CES 2008: What kit does a tech blogger need at CES?

CES 2008


We’ve done the post thanking our sponsors earlier on, but speaking as someone who was stupid principled enough to pay for all his own gear, I thought I’d do my own roundup. Hence the photo above, which shows the key tech that’s getting me through CES:

1. Teeny tiny Asus Eee PC. I’ve banged on about this enough in the past. Suffice to say, it’s working a treat liveblogging press conferences, and image editing with Paint isn’t too painful either.

2. Vodafone USB 3G modem. Actually, I haven’t used this yet. I fear roaming data charges. But if the Wi-Fi goes down, I’ll be laughing (while working out who’d buy my granny at short notice).

3.Teeny tiny Logitech mouse. Matches the laptop perfectly, and makes me look like a huge-handed giant when using both. Which is always good.

4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7. As good for shooting short videos of crazy men air guitaring as it is capturing still shots of robots gleaming in the show lights. Indispensable.

5. Olympus WS-300M Digital Voice Recorder. Records interviews as MP3s, and turns into a USB stick to get them onto the laptop. It’s almost enough to make me wish I was making podcasts this week. Almost.

6.iPod and big Sennheiser headphones. I forget the product name, but they muffle the outside world perfectly when cranking out ninja amounts of posts. Current listening: Burial, Breakestra, and Britney Spears. And some bands who don’t begin with B.

7. Nintendo DS. I wish I’d had time to use this any time other than on the plane. And maddeningly, I can’t consult Gamefaqs then when stumped by Zelda puzzles that even a child could solve. In-flight Wi-Fi can’t come soon enough.

8. Great big skull-shaped glass of frozen Margarita. Trust me, it made last night’s early-hours posting session much more bearable. Until it took effect and I fell asleep face-down in my own Eee. Never nice.

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Stuart Dredge
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