Travel Gadgets

A quick update to a presentation Clarke Price and I did a few years back. In the original presentation we showed off the number of gadgets we carried to ensure we could complete our work. Now we carry a lot less and can do much more. This short video is an overview of what’s now included in my travel kit.

  • Belkin Mini Travel Surge Protector
  • iPad/iPhone AV dock and cables
  • iPad 2 & iPhone 3Gs
  • D-Link Portable Wi-Fi Router
  • Joye eGo 2 E-Cig with charger

Let me know what I’m missing or what you do differently.

When you don’t know what you know

The phrase “you don’t know what your don’t know” is something I’m sure everyone has heard at least once in their professional career. What I’ve learned this week is sometimes we don’t know how much we know either. The realization came to me as I watched Dr. James Canton at Digital Now explain where technology is headed in the future. As he spoke, the crowd’s reaction was intense interest, while mine was more moderate. I began to wonder what I was missing, then it hit me. I had less interest because this information was not news to me. What Dr. Canton was discussing is what I do for a living, and my thinking is along the same lines.

This led me down a path where I started wondering how much information I’ve collected and not shared because I thought it was simply public knowledge. I hadn’t considered everyone might not know, thus I simply didn’t communicate. It also led me to understand the importance of cross-functional learning. I tend to get more value from strategic management sessions than technology, not because the presenters are poor, simply because I live and breathe technology.

Now don’t get me wrong – the technology sessions I attended were great and I came away with a bunch of information. I even had a few “ah-ha” moments but what I’ve really learned is the value of information as a product and that I haven’t done the best job of packaging my product internally. I’ve been focused on seeing results rather than enabling those around me to see opportunities and it’s a behavior I will soon correct.

I don’t think that this is limited to just me. I’m sure many people and professions assume that others have the same understanding as they have. We become so comfortable in what we do that it’s easy to forget to communicate what we believe everyone should intuitively know. It’s natural. We have had years to gain professional experience and we simply don’t know what or how much we know, and more importantly what others don’t.

Review: Apple iPedestal

The Apple iPedestal ($79.99, apple.com and Apple retail stores nationwide starting April 15) has been anticipated for months. Combining the latest in Apple’s always innovative design with state of the art technology and a real substantive commitment to “going green” (the iPedestal is 100% biodegradable), this little stand for your iPad blows the third party competition out of the water and will truly revolutionize the way you use the magical tablets from everybody’s favorite technology innovator, Apple, Inc.

We were able to secure one of these bad boys a couple of weeks early to review, and bring you the full unboxing experience and hands-on usage in all its glory below. Without further delay:

The iPedestal comes in a stylish and yet economical case provided by Apple which is as fun as any of their packaging to open. Our staff members could hardly contain their excitement as we peeled back each layer of the exterior to find the stand inside:

To keep it lightweight, Apple has managed to make the entire iPedestal hollow underneath (while still allowing plenty of room for your accessory cables and, of course, the iPad itself). The magical design of the stand itself ensures the iPedestal is always solidly anchored to your desk or lap however:

As an added bonus, the iPedestal can hold your protective iPad carrying boxes if inverted, saving you money since you would ordinarily have to buy a second stand of a different size to do this (second iPedestal, sold seperately, required to hold both ends at once):

Here’s a picture of the iPedestal against a clean backdrop, ready to revolutionize your working experience. The iPedestal has a very “green” look and feel, which is nice to see in computer accessories instead of the trademark metal, rubber, and plastic that is so commonly used elsewhere:

The iPad, once inserted, is held firmly in place at just the right angle. In testing, we found it somewhat difficult to access every part of the screen and all of the buttons, but we’re sure we’ll get used to it after a little while. The iPedestal promises a much more ergonomic usage experience:

If you need to type a lot, have no fear: The iPedestal integrates with Apple’s iPad Keyboard Dock (sold separately) as well, offering truly the best of both worlds:

Finally, here’s the whole happy family together. We turned the iPedestal around so you can see the slick logo on the back:

There you have it folks, the iPedestal. In our testing, this beats out every other stand to date (no surprise, since Apple can control every part of the user experience from start to end). And at the price, it’s a deal you can’t pass up. Look for the iPedestal ($79.99) on April 15 or pre-order yours today.

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