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Recommend a Tech Toys Bag?

Cliff posted more than 8 years ago | from the stuff-to-put-your-stuff-in dept.

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SuperMallen asks: "With the recent purchase of an iPod and iPod-capable car radio, I am realizing that I have reached maximum capacity in terms of what can go in my pants pockets. Given that I want to take both the iPod and my radio face with me wherever I go (along with my cellphone, Bluetooth headset, wallet, keys, and possibly a laptop with mouse, power supply, and whatever reading material I'm carting around), I'm thinking that what I need is a medium sized bag or backpack with pockets dedicated for this sort thing. What does the Slashdot community do for things like this? Any brands or models you have found work for you?"

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Hmmm (5, Funny)

billyhoward (98385) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855307)

Find someone with a vagina. It won't hold your geek crap, but suddenly you will notice you won't have such geek-ass problems. Short of that, try a big paper sack.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13855345)

What are you talking about?

Having a girlfriend with a handbag is great; she takes care of all my geek toys when we go out!

Re:Hmmm (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855914)

Yeah, and makes you carry the purse.

My response "If you didn't want to carry your purse with you, you should have left it in the car."

Re:Hmmm (1)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857282)

I agree, I don't mind carrying a purse as long as it's not done to purposely exercise control. I've actually been with girls and had one of their friends show up with her new boyfriend in tow and heard the girls say "wow, that was fast, that boy is so whipped, he's already carrying her purse". How ridiculous, they turn something that normally wouldn't be a big deal into a removal of your self respect.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13855384)

I highly recommend that you qualify any statement/request for "someone with a vagina", to "a female".

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855649)

Find someone with a vagina.

Yeah, but then you'll just have one more thing to carry around, don't ya! Where you going to store a battery powered vagina anyways? You'd need a special hidden pocket in your tech-no-bag so that the other people on the train won't scream every time you reach for your iPod.

Re:Hmmm (3, Interesting)

kotj.mf (645325) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855751)

Seriously. My wife would probably agree with you, too.

I used to carry around a bag with a USB hard drive, a USB thumb drive, a Cybertool, a cell phone (provided and required by work), a note pad, pens, pencils, and a Zaurus. Of course, I also needed the wifi card for the Zaurus, and the ethernet card with a cable, and a modem with a phone cord, just in case I needed to get in to work and there wasn't an access point handy.

Plus an umbrella. And a pack of Imitrex.

Then I realized I was basically carrying a purse.

I swapped the Cybertool for a nifty little knife [knifecenter.com] that lives on my keychain with the pill case for my migraine meds and my Ritalin, ditched the hard drive, and bought a pocket-sized weekly calendar for ten bucks to replace the Zaurus. A selection of my mp3 collection lives is on my hard drive at work. I just listen to NPR when I'm in the car, which is where I keep the umbrella.

If/when I leave my current job, and my new employer doesn't require that I have a cell, I won't be replacing it.

In case you haven't figured it out, I've got some pretty harsh ADD. I've found that minimizing the ton of crap that I used to cart around with me has made life a helluva lot easier to handle.

Oh, and when I'm bored and I need something to do while waiting for a bus or eating at a restaurant, I buy a newspaper. It's amazing, really.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13856601)

Ah, yes. ADD, the ailment for the 21st century.

Here's a hint - you don't have ADD because there's no such fucking disease. What you have is a personality type that the doctors have decided needs to be wiped out, and are thus medicating like crazy.

Ritalin? You know that that shit is just basically methamphetamine with a new name?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13858402)

Have you tried going through airport security with that thing?

Re:Hmmm (2, Funny)

Odocoileus (802272) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857339)

Find someone with a vagina. It won't hold your geek crap,

That is not exactly true, many people with vaginas come with a purse that you can take advantage of. Once you marry a such a person, then you can also upgrade the purse to a larger, more convenient size. Of course this does seem like a whole lot of hassle just to have a place for your gadgets, so I recomend that you continue to just keep it in your pants.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Geno Z Heinlein (659438) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859201)

SuperMallen: ... I have reached maximum capacity in terms of what can go in my pants pockets.
billyhoward: Find someone with a vagina.

... and the princess never had to go to the pharmacy for D-cell batteries again. The End.

Here's what I got (3, Informative)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855325)

I picked up one of these [targus.com] so I could take my laptop to school and with me on my sports bike.
It works great. I think that mine is a little larger though.

Same here (1)

Nik13 (837926) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855339)

I've bought one of those lately too, and I'm pretty happy with it.

I wish there was some kind of hybrid between this and a mini trekker backpack (for photo gear). This bag isn't good for photo gear, but the trekker isn't good for carrying a laptop, and carrying 2 backpacks isn't an option...

Re:Same here (1)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855367)

The middle pocket is pretty sizable and should be able to accommodate a flat photo gear case. Something similar to one of those neoprene iBook skins except for photo gear. That way you could just pull the whole sleeve out of the bag when you need the photo gear and it would offer added protection.

Re:Same here (1)

bamf (212) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859813)

Photo Trekker?

It's basically a Mini Trekker with space for a laptop.

Re:Here's what I got (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855594)

Don't you get tired of carrying that great lump of a thing around? Here in Western Australia it would get old fast with summer temperatures >= 40 deg.C.

Re:Here's what I got (1)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857236)

It's hot here in Florida and it really doesn't bother me, it's not like I'm trekking all over the place just from here to there. And usually I'm on my bicycle so I get a cool breeze everywhere I go.

Re:Here's what I got (1)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856939)

I got one of those and I second the recommendation. Just remember to don't keep the zippers up top. Pull them down one side instead. How I know [gpz1100.com] .

Re:Here's what I got (1)

Bravo_Two_Zero (516479) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857834)

I carry one, too. It's ok, but it's a tight fit for my:
laptop
cd case
ipaq
external usb drive
daytimer
laptop ac adapter
cables

Seriously, I can barely fit a couple of books in there. I like it, and I'm considering some mods, like adding some of my own internal pockets (there's lots of 'em, but they don't help much with the "slide" problem, and the bag still gets thicker faster than it gets full).

Or, I'm going to get a Becker Patrol Pack (http://www.stubbygear.com/product.asp?productid=7 256 [stubbygear.com] ).

As the great George Carlin said... (2, Insightful)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855327)

Drop some of your needs!

Here's an idea - don't carry so much crap around.

Re:As the great George Carlin said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13855363)

well said. And as for that fucking bluetooth headset, throw it directly in the garbage. It makes you look like an fucking idiot and it sounds like you are on speaker phone.

Re:As the great George Carlin said... (2, Insightful)

GuitarNeophyte (636993) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856072)

The worst thing you can do in this situation, though, is have a tech bag that looks like a tech bag. Man, with all your eggs in one basket like that, if your tech bag is lost, you're lost.

--Luke
ChristianNerds.com News. [christiannerds.com] - If you're one too, it's probably of interest to you.

Re:As the great George Carlin said... (1)

marat (180984) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857437)

Man, with all your eggs in one basket like that, if your tech bag is lost, you're lost.
Wrong analogy - eggs are identical objects, iPod and cellphone aren't. If you lost your cellphone iPod will hardly replace it. Then, it only means you will look after this bag really really careful. Based on my experience I'd say it's much easier to look after one object than after dozen. It also greatly simplifies decisions like 'Can I leave this bag unattended for just 1 minute?'.

Re:As the great George Carlin said... (1)

damiam (409504) | more than 8 years ago | (#13860977)

Correction: "all your eggs in one basket" isn't an analogy, it's an implicit metaphor, and it means exactly what the GP used to it mean.

George also said... (1)

holden caufield (111364) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857310)

"Have you ever noticed, that your shit is stuff, but that their stuff is shit?"

Maybe some folks carry other items not listed here that *are* important, but aren't necessesarily geek toys. I certainly know some diabetics that can't travel far outside without taking testing equipment and and medicines.

Flickr tags (4, Informative)

Anonymous Cowdog (154277) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855332)

Check out the whatsinmybag [flickr.com] tag on Flickr. Lots of ideas for different bags there. Even though the focus is more on the contents, people do talk about and show their bags there as well.

Also there's the whatsinyourbag [flickr.com] tag, but it's pretty much the same thing.

Get a purse... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13855343)

You have 2 options:

1) Not carry as much crap
or
2) get a pretty purse

wear a jacket, research backpacks later :P (3, Informative)

elint (60317) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855346)

Winter's fast approaching. Wear a jacket with a few pockets for the next few months (not as much of a gadget geek here, but I carry darts, cigarettes, wallet, cell phone, etc without issue between my pants and jacket pockets), and do some research on good laptop bags in the meantime.

Timbuk2 [timbuk2.com] and Targus [targus.com] both have bags that have satisfied my needs in the past and currently (laptop messenger and sport deluxe bags, respectively). I still currently use the Targus backpack, as I tend to carry more books around, and it has plenty of pockets and elastic straps to carry all of my random junk, but I'm sure there are fancier models out nowadays.

Re:wear a jacket, research backpacks later :P (1)

itwerx (165526) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855587)

I'll second the Timbuktu!!!!!! Got mine awhile back after years of searching for "just the right bag" - luv it!!!
      (Specifically the Commuter series.)

Hey Slashduh! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13855352)

You're not being serious, right? Have you ran out of ideas to fit the word "iPod" on the frontpage that you have to post "I need a backpack, please help!"

iPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPodiPod

Apple Store (1)

daviqh (906581) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855357)

You know those nifty little bags they give you at the Apple Stores when you buy stuff. Yeah, those are both trendy, hip, fashinable and are a nice size.

A Man Purse (1)

gcatullus (810326) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855383)

MMales in the US are too self conscious to carry around hand bags, because they resemble womens' purses http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~creswell/manpurse.html [upenn.edu] I used to carry a fanny/belt pack whenever I was travelling, but my wife finally refused to go places with me if I wore it. The only workable suggestion I can give is some sort of a manly camera bag with lots of pockets and straps, such as something from http://lowepro.com/ [lowepro.com]

Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack (2, Informative)

frehe (6916) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855389)

I have used a Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack daily for about six months, and have grown to really like it.

http://www.maxpedition.com/product/product_vp_fatb oy.htm/ [maxpedition.com]

http://www.maxpedition.com/product/catalog_versipa ck.htm/ [maxpedition.com]

Spire (1)

ub3r (589156) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855395)

Spire has some awesome and comfortable bags... I have the Volt XL and love it, it has lasted me for a couple of years so far through college and will probably last a lot longer...

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

Re:Spire (1)

sonicsft (195337) | more than 8 years ago | (#13862320)

I've been toting my ibook, powersupply, mouse, ipod, stereo faceplate, keys, wallet, ipphone handset, a bajillion cables, pens, pencils, and course books in my spire bag for the past 3.5 years. Its a great comfortable backpack, feels like it weighs nothing when its on. They don't make the particular model I have anymore, it fit somewhere between the zoom and the meta. I think I paid $130 for it with some studet discount rate. Its a pit pricey but it will definitely last longer than any of the devices I tote in it.

I would reccomend this brand to anyone looking for a high qaulity back that doesn't scream laptop bag.

Personal Problem? (4, Funny)

nes11 (767888) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855463)

"I am realizing that I have reached maximum capacity in terms of what can go in my pants pockets."

sound like a personal problem to me.

Tried everything myself... (1)

guardianfox (853748) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855472)

I've tried everything short of going out and buying a compartmentalized purse. I've used a laptop-bag, a briefcase, several standard backpacks, a cd player case, a couple different camera bags, a zippered binder with extra pockets sewn in, a zippered business card folder with extra pockets sewn in, a crown royal bag (hey it was halloween), a jacket with extra pockets sewn in. Nothing is overly comfortable for numerous pieces of gadgetry... though stooping to wearing a backpack is often the easiest solution and what I do now is carry my backpack as well as be sure that I'm wearing a good belt and that I have one of the smaller cases IN the backpack in case I want to ditch the big bag someplace safe and go lighter for a while. All that said, you and I are both not approaching the problem from the BEST angle. It'd be better to reduce the load by seeing what gadgets and property you REALLY need to bring with you, and then getting a gadget that does the job of most or all of the remaining units. For example, I gave up an mp3 player and big clunky pda for a smaller sleeker pda that plays mp3s. Love that cell phone? Want a camera handy all the time? Carry a camera phone? Do you REALLY need to bring that microcassette recorder with you to the mall? Is there ANY logical reason for dragging that PDA keyboard with you when you know damned well you're going to be too busy to touch it all day?

Re:Tried everything myself... (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858134)

I have my wallet, keys, and phone in my pants' pockets, optionally in a jacket pocket for quick access. The rest (notepads, iRiver HD-player, clamshell zaurus, generic charger 3-12V) goes in this bag [hedgren.com] . The pda goes in an inside pocket, the mp3 player in middle flap pocket with the remote control clipped on outside, the charger-thing goes in the bottom pocket. All papers, notebooks, and extras go inside in the main pocket (a bit more than A5-size). The top pocket is for random small stuff. If anything bigger needs to be carried, I use my venerable hands to do it (shock!).

Most backpacks have laptop section and two pockets (1)

marat (180984) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855482)

on both sides exactly fitting the stuff like cellphones and iPods these days, I can see no problem here. But have you considered swapping iPod+cellphone for mp3-capable cellphone, or iPod+cellphone+laptop for communicator?

Cargo Pants (1)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855514)

Get cargo pants, then you can tell your boss you don't need a desk any more either, thereby saving the company money, getting yourself a raise, and still having room for all of your gadgets.

Personally, I'd start committing gadgetcide before I worried about carrying another bag around.

Euro Class Bag / Sleeve (1)

swdunlop (103066) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855575)

Since I have a couple different laptops I drag around, and a plethora of task-specific widgets, I prefer using a "European Class Bag, available at most seedy Army/Navy Surplus stores along with equipment-specific sleeves. These bags are tough, versatile and nondescript -- making them ideal for "carrying my expensive geek crap without asking for a mugging."

I consider the lack of specialized pockets and padding to be a bonus -- a laptop sleeve is better protection against the usual bashing involved in putting a laptop on your shoulder and walking around than badly fitted foam batting, and the pockets are never precisely what is needed. There are a couple bulked out pockets that provide plenty of space for extra cables, AC adapters and secondary gizmos.

The canvas is tough, sheds water well, and wears well.

Reassess your kit (5, Informative)

Bastian (66383) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855602)

Does that car stereo faceplate really need to go everywhere with you? Why not keep it in your glove compartment or your trunk?

Same for the iPod - do you _really_ need to take it everywhere? It's a music player, not a binkie.

The Bluetooth headset can definitely stay in the car. That or just leave it on your ear rather than trying to find pocket space. If you're going to try to walk around like a wannabe Borg, you might as well look the part.

You do _not_ need to bring the mouse everywhere. $5 says your computer has a touchpad or one of those nipple things.

Not saying you have to get rid of all of this stuff, just saying it sounds like you're carrying around more crap than you actually need.

Anyway, if you are going to carry that much weight, I would strongly push you toward getting a small padded case for your laptop and then throw it into a backpack designed for backpacking. Most of the laptop and courier bags out there weren't designed with your body in mind. I switched to an innerframe day pack from REI for days when I'm schlepping myself around the city on my feet or my bike, and my back and shoulders have thanked me a thousand times over.

Re:Reassess your kit (2, Funny)

Frodo Crockett (861942) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856454)

You do _not_ need to bring the mouse everywhere. $5 says your computer has a touchpad or one of those nipple things.

He should really get a girlfriend. She can help carry gadgets, and she'll even have two of those nipple things!

radio (1)

nuggetman (242645) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855641)

as for the panel, just lock it in your glove box
security through obscurity
unless you're parking in harlem

Best Tech Bags EVER (2, Interesting)

venomkid (624425) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855663)

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

They have hard shells with special pocketed inserts for all of your goodies. I use my for my laptop and its accessories. Plus the straps and back of the bag are very comfortable. And they fit nicely under the seat in most airplanes.

This is approximately the one I have. [boblbee.com] I think they discontinued my particular finish.

Re:Best Tech Bags EVER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13856635)

I wouldn't buy anything from them on the basis of their shitty Flashed-up website.

Timbuk2 messenger bags are great for laptops (1)

Matt Perry (793115) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855684)

I have a regular Timbuk2 messenger bag [timbuk2.com] not the laptop bag. It has a big compartment that's fine for my laptop and a book or two. There are several sleeves on the inside for dropping in my cell phone, keys, mouse, cables, whatever. Slings over the one shoulder well or over your shoulder and chest for hands free and secure carrying. Oh, and it's water resistant. I got caught in a downpour once or twice without an umbrella and it did a great job of keeping my stuff dry. I like it so much that I bought another that's bigger that I use for trips (holding clothes and stuff). It's more comfortable than a backpack because of how it slings over your shoulder and around your chest.

Oh, and I've had my messenger bag for eight years and use it daily. It's just now starting to have some of the cloth rip on it so I'll replace it soon. These things really take a beating and last for a long time.

ScottEVest (3, Interesting)

Somegeek (624100) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855718)

I can't believe no one has mentioned this yet.

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

Up to 52 hidden pockets and allowances for a personal area network!

It may not be the most stylish coat in the world, but well, it's geeky and it will keep you warm in the winter.

Pants capacity (1)

Elivs (43960) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855747)

I have reached maximum capacity in terms of what can go in my pants pockets.

I reached that stage with ashma inhaler and cell phone. I must have more in my groin to start with.

:)

Elivs

Re:Pants capacity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13861927)

Lucky you. I couldn't even fit the cell phone in my pants.


Thank you very much! I'll be here all week!

You could even look cool (2, Interesting)

clark625 (308380) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855792)

I, for one, am a minimalist. I hate taking a bunch of crap with me when I'm not certain to use it. That being said, I'm a grunt, too, so I have to carry a craptastic amount of items that I _might_ want/need. I honestly like the feel of cargo pants made from a khaki material. You can pick them up cheap at a lot of stores. Heck, my last pair I got at JC Penney's on clearance in the fatty kid's section.

If you want to have a "cool" solution, buy an assault pack. If you have a friend in the military, he/she can take you on post to get a really nice high-speed pack for about $140. If you get one from CamelBak (example) [camelbak.com] , it will also have an embedded hydration pack (2 or 3 liters) so that you can stay hydrated. Yes, it's cool to drink water.

Fanny packs!! (2, Insightful)

Snafoo (38566) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855923)

For all of those that wear fanny packs, this one's commin' atcha!

(w/ apologies to Ben Folds)

Seriously, though.

In Germany, where I lived for a spell, it was permissible for us young males to wear a small shoulder bag. Well, hell, I happen to be gay, right, but the straights were doing it too. It was INFINITELY more efficient than this pockets business every guy in America puts up with. (Or at least the guys here in Chicago.) I had my 'handy' (=cell), my keys, my iPod, my headphones, hipster PDA (http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/03/introducing-t he-hipster-pda/ [43folders.com] ) and of course a broad selection of pens. And all in a cute little bag! So, red-blooded american mostly-males: Are you ready to hack gender normativity? Or are you TOO GIRLY to put up with some funny stares and SUFFER, like the 50's housewives whose conformity you ape?

Go to that store. Buy something cute. Put the iPod in it. No need to ask slashdot for silly permission or reassurance. GET A PURSE.

Re:Fanny packs!! (0, Flamebait)

Frodo Crockett (861942) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856467)

Go to that store. Buy something cute. Put the iPod in it. No need to ask slashdot for silly permission or reassurance. GET A PURSE.

How's this one? [copquest.com] It looks like it holds a lot....

That's right! (1)

slashflood (697891) | more than 8 years ago | (#13855945)

Ask Slashdot: Recommend a Tech Toys Bag?

what I need is a medium sized bag or backpack with pockets

Here you go.

A place for everything... (1)

BDaniels (13031) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856044)

For small collections of things: The Roadwired Pod [roadwired.com]
Bigger items: Roadwired Podzilla [roadwired.com]
Laptop joins the party? Tom Bihn Brain Bag [tombihn.com]

Or just wear all your gear in a Tilley VOMP [tilley.com]

I've used all of the above and they are well made and functional.

LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (4, Interesting)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856118)

I am a 46 year old Alpha Geek/Yoga teacher. So, I've given some thought to the physiology of a gear bag.

My first recommendation is to only carry small and where possibile, hybrid gear.

Secondly purge your bag weekly.

Thirdly, a small bag with a well padded single shoulder strap seems to put less pressure on joints, nerves, etc. The older you get the more you will appreciate this. It is counter-intuitive but backpacks easily cause me more discomfort, even with a good belt.

I am currently carrying an Eagle Creek Travel Gear shoulder bag [eaglecreek.com] . In it I carry:
Sony Clie UX40 [sonystyle.com] in an aluminum case
crap Cell phone (if work didn't pay for this it would be a Treo 650)
Bandana (almost as good as a towel)
2 pens
business cards
Mini flash light
usb ROM stick
mini tape measure
Leatherman Squirt mini-multi-tool [leatherman.com]
spare stylus
A small Moleskin notebook [mojolondon.co.uk]
earplugs
Sony noise reducing earbuds [sonystyle.com] (passive)
Motorola HS820 BT headset (crap)
2.5 lb convertible Fujitsu Lappy w/extended battery [shopfujitsu.com] (I fuckin dig this thing!)
Caselogic neoprene DVD Player Case [caselogic.com] for the laptop.

On the laptop there is easily 500 ebooks including textbooks for school, reference books for work and fiction for downtime. The whole enchilada weighs only 5.5 lbs!

And as soon as I figure out how to get Outlook to wake my laptop out of standby I'll ebay the PDA.

My sister carries a "healthy back bag" from LL Bean [llbean.com] that is even more comfortable. I'll try that next.

Take care of your body before it turns on you!

BillyBob

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (3, Insightful)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856576)

Rather than purge your bag, why not really lighten your load by not carrying around so much crap? What I carry on my person on a normal day:

  • Wallet with cash, ID cards, and credit cards. I'm partial to smaller tri-fold style wallets. Sits in my back pocket, and I feel naked without it.
  • Keys and pocket change. And by "keys", I mean "three keys", not some big huge ring of 50 different keys you'll never use. One for my car, one for my truck, and one for my house. Nothing more.
  • Work badge. Because I constantly break the little zip thingies you use to hang it from a belt, I've taken to carrying it in a pocket instead. Usually wrapped by a couple hair bands (because I have longer hair).
  • Cell phone that doesn't have a color screen, doesn't take pictures, and doesn't send or receive email. If you can't call me, I don't want to hear from you.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Wristwatch. Analog, preferably without any special features at all, and with simple tick marks instead of numbers. My current watch is analog with tick marks and has a day/month display that I could live without. Lives on my wrist, not taking up valuable pocket space. Another one of those, "I feel naked without it," items.
  • A good book.

I wear a leather jacket year-round (a heavier one during colder months, a lighter one during warmer months), which has enough pockets to hold my cell and sunglasses. Depending on the size of the book I'm currently reading, it will also usually fit into a coat pocket. Wallet, keys, badge, and change go into various pant pockets. Every other month or so work will saddle me with a pager for a week, but that fits into a coat pocket as well. I refuse to carry around anything else. I do have a laptop bag to take my laptop to and from work, but that's house to car to office and back.

At the very minimum, I can safely leave the house with nothing more than my wallet, wristwatch, and keys, and be completely happy and productive.

I see no need to carry around everything you listed. You don't need a flashlight, earplugs, headphones, etc. Maybe the life of a Yoga instructor is much more hectic than that of a software developer, but having not been a Yoga instructor I couldn't really say. I'd suspect not ...

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (2, Insightful)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857424)

You so miss the point.

You have a "laptop bag to take my laptop to and from work"

WTF do you think I'm carrying my lighter laptop bag? To get to and from work and side jobs as an IT consultant.

Instead of your one "good book" I've got 500, plus the textbooks and reference books required for work and school.

So instead of your 10 lb laptop, 2 pound book and 2 pound bag I've tried to explain how to cut the weight in half or a third. This will save your back and the nerves in your shoulder compressed by straps on a typical backpack.

BTW the flashlight, laptop and multitool were useful yesterday troubleshooting problems for a local business putting $300 in my pocket. The earplugs and headphones are great on the bus or concentrating for an exam. AND I don't look like a total jackass wearing a leather coat in the summer! (another 5 or 10 pounds I'll point out). (:-{p}

You can have your sanctimonious attititude and 25 pounds of extra crap Osty. I'll take my lightweight gear bag.

Cheers,

Bill

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858036)

AND I don't look like a total jackass wearing a leather coat in the summer!

That's true, but you still manage to look like an ass by calling yourself an Alpha Geek/Yoga teacher and using really odd emoticons like "(:-{p}". Or is that some arcane programming language of the late Seventies, grampa? ;) SCNR.

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858723)

As a true Alpha Geek I am compelled to use state of the art smiley technology you mere mortals cannot hope to grok.

I am bald, have a mustache and a beard, ergo my smiley: (:-{)}

Have a great day Moonbender (nice tag BTW),

Bill

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859090)

PS exceptional irony with the "SCNR"! I had to look it up.

Good job friend!

BillyBob

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859298)

I can't quite decide if you're mocking me or if you're taking my own mockery with a light heart... WRT (another one to look up?) my nickname, I wish there was some way to change it, but short of losing my friend/foe list, my history and of course my precious karma I guess I am stuck with what I came up with years ago. (Oh and this is horribly OT, etc etc.)

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859834)

Taking your mockery with a light heart. I say again, Good job man! (:-{)} [Ob arcane smiley]

BillyBob

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859622)

WTF do you think I'm carrying my lighter laptop bag? To get to and from work and side jobs as an IT consultant.

Your comment on what you carry implied you carried said bag every day. My comment on a laptop bag was that I carry it only occassionally, and I don't so much carry it as I do move it from my house to my car and then my car to my office. As such, it's not really a daily item, and thus was only mentioned in passing.

Instead of your one "good book" I've got 500, plus the textbooks and reference books required for work and school.

The books I need for work are at work. I don't need to carry 500 of them around with me, because I don't need them. I carry a book for pleasure reading, and I don't like to split my attention for that. Sure, you might have 50 different novels you can read at any given time, but I'd rather read them one at a time. Besides, high resolution my paper novel is easier to read and easier on the eyes than your low resolution LCD. You might want to start taking better care of your eyes ...

So instead of your 10 lb laptop, 2 pound book and 2 pound bag I've tried to explain how to cut the weight in half or a third. This will save your back and the nerves in your shoulder compressed by straps on a typical backpack.

Try 6lb laptop, .5lb book (if even that -- I carry around paperbacks for convenience), and maybe 1lb bag. Now consider that the 7lb laptop + bag combination is maybe carried 2 days of the week if that, leaving me with a .5lb book to your 5lb bag of goodies. And my book can be carried in several ways (pocket, hand, not carried at all as I can live without a book if I must). No strap required.

BTW the flashlight, laptop and multitool were useful yesterday troubleshooting problems for a local business putting $300 in my pocket.

Good for you. I didn't realize Yoga teachers did troubleshooting work. On the other hand, I put $300+ in my pocket just by showing up for work and doing my job. And when I left work, I still had that $300+ and I didn't have to carry around a geek arsenal "just in case"!

AND I don't look like a total jackass wearing a leather coat in the summer! (another 5 or 10 pounds I'll point out).

At least I don't look like a total jackass wearing black socks with sandals in the summer (or wearing sandals at all to work, as they're simply unprofessional)! Not saying you do, but you sound like the type that would. As for wearing a leather jacket during the summer, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, my "summers" average out to maybe 75F, with about a week total of days > 80F. Second, the jacket helps keep the sun off, sothat I don't have to deal with nasty sunburns on my arms or shoulders. Third, it's a light jacket, weighing maybe a pound or two, and that weight is evenly distributed across my frame (being a jacket and all ...). Given all of that, it's not uncomfortable to wear a leather jacket during the summer where I live (if I lived in a warmer climate I wouldn't do so, but I don't) and it allows me to have an extra couple of pockets for random "stuff" without having to carry a purse or wear cargo pants.

You can have your sanctimonious attititude and 25 pounds of extra crap Osty. I'll take my lightweight gear bag.

I love how your math skills work. Using your own (outrageously incorrect) weight estimates, 10lb laptop + 2lb book + 2lb bag + 5lb jacket = 25lbs ... err, I mean 19lbs.

Of course, the real calculation is quite a bit different. ((.5lb book + 2lb coat) * 5 days per week + (6lb laptop + 1lb bag) * 2 days per week) / 5 days per week = 5.3lbs avg carry weight per day of the week, rivaling your supposed 5.5lb bag. I guess the education required to land that job as alpha geek / yoga teacher didn't really cover mathematics all that well, huh? (How's that for sanctimonious?)

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859788)

You must have a reading disability Ostey. Three off the top...
  1. I said I take the bus, not a car.
  2. It seemed clear the $300 was on the side (not to mention "yesterday" was a Saturday making that implied as well as stated).
  3. You ASSumed that everyone is like you and has an "only occassional" requirement to carry a bag.

How's that for sanctimonious?

If that's your goal you need strive no further my friend, you've arrived in style!

BillyBob

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859024)

Oh. And the reference to "Yoga instructor" that flew over your head was that good ones study human anatomy.

If you don't start paying attention when people are trying to 'splain shit to you someday you too will study anatomy, with your Doctor as your instructor!

Cheers,

Bill

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859461)

Oh. And the reference to "Yoga instructor" that flew over your head was that good ones study human anatomy.

Uh, yeah, flew right over my head. Then again, I might have been commenting on the fact that there's no way a yoga instructor needs to carry around all of the crap you mentioned. As you called yourself an "alpha geek[1] / yoga teacher", one can only assume that your occupation is "yoga teacher". But yeah, I could see how that could go over your head, thus making you think that the "yoga teacher" reference you made went over mine. My bad.

[1]: "Alpha geek" is not an occupation. For the record, if you have to call yourself an "alpha geek", chances are you're probably not, regardless of how much crap you carry around.

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (1)

mildness (579534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859523)

The term "Alpha Geek" was employed to describe why I might need/enjoy all the crap during the course of my day. It was my hope to avoid an exchange just like this one.

Have a good day my low numbered Brother!

BillyBob

Re:LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD Brothers and Sisters!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13857069)

What? No towel?

Attractive, Inexpensive, Functional: Pick Two (1)

bindlestiff (191806) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856152)

I haul one of these back and forth to work with laptop, power supply, minidisk, books, USB trackball and USB hub, various cables, toiletries, lunch, etc. http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?p roduct_code=51077312&pfp=srch1 [compusa.com] http://reviews.designtechnica.com/review_printerfr iendly1047.html [designtechnica.com] It's well constructed and I got a before-current model on closeout cheap at CompUSA.

Yeah, I got one.... (0, Offtopic)

Seraphim_72 (622457) | more than 8 years ago | (#13856473)


Try this [redcross.org] Jesus Christ you child of rampant consumerism get a grip. If your pants won't hold any more crap maybe it is time to look at folks around the globe that can barely find water that is drinkable. If you are so lost that you cannot find a bag to hold your toys, perhaps giving to others is needed.

Sera

Axio Tekno (1)

Thumper_SVX (239525) | more than 8 years ago | (#13857515)

A company called Axio makes a great range of backpacks... I myself have a Tekno laptop backpack that I use when I'm riding my motorbike (most of the time these days) and having to carry around electronic gear for work.

I recently took a motorcycling vacation in the UK, and I took my Tekno with me along with my laptop, various paper items, mouse, power supply, air/car power adapter, iPod Nano, noise cancelling headphones and all sorts of other equipment. My cellphone clipped nicely to one of the external rings on the straps so I could reach it even when on my bike (but using it with gloves and a helmet proved a bit of a challenge )

Seriously, if you have to carry around electronic gear you could do worse than the Tekno. It looks a little geeky, but the hard shell is waterproof even when riding in driving rain at 50mph or so... I've proven that. It's also very comfortable even over 400 miles of riding in a single day, plus a lot of walking around that I did in the process.

Of course, as many have pointed out you could probably reduce or eliminate most of the electronic gear you carry, but you may be like me and have a desire to have most of your gear with you over extended periods just in case you need it.

So far, the only complaints I've had with the Tekno are (a) scratches appear easily and (b) can get uncomfortable on a motorbike in 100 degree heat with this against your back... but that's true of most backpacks anyway. Oh, and (a) I found I could fix by occasionally taking my car washing buffer to it... works like a champ :)

Chrome Messenger Bags & Tucano Second Skins (1)

cthulhuology (746986) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858042)

I telecommute and don't drive a car. I tend to ride a bicycle year round, (even in places with 1' of snow on the ground in January and December, studded tires are your friend). And I have to say, I technically live out of a Chrome messenger bag. They're waterproof, with a double lining, great single shoulder sling, with excellent center of gravity for weaving in and out of traffic. And they have a kick-ass chrome belt buckle across your chest. The large size expands large enough to carry several days of clothes + laptop, and compacts enough to be smaller than most backpacks. Also the Tucano second skins are vital for laptop protection in any back, has kept my powerbook scratch free even though it is typically in a bag filled with tools, teflon lube, cell phones, keys, extra sticks of ram, and whatnot. YMMV, but between my chrome bag, and the paneers on my touring bike, I can carry nearly all my worldly goods with me :) (I still haven't figured out how to carry the other bicycles with me).

Don't forget the breifcase (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858293)

Briefcases can make good gadget storage locations, because unlike most bags, they can absorb an incredible amount of abuse and still protect the delicate instruments inside. YOu can get most briefcases with a sholder strap for prolonged carrying. Plus, they look a lot more manly than a purse, and a nice silver or polished aluminum case even looks decidedly high-tech.

Crumpler (1)

ReluctantBadger (550830) | more than 8 years ago | (#13858352)


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


I have the "Very Busy Man" bag (probably EOL by now) and it comfortably holds:


  • 17" Powerbook & mains adapter
  • 3 text books
  • Black "Anabolic" =) ski-cap and black gloves for cold days
  • Fuji S7000 Digital Camera, battery mains charger & heaps of batteries
  • 50 CD/DVD Zipper Case
  • ASP Baton
  • 20GB iPod
  • 3 cell Maglite
  • mini first aid kit
  • SOG ParaTool
  • Mobile phone and two spare batteries
  • A selection of granola bars, chewing gum and a large bottle of Lucozade

HEfty (1)

chivo243 (808298) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859130)

Insert head, tie tightly about the neck and breathe deeply repeatedly, the answer will come to you... walk into the light!

Make sure... (1)

Bazman (4849) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859514)

Make sure you buy something shiny, trendy, and thaty absolutely shouts 'I have lots of expensive tech in here, please mug me'. Logos would be good. Apple logos even better.

I just have a standard 25-litre rucksack for carrying my tech. I have one of those tiny Sony Vaio laptops and it lives in a padded jiffy bag. I recently bought a new Pentax Digital SLR and I keep it in my old and dirty camera bag. Does the job and doesn't look like I've got a few hundred pounds/dollars worth of kit hanging off my shoulder.

Baz

Dakine (1)

Gen. Rasputin X (716134) | more than 8 years ago | (#13859967)

Dakine makes some really nice student bags, with concealed laptop pockets, cd holders, and even cd sleeves, built right into the bag. Not to mention the lifetime warranty.

Cue Lady Bracknell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13860362)

A HANDBAG?

(as there isn't an "Edith Evans" format capitals will have to do).

A gear bag with integrated power... (1)

AthenianGadfly (798721) | more than 8 years ago | (#13862298)

While I can't say I've tried this, it certainly looks interesting:
APC TravelPower Cases [apc.com]

Basically a bag to carry your electronics that has an integrated power system to charge all your electronics - just plug in the whole bag and everything gets charged.

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