The 6 Things I Carry At TechEd 2012
This is the ninth time I’ll be attending TechEd and what I carry around the conference center has changed from year to year. When I started going, I lugged a heavy laptop. Last year, I mostly went unencumbered. This year, my every day carry (EDC) looks like this:
I’m planning on blogging throughout the conference and the 13” Zenbook is a super lightweight Ultrabook that can handle the job with aplomb. I may have to get some work done as well, so this will allow me flexibility. It’s got Windows 8 Release Preview installed, but ever since I installed that, the fan’s been running non-stop. I don’t think the battery will last all day, so I’m forced to carry a charger as well. Take a look in the blogger areas and the alumni lounge between sessions and stop by to chat while I’m recharging.
The main reason I’m bringing the iPad is to create the sketchnotes I’m planning on doing. I originally planned on doing all the sketchnotes on paper, but after taking a look at the projected workflow, I decided the iPad would make things easier.
I don’t care what Steve Jobs says. To draw or take ink notes effectively on an iPad, you need a stylus. The cosmonaut is a fat boy that feels like using a dry erase marker. I’m using the app Paper to take the notes.
Of course I’m going to have my cellphone with me. When the Wi-Fi gets overloaded at the conference center, being able to text my coworkers and family will keep me connected).
I know we always get a TechEd bag, but I’m not a fan of the backpack style right now. I got this bag for Christmas a couple of years ago and its been my faithful companion since.
I prefer to take notes and sketch ideas on paper, so I won’t leave the hotel without this little notebook. I usually carry two different ones for different purposes. Both Star Wars, though.