What's in Your Bag?

I have seen these posts in a few places so here is mine. Here is a list of everything in my Laptop bag: Timbuk2 Large padded laptop bag . There are two sizes, get the bigger one. I have also noticed that Timbuk2 started making a version of this bag out of a lessor material. Mine has a backing on the inside of the outer material that is waterproof. The new ones do not have this. Not sure it matters since I’m not planning on getting it wet. 🙂 Great bag! Holds everything and is tough. I have had this bag almost a year and it looks brand new! Toshiba M5 Spare laptop battery iGo charger for laptop and phone Cingular 8525 Phone (If Cingular reads this PLEASE release the upgrade to 6.0. PLEASE!!!) Zune for music IPod 30gig Video for Video (when the Zune lets you get TV shows I will can my IPod) Cannon Powershot SD30 camera GPS sensor for Streets and Trips Bag with about 10 different USB cables (Ipod, Zune, Phone, etc) plus small screwdrivers, etc Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 . Great if you are on the road and have small kids. Video chat through Live Messenger is not the same as being home but it helps my daughter! Microsoft LifeChat ZX-6000 Wireless headset. 80 gig USB hard drive (Music, Document backups, etc) 320 gig USB hard drive (Virtual machine library, full machine backups) 4gig USB Flash Drive 10 foot Network cable Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 . CoolestGeekiest mouse EVER. Bluetooth so you don’t need to waste a USB slot on it. Just the right size and if you press a button and turn it over it has PowerPoint slide controls and a laser pointer! Compact USB hub Ziploc with tiny packets of decongestant, Ibuprofen, etc) Small Moleskine notebook Large quad rules Moleskine notebook One novel (Right now it is an old Horatio Hornblower), one non-fiction book (Right now it is Halberstam’s Best and the Brightest) Travel Document holder for tickets, receipts and the like CPR Kit (gloves and and mouth to mouth mask) (because you never know when you might need it)

Live Writer is Amazing (Now)

When I first tried Live Writer a while back it was ‘OK’ but just ‘OK’. It did most of the things that other posting apps did but it did not blow me away. I just downloaded it today after being reminded about it in Christophe’s post today. Wow. They did a lot of work on this application. One of the things I like the best is that it has a Web Layout view that obviously goes up to your provider and gets your template layout and sizes the editing page to match the settings of your blog. It also does the things you would expect like grabbing your categories and doing things like spell check and other formatting. It also does a good job of making image insertions easy. It has built in defaults for auto-thumbnailing your images but also makes it easy to save your preferences as the new default. It also provides an addin model so you can extend the functionality of the tool. Addins include adding custom “BlogThis” extensions to various browsers (as you would expect) but also to tools like Visual Studio (making it easier to blog your code directly from VS.) Others include an addin that makes it easy to post links to items in SkyDrive , insert streaming Sliverlight applications or link to Flickr pages. Nice Work Team! Check out the Writer Team Blog for the scoop .