A new study by MeFeedia indicates that consumers using mobile devices are more engaged video watchers than those on desktop computers. Jay Yarow reports that iPad owners lead the pack on consumption of mobile video
The New York Times profiles Gave Rivera and Techmeme today, one of my favorite websites:
News lovers in Washington can’t live without Mike Allen at Politico. Hollywood squabbles over the relative merits of Sharon Waxman’s TheWrap versus Nikki Finke’s Deadline. The newspaper industry reads the news collected by Jim Romenesko.
One of the first Web sites loaded on Silicon Valley’s laptops and iPhones each morning — and then again and again throughout the day — is Techmeme.
The site, developed by a former Intel engineer, appropriately enough relies on software algorithms to collect technology news in real time into what is essentially the front page of an ever-changing industry newspaper.
But Techmeme also turns to humans to filter the ever-growing number of articles and blog posts published online each day, a method that is being used by Mediagazer, a new sister site for media industry news.
I could care less about Lebron…
That said, the letter that was written by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavs, Lebron’s former team, was published using the Comic Sans font.
Do people still actually use that thing? Egads.
It’s been three years since I’ve written about What’s in my Bag, so it’s finally time to update this list of what I decide to tote around with me.
Four years ago, I switched from my trusty Brenthaven bag of several years over to a Tumi Nylon Briefcase capable of holding my then-17″ Macbook Pro. Four years later, I’m still trekking along with the indestructible Tumi bag. It has nary a tear or a blemish. Hands down the best bag that I’ve ever owned.
Unfortunately, the bag isn’t always suitable for some cross-country trips. In those cases, I switch to a Swiss Army backpack with a laptop padded compartment.
Between the two bags, we’ve been to several states, the UK, Germany, France, and India together over the past four years – and we’ll see some other places together before my time here ends. Both have served me well.
- 15″ Apple MacBook Pro. Earlier this year, my 3.5 year old 17″ MacBook Pro started having some power and logic board issues. Soon after the latest generation of MacBooks were released, I bought a stock lower-end 15″ MacBook Pro and haven’t looked back. The current generation of machines come swimming in hard drive space and RAM – and I haven’t seen a need to upgrade anything with this one. It’s my lead non-work machine.
- Dell Latitude D630 Laptop. For work, this is my windows based portable machine. It’s a lot heavier than my MacBook Pro and nowhere near as capable, but I live in a Microsoft windows world at work – and when I need to actually do work on the road, this machine comes along. Mine has a privacy screen on it so that folks can’t see what I’m up to as I travel.
- Apple iPad 3G+Wifi (64GB). I came a bit late to the iPad game, but purchased one, along with the bluetooth wireless keyboard. I’ve taken several trips with nothing but the iPad and my keyboard for computing, email, and communication needs. I’ve found it to be an invaluable tool for reading, entertainment, games, and general productivity. Hopefully I’ll be able to sync my work e-mail on it at some point in the future, then I will be traveling with my laptop far less than I do today.
- Apple iPhone4 (32GB, Black). I was upgrade eligible and received the new phone on June 23rd. This is been my main personal phone for three years, back to the original iPhone, and my main work phone for well over a year. It has been the single best productivity aid and communications device in my personal and professional career.
- iPod (60GB). I’m still using my Apple iPod from four years ago – nearly crammed with music and videos at 60GB. I haven’t seen a need to upgrade. Using the new Shure SE420 headphones – expensive, but worth it for the sound. At work, this sits in an iHome dock.
- Verizon MiFi 2200 portable hotspot. As I have a redundant need to be able to be on-line no matter where I am due to the role I hold at work, the MiFi helps me fulfill that need by providing a portable hotspot for up to four connections at once. I’ve used this extensively throughout the United States to great affect.
- Levenger Notebook – I use leather three-ring binder from Levenger to hold my daily schedule, executive summaries, tasks, and various notes as I motor throughout my day. My tabs and some forms are custom made based on how I like to organize and plan. I also use several forms from David Seah’s various productivity tools.
- Amazon Kindle2. Last year, a co-worker talked with me glowingly about his Kindle, I wound up ordering one that very night. It’s been one of the best devices I’ve ever owned, I’ve hardly purchased a paper book since picking up the Kindle last March. I carry it in a simple Amazon Kindle case.
- Business Cards. I carry between 100-200 business cards for work at all times. I’m constantly running into folks at conferences, etc, that are interested in exchanging cards. Besides, Target business cards are cool!
- Moleskin notebooks. I use a wide variety of Moleskin products. Some larger notebooks I use for specific projects, the smaller notebooks that are pocket-sized I use for store visits or just for jotting down notes as I wander about town. I’ve never found a better notepad.
What’s in your bag?
I’m a long time Apple fanboy, writing this post on a 17″ Macbook Pro and a 30″ Cinema Display — but Redmonk’s look at the Information Worker’s Mac Switch List reminds me of how much I still don’t know.
Well worth the read for the new mac user.
Now that it’s been publicly announced – I can finally mention it here…
I’ll be presenting at the 2007 Annual Loss Prevention Conference for the Retail Industry Leader’s Association (RILA) in Dallas, TX along with Pete Jankowski, Chief Technical Officer, Physical Security Business Unit, Cisco Systems, on the subject of Video Analytics.
Our presentation is titled Smart CCTV – An Overview of Video Analytics – the program notes outline the following:
Many retailers store hundreds or thousands of hours of video in their locations that are never seen by human eyes. This presentation will focus on the utilization of video analytics to help retailers gain additional value from their video surveillance systems for both loss prevention and other organizations across the corporation. Topics will include business value development, system architecture, analytics examples, and an overview of the analytics marketplace.
The presentation is on May 1st….
In 2004, I wrote about what I carry around in my gadget bag. Here’s a 2007 update:
- Apple Macbook Pro 17″ – My trusty 2005 Powerbook G4 died on me earlier this year on a trip to Dallas. This is the latest one – unfortunately not the most current line of Macbook Pro though. Upgraded to 3G of RAM.
- Apple iPod – 60GB version from two generations ago. Currently using 56GB. At work, I dock it into a stereo rig. Otherwise, I use the Shure e4c headphones – expensive, but worth it.
- Apple iPod Shuffle (Silver) – I use this when working out or hitting the road on the bicycle.
- Palm Treo 700wx – this is my domestic cell phone / PDA. It syncs wirelessly using Sprint’s EVDO broadband to our Microsoft Exchange servers – providing me with email, contacts, and other information wherever I am.
- Apple iPhone – my personal & international cell phone. My work phone number forwards over to this phone – making it the onestop shop for communications wherever I am.
- Levenger Notebook – I use leather three-ring binder from Levenger to hold my daily schedule, executive summaries, tasks, and various notes as I motor throughout my day. Some of my forms are custom made using Abode Illustrator. I’m also a huge fan of Dave Seah’s Printable CEO series.
- Moleskine Reporter Pocket Notebook – I carry this when I’m highly mobile – it primarily serves as my portable task list.
- Moleskine Reporter Large Notebook – I use this for notetaking and meetings, etc. I began using these when I moved to our headquarters in 2005 – I now have 6 of them filed away in the desk. It’s helped me never lose my notes!
- Sprint Broadband Card – this is used with my work laptop (not listed) to connect to the internet in order to sync up email, etc. when traveling.
- United States Passport – never leave home without it. Now featuring a 5 year entry/exit visa for India.
When I switched to the 17″ Macbook Pro my Brenthaven backpack of years past simply wouldn’t hold the laptop safely. So, I dropped over to Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s unfortunately) and picked up a Tumi Nylon Briefcase that was roomy enough to hold my 17″ laptop. I’ve been in love with my bag ever since.
What’s in your bag?
Waited for 90 minutes to get an Iphone.. and I learned a hard lesson.
Someone in line had to be the first guy that didn’t get a phone…
And that guy was the person standing behind me.
More to come..
Some commentary over at Infectious Greed about life with multiple monitors:
My main office setup has one Dell 2405 (a 24” LCD), and one “smaller” Dell panel that clocks in at around 19”. Funny thing is, as Jason is implicitly saying here, I keep wishing I had more screen real estate. Yes, people would make even more jokes about me playing air traffic controller in my spare time, but luxuriating in the glow of so many monitors feels … necessary.
I have two Dell 20″ monitors running into the Dell XPS desktop – they’re great, especially for gaming. The Powermac has the 23″ cinema screen along with the older 19″ studio display next to it. Love that too. The laptop, unfortunately, only has one screen.
I only wish I had multiple monitors at work.