If I’m going to be out of the office for just a couple of days, the gear bag is pretty light. An iPad, keyboard, and a few random accessories fits the bill for things like email, checking the servers, sFTP, editing files, or WordPress work. Here’s a shot from the hotel desk:
Pictured above – 2018 iPad, Apple Keyboard, Apple Pencil, Apple AirPods, Apple lightening to USB adapter, Leatherman Wave, USB Ethernet adapter (dongletown), tiny GorillaPod, clothe to clean the screen, and an Anker USB charger. And the stand for the iPad is a $10 Anker stand from Amazon that lets me use the iPad in portrait or landscape with a keyboard.
D: Rode Podcaster Mic. This is a workhorse of a mic that I got maybe 10 years ago?! Will keep it until it turns to dust, then get another one.
E: My best Bob Ross impression from the mid 90’s
F: The Network Wall – Installed this year, everything has the option to connect via Ethernet. And it’s oh so fast. The wall includes… Power strip, Vonage box, Sonos box, Phillips Hue box, and an Ethernet Switch.
I: 2018 iPad– I’m a giant iPad fan and this year moved from the 12.9 Pro (1st generation) to this smaller 9.7 inch non-pro. Tempted by the new 12.9 iPad Pro, but it was tough to justify the nearly $2k I’d shell out while not really gaining any new functionality. This was around $300 (some Best Buy sale); the battery lasts forever and I can use my old Apple Pencil. Sold. If iOS gets some serious new juice in the Fall of 2019, I’ll revisit.
J: Apple Watch Charger tucked away. Upgraded to the Series 4 this year from the original Apple Watch (series zero?). What a difference! If you’re on the fence – jump.
K: External hard driveto match my chair. It’s green and cheap. Plus pretty rugged from what I can tell. It’s taken a number of backpack trips this year.
Overall this set up & location works well. For 2019, there might be a new Mac in sight plus a new NAS. The NAS is the biggest hole in my game right now. I’m currently using a big, old MacPro from 2006 loaded up with 4 hard drives. It’s like sitting across from a mini furnace.