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What's in Your Gadget Bag, Cory?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the looks-like-someone-just-had-a-fax dept.

Toys 400

Cory Doctorow has taken a two-second break from his road warrior ways to pen this description of the crud he lugs around. Read it and weep, wanna-bes.

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Hmmmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548350)

Why do I care about his vibrators, butt plugs and other assorted filth he carries around with him?

Re:Hmmmm (0, Redundant)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548495)

Oh come on. IT'S FUNNY!

Re:Hmmmm (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548514)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA, Cory Doctorow is not a gay homosexual faggot.

Re:Hmmmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548639)

no shit

iPod

blah

this guy is a fucking wanker

no wonder he died

CmdrTaco (4, Interesting)

prostoalex (308614) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548352)

They also asked CmdrTaco the same question [gizmodo.com] recently.

Re:CmdrTaco (2, Insightful)

anethema (99553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548407)

HAHA thats pretty funny.

They say it hasnt really taken off yet.

I would say thats pretty untrue considering there is an effect named after them of a site beeing taken down by a sheer number of click-throughs.

I would consider than popular enough.

Re:CmdrTaco (3, Funny)

BrynM (217883) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548516)

They say it hasnt really taken off yet. I would say thats pretty untrue considering there is an effect named after them of a site beeing taken down by a sheer number of click-throughs.
Trust me, they know it now. The server is in flames. Just imagine when /. really gets popular.

Re:CmdrTaco (2, Insightful)

FreakyGeeky (23009) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548408)

That c|net article says, "He called the site Slashdot, and while it hasn't really taken off yet (maybe that's why you haven't heard of it,) we wish Rob the best of luck with his little project in the future."

Is that a joke, or is my opinion biased?

Re:CmdrTaco (5, Funny)

mrpuffypants (444598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548423)

I predict that there will be at least two of everything in the bag, and taco won't realize until he actually sees them right next to each other or somebody says "Hey! You've got two PowerBooks! Ha! Dupe!"

Correction - it would be (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548436)

"Hey! Youve got too PowerBoocks! Ha! Dupe!"

Re:CmdrTaco (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548571)

"Hay! Youv'e got too PoworBooks! Ha! Doop!"

Re:CmdrTaco (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548435)

It looks like they are finding out just how 'unpopular' slashdot is riiight now

Re:CmdrTaco (4, Funny)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548494)

Cory Doctorow has taken a two-second break

Maybe he should have taken a 4-seconds break. He could then have used the two extra seconds to get a decent hosting service.

Stuff I always carry (2, Interesting)

kendric (634134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548519)

I always have a couple of nice pens on me, my TI-89 for the off chance I need to find the tax on an item, or a mugger demands all my money unless I can do a really tricky trig integral. An extra set of headphones in case an impromptu lan party were to spring up. My green laser to point and laugh at the people with the lesser red lasers. On my hand is my LAKS 256mb watch, filled with all sorts of neat stuff. I also carry a big package of mints in a Dilbert tin, for both my breath and others. And, finally in my pants pocket, the most versitle and usefull tool of them all, a wallet with cash and plastic.

Re:Stuff I always carry (2, Funny)

ndpatel (185409) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548588)

An extra set of headphones in case an impromptu lan party were to spring up.

man, your life is gonna suck when college is over.

Re:CmdrTaco (1)

hc00jw (655349) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548579)

Great, they've already been slashdotted, and you want to double the traffic to their website?

Doh!

Re:CmdrTaco (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548598)

Damn.. Cory's bag makes Taco look like his bitch by comparison.

why the fuck (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548353)

Why the fuck do I care?

GG, Michael.

re: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548359)

post numero uno

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548360)

Hi Everyone!

Re:First post! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548503)

Boy do I suck at this.

MOD PARENT UP - Funny! (1)

Dav3K (618318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548560)

Brilliant!

i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548361)

What's in Your Gadget Bag, Cory?
filed under gadgets

Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging: co-editor of the popular BoingBoing.net, acclaimed science fiction author, and advocate for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A man this busy needs as much helps as he can get, and Cory isn't shy about what gadgets he finds useful (or awful):

Fido Vtech prepaid mobile: this is the worst mobile phone I've ever owned. I have a bottom-of-the-line Nokia I use in Europe and a similar one that T-Mobile sold me in San Fran, and when I turned up in Toronto last week, I figured I'd just put a prepaid SIM into that one and go with it. However, the scumbags at T-Mobile *locked* the fucking thing, which meant that I had to go buy *another* phone (that's THREE phones in total, now!) and I ended up buying the Vtech used for 60 Canadian pesos at a counter in a Chinatown mall. It receives and sends SMS, but it doesn't have T9, so it's basically impossible to use for texting. The UI is utterly martian, like something designed by throwing dice, and the phone itself feels like it's made out of dried spittle and chewed-up paper. Worst. Ringtones. Evar. Oh, and it's FUCKING LOCKED to Fido. Rilly. Christ.

Exilim EX-S3: This is the BEST camera I've ever owned. The 2MP version of this thing was the first camera I ever owned whose UI made perfect sense to me, the first one small enough to carry around in my pocket all the time. The 3MP version is every bit as slick (and now I'm lusting after the 4MP version with the fast mechanical zoom lens), but higher rez. My only complaint is that you can't charge it off of USB -- I try to charge all my devices off of USB from my laptop using ZipLinq retractable cables: saves on shlepping around a bunch of bricks and is a total lifesaver in Europe, where I need only adapt my laptop to the local plugs. The only downside of this thing: it is so GODDAMNED COOL that it's impossible to just whip it out and fire off a couple casual shots: someone will always come up and ask to fondle it and get their DNA all over it.

iPod 40GB: I've taken to using this to store video as well as audio: I have about 30GB of music and audiobooks, and the remaining 10GB makes for enough storage for several DVDs' worth of ripped movies that I can watch on the road when I tether the iPod to my PowerBook. (Indispensable iPod accessory: iSkinz rubber casing; friggin' iPods scratch if you look at 'em crosseyed).

15" PowerBook G4 1GHz/80GB: Bought an Aluminum Book last September (I usually kill about one PowerBook/year) and am still loving it. The weight is a little bit much -- I've been a 12" iBook and PowerBook user for 3 years or so, and the extra pounds really add up -- but the screen real-estate and that high, high RAM ceiling, c'est magnifique.

Linksys WAP-11 and WS824: I'm trading this rig for the office I borrowed for the month of April. I think that the FCC made Linksys take the 824s off the market cos they put out dirty, lobe-y WiFi at distance, but this building's got a stucco facade whose chickenwire guts act as a natural Faraday cage, so it's not like my signal's interfering with anyone else. Probably.

Roadwired RAPS laptop case: I love this vecro-y computer diaper. It's wicking, padded, and sizes to fit any laptop (though the 15" PB is a tight squeeze). Much nicer than any sleeve for my money.

RoadWired Ethernet cable: hands-down the best retractable Cat5 cable I've ever owned, and the RJ45-RJ11 adapters that hide in the case turn it into a phone wire for those craptacular 56K moments.

BohemianBag.com Czech Plumber's Bag: The perfect-sized, durable leather shoulder bag. Looks like $106, and keeps on getting prettier the more I abuse it. Steel-reinforced handle is super-swell. I replaced the shoulder-strap with a RoadWired cushion strap for extra comfort between departure gates.

TokyoFlash OVO DecisionMaker watch: this is the dumbest and coolest watch I've ever owned (my grandfather was a watchmaker, so I've owned quite a few). It has a built-in fortune-teller and direction-suggester (buttons you press to make it do a little animation and then toss a coin or spin a spinner), and a bunch of really cute, faux-futuristic animation routines. The physical design is GREAT, just beautiful to look at, like something from the set of Rollerball, and I relish the impracticality of a watch that makes you sit through a 10-second animation before showing you the time, and which periodically goes into "naughty mode" where it distorts the time so that you can't read it until you give it a "corrective shake" that's hard enough to trip the built-in motion-sensor.

Backup drive: I put an old 40GB Powerbook drive into a no-name aluminum 2.5" bus-powered 1394 enclosure, and run my daily backups to it.

Assorted ZipLinq retractable cables: USB chargers for my old Clie, my Nokia phone, my old Motorola phone, and a 1394 for my iPod and my backup HDD.

PDA: I had a second-hand monochrome Clie that died last week, just before I left San Francisco. I bought a $75 Palm Zire 21 (piece of shit, who ever heard of a modern PDA with no backlight, GMAFB) and promptly lost it in my move to Toronto. I'm in the market now -- I want a monochrome, USB-chargeable, cheap PalmOS device that's vintage enough that it runs Grafitti 1. I figger I'll hit the grey-market stores on College Street and see what turns up.

48-page Canadian passport: OK, it's not a gadget, but it's brand-spanking new, double-thick, rife with hot-stuff high-tech anti-counterfeiting measures, has a decent photo for once, and I plan on filling it up with a LOT of stamps -- betcha I need a new one in 18 months!

Multitool: from 1992 until last year, I carried a multitool all the time. The recent airport mishegas has broken me of the habit, and it pisses me off. I really miss my little tools -- I reach for my belt a hundred times a day, like feeling for a missing tooth or a phantom limb. I used to carry the Gerber 800 Legend, which is a brilliant tool (Gerber has been my brand of choice ever since they got bought out by Fiskars, the legendary Finnish scissor-smiths, who have endowed all of Gerber's tools with the best small-form scissors in the world), and I just happened upon the new Gerber Recoil, a tool that gives me all-over goosepimples from the sell-sheet alone. Damn you, John Ashcroft. I want my goddamned multitool back.

"60 Canadian pesos" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548466)

"60 Canadian pesos"

That's good shit.. We can insult both of our neighbors in one shot.

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548500)

Locked GSM phones...blah. Need an unlocked phone? We have all the unlocked GSM phones you can stand, right here in the middle of Iowa. Stop at any Iowa Wireless store and get yours today...

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (-1, Redundant)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548518)

All verbatum story posts should be modded down for "redundent". It's all just Karma Whoring.

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (1)

robochan (706488) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548551)

Sure, but it is appreciated when it's /.'d within 20 minutes... like now.

No way! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548561)

If it wasn't repeated, I wouldn't be able to read it, insensitive clod! Besides, he's posted as *AC*.

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (4, Insightful)

Docrates (148350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548591)

You are, of course, a Troll.

1- The poster posted the article as an AC

2- the slide IS slashdotted so I got to read it thanks to him. So will everybody else on slashdot for the last few hours.

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (1)

Lord of Ironhand (456015) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548597)

Except he was posting AC, which makes it rather hard to karma whore.
But what about modding down as "overrated" all posts containing three or more grammar/spelling mistakes in a single sentence? Oh wait...

Re:i'm a karma whore - for when it's ./ed (4, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548563)

Hey, look! Anonymous coward Karma Whoring! How long before he gets to moderate? Soon, I hope, because I see him posting all the time.

I always want a girl to ask.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548364)

"Is that a gadet in your pocket, or are u just happy to see me?"

Re:I always want a girl to ask.. (1)

Orgazmus (761208) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548410)

Yeah, the AC never has anything else there ;)

Re:I always want a girl to ask.. (4, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548537)

"Is that a gadet in your pocket, or are u just happy to see me?"

Can't it be both?

hahaha (5, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548365)

what a geek....oh wait.

OMGLOLWTF! YUO WER MOD'D BY A SUXOR[NO CARIAR] (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548409)

what's my bag? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548366)

a swedish penis pump, baby!

Windows is hated by no one?! (-1)

users.pl (689022) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548368)

windows (452268) [slashdot.org] is hated by no one?!

It is your duty as a Slashdot reader to officially and formally hate windows. [slashdot.org] Slashdot is impure until windows' freaks outnumber it's fans! Strike down this vile evil corporate monster today! Show it how much you hate it. Do Slashdot a favor and bloat windows' freaks [slashdot.org] list!

no way (0)

DanArgent (761262) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548369)

no way, I carry alot more than that

Newton revisited (5, Interesting)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548370)

It seems to me that a number of these functions could be easily combined into one useful "sub-tablet" much like the Newton used to be. For instance:

1) I could not make phone calls on the Newton, but it seems to me that combining a WAP with code like iChat could easily be patched into a cellular network via a server which negotiates the call at perhaps a reduced price. VOIP, right? This way you don't have to worry about "locked" phones when you travel from one country to another or good around with those SIM cards. (where did I put that SIM card anyway? *as he digs furiously through his travel bag*)

2) I am not sure why folks like using their phones as cameras, but Sony has been integrating cameras into their Clie's for some time now and could easily be done. Although, again.....I am not sure why people want this. The CCDs would have to get LOTS better and you still have to deal with tiny lenses with lots of aberration in them. I much prefer my Canon Elph.

3) iPod. Well, yeah....music and why not movies too? This functionality could easily be emulated on any OS and as I recall, there are many folks that even play .mp3's off their old Newtons.

4) Well, the Newton was not a replacement for a full featured laptop, so if you want to do Photoshoppin or something like that, a sub-notebook will not cut it for screen real estate alone.

5) Cables? What cables? Use 802.11x and Bluetooth. Done.

6) Time? Apple for some time has had servers that are linked to atomic clocks so that you can set the time on your computer to an absolute time.

7) PDA? This would be an uber PDA. We don't need no stinkin Palm.

Shoot, there were people that were even using their Newtons as wireless web servers, so the functionality was there.

So, there. Seven devices that folks are totin around that could be all one device. I hate to say it but why does not Apple get back into this market? They could do it right.

Only one problem with the wireless... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548534)

he'd need to carry an AP if he was going to rely on that. And all the necessary plugs for an AP... not everything has WiFi, ya know.

Or he could carry an ethernet dongle and enough cable to use the newtonish object. Either way, the uber-alone wouldn't cut it

Re:Newton revisited (4, Interesting)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548599)

I for one wish they'd bring back the HPC format (NEC Mobilon/HP Jornada 6/700 series). They stopped making them in 2000. With today's tech you could have:

  • 640x320 65K color screen
  • An iPod-style Toshiba microdrive. 4GB oughta do it.
  • 256MB RAM plus whatever ROM you need for the OS and apps. MAKE IT FLASHABLE LIKE THE iPAQ FOR GOD'S SAKE
  • 75% size laptop-like keyboard with tactile feedback. Really, without a goddamn keyboard PDAs are just expensive toys. I chuckle whenever I see some dude trying to take notes in one of those during a meeting.
  • Built-in wireless. The higher end HP iPAQs already have this.
  • Sync to PC/Linux/OS X. I mean, c'mon. It's not rocket science.
  • Mofo battery life (8 hours or so assuming the HDD doesn't spin that much and the screen backlight is used carefully).
  • Handwriting recognition would be nice regardless of the keyboard - the HWR of the Palm Tungstens coupled with the WinCE interface would be good.
  • CF, SmartMedia and low-power 16-bit PCMCIA slots. No SD or MemoryStick please.
  • Decent media player. Goes without saying
  • Some sort of built-in scroller wheel like the ones on the Blackberry. I'd kill for that.
  • GSM or some sort phone add-on card... use with headset? Dunno. I wouldn't mind lugging a cellphone still.

All this in a .7lb or so package. 1 inch thick and 8 inches wide. Now that would be shweet. I'd get rid of my laptop in a second.

The Newton was very cool and ahead of its time, but you need a friggin' Mac to use it effectively and that pretty much eliminates 90% of the computer user population.

Re:Newton revisited (4, Informative)

Serapth (643581) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548636)

I tried to go this route ( work was financing it, so what the heck :) )... and tried to merge all my misc crap into one device if possible. In the end I came to the conclusion that if you are on the road... you really cant do without a PC in the end, no matter how nice all this crap is getting.

The point where it started getting a bit insane for me is when I found myself going on a trip from London, Ontario Canada to Italy, on business... and I looked at what I had in my bag. 1 Palm V, 1 Compaq 3850 PocketPC, 1 Ibm thinkpad laptop, 2 cell phones ( 1 cdma for in Canada on Bell and 1 for use in Italy ), 1 wireless PCMCIA B and 1 wireless PCMCIA G adapter.... Frankly, for what I needed to do, I truly had to carry all that crap around... so when I got back, I spent alot of time looking into "ALL IN ONE" type devices.

First, I got a slightly newer ( 3980 ) PocketPC with bluetooth and a sleeve for it, with a wireless modem from Sierra Wireless. Truth is, the screen was just too small to use for much more then checking simple email. Plus, the Wireless card was just too slow, and way too expensive ( 500$ canadian at the time, plus 50$ a month thru rogers ). However, to get to any reasonable functionality and battery life... the compaq battery pack/pcmcia adapter doubled the size of the laptop. Also, the SW card's drivers were buggy as hell, and within 2 days, I started carrying my cell phone again. Not to mention talking into an Ipaq is wierd at best.

Ok... so that obviously wasnt the right choice... the next idea was a tablet PC / cell phone combo... Figured that would be a good mix. Made a bad mistake at this point, and chose a non bluetooth cell, so I needed to carry a cable to use the cell as a modem. Speeds again were still truly painfully slow. The Tablet PC I got (loaned) was a compaq with a 12 inch screen and I believe a transmeta processor. I dont know much more, as I only used it for about two weeks before giving up on it. Tablet PC is a great concept with poor execution. Use one for a few days, and you will understand exactly what im saying...

In the end, Ive settled on an ok combo... I bought ( personally, not through work :( ) on of those Acer Ferrari laptops that slashdot made fun of a few weeks back. It fight my requirements to a tee though. 802.11g, 4in1 card reader, bluetooth plus enough power to play games when im bored as snot in a hotelroom somewhere in Utah... Anyways, I coupled that ( for now ) with a Sony Ericson P800 phone ( bluetooth capable modem ) which is a decent Symbian powered phone. I bought it from Expansys.com, which means its unlocked and truly a world phone. So far this combo is working out very nicely for me. Sadly ive come to two conclusions... 1) wireless phones suck for modems... period! and 2) You need a big screen to do alot of the work you might want to do. I can terminal services into work via my cell phone, and type an office document, if I really want to... but... try doing it :)

The all in one device, for now, sadly is a myth. However, the voq phone from Sierra Wireless is looking like a very good prospect going forward!

Oh, and before anyone suggests it... linux just wasnt an option... my enterprise is a MS shop... so my hands are tied. THus also, no PowerBook.

Re:Newton revisited (2, Insightful)

cft_128 (650084) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548653)

When traveling cables are always needed. Every device needs a cable to charge (try as he might Tesla didn't quite perfect wireless power transmission) and some hotels broadband is either 100BT or (gads) 56k dialup.

what is wrong with current PDAs though? Modern Palms, Zaruses (any ideas on the plural of the Zarus?) and PocketPCs are not as elegant as a newton but have quite the range of functionality now. I know for the PocketPC there is VoIP software, web serving software, photoediting software and many of them have built cameras, dual wireless, not to mention music and movie playback.

The only item missing is.. (-1, Flamebait)

Brahmastra (685988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548376)

a life! What's what all the gadgets

What should be in it... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548380)

An Electronic Thumb

The Guide

Last, but not least, a towel

Re:What should be in it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548508)

and a fleshlight [fleshlight.com] ...

Or, (0, Redundant)

()vnorby() (732447) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548385)

Or, you could just buy a laptop. Not such a big load as I had anticipated. Im sure the "48 page Canadian passport" could fit in the laptops side pocket.

Re:Or, (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548607)

RTFA - He's got a 15 inch Aluminum Powerbook in there.

Re:Or, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548643)

()vnorby() said a "laptop", not "overpriced toy".

SHOW AND TELL FROM AN ASSHOLE! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548396)

Who the fuck cares what some pussy carries around in his purse? HOLY SHITE Slashdot has finally lost it! Let's look at a list of items owned by some DICK and then let's all jerk off into the bag he carries it all AROUND IN! FUCK YOU!

Re:SHOW AND TELL FROM AN ASSHOLE! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548540)

IT's TRUE! What is the purpose of this post? What is the purpose of this thread? Are we all supposed to write about jealous we are or something? FUCK THIS!

Unlocked phones (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548398)

Is there anybody anywhere in North America selling a GSM phone that isn't locked to a provider? You'd think that true road warriors would want to either chip-swap or have multiple chips and enough brains to suggest which network to make a call on, or could be told by the user which one to use in software...

Re:Unlocked phones (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548451)

There are a few small companies that sell unlocked phones over the Web, but the carriers have generally done a good job of suppressing unlocked phones. I bought my P800 directly from Sony Ericsson because I couldn't tell which of the small companies are shady.

Re:Unlocked phones (1)

Mr. Darl McBride (704524) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548554)

Is there anybody anywhere in North America selling a GSM phone that isn't locked to a provider? You'd think that true road warriors would want to either chip-swap or have multiple chips and enough brains to suggest which network to make a call on, or could be told by the user which one to use in software...
I've had plenty of luck getting my phones from small resellers. They have the lock code there for each phone. If you do your research ahead of time, you'll know what to ask for. Then, given the choice between selling the phone and letting you see the code and not selling a phone to stop you from seeing a code, they offer up the code every single time.

Re:Unlocked phones (1)

janvo (639733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548556)

It's basically impossible to get an unlocked phone in Canada through the most recognized retailers - ie) Rogers, Fido, Telus, Future shop. I bought my phone last year while I was in Australia (3650) over the web without even seeing the thing. I received my phone which i used in Aus for 6 months, and when I came to Canada, hooked it up with Rogers. I'm now free to roam the globe without any issues ;) (i hope). One thing to note is, the 3620 they sell here (which looks EXACTLY like the 3650) is *NOT* a world phone like mine... which makes me glad that I didn't wait until I came to Canada to buy one from Rogers... it would have been locked, and wouldn't have worked anywhere else anyway.

Re:Unlocked phones (2, Interesting)

klausner (92204) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548558)

I'm told that Cingular doesn't lock tri-band GSM phones, on the grounds you bought a tri-band cause you might want to use it in Europe. Makes some sense.

Also, unlocks for most phones that have been out for a while go for a couple of bucks on eBay.

Re:Unlocked phones (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548650)

Just because a phone arrives locked does not mean it must stay that way. DCT4 calculators will unlock all newer Nokias remotely, no cables needed and there are services which do it free. If you don't have a DCT4 phone then a data cable will let you unlock your phone, they only cost about $15 and I've never met a phone that can't be cable-unlocked.

Is this not possible in America for some reason? It's commonplace here in the UK and very simple, not to mention alot cheaper then buying another phone.

This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (0, Insightful)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548399)

... Who the hell is Cory Doctorow and why would we care?

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (4, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548433)

The first sentance of the article you didn't read is...

Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging: co-editor of the popular BoingBoing.net, acclaimed science fiction author, and advocate for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

He's a tech writer and a pretty good tech pundit. He makes frequent appearances on TechTV's The Screen Savers.

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548438)

Obviously a close friend of Michael's. It must be one of those "if you have to ask, you don't deserve to know" things.
And I, for one, certainly don't know.

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548444)

Developer.

Pundit.

Hellraiser for the EFF.

SF author.

One of the administrators of BoingBoing.net [boingboing.net] .

Here is his home page:

http://www.craphound.com [craphound.com] .

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548445)

... Who the hell is Cory Doctorow and why would we care?

He's the "/. NASA Engineer Lookalike of the Day." Just wait for your turn, it's coming. Please, you should have something cool about you to entertain us all.

To enlighten ya... (1)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548453)

Who the hell is Cory Doctorow and why would we care?

He's the author of Eastern Standard Tribe [amazon.com] . And, apparently, a gadget geek worthy of Techno-Bill himself.

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (1)

ahadsell (248479) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548465)

A quote from the article:
Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging: co-editor of the popular BoingBoing.net, acclaimed science fiction author, and advocate for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A man this busy needs as much helps as he can get, and Cory isn't shy about what gadgets he finds useful (or awful):
He's well-known and a busy guy. Seems like a reasonable choice for a "what tools does he use" article.

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (1)

enthused i swear (641133) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548481)

He is an author, advocate for the EFF, and blogger. He recently spoke at UNC-Chapel Hill, video of which is available from the great folks at ibiblio: video [ibiblio.org] eff page [eff.org] and blog [boingboing.net]

Re:Frankly.. (0, Flamebait)

DwarfGoanna (447841) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548492)

If you want to keep a high opinion of this guy, read his books and stay far far away from his corner of "The Blogosphere" (gak). Having Xeni Jardin post utterly inane sex-geek-tech-chic crap on your forum is bad enough, but removing the means for readers to comment on it (maybe this was just me =P)...thats inexcusable.

Amen... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548552)

but the comments were pulled because of excess goatse, not complaints about xeni. Maybe now that they have MT and can disable images, they'll come back

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548511)

He's a self proclaimed expert on new technologies. In reality, he's just a loser with an overblown ego who thinks he's the God's gift to Internet. Quite a pompous idiot. Oh, he's also gay and he's so proud of it and he pushes that into your face every time he spews garbage.

His books are mediocre. He takes a computer science concept and writes a crappy story around it. LOL... quite a waste of time.

Re:This will prolly get me flamed, but uhm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548641)

Cory became famous when he cofounded Open Cola company - a P2P search company that went through tens of millions of dollars and never released anything. They were pure hype and vaporware. Cory was their spokesperson and he was going around and blabbering about P2P and saying utter crap that non technophiles just took for granted. latter on, he was fired from the company since they produced absolutely nothing more than a metric ton of hot air.

He's a son of a well known communist and his views are far, far left. He's also unspoken about US politics and he's not even an American! HAHAH... complete irony.

He has this blog that's all about bullshit and his stupid brain droppings and outdated links.

He invents nothing. He listens to others, steals their ideas and regurgitates them and posts them as his own. And people praise him all the time! His science fiction, like someone here already said, is a joke. He takes these soft eng concepts and concocts idiotic stories around them. He really can't write. His dialogue is truly poor. He also constantly posts links to his stories, interviews etc self-perpetuating his fame. Guy's a fake and a hack. He has never produced anything original and just steals from others.

He is also gay and advocates gay marriage rights all the time. I don't give a fuck about gays but don't shove it down my throat every five minutes.

DecisionMaker sold out! (3, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548405)

Darn! My Swatch [cornell.edu] has seen better days, so I was really excited about the "OVO DecisionMaker Watch":

I relish the impracticality of a watch that makes you sit through a 10-second animation before showing you the time, and which periodically goes into "naughty mode" where it distorts the time so that you can't read it until you give it a "corrective shake" that's hard enough to trip the built-in motion-sensor.

Well, the link from Cory "who the heck is this guy?" Doctorow's page was 404, so I googled around a bit and found out the bad news: they're sold out and can't get anymore. "Previously sold at Tokyoflash. Sorry, we can't get any more." [tokyoflash.com] Crap!

Time to add another saved search on eBay...

Re:DecisionMaker sold out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548658)

That's the gayest watch I've ever seen. Why the fuck would you wanna own that?!?!?!

One thing's missing... (3, Funny)

RufusFish (253008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548413)

Apparently his kit doesn't contain a host capable of withstanding the first 5 minutes of /.'ing. Still loading.

Re:One thing's missing... (4, Funny)

anethema (99553) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548457)

I guess this is the last time HE will call slashdot unpopular. [gizmodo.com]

Cory who? (0)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548420)

i'm not being a troll here. i honestly don't know who that is...and since it's slashdotted already, can someone let us know who that is?

Re:Cory who? (1)

RufusFish (253008) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548448)

I thought it was slashdotted already, but it finally loaded... at least partially.

Here's the pertinent 'who he is' portion:

Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging: co-editor of the popular BoingBoing.net, acclaimed science fiction author, and advocate for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. A man this busy needs as much helps as he can get, and Cory isn't shy about what gadgets he finds useful (or awful)

Re:Cory who? (1)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548488)

"...Cory Doctorow is the Nerd Prince of Blogging.."

"..Read it and weep, wanna-bes."

First, RufusFish, thank you for the answer. Second, michael, WANNA-BE? Wanna-ba a what? Prince of Blogging? Damn man, sign me up.

Seriously, michael, your "editorial comments" are lacking quite a bit today. Give it a rest and let Timothy take the helm.

Re:Cory who? (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548532)

"..Read it and weep, wanna-bes."

Actually, the article is him mostly complaining about the gear that he has that sucks, and the couple of pieces that are actually good. He destroys a powerbook a year?! Gee, in my book, that means it sucks.

server (4, Funny)

CanSpice (300894) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548422)

Hope he's got a spare webserver in that bag because they're going to need a new one.

Missing! (4, Funny)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548430)

I didn't see "a girlfriend" in that list...

Re:Missing! (5, Funny)

avkillick (698274) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548477)

IIRC, Cory "bats for the other team"

She doesn't fit in the bag (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548483)

I guess he's got a free-range girlfriend.

Re:Missing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548493)

I didn't see "a girlfriend" in that list...

Maybe because he has a real one, not a gadget one like you.

Re:Missing! (1)

AigariusDebian (721386) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548527)

The portable, USB powered girlfriend? I had it somewhere, just around here ...

Re:Missing! (4, Funny)

mph (7675) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548626)

I didn't see "a girlfriend" in that list...
If your girlfriend's in a bag, it's time to upgrade. Next time, don't pick one out while wearing beer goggles.

Gadget Nerds (1)

firstadopter.com (745257) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548434)

Will convergence ever happen where we wouldn't have to carry around a dozen things?

Two ball bearings (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548440)

blah

waste fo bandwidth and /.space (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548446)

whoever mod'ed this in deserves a scam.

Blah blah blah I'm so l33t and kewl and this WONDER BREAD is the greatest slice of toast I have EVAH had. You simply MUUUUHST try it.

Who gives a crap.

[Summary: he's a tool, he's getting old and thinks black shirts, ultra-short hair and sopht-tahking makes him still seem young and hip; he travels so much he's outof touch with the real tech world; implies that his retro is kewl (his v of retro is graffiti 1 and a desire for a monochrome PDA). Reminds me of the 45 year old managers of the dot coms who wore jeans jackets, goatees, and freak-ass hairdo's so they would appear to be young and hip like their green-haired web designers (and their dogs). Obviously this is one talking head whose tech basis is aged beyond useful, so it's time to act like a celebrity]

I challenge you to a gear fight (3, Interesting)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548474)

Already there are a number of posts where people say "dude, you could replace 12 items with a single XXXX piece of gear"

I challenge these people to a usability test. Can a camera phone do justice to a 3 MP camera? PRobably not. Does it make sense to put an MP3 player in a phone or pda, if you are limited to 256 MB of music? NO! Is it comfortable to walk down the street taking pictures and listening to music on your laptop? That's a recipe for breaking your laptop.

It seems like Cory has the "convenience first, hard-core gear later" ethos down pat (heck, he even plans for those times when you have to use dial up! Egads!) First line is a camera that fits EASILY in a pocket (I love my Canon Powershot, but I need pants with roomy pockets!) and a phone, iPod in another, working our way down to a PDA and ultimately a laptop. His statement where he uses the laptop to recharge everything makes it sound even more like its his "base- station away from home" and less like an on-the-go device.

I mean, I could hook up my Visor Neo to my Cingular phone and ssh, but why when I have broadband at home, broadband at work, and don't travel? (did I just lose my membership in the Geek/Nerds Unified Technology Society by admitting that?)

Re:I challenge you to a gear fight (3, Interesting)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548549)

When I was a road warrior my thing was to travel lighter and lighter and lighter. 12"/3lb laptop/6hr battery->add a pound, good headphones (not earbuds, real headphones), ac, ethernet. Pair of underwear, shirt, deodarant, hairbrush. Money. Small Nokia phone.

Then start jetting around the planet. There's a zen towards having no stuff.

I got stopped coming back from Europe for a week because I had just a bookbag, and everyone else had two big giant suitcases. They figured I must be a smuggler.

Re:I challenge you to a gear fight (2, Funny)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548575)

(buy a toothbrush when you're there).

Re:I challenge you to a gear fight (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548608)

okay, I understand the "travel light" school as well. COnsidering I travel infrequently, that makes pefect sense to me (And I do it all with carry on because the TSA will steal anything cool in my checked luggage, so I don't have checked luggage).

So just your laptop? That's it? Did you feel in anyway constrained by always having to dig out your laptop to do anything? Did you use your laptop as a "walkman" while trekking around various cities?

Is my thinking trapped in old pack-rat ways?

Re:I challenge you to a gear fight (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548659)

Oh, I forgot: Delorme Earthmate GPS, about the size of a pack of playing card.

No, I just didn't do the "walkman" thing while walking -- only on the plane and in the hotel and at work. Nor did I take pictures of anything.

It's the same philosophy as . You don't need that other stuff. Life fills in the spaces. [perreaux.com]

Appearently... (4, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548475)

...one of the things he does NOT carry around is bandwidth.

Site Slashdoted

why should i weep? (5, Insightful)

didjit (34494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548506)

i don't understand what's to be upset about. he has normal geek stuff that most /.'ers own. I probably make way less than him, but I have a laptop, bag, digital camera, wireless router, and cell phone. and while i've yet to buy the ipod, i have had multitools and pda's in the past. i clicked the link expected crazy stuff. there's no gps. no plasma tv's. no rackmount servers. its cool to see what's in his bag and cmdr taco's but ... its not like i should 'read and weep.'

My acustic coupler works just fine... (0, Funny)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548559)

Look. My acustic coupler works just fine, as well as the day I stole it from the computer center at school. Why should I upgrade? Life is good.

tisk tisk tisk. safe sex is the way to go. (5, Funny)

ocularDeathRay (760450) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548580)

This guy needs to check his priorities. He has all that crap with him just in case... but what if he gets laid?


Lets face it... nerds dont get that many chances... so we should all cary condoms at all times. It would be terrible to have the chance of a lifetime and not be prepared. They are much cheaper than child support and antibiotics.

My gadget bag contents. (4, Interesting)

jafo (11982) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548616)

I'm also a fair bit of a Road Warrior, but with a slightly different feel. I work at home, and most of my time spent away from the office is to local coffee shops or geek gatherings around town, with occasional trips to the next town or out of town. I make these trips probably an average of once a day, though, and carry my laptop with me everywhere.

So, here's some information about what I carry in my "kits":

In my pockets:

  • An LG-5350 cell phone. I like that it's a flip-phone, which reduces the opportunity for breaking the display as I did with my previous Nokia phone. I bought it largely because it has a charging cradle that can be used with the USB cable to provide long-term net access if necessary.
  • Casio Exilim EX-Z4 4 megapixel camera. I carry this literally everywhere with me. It's an amazingly capable camera that is no bother to carry everywhere. I selected it over the Optio S because of the much larger display.
  • Photon Micro Light 2. I prefer this over the 3 because I've experienced much longer battery life and I think the user interface is better on the 2.

In my computer bag, which I carry 90% of the time I go anywhere. My computer bag is an Eagle Creek small shoulder bag with upgraded padded shoulder strap that includes a sticky ruberized side to reduce sliping off your shoulder.

  • IBM ThinkPad X30. This is my primary computer, and I think it's a great mix of portable and useable. It's small, less than 4 pounds, but has a totally functional keyboard. People are amazed that I can carry a full computer in such a small bag. In fact, my bag's main compartment can carry two of these.
  • Sennheiser PX-100 headphones. These aren't the smallest headphones, but they're very comfortable, sound fantastic for a $35 pair of headphones, and fold up into a small "eye glasses" carry case. These replaced some in-the-ear Sony headphones that were much smaller, but less comfortable and sounded dramatically worse.
  • Knoppix. Fantastic for checking out hardware or "fixing" the public terminal at the coffee shop when it gets too infected with Windows viruses. Or when someone asks "What is Linux like?"
  • Merlin C-201 CDMA card. This gives me net access in places where there's no net access.
  • Prism-based Mini-PCI card in my laptop. I love this card because I can easily set it up to run in Access Point mode, and so for free I carry an Access Point with me everywhere. Great for allowing my SO to get net access via my laptop and the CDMA card. I have the laptop configured so when I insert the CDMA card it sets up as an AP and does NAT, with a DHCP server running on the WiFi network.
  • USB cable for connecting my cell phone to my laptop. I almost never use this, unless the CDMA card is acting up.
  • Slim AC power adapter. Even with my second battery, eventually I'll often need to charge up. Also useful since my SO carries so many books with her, that she's stopped carrying her own power.
  • A Sharpie pen. Writes on nearly anything.
  • A backup Sharpie pen. Yes, dual redundant Sharpies.
  • Screen Wipes for when my display or glasses get too dirty. I currently use Techspray "zero charge screen and keyboard cleaners", which come individually packaged, but tend to leave an annoying residue behind unless you use some other dry wipe immediately (or sooner) after cleaning. Not entirely happy with the residue, but the packaging is great.
  • Individually package hand wipes. Handy to have around.

Finally, I periodically have another larger bag which I carry in my car for our weekly Hacking Society [hackingsociety.org] or other geek meetings. It has a pile of stuff in it:

  • HP 8-port switch (donated to Hacking Society by HP). Auto-MDIX so we don't have to worry about cross over cables.
  • 25 foot extension cable.
  • 6 different power strips. Handy for LUG meetings and at hotels where they often don't have enough power outlets or they're in inconvenient places.
  • 6 different ethernet cables.
  • Linksys WRT-54G router/AP, set up in client mode so that non-wireless folks can get net access via ethernet over the wireless network at places which don't have ethernet. Also handy hotels which don't have wireless, but have an ethernet jack.
  • A pair of powered speakers. Hacking without music is just not as good.

So, there's my list of what I can't live without.

Sean

What's in my bag? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8548657)

Michael, you fag.

My balls are in my bag. You should know, they're usually in your mouth!

irony (0, Redundant)

firstadopter.com (745257) | more than 10 years ago | (#8548660)

Lots of the gadget geeks on the internet, seem to not have the latest gadgets. haha
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