I’ve owned my new MacBook for a little over a month and the bag I was using to carry it around was showing it’s age. So I decided to go out a purchase a new one.
My new bag resembles a nylon briefcase with a shoulder strap if I want to throw it over my shoulder. The reason why I like this bag is because I wanted something smaller, but roomy enough to carry my must-have tech that I use on a daily basis.
What tech do I carry with me on a daily basis? I’m glad you asked…
I like to think I’m a minimalist, so I don’t carry everything, but there are some essential gadgets and gizmos that definitely come in handy when I know I’m going to be out and about for most of the day.
My right-hand man, my ace boon-coon, my
homie, lover, friend my all-purpose work/play device. I’d rather leave home without my wallet than walk out the door without my phone. Although most of the time my phone is in my pocket, there is a slit in my new Incase City Brief Bag that fits my iPhone 6 perfectly.
I haven’t upgraded to a newer iPad simply because I don’t use it as much as I used to. But I have all my books that I (never) read on there, and it makes a great second monitor for Mac when I need to post up at a coffee shop for long periods of time.
13″ Retina MacBook Pro
Sure, I can and do use my iPhone for many tasks, but there’s nothing like banging on a keyboard to get stuff done. Additionally, if I have laptop repair client and I need to do some additional research as to why their Mac is actin’ a fool, I’d rather whip out my MacBook Pro to help diagnose an issue.
External Hard Drive
I bought the 128GB Flash storage Retina MBP because I regularly work out my cloud storage services, and carry around a recycled 500GB Hard Drive, so I figured I was good on storage.
I pulled the Hard Drive from one of those wireless media storage devices that (in theory) lets you wirelessly store/sync files from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. I thought it was a dope concept BUT I was having too many problems connecting and staying connected to the device to properly use files, listen to music, or watch movies. So I yanked the Hard Drive out of the device and put it in a 6Gbps USB 3.0 Hard Drive enclosure (BrothaTech Tip: Wired is ALWAYS better than wireless).
I am definitely an advocate for some kind of extended/emergency battery to make sure your gadgets are powered up throughout the day. I’m currently rocking with The Lifesaver II by Mio because of it’s slim form factor and because it can juice up my iPhone and iPad (extra cable required).
I prefer in-ear headphones (earbuds) to those on or over the ear headphones (cans) because they are more portable. But that doesn’t mean I took the cheap route in picking a pair of earbuds to use. I’m a wannabe fan of Bang and Olufsen products, but I can’t afford any of the TV, speakers, or other electronics. So I will have to do with their BeoPlay H3 earphones. “Wait ’til I get my money right”
I have two USB sticks that I carry around. One for those “in case of an emergency” instances where I need to transfer a file to someone or business and they’ve never heard of cloud storage. I use the other USB stick as a repair tool for my MacBook repair clients when I need to boot to an external device (other than their Hard Drive) to run computer diagnostics and other services. Yeah, I fix Mac’s too.
Pen and Paper
Even though I am all tech-ed out, there’s nothing like good ole’ pen and paper when you need to jot something down without all the hassle of powering up, unlocking, or accessing a smartphone, tablet, computer, or app. So I keep those in the bag as well.
Outside of a couple additional items like cables, business cards, and other knick-knacks, that’s what you will find in my bag. If you ain’t scurred, drop a line in the comments section and let a Brotha know what’s in your tech bag
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