook i had. that has been handy.

of course, i will soon also carry an ipod with me all the time. and i already have a 5MP canon camera, but those are not laptop essentials ;)

I have to disagree. :D The iPod you need for having less powerdrain when you want to listen to music and when you're without a poweroutlet.
And the digicam is for taking pictures of all the cool places you were able to take your powerbook and of course to take pictures of the pb itself. :D

JFreak
Jul 22, 2004, 06:12 AM
And the digicam is for taking pictures of all the cool places you were able to take your powerbook and of course to take pictures of the pb itself. :D

come to think of it, i have had this 1.25GB albook for five months and not a single picture has been taken - i took pictures when i opened the belly of my old crt imac (changed a hard drive) but haven't photographed this beauty ;)

atari1356
Jul 22, 2004, 06:36 AM
That Radtech company has some really great stuff. I get paid how soon? ;)

atari1356,
Is this the lapdesk you got from BB&B

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/380/2240212965370P.JPG

Yep, that's the one. :) I use the pouch on the back to hold a pen and calculator.

Sabbath
Jul 22, 2004, 07:23 AM
When just going out and I know where I'm going:

Tucano second skin - will be replaced by foofbag
Poweradapter
iPod or iPod mini
Digital camera - minolta dimage XT - there is always a good photo when you don't take it.


If I'm going a little longer ie a few days:

Modem and ethernet cables
Apple wireless mouse
Griffin powermate
iPod possibly mini aswell

At home:

20" cinema display
Apple wireless keyboard and mouse
Griffin powermate
Lacie 160Gb Porsche external firewire drive
Griffin iCurve
Airport express - when it finally arrives :rolleyes:

U2Rules!
Jul 22, 2004, 07:32 AM
Brenthaven 12" Professional Bag
MS Intellimouse 4.0
Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Silver iPod Mini
Though, all I really need is my Powerbook. :)

St Soichiro
Jul 22, 2004, 07:49 AM
In order of personal importance:

Availability of wireless internet
Extra battery
Brenthaven 15" bag
Noise cancelling headphones
BT mouse
BT keyboard
Cinema Display

MrSugar
Jul 22, 2004, 08:05 AM
On the go:

17" pb
Monolith & Mitre Tom Bihn Bags
Power charger and extention cable
3' Ethernet cord
Logitech MouseMan
Headphone spliter
Mini Jack to RCA converter
Svideo to Video cable
DVI to VGA adapter
Firewire cable

michaelrjohnson
Jul 22, 2004, 09:07 AM
Apparently I travel light!

-Tucano Second Skin Sleeve (inside IKEA Messenger Bag)
-PB Power Adapter
-Mini-DVI->VGA converter (and little plastic caps)
-MacAlly BT Mouse Jr (this fall)

thrillz3
Jul 24, 2004, 10:44 AM
12" Brenthaven bag. (Not sure what the different types are.) My only complaint with it is it has no spot for CD's!
Mini DVI- VGA adapter
iPod USB 2/FW cable
6 foot? cat5 ethernet cable
The small little AC adapter head.

When I want to take my PB, I close it, pull out power, 1 USB, and the mini-DVI. I then remove the thick power cable from the white box, and wrap up the white box, sticking it in my bag. That is a great thing, because otherwise it would be a pain to unplug from my wall every time. I just leave the box out of plain view, but easy to grab.

Xero
Jul 25, 2004, 08:18 PM
if im traveling somewhere:

Everything goes in my Gravis Digi Bag, best under-the-radar bag EVER. :)
1ghz TiPowerbook
Waterfield SleeveCase (for extra padding on long trips. got it before the digi bag though)
30gb 3g iPod (Soon to be 40gb 4g, yipee!)
VX Pocket PC Card Audio Interface
Audio adapters and necessary cables up the arse
1/8" stereo to L/R RCA cord
Sony MDR-V600 headphones
Canon EOS 300D and Tamron 70-300mm lens (on vacations or other outings requiring photographing)

All this fits in the bag quite comfortably together, although i usually dont have all this in the bag at the same given time. ofcourse, it gets a bit heavy also. :cool:

(picture of the bag taken with my old Nikon Coolpix 4300) [MORE] (http://webpages.charter.net/xero/Pictures/Digi/)

Chip NoVaMac
Jul 25, 2004, 09:45 PM
If you have a 12" PB or iBook I would suggest one of the leather portfolios that handles legal sized paper. Get the Radtech sleeve or make your own to prevent scratches.

Other than that I would suggest:

- BT mouse and keyboard
- an external HDD for backup
- the Kingston shoulder bag

TreeHugger
Jul 25, 2004, 09:54 PM
Timbuk2 Commute (17" version)
MS Bluetooth Mouse
Western Digital 120 GB Firewire/USB 2.0 External HD
Sony T610 Bluetooth enabled.
Original foam sheet for keyboard protection.
Sony MDR-V700DJ Headphones **

Whigga Spitta
Jul 25, 2004, 10:14 PM
Hey Xero, that's a nice bag!

I've got a real nice Gravis backpack (it might be 04/05, i got it at a Burton pre-preseason sale :p ) which included a sleeve that fits my Powerbook like a glove. It's got tons of compartments too, great for cables/iPod/digital camera (i need to get one first though). I hope it's going to hold up well as a travelling computer/meth lab (just kidding about the meth) because it's going to be my school bag too.

tekno_geek911
Jul 26, 2004, 12:53 AM
I carry just my PowerBook,4G iPod,Mase(incase some jerk tries to steal my gear lol) in my new orange Crumpler Wee Bee(these bags are great!) and my new Macally BTMouseJR should be coming in this week:D

JRam
Jul 26, 2004, 01:50 AM
I cant believe everyone has forgotten this essential:


10 foot pole


You do know that the powerbook wont be able to keep away the throngs of fans that'll want to come and look at the beauty right?

JRam

Alte22a
Jul 26, 2004, 02:27 AM
my 15" Ti iLife

•Commuter bag from Timbuk2
•Radtech keyboard protector
•slip case (unknown brand)
•thin plastic mouse mat (unknown brand)
•Apple mouse (white)
•Sony Clie PDA
•power cable
•Lacie 160GB HD
•iPod
•canon scanner or canon i80printer (rarely travel)
•Sony digi camera
•all the cables thats needed.

Its amazing what you can actually fit in the Timbuk2

Alte22a
Jul 26, 2004, 02:34 AM
Oh and the sony ear phones

puckhead193
Jul 26, 2004, 11:36 AM
I've had a powerbook now for a few months now, and have slowly stocked myself up with accessories and necessities.

I thought it would be cool to make a post about what things your consider essential to your portability and your laptop.

--

I have:

•Commuter bag from Timbuk2
•Marware keyboard protector
•MacAlly IcePad
•Apple BT mouse
•Retractable hotsync cord for my PDA

What does everyone else carry around with their laptops?

Do you like the timbuk2 bag? I was thinking of getting one. IS there room to put a 15 pb and some text books

Alte22a
Jul 26, 2004, 11:40 AM
Do you like the timbuk2 bag? I was thinking of getting one. IS there room to put a 15 pb and some text books

I have one I think they are great. Super strong and padded. Keeps the 15" snug inside. But I think you should get a Screen protector tho. There is room for text books. I sometimes carry a scanner with mine. I difinately recommend it.

LeeTom
Jul 26, 2004, 12:22 PM
15" Al Powerbook
$12 canvas shoulderbag from an army surplus store
Sony Ericsson T610 cell phone
a small notebook


Lee Tom

mobi
Jul 27, 2004, 08:41 PM
Gotta Get the Macally Bluetooth Mouse....excellent.
ShaggyMac screen laptop protectors and iklear - http://www.shaggymac.com
apple pro keyboard and Griffin iCurve
a slip-case of some sort - I use the Targus - cheaper and better than many.

To totally geek out you gotta get a SE T-610 cell phone and use it as a bluetooth modem for a wireless dialup connection anywhere. (i use it with T-Mobile)

dav
Jul 27, 2004, 09:01 PM
To totally geek out you gotta get a SE T-610 cell phone and use it as a bluetooth modem for a wireless dialup connection anywhere. (i use it with T-Mobile)

Amen, and with T-Mo you get free GPRS...

Free internet, anywhere you want.

dudewheresmymac
Jul 27, 2004, 10:20 PM
Amen, and with T-Mo you get free GPRS...

Free internet, anywhere you want.

and its gonna be slow as $h|t

criana
Jul 27, 2004, 11:49 PM
Btw -- I've gotten lots of ideas for things I'd like to get, I wish I had the money to get another laptop bag. I wish I could justify one of those Acme Bags I really like those.

Alte22a,
I really like my Timbuk2 bag, it's very very durable. My bag has taken the trip from front seat to floor several times, and all is ok in it. Lots and lots of pockets and storage areas.

You could probably fit 2 full size text books in there with notebooks. I can take some pics. I'll post them tomorrow.

--

Mobi,
I have Cingular, and had been using my T616 with my PB15, but this month I went to go use it and it didn't work. Any idea if the settings are similar between T-Mobil and Cingular.

I kept getting these two errors on my phone.

GPRS Parameters not Supported

Wrong Access Point Name (APN)

dav
Jul 28, 2004, 03:27 PM
and its gonna be slow as $h|t

better than nothing, but still useable
:D

Chip NoVaMac
Jul 28, 2004, 05:38 PM
and its gonna be slow as $h|t

Keep in mind that there is not Broadband or wi-fi available for everyone.

I was in the Smokeys last Fall, and if if I didn't have the T-Mobile wi-fi, I would have been out of luck. But I have Sprint PCS Vision. I had to go into town, but it was cheaper than anything else at the time. .

aswitcher
Jul 28, 2004, 06:10 PM
STM Large Loop backpack (Grey/Black)
Crumpler School Hymn sleeve (Silver)
Radtech ScreenSvr (black with X)
Kensington retractable mouse (until a decent BT two button mouse with an on/off switch appears)
Kensignton reatractable phone cable
Macally retractable Firewire, Network and USB cables

Palm Tungsten T2

Canon MVX25i (Optura 40) DV Camera

...coming...LaCie 250Gig External HDD

Kingsnapped
Jul 28, 2004, 06:14 PM
Normal School day:
Timbuk2 bag
BT Mouse (or just use USB mouse from elsewhere)
Power adaptor

For times when a big video project is growing, add:
Shuttle eXpress
USB Mic
CRT monitor dongle thingee

Jovian9
Jul 28, 2004, 06:53 PM
PowerSleevz Case
http://thinkdifferentstore.com/product_info.php?cPath=35_75&products_id=622

ScreensavRz Keyboard/Screen Protector
http://thinkdifferentstore.com/product_info.php?cPath=35_75&products_id=641

Macally Over The Shoulder Case (the color of the 1st link below and the design style of the 2nd)
http://www.macally.com/spec/carrying_case/cb_jsmv.html
http://www.macally.com/spec/carrying_case/cb_dsmh.html

Apple Mouse (from my G4 iMac)

Pack of 5 Apple DVD-R's & several Target CD-R's

Warcraft 3, SimCity4, Civ III

iPod Connection Cord

Griffin iTalk for my iPod

Apple Portable Power Adapter

CoolPad

s-video to composite & dvd-vga adapters

A DVD of choice

yinyang
Jul 28, 2004, 08:34 PM
here's my list...

at home:
macally bt mouse
iCurve
apple bt keyboard
belkin usb2 hub

on the move:
booq powersleeve and bp3 backpack
iPod 3g 30GB
power adapter
ethernet cable
siemens s55

need to get/on the way:
crumpler school hymn
firewire 6 pin to 6 pin cable
airport express
surge protector
c&c generals...!

want to get:
sony ericsson so that i can run salling clicker (shame since the siemens is a good phone!!)
digital camera

shecky
Jul 28, 2004, 09:56 PM
everyday:

Waterfield Large cargo bag + sleevecase (http://www.sfbags.com/)
spare battery (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/70607/wo/7Q22elnxadQd2dAiIBKRJ17oOzN/1.3.0.6.10)
Kensington cable lock (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50034839&pfp=srch1)
Radtech Wildeepz (http://www.radtech.us/Products/Wildeepz.aspx)
Radtech Screensavrz (http://www.radtech.us/Products/NotebookScreensavrz.aspx)
D-Link Bluetooth USB adapter (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=307822&pfp=SEARCH)
Portable ethernet cable (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50264469&pfp=srch1)
Apple DVI to VGA adapter that came with the TiBook, since i plug into a digital projector at school at least a couple of times a week

and at home i use:

LaCie d2 120GB Firewire drive (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50556013&pfp=srch1)
Altec-Lansing ATP-3 speakers (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50090849&pfp=SEARCH)
Targus Coolpad (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=300998&pfp=SEARCH)
Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse (http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=50154367&pfp=SEARCH)

goodtimes5
Aug 2, 2004, 02:42 PM
doesnt it hurt to carry a laptop AND textbooks on one shoulder

shecky
Aug 2, 2004, 02:55 PM
not with a good bag it doesn't.

TreeHugger
Aug 2, 2004, 02:57 PM
doesnt it hurt to carry a laptop AND textbooks on one shoulder

Nope. I still have a shoulder pad from one of my other timbuk2 bag which I can also use with the commute. Except for the clashing color (as if I cared) it works like a charm.