This posting was inspired by: jkOnTheRun- a typical day with all my gear.
The alarm rings at 5:00 AM this morning, because I’m flying out on the 7:15 AM flight to Philadelphia. This will get me to my pharmaceutical client’s research headquarters by 10:15 AM, even allowing time to pick up my rental car and drive there from the Philadelphia airport.
I just have time to shower and dress and do a quick check of email using my Treo 700p, as well as check the status of my flight. I’ll also check the weather forecasts for both home and Philadelphia. The Treo is great for email and light Web surfing.
My Kohjinsha SH6 is already packed up in my Booq Boa XS bag, along with all of the other gadgets I normally take with me to a client site. The Kohjinsha is powered off, and it’s one of the few times during the week when it will be. Most of the time it is in a sleep state when I’m not using it. I typically shut it down and boot it up just twice a week – for the outbound flight and the return flight.
Upon arriving at the airport I’ll check my RSS feeds using Google Reader on my Treo while waiting for my flight to board. After boarding my flight I have a choice of entertainment devices to use when the OK is given by the flight attendant: my 60GB iPod or my Kohjinsha SH6. On this flight I feel like napping, so I put on my Bose Q2 Noise Cancelling Headset and plug it into my iPod. This time I’ll listen to some relaxing music and drift gently off to sleep for most of the flight. Other times when I’m feeling more alert I’ll watch a video on the SH6 (see more on that below).
Upon arrival at the Philly airport I make a quick call home to my wife on my Treo 700p to let her know I’ve arrived safely. I use my Blue Parrot Bluetooth B100 headset with my Treo. I know – it’s huge! – but it’s simply the best Bluetooth headset I’ve ever used and I’ve tried a whole bunch of them. It’s the only headset I’ve found that enables me to always be clearly heard regardless of background noise, even when I’m speaking softly.
After picking up my rental car (a Chevy Tahoe SUV this week) I’m off to my client. Upon arrival I pull out my SH6 from my Booq bag and the BatteryGeek BG 15-21-130 External Laptop Battery that will power it. I leave the SH6′s power adapter home during my business trips as the BatteryGeek unit provides all the juice I’ll need for my SH6. It will enable my SH6 to run all day at the client site and I just need to recharge this external battery at my hotel room in the evening.
Next I plug in a Belkin 4-port USB hub that in turn has a Belkin USB Dual/PS2 adapter cable plugged into it. Connected to the adapter cable are the PS/2 mouse and keyboard cables from a D-Link KVM-121 switch. I also plug in the VGA connector from the KVM switch into my SH6. The KVM switch allows me to share the LCD monitor, keyboard, and mouse between my SH6 and the HP Compaq Core 2 Duo desktop that my client has provided me. I next plug my Treo sync cable into the Belkin USB hub. CradleCare software on the Treo automatically kicks off regular syncs between my Treo and the SH6, making sure everything is up to date on both systems. I finish up by connecting an Ethernet cable to the SH6 that connects it to my client’s network and boot up the SH6.
After the SH6 finishes booting up Vista Home Premium, I hit the FN-F3 keys to redirect the screen output to the KVM switch, and from there onto the HP 17″ LCD panel. The SH6 can drive this screen at up to 1600 X 1200 resolution, but my tired old eyes prefer a resolution of 1280 X 1024.
At that point I type in my “startup” ActiveWord. I’m a huge fan of the ActiveWords program as it helps me automate countless tasks on my SH6. The startup ActiveWord loads up all the normal software I have running on my SH6 during my work day, which includes:
- Outlook 2007
- Firefox with iGoogle, Google Reader, and my company’s Outlook Web Access email web pages open in three tabs
- PINs (a password management utility program)
- Evernote (which I prefer to OneNote)
- Life Balance (my favorite PIM, and which has a Palm OS version on my Treo that syncs with the SH6′s version)
Some of the additional programs I’ll run during the course of the day include Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Project 2007 and Visio 2003. With 2 GB of memory on my SH6 I have no problem running all my “startup” programs along with one or more of these Office programs all at the same time without any noticeable performance degradation.
At lunch I head for the cafeteria with other team members. During our lunchtime conversation a couple of tasks come up that I need to perform, so I enter them into Life Balance on my Treo 700p. They will be automatically synced into my SH6′s version of Life Balance as soon as I return from lunch and connect my Treo to the sync cable.
In the afternoon I need to attend a one hour meeting. So, I uncable the SH6 from all its cables, disconnect it from the BatteryGeek external battery, close the screen, and take off for the meeting. Since the meeting is only an hour I don’t need to bring the external battery along with me. The 2+ hour battery life of the SH6 will be more than enough to last through the meeting. However, I do occasionally need to go through the ordeal of the “all-day meeting” where we meet through the entire work day and have lunch brought into the meeting room. Then the BatteryGeek external battery comes along with me, freeing me from the mad dash to find the few open electrical outlets in the meeting room. Today I won’t need it with me for this short meeting.
At the meeting I take detailed notes using a meeting template I created in Evernote. During a lull in the meeting I tether to my Treo using Bluetooth and the PDANet program. These allow me to get onto the Internet through the Sprint EV-DO network. I’ll then do a quick check of my email. There are never enough Ethernet cables in the meeting rooms at my client but with PDANet and my Treo I don’t need them.
After the meeting I return to my office and wrap up another day’s work. Then it’s time to leave and check into the hotel.
Many of the hotels I stay in still have Ethernet connectivity through cables rather than WiFi. That’s the case in my current hotel, but I bring along an ASUS Portable WiFi access point and plug that into the room’s Ethernet cable. This frees me from having to work at the desk in the hotel room and allows me to access the Internet on my little SH6 even from the bed! After logging onto the hotel network with my SH6 I’ll check personal and business email one more time and access my RSS feeds using Google Reader. I’ll also plug my BatteryGeek external battery pack into an outlet on the desk in the room to charge it up for the next day. The BatteryGeek battery can also continue to power my SH6 if need be, even when it’s being recharged.
As the evening winds down I consider my entertainment options. I can use SlingPlayer on my SH6 to access any of the zillion DirecTV channels we have at home. These are fed into a SlingBox connected to the satellite tuner in our family room. Alternatively I can watch a movie or TV episode that I have on my SH6. Right now, I have five Seinfeld episodes from the final season, two entire seasons of the BBC drama Upstairs/Downstairs, two episodes of Ken Burns’ War documentary, and full-length versions of the movies Forrest Gump, Office Space (today’s picture is from this movie!), and The Prestige on my SH6′s commodious 100GB hard drive. I choose to watch a couple of Seinfeld episodes. These were ripped onto my SH6 using Pocket DVD Studio. Some of the movies were captured from DirecTV using my Neuros Video Recorder 2.
Since this is a Tuesday, tonight I’ll do my weekly image backup of the SH6 onto the Western Digital 160GB USB external disk drive I carry in my Booq bag. I use the Acronis True Image program, which was provided to me by Dynamism when I purchased my SH6. They use Acronis to create their restore CDs.
The backup will take about 2 hours, during which time I’ll read a book (maybe even a non-digital one!) and listen to music from my iPod over my iHome iH5 that goes with me in my suitcase whenever I travel. It has wonderful speakers for such a small unit and its sleep feature allows me to listen to music while drifting off to sleep at night.
Speaking of which, the backup is done so it’s time to disconnect and put away the external drive and put both SH6 and myself to sleep!