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  • tipoo - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    I always feel confined by 13" displays. I think lighter 15 inch laptops with no optical drives should take off. That should bring the weight to about the same as a 14" with an optical drive. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    Brian, the solution to your problems to start up a Sherpa service at CES. With someone else doing the carrying, that would free you up to take photos and save your back in the process. Reply
  • Paulman - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I kind of assumed that Brian was just serving as Anand's sherpa? Except that Brian doesn't just carry the gear, he has to operate it, too :P Reply
  • fabarati - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    I volunteer! Reply
  • twotwotwo - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    Brilliant--you could probably get someone to lug a bag just to get in and see whatever Brian's photographing with all those cameras. :) Reply
  • Paulman - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    "This way I have a device in my pocket on all the major carriers save Sprint at the show."

    Two things:

    1) WHY would you even want that? Ha ha (I assume it's just for curiosity's sake, to have first hand experience on how the different networks perform in a real life large event setting)

    2) I prefer wireless "operator" rather than "carrier", due to the namespace collision ("carrier" is also used to refer to frequency band).

    Hee hee hee (for those not in the know, #2 is actually what Brian himself says these days - now I'm just throwing it back in his face because he slipped up and reverted to "carrier" instead of "operator" in the article, ha ha :D).
  • Eggrenade - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    "Operator" sounds weird to me. I would say wireless "provider," but I could just be a little weird myself. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    1) At CES every wireless operator pretty much dies at one point or another. It's something none of the *operators* (you caught me) are immune to, so I want a device on each one just in case the others fail, otherwise it's impossible to post or do anything.

    2) You got me, fixed, lol.

  • randomlinh - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    "Because the SD card slot on my 2011 MBP has never worked properly with most of my SD cards"

    What cards? Not a mac owner, but I've always found that to be a perk that borders on necessity.
  • Malih - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    I don't know about SD cards, but I have lots of different brand of microSD and they all work fine with my 2011 MBP, I mostly use microSD with adapters instead of straight SD. Reply
  • CalaverasGrande - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    the SD card slot is a known issue with MBPs. My 2010 MBP has this problem as well. In my case my higher capacity SD cards are more finicky than the 512mb and 1gb cards I still have laying about.
    I wonder if it doenst have something to do with the odd "half in" mechanism of the card reader.
  • Brian Klug - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    My SD card slot just has always had issues reading every SD card I throw at it. Patriot, SanDisk, micro->full size adapters, the Eye-Fi card, it doesn't matter. I have to jam it in and tilt it at an extreme angle to make it work at all.

  • tipoo - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    Any idea if that's still a problem in the 2012 MBP? I seem to recall an article section on that but I don't remember which. Reply
  • Aikouka - Sunday, January 06, 2013 - link

    I've pretty much been on the look out for a new laptop bag ever since my Christmas trip. Given that I head up north, I almost always get screwed over by mother nature in some fashion, which tends to involve more time spent in an airport than intended. I also had TSA flag an item (that weighed 2lb) in my checked baggage, which meant I had to put it in my laptop bag. Well, all of this added up to giving me some rather worn out shoulders from my messenger-style laptop bag.

    The Rampaging Mob (medium or large) ought to be a nice (yet pricey) solution!
  • dishayu - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    Why carry 2 USB modems when you can just tether from one of the phones? Reply
  • mrdude - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    No Chesty?

    Although it seems like it would be convenient for carrying around your camera at the ready, you can't help but feel a tad disappointed that there's no place to put your bag of Cheetos.
  • DAM27 - Monday, January 07, 2013 - link

    I wonder if you'd try a wrist cuff as an alternative camera strap? I've nearly funded one on kickstarter that is meant to stay on as a cuff all day while your camera can clip in and out for when you're shooting. Would love to know what you think if you get a minute: Reply

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