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Is This How to Carry Your Gadgets?

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the dear-god-I-hope-not dept.

Handhelds 346

mightypie writes "What's the best way of carrying a Visor Prism, mobile phone, cybertool, digital camera, wallet & keys? I just don't like the vest solution Somebody here must have the solution" That is the most disturbing ad I've seen. Someday my phone/camera/pda/mp3 player will be one tiny happy box. As it stands my solution is baggy pants w/ big pockets.

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hehe, I think about that every day too :-) (1)

jail (23606) | more than 13 years ago | (#2124496)

1. Where to put the creditcard/job-keycard/other cards - in the pockets in my jeans.
2. The minidiscman - inside my jeans, hold tight by my belt - makes it, and the headphonecord, not visible.
3. The cellphone - jesus .. hmm .. in my hand ?
4. the rest of the stuff you "need" for your everyday job ..

I don't know, I usually tend to stuff it all in a small plasticbag and get out the things I need @work.

Hmmmm .. Here's hoping someone has a better solution - preferably one where I can't be spotted as a technology-bearer :-)

have a nice week ..

Convergence is... (4, Funny)

DougM (175616) | more than 13 years ago | (#2126205)

Follow the lead of the mobile telecoms industry: take a crud phone and add an awful PIM.

May not do the job, but it sure helps keep the trousers up.

Let's Hear it for Fran Frisina (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2156154)

Oh yes, this is the most lame first post I have ever done! Lum rules!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162210)

spork_testicle now officially MUZDIE.

Have a nice (spork_testicle free) day.

Re:Assertion Failed: Yuo!=Fagot (-1, Troll)

spork_testicle (449364) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162492)

Hardy Har. No action on Giz so you trotted your faggot ass over here? You are one stoooopid mongoloid clam fucker!

As wired as I am? Hard to believe (5, Funny)

bravehamster (44836) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156156)

A vest as wired as you are!

So they finally agreed to put in the Mountain Dew Camelbak? Excellent news! Now I can finally get a look at this "outside" that everyone keeps talking about.

"A vest as weird as you are" ;) (4, Funny)

Telcontar (819) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156178)

I just couldn't help misreading their ad slogan :^)

Re:"A vest as weird as you are" ;) (1, Informative)

darkPHi3er (215047) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162279)

on the "Geek Lameness" scale of 1-10, that vest is about a 25.......

tumi ( ) makes a line of decent men's/unisex bags (i have the "large european tote" and i also use a coach and a prada, they allow me to take; my Rio MP3, cell phone, credit cards/id,2-way pager, alpha pager, Soul Player, 35 CD Holder, camel's, zippo, LiON AA's, earphones and Palm Vx/Compaq Color Companion (i know - i'm behind in PDA's) a pinch i can throw in a my kodak dc290 and a spare CF card..........

i can keep all that crap out of my pants/jacket, and the only negative effect is that i list slighty to the side i'm carrying it on....and in the midwest hicks make jokes about guys with "purses" (not too many, i'm 6'2" and 265#)

...for those times that cargo pants and fishing vests don't quite make it...

PS (if you want the "Ultimate Vest" check Porter's Camera's "21 Pocket Photographer's Vest", (very inexpensive)i used to be a photog and you wouldn't believe how much these things can hold, pretty much standard issue for many major media/national geo/wireservice photogs....Porter's is at

School Bag (2)

clinko (232501) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156191)

I hate to say it, but the old L.L. Bean Deluxe School bag is the best I've found. It has a ton of small front pockets and a laptop fits perfectly in the center larger pocket. Plus you can put your clothes in the big pocket.

Also, you can use it as a pillow if you don't have a hotel room and have to walk miles a day in the sun. a.k.a. my defcon experience last year. :)

The solution (2, Funny)

Cabby (39912) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156205)

Two words. Cargo-pants.

The BDU pant (3, Interesting)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162326)

I agree. But I specifically like military-issue BDU pants.

All pockets are comfortable and fairly large. The side cargo pockets can accomodate a few small items like a PDA to large items such as your favorite beverage (each pocket can easily hold 12oz 3 cans). The pockets are sewen in a way that allows you to leave the forward buttons unbuttoned to easily slip items in and out without fear of them slipping out on their own.

I tend to like the stereotypical black BDU, but you can get them in a number of other solid colors which don't stand out as much as the numerous cammo varients. You can get different "weights" - usually summer and winter. I prefer the lighter summer weights as they breath well and are even comfortable in the humid southern US. A cotton and polyester blend avoids fading as much as 100% cotton (which fades and wears fairly quickly). Otherwise, BDU pants are very well constructed and will take a good beating (although you have to take some scissors and de-string all the loose sewing threads).

There are two problems with BDU pants. First, your items don't have much protection. You have to keep that in mind as you sit in a tight chair, lie down, or otherwise squeeze between things.

The second issue is fashion. BDU pants won't be acceptable in more strict environments. However, they do look fine with both T-Shirts and polo shirts.

Re:The solution (2)

ptomblin (1378) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162549)

Cargo pants don't work if you're of, shall we say, a certain size. If your waist is bigger than your hips, too much weight in your pants means showing butt crack, something that's not going to help your popularity. Plus there's the little problem that some of us wear more than one pair of pants over the course of a work week, and you have to transfer all your stuff from pocket to pocket.

I currently use a bum-bag for my Visor, my cell phone, my wallet, my mini-maglight, my car keys, my house keys, my airplane keys, my passport and green card, and other miscellaneous shit. I usually take it off as soon as I get to my desk or in the car or whatever because it's not that comfortable while sitting. But the vest idea looks good to me. I might try it.

make a fashion statement! (5, Funny)

i0lanthe (198512) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156207)

My solution is a nice-looking yet deceptively large purse. ...'course, I suppose this is one of those times when it helps to be female.

Re:make a fashion statement! (1)

DriceX (210607) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156173)

I like my soultion, I put the junk in my girlfriend's purse... it only works though when she has me in tow =\

Or a... (2, Funny)

dalinian (177437) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162448)


Re:make a fashion statement! (2)

frknfrk (127417) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162473)

Too bad 'European carry-alls' are not at all in vogue for American geeks. And to add to all this, why is it, when I already have, oh, 3 or 4 gadgets/crap to be carrying around and I find room for it, do I end up carrying my wife's lipstick/wallet/camera/keys everytime we go out, and she has a purse and no gadgets...

Doesn't help (2, Informative)

absurd_spork (454513) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162475)

I just conferred with a female friend of mine who's into wearables and she says that purses w/computers are impractical and that other spaces on females tends to be not roomy enough if you don't want to run around DDD.

Is it just me or... (1)

bwhaley (410361) | more than 13 years ago | (#2156439)

is this surprisingly similar to this post [] not too long ago?

Re:Is it just me or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162226)

spork_testicle is a fuckwit.

Re:Is it just me or... (-1, Troll)

spork_testicle (449364) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162508)

CM, is that you, you pansy waisted cock smoochering cum guzzling crack whore? How the fuck are you, you spastic hell?

Your grammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162276)

"Is it just me" should read "is it just I".

Thanks and have a JonKatz-free weekend.

Re: Your grammer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162334)

Yeah. I don't think so. BTW, "grammer" is spelled "grammar".. lol.

Cargo Pants!!! (1)

Uttles (324447) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162180)

So many pockets, not enough toys!

If all gadgets are integrated.. (1)

AnalogBoy (51094) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162182)

What happens if something bad happens to, say, the phone part (provided the keys arent on the blasted touch screen) - If you wish to have it fixed... wouldnt you need to send in the entire unit?

Promo (3, Insightful)

mlknowle (175506) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162192)

Is it me, or did someone just find a great way to get free advertising on /. ?

(i.e., say you don't like a product (yours), and provide a link - someone out there will like it!)

Obviously... (2)

zpengo (99887) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162193)

...the only answer is cargo pants. Maybe they're out of fashion at the moment, but they live up to their name. I even used to be able to carry small textbooks to class in mine.

Re:Obviously... (3, Informative)

HarlanC (472074) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162350)

See the new Dockers [] "mobile pant". According to the company, "The Mobile Pant is keeping in step with the needs of men and their high-tech, mobile lifestyle by providing them with a stylish way of carrying the tools of their trade." I'm not sure you can fit a textbook in them though. And apparently they are only for men. I guess women do not have a "high-tech mobile lifestyle."

Re:Obviously... (2)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162396)

Warning - to see the new pants linked above you need Flash and it launches a popup.

That said, those things look pretty cool! Looks like you can't even see the pockets from the outside. Pretty unobtrusive.

The Doctor's coat? (4, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162198)

I mean, it's obvious.

Even if you only need room for a sonic screwdriver, a bag of jelly babies, and a key to the TARDIS.


Re:The Doctor's coat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162351)

Would "jelly babies" be Beanie Babies filled with Jelly Bellies?

Not very collectable...since after a week of picking at it all you have left is an empty sock.

Re:The Doctor's coat? (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162432)

actually, theyre not, but I think a sock with beans in it would proly taste better. jelly babies taste like shit -- I will leave you all to comment on how this compares to other English cooking... *sorry*

Re:The Doctor's coat? (2)

unitron (5733) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162460)

The way I heard it a jelly baby is what in the U.S. is called a Gummy Bear.

Purse (0)

Cryptopotamus (460702) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162206)

I always carry my geek toys in my purse.

How about the Banditos solution? (3, Funny)

JoeShmoe (90109) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162217)

You know that strap across the chest with all the shotgun shells? Wouldn't that be perfect?

You could have loops of various sizes (or preferably with velcro to size them yourself). They loops should have some kind of elastic strap that is rubber-coated to keep things in place. Or a series of pockets.

Or, something like the shoulder holsters that law enforcement uses. You could wear it beneath a jacket and no one would be able to peg you for a geek. Just be sure not to reach for your pager when the cops pull you over.

- JoeShmoe

Re:How about the Banditos solution? (3, Informative)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162306)

You know that strap across the chest with all the shotgun shells? Wouldn't that be perfect?

Like the eHolster? []

Re:How about the Banditos solution? (1)

JoeShmoe (90109) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162332)

Not bad, but it really seems more like eSaddleBags to me.

I meant something with a lot more storage. I would like to be able to carry a couple screwdrivers and a few CD-ROMs too.

I envisoned having the strap hollow so you could tuck CDs into it, then having velcro loops so you could mount your phone, pda, pager, screwdriver, etc. in a horizontal orientation. Yes, it might look silly but if you work as a tech why not look like a tech? If you wanted it hidden then maybe eHolster would work with a few more pockets sewed onto the straps.

- JoeShmoe

Re:How about the Banditos solution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162309)

The holster idea has already been done, check the Eholster [] website. If I had to wear suit & tie everyday I might actually consider this device..

The site seems to be slashdotted already, so I haven't actually seen the product yet..


As Anal Cunt said... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162233)

Big pants, bigger loser.

You stupid freak fucks with huge pants need to die.

Re:As Anal Cunt said... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162255)

That is so totally true, dude! spork_testicle needs to die.

-- Chairman.

Backpacks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162237)

... are nice. They hold more than a purse, yet don't make you look too gay. They fit in the airport xray machine, easy to carry - two shoulder straps. The perfect solution. When I don't have my back pack, most of my stuff gets clipped onto my belt. I wear a big baggy shirt to cover it up so, again, I don't look to gay.

Re:Backpacks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162299)

gee, you sure sound smart when you call everything "gay"... fucking homophobe...

Re:Backpacks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162316)

Shut up, you faggot.

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Most practical way (2, Informative)

gweihir (88907) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162238)

is a backpack. I have a cybertool, pens, screwdriver, bootdisks, flashlight and, occasionally, an engineering emergency pack with more things like blowtorch, wires, cutter, etc. in it. Also assorted other things, I don't remember and don't need so often ;-)=)
It is also great for shopping, if you use public transportation and do an evening walk through the city as a matter of habit.

If you spend a little more and get a variant with a lot of pockets that is also rainproof, endless joy awaits you. If you take care that it is large enough to put a ring-binder or two into it, even better.

Re:Most practical way (1)

derch (184205) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162275)

Or a bike courier satchel.

I just bought one last week - light, water proof, several pockets the perfect size for cameras, cd players, Palms, several books, a notepad or two/laptop, a bottle of water, cell phone, etc . . .

Check out [] . They were couriers who designed their own bags. The bags are very high quality. They have many several different styles of bags, plenty of sizes, and they're open to suggestions from customers on how to improve their designs.

All in one solution! (1)

poteet (443481) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162251)

A guy at our local LUG uses a gun holster. Instead of "lock, stock and barrel" it's "batteries, organization and communication."

Re:All in one solution! (1)

Chris Y Taylor (455585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162390)

That is not a bad idea. A lot of work has been done in making holsters that allow you to carry large objects comfortably all day without being noticed. I have a rather nice shoulder holster that conceals a 3lb. large frame pistol and 2 high capacity magazines under a sport coat with no problem (before anyone complains, I have a permit for it). Surely some smart holster maker could make a lot of money by branching out into making similar rigs for techies. Or some techie could make money borrowing techniques from the holster makers.

Or if you want to show off your geek devices and don't mind looking strange you could just get a load bearing vest to put them all in; it would be more convienent than a back pack and probably cheaper than the "eVest." For example:

As an added bonus some of them have slip-in ballistic panels for when you have to make a tech service call to a very irate user. ;)

Anything's better than the "bat belt". (2, Informative)

LocalYokel (85558) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162254)

I hate belts. I hate people who put things on them, especially when it's a pice of electronics, particuarly cell phones. Cargo pants don't work for the same reason. They get heavy, not to mention that they're too damn hot if you plan to spend more than a minute outside during a Minnesota summer. The continental climate here cranks up the heat index much higher than you'd imagine.

I use a backpack, and the one I have isn't too hot, even for biking. It has a metal arch that keeps the bag off your back, and copious pockets. The pockets for the helmet strap and rain fly are padded enough for electronics, and hidden well enough that you could probably sneak things past security guards. The brand is Vaude, and I think the URL is implied.

Batman (1)

Warin (200873) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162260)

Some days, I feel just like Batman.

Cell Phone, AlphaNumeric Pager, Cordless Phone, Palm, MP3 Player.

I call it my Utility Belt when I am all decked out. Luckily I drop the cordless phone when I leave work.

Re:Batman (1)

sprok8 (249285) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162414)

I hope the Batman reference doesn't mean you also wear your underwear over your pants! Seriously though, it's an interesting issue... I don't much fancy carrying around a backpack, since it doesn't really fit the "corporate image", so I've resorted to using all four trouser pockets, and making sure all my gadgets are very small! The one thing I really struggle with is the most non-tech piece of kit I walk around with... my sunglasses.

Their video (1, Funny)

Jade E. 2 (313290) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162266)

Their crappy video scares me. First it targets an earbud and identifies it as a communications device. Then it targets the headphone loop and identifies an audio device. Then it targets a PDA and identifies it as such. Then it targets the guys mouth and identifies it as an 'Other Pocket'.

Just how many bodily orifices are they including when they say it gives you 15 pockets?

eHolster to the rescue! (4, Funny)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162278)

Allright, you asked for it --> the eHolster. []

By the way, I can't imagine that wearing one of these would be better than the vest solution you mention... but at least it exists.

Please buy one, so we can all laugh at you.

Re:eHolster to the rescue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162347)

oh dear lord! save us all! that guy doesn't look all that comfortable in that those straps provide some sort of posture correction or something? Probably couldn't hurt anyone who would wear such a thing.... Check out the other product on the page too... "The new e-Volution Bag(TM) is a single-strap "carry all" which provides a revolutionary solution to the increasingly thorny problem of how to "wear" personal electronics " I love how they try and make it seem a little *more* manly by calling it a carry all.....not a purse. It reminds me of that on seinfeld episode....

Hey, I have one of those... (1)

Akardam (186995) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162362)

Everybody says it's dorky looking! I have to correct them and tell them it's *geeky* looking. :) That and it really does help keep my phone and visor out of the way. Though you should see the looks I get when I stroll onto an elementary school campus...

Little kid: "Are you a powice man?"

Re:eHolster to the rescue! (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162500)

no offense to the homosexuals out there, cuz you guys are just fine, but band together when I say this is GAY....

its about time we change the meaning of that word.... when you look it up in the dictionary I want you to see a picture of this stupid eholster [] ... G.a.y

nerd alert (1)

jchristopher (198929) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162288)

I have to warn you, if you wear that many gadgets, you will look totally gay. []

Re:nerd alert (2)

meldroc (21783) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162368)

That's what happens when your Batman Factor [] is too high.

As for me, I keep my Leatherman tool & cell phone on my belt, keys & wallet in my jeans pockets. I've been thinking about getting a handheld, probably a Visor Prism, but I have no idea how to keep it on my person. I could put it on my belt, but that would bring my personal Batman Factor to 3, and the Visor is big enough to increase the dork quotient even further.

Big pockets and such (2)

cluening (6626) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162293)

My friends sometimes describe me as "the guy who carries more than the contents of many womens' purses in his pockets," and that tends to work rather well for me... Currently I have on me:
visor (handspring, not g-funk upside-down hat-thingy)
gerber (you know, like a leatherman, only stronger)
It all tends to fit someplace with enough effort...

Backpack (1)

xenocide2 (231786) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162300)

I've got a EastSport backback from walmart that does a perfect job. Sure, its a clone product that steals half its name from EastPak and half from JanSport. But hey, the main compartment is good for files or a laptop, one back pocket is good for holding floppies and related useless gear, and the "secret compartment" holds similarly useless cables. The compartment above that is handy for holding my cellphone and writing utensils, and the little flippy "looks like it holds the pak together" compartment is great for holding a Gameboy... err my z80 based calculater.

Of couse, you'll look hopelessly sophmoric on the business front, but honestly, if you're in business, you'll quickly learn the more wired you are the faster the boss-man can call your ass while you're on vacation, asleep, in the bar dodging work, etc.

My solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162305)

Is a midget. I have him follow me around and he carries my stuff for me (he's decided on a briefcase to do so, I don't care, as long as he has everything). The midget itself is quite handy too. He has built in voice-recognition and can take commands such as "Get me a fucking beer." or "Don't look at me while I whack off to Wired." Also, if you forget him somewhere, he can usually find his way home (provided he has some money for a cab, otherwise it's pimping himself out to get home). As for maintenance, you have to feed him and stuff. I asked mine what he liked the first day I got him and he said pizza and Coke, so I feed him ramen and potato juice. Also, women think you're sexy when you let them kick a midget.

Re:My solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162330)

Where do I get a midget?

(and did I mention that these posting delays are fucking gay?)

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utilikilts (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162312)

someone had to say it Utilikilt []

Too bad I don't wear a suit... (2, Funny)

adjuster (61096) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162320)

This shoulder-holster [] looks interesting. The 80's cop-show goodness is almost too much to pass up-- too bad I don't wear a suit jacket at work.

Speaking as a tailor... (2, Interesting)

TheMCP (121589) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162324)

I do tailoring for fun, so I tend to think of "how to carry large numbers of small objects" as a construction problem rather than a purchasing problem. It should be perfectly possible to make a jacket or shirt with a fairly large number of pockets, many of which could be subtly concealed. Also, by fastening the insides of the pockets to an interlining (a layer of fabric which comes between the outer, visible layer, and the interior lining) and using a good interfacing (a layer which stiffens and smooths the outer layer) it should also be possible to make the jacket ride in a way that doesn't look at all baggy and doesn't give a lot of clue to the volume of contents. Why isn't this on the market, then? Because it's a major pain in the ass to construct. Since everything would have to be subtle and hidden, all of the stitching would have to be done very carefully and a lot of extra work would have to be done to connect everything to the proper layers and connect all the layers to each other. (The alternative would be something like cargo pants, which have a lot of pockets on the surface, which is relatively easy to do.) So, if you really want clothes that let you carry a bunch of small electronic items in style, learn to sew.

Re:Speaking as a tailor... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162372)

So, if you really want clothes that let you carry a bunch of small electronic items in style, learn to sew

Or, instead, learn how to sue...then patent the idea and then go after tailors for violating your claims to the "fabric assembly encasing personal property to provide containment and ease of access"

Re:Speaking as a tailor... (2)

unitron (5733) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162496)

How about pants pockets (this would work better on pleated front dockers type than on jeans) with little pouches (like patch pockets. but no flaps) so that you can stick your keys in one, your change in another, long stuff like pens and combs in another, instead of it all winding up as a huge lump at the bottom of the pocket?

Burton Snowboard Bag (2)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162329)

Actually, it's a Burton DJ bag. P? CU=B25263030&PN=DJ+BAG

I carry my G4 Titanium, Visor Prizim, cola, Cel phone and CDs for work in it.

It's a nice tough bag with alot of pockets and pouches with good padding and a nice strap.

Re:Burton Snowboard Bag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162485)

Hey, did you like your Burton? I was thinking about buying one, but I couldn't get a straight answer from them as to how big the laptop compartment was in their newer bag.

Ironic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162336)

Isnt it ironic, that one story down, it talks about cheaper wearables? In the future we will be WEARING our gadgets in a sense.

What do you mean carry handspring and keys... (1)

blonde rser (253047) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162338)

I thought everyone was using their handspring as their keys [] .

Velcro. Lots and Lots of Velcro. (4, Funny)

ColGraff (454761) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162339)

I sewed a huge segment of velcro onto the left sleeve of my jacket and a couple of informal shirts. I originally tried the self-adhesive velcro, but that stuff tends not to handle the washing machine very well. Anyway, the velcro is all along my forearm, and I used the self-adhesive stuff on the back of my Mako, Palm3C, and Jornada, as well as a few remote controls and my walkman. It looks a little odd, but I can do one-handed tasks very easily on my arm, and I always have whatever's on my velcro shirt scrolling weather, reminders, whatever. I'm planning to get a blackberry so I can have constant stock updates on my arm. I could just get a watch with text-messaging, but I hate the tiny screens.

The ultimate accessory (5, Insightful)

sakusha (441986) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162340)

If you want the ultimate computer geekware, let me clue you in. NOTHING. No phone, no PDA, no other crap. A real geek doesn't need toys. Wherever he goes, people hand him THEIR toys, all he needs is his mind. And besides, a real pro wants to be SHIELDED from all the annoying calls, pages, etc.
I have often tested this principle when I do consulting gigs. I call it the "Naked Consultant Game." Whenever possible, I go in to the site carrying nothing but a pencil. Occasionally a client will be puzzled, asking where's my phone, laptop, etc. I ask them if they want me to fix their stuff, or if they'd rather look at a bunch of cheap plastic toys. I tell them I'd gladly carry a bunch of crap to gawk at, but it will cost them extra, and take me longer to get onsite carrying all that crap.

Genius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162393)

I can't tell you how often I've wondered why people who call themselves "geeks" don't understand the zen of this approach...

Re:The ultimate accessory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162429)

exactly what I've always said. the people that really know what they are doing don't carry all the gadgets. They're TOO BUSY to play with them. Most of the time, in our company, it's the non technical managers who are decked out with this junk

sailing (1)

dalinian (177437) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162436)

What if you need to check your mail on a sailboat, with nobody else around? Will you need to become a pirate to get other people to hand over their gadgets?

Avast ye scurvy dogs (3, Funny)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162480)

Heave to and prepare to be scanned! We've come for your silicon baubles and yer wimmen!

Philips Got There First (1)

cmdrsed (472978) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162364)

A few months ago Philips was making a jacket with pockets for all kinds of cd players, mp3 players, and handheld PDAs. It also featured little compartments for headphone cords to go from the player to the top of the jacket (and did a good job of covering them up as well).

More disturbing.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162380)

Bet that goatsex fag has a more disturbing solution.

where? (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162383)

i wear a tie every day, and tastefully sized pants.
I put my wallet and PDA in my left pants pocket, and my cell and keys in my right pocket... all my cards and whatnot fit in either my pda or wallet so thats no problem... on company field trips the digi-camera fits in my breast shirt pocket. What's the big deal, besides the people who ask me why my pants are so bulgy. If you keep everything on credit you dont need cash to bulk up your wallet, too.

Re:where? (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162445)

man, that vest wasnt even that bad till i saw the frickin price tag.... no thanks!

Re:where? (2)

unitron (5733) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162518)

Don't carry cash in your wallet. If a pickpocket grabs your wallet hoping to get your cash as well as your credit cards you may be screwed regarding the cards and all your ID, but you've still got some cash to get things done with.

Re:where? (1)

psychalgia (457201) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162542)

what the hell are you talking about?
you think someone is going to pick pocket my wallet out of my pants? I don't wear no gd baggy pants, I'll know hes in there.
--sides, palm pilot goes in last...stacked on the wallet, itll take a lot of work to get anything more than my work emails... i pity the poor bumb who steals my half-broken palm pilot.

all on my belt/shorts (1)

Lt.Hawkins (17467) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162384)

i carry: a spyderco native [] in/clipped to my right pocket

a spyderco spydercard [] in my wallet in my back right pocket.

visor edge in my left pocket (used to be visor deluxe. the extra thinness of the edge is worth the difference in dimensions in gold

keys in right pocket

cell phone either clipped to belt, or in the low-right pocket that Structure pants have.

when i HAD the targus keyboard, i'd just throw that in my bookbag for class (didn't need any other time)

rio volt, either in bag, or i can put on my belt.

i need a leatherman for various tools now... i could throw that in my back left pocket. maybe i'll get the spyderwrench :) (can you tell i like my spyderco knives? :) love the thumb hole)

btw, i wear my belt TIGHT to support the weight :)

Re:all on my belt/shorts (1)

frknfrk (127417) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162543)

you are a well-armed techie. how does the spydercard feel in the grip? it looks interesting, but thin wide objects usually aren't my favorite things to lock a grip onto.

Found at the GAP (2)

KFury (19522) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162398)

Two and a half years ago I found a jacket at the Gap which I haven't seen since, on the store or on a person. It was a test-market jacket made of a thick silver-grey nylon, and it has room for everything, while not seeming to be a 'cargo jacket'.

Standard fill:
  • Palm V in the exterior vertical zipper chest pocket
  • Cellphone (nokia 8290) in the left zipper pocket next to the main zipper
  • Digital Elph in the interior right vest pocket (velcro closure).
Leaving two deep exterior pockets at the bottom (mp3 jukebox, 20oz beverage, book, what have you, and an interior left pocket for sunglasses.

That ain't a vest.... (3, Interesting)

Wintermancer (134128) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162403)

...Now these [] are vests!

Yup. Pouches for everything you could ever need and then some. Palm? Check. Phone? Check. Nerf-dart gun? Check. Junk food? Check.

Best of all, you're ready to go in case you have an issue with the accounting department regading your IRS withholding taxes and such! Err, that is, out the door, not to switch with a Glock and scads of clips....

Spread the word, oh faithful! (1)

OpenSourced (323149) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162416)

You will know the Truth, and the Truth will lift you of a great Weight.

This is the Truth: You don't need so many gadgets.

Truly. Honest. I stand up and say "My name is Geek and I am a gadget addict". But now I'm cured. Or almost.

You don't really need to carry along the mobile phone. If somebody wants to speak with you, will call again. If you want to talk to somebody, then I recognize it's damn useful, but again, it's so urgent? They are very convenient in traffic jams, but again, I have found that having a book with me it's almost as good, and the jam does move faster when I get interested!

And you may be surprised, but there is life beyond the PDA. Come on! Do you really to have with you at all times ten thousand addresses?

If you really need special clothing for carrying all your iron, IMHO it's time to rethink your life. Your lower back will thank you for that, at the very least :o)


Re:Spread the word, oh faithful! (1)

sprok8 (249285) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162510)

While I can see myself agreeing with your overall statement "You don't need so many gadgets", I have to disagree with the choices of kit you use as examples.

Mobile phones have gotten me out of jams many times (lost, forgotten something, running late, etc.)

And PDA's, well, I've found that every time I don't carry my Palm, I need some information from it. Not to mention I'd be lost without the scheduling info!

Depending on where you're going, you might not need to carry a laptop, but even simple stuff like a wallet and keys take up space. Hence the need to figure out where it's all going to go...

Re:Spread the word, oh faithful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2162520)

Do you really to have with you
at all times ten thousand addresses?

No, but I do need to have nethack.

It's about quality, not quantity (5, Interesting)

ciurana (2603) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162421)


During my last trip to Europe I resolved that I wouldn't take my Compaq notebook (it's a light machine but it requires carrying an extra bag). As an experiment, I tried taking with me only the following:

  • Standard Palm V
  • Palm V folding keyboard (same footpring as Palm V)
  • The Palm V universal recharger (110 - 220 VAC)
  • The Palm V analog modem
  • A set of wall adapters for Russian, German, and French wall and telephone outlets
  • Special software? A copy of Top Gun SSH for the Palm
  • Anything I was bound to need while meeting with customers (presentations, product samples, etc.) was pre-copied to a secure HTTP site in our network so I could download it upon my arrival using my customer's equipment.

This was a 2-week trip. During this time, I scheduled things so that I didn't have to look at e-mail every single day. Added a vacation e-mail auto-reply just in case. Any notes that I might've needed for the duration of the trip were downloaded to the Palm as Memo documents (no extraneous formatting).

I carried all these things in the external zippered pockets of my traveling leather jacket:

  • Palm V and passport: Left breast pocket
  • Keyboard: Right breast pocket
  • Modem: Left hip pocket
  • AC recharger and adapters: Right hip pocket

I had excellent results. During the trip I had the option of connecting with the Palm and sending quick replies, or heading to an Internet café, install a copy of SSH, check my e-mail and optionally review documents on my server(s), etc. Not carrying a lot of stuff, and having a device with only limited capabilities allowed me to be more productive about what I was doing during the trip. I only had my carry-on bag with 2 weeks worth of clothes, so I was in-and-out of every airport I visited (SFO, DeGaulle, Frankfort, Sheremetyevo, Cheboksari, and Toronto [I can't remember its name]) in less than 20 minutes, including customs.

I've been traveling for business for 12 years doing consulting and installing the software we produce worldwide. This trip taught me that it's not the quantity of what you carry but the quality and the planning what count. It was the first trip without my laptop/notebook since 1992.

The hardest part was synchronizing all the materials I produced while I was gone with the rest of the work at the company. It took a lot of cutting and pasting and a couple of revisions.

This experiment was an extension to my habit of not carrying a mobile phone. I own one but I don't even know the number, and I only carry it when I think I may have to call someone that I couldn't reach at any other time. I used to carry my phone at all times and spend lots of time using it. I realized then that my time is very precious and so is my customers's. No phone calls at all times means no interruptions while I'm taking care of business, dining out with my friends, at the movies or theatre, etc. I've never lost a deal because I couldn't take a call right that minute. If I'm expecting something critical, then I stay at my office where the phone and all other resources (including people in my staff) are available to take care of business.



For the Scotsman in you (5, Funny)

tb3 (313150) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162431)

Here, try this. Go on, I date you. []

I use a Vest solution -- but a different one (1)

.havoc (84318) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162440)

Of cource, it's hardly fashionable, but I'm not either.

It's supposedly a hunting vest, but I carry my Palm V, Sony digital voice recorder, Motorola StarTac, Digital Camera (Aiptek Pen Cam), pens, tiny Swiss pocket knife, extra film for the film camera, extra batteries, and a cigarett lighter for emergencies.

AND, you can get a great hat to go with it:

Of course, I'm pretty secure about myself, too -- and mostly nobody is away that I'm carrying anythign electronic.

A problem for fashion designers (1)

Chris Y Taylor (455585) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162442)

The problem of how to carry wearable electronics without looking strange or "geeky" is a dificult one. I suspect it will not go away quickly because PDAs and such will probably become more powerful rather than smaller (or at least until we get better I/O methods for them).

People will spend thousands of dollars for clothes from the top fasion designers. If these designers are so good, one of them should tackle the problem of how to look stylish and still carry around such devices. There should be a lot of money in it, since they are getting more and more mainstream. I don't mean some public relations gimick of a fashion show with models having computer keyboards for bras or anything, I mean a real practical solution. Perhaps that would be a good career booster for some struggling designer somewhere. Unfortunately I cannot offer any useful suggestions; if I try to wear more than 3 colors in an outfit my fashion computer locks up. Thank God for monochrome Polo shirts and grey suits.

i would have some suggestions... (2)

frknfrk (127417) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162447)

but probably a good chunk of the /. readership are not allowed to wear belt chain clips longer than, say, 2 inches (After all, a 2 inch chain could be a lethal weapon, much worse than a standard #2 pencil, etc). I've seen many a geek walking around like some kind of strange electronics windchime collection. as for me, i own about 4 pairs of cargo shorts and 2 pairs of cargo pants. an unplanned trip through airport security can be a pain. i usually end up shouldering a laptop backpack just about everywhere (i hate big bulky laptop briefcases).

balance the weight! (1)

tallbloke (64065) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162470)

I carry a small zip bag with two pockets and a shoulderstrap. It also has a beltloop on the back. Inside there is jut enough room for: Psion 5mx Siemens S35i cellphone Agfa CL20 digi camera 2 band radio 8 spare AA batteries The shoulder strap/belt loop combo works well for balancing the weight. (just over 2 pounds) Over the top goes the bike jacket and I'm set

Camera Bag! (1)

PhotoGuy (189467) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162486)

Get a good, compact, camera bag. I have a small one, that holds my camera, camcorder, wallet, leatherman, a few PCMCIA and compact flash cards, some small binoculars, and a bunch of other junk, and it's only as big as about four VHS video tapes strapped side to side. I've occasionally carried my Libretto in it, too, quite comfortably.

The stigma of a camera bag is much better than that of a "purse", even if it really serves the same purpose :-)

The one I use is by "Street and Field". Couldn't find their web site offhand, but one online store that lists all their products is here [] The "Utility Case" is the one I have, which is terrific, and very flexible. The back has strong velcro tabs, allowing it to be worn on the belt, or attached to other bags, or on vests they sell, for the bigger hikes, etc. :-) Highly recommended; excellent quality, very rugged, and pretty low-cost.

Hope this helps!

Oh Jesus Christ, People! (1)

metrazol (142037) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162495)

Leave your stuff at home if it's so damn annoying! Why in hell would you need to carry around all these stupid gadgets? Honestly, give me a reason. What, your glove compartment isn't hip enough? You can't seem to cram one more thing into your pockets? Give me a break. You have to have some kind of mental illness to need all this crap. Leave it at work! Leave it at home! Leave it in the store!

What you need is a good display. (3, Interesting)

absurd_spork (454513) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162513)

My preference for a wearable is the good old shoulder holster design. Not very roomy, but wearables should be small and lightweight. Wireless networking, CF Microdrive, Twiddler [] keyboard, and finally this amazing thing [] for display (this guy fits a HMD into normal sunglasses, and it looks 100% cool!!)

How to carry your gadgets? (5, Funny)

unitron (5733) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162541)

Well, if the Batman utility belt isn't an acceptable option, you'll just have to rely on a faithful sidekick who can also provide comic relief and draw minority viewers.

It's simple. (1)

lie as cliche (266319) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162545)

Odd how people have forgotten the humble utility belt. Isn't it commonplace for one to keep the tools of their trade on their belt? Why should it be limited to those whose crafts consist of physical labor? I suppose if it isn't stylish enough, a trenchcoat or sportcoat with inside pockets for a cel phone and PDA would work just fine, and the rest can be stored in a briefcase. I fail to see the problem.

Timbuk2 Messenger Bags work well (2)

FattMattP (86246) | more than 13 years ago | (#2162558)

I use and recommend Timbuk2 messenger bags [] . The one I have has lots of pockets for holding my iPAQ, iPAQ keyboard, Nomad jukebox, cell phone, laptop, books, etc. It slips over my shoulder like a book bag, and stays on well when riding a motorcycle or bicycle. They come with a few or a bunch of pockets depending on which one you purchase or how you want them to custom build one for you. They are essentially water resistant so I don't freak out too much if I have to brave the rain to any extent short of a heavy downpour.
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