My Tech Top 10: Cerentha Harris

Herman Miller Lifework

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Cerentha Harris helms the team over at Lifework, Herman Miller's blog dedicated to sharing inspiring home office interiors and solutions, under the banner of “where life and work meet”. Today, Cerentha reveals a little bit of her own life, with a selection of her daily tech necessities, spanning from the latest in tech gear to more mechanical and traditional methods for the tasks in her daily life.

Apple iPhone 4
Love it. Really, really love it. I use it countless times a day and am constantly thankful for the freedom this phone gives me. It’s so great to be able to email, take pics of the kids or a house I like, shoot video, text, surf the net, play Angry Birds and Scrabble. What else can I say?

Canon G10 Camera
When we were looking to buy a new camera our friend photographer Larry Hirshowitz (http://www.hirshowitzphoto.com/) recommended the Canon G10. I use it to shoot for the blogs I edit (Herman Miller‘s Lifework blog, Green Dolphin and thisisadesignblog). It’s an amazing piece of technology – a crystal clear screen and a great lens, both make shooting a joy.

Westcott iPoint Evolution Pencil Sharpener
It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world but I use it constantly and it works beautifully. I wish I had a more ‘designy’ sharpener but this workhorse does the trick. It also passes the kid’s test. We’ve had it for a year, they use it every single day and haven’t broken it yet.

Auto GPS
As a newcomer to Los Angeles the GPS in my car saved me time and time again. And it continues to save me. This city is so large that even after two years I’m still discovering new pockets. Don’t know what I would do without it…except get lost A LOT.

Apple MacBook Pro
This laptop is my office. Virginia Woolf wrote about the importance of having a room of one’s own. Well this sleek little MacBook Pro, a 40th birthday present from my dear husband, is exactly that.

Sur La Table’s Cat Timer
I hate to admit it but I am a distracted cook at the best of times. My mother bought this cranky little cat when she was visiting. It stops me burning food and has come in very handy when it comes to keeping track of the kid’s piano practice.

Imperia Pasta Maker
Low tech at its very best. This beautiful machine makes billowy sheets of pasta and then slices them perfectly into whatever type of paste takes your fancy. Full disclosure here – I bought this for my husband for Christmas knowing somewhere in the back of my mind that he may not really want a pasta maker. Amusingly enough, I’ve used it a ton since then and he used it…not once. Fresh cracked black pepper fettuccine is truly delicious.

My Smart Auto Key
Again, maybe this is a Los Angeles thing. This city demands so much time on the road I appreciate anything that makes the rigors of driving easier. So how absolutely incredible that I can simply walk up to my locked car and pull on the door handle and, if my keys are on me somewhere, it unlocks itself. The genius of this still blows me away. It makes putting a key into a lock seem so old fashioned.

DVR
What can I say? I love my shows and I don’t love ads. Plus I am freed from scheduling. Brilliant.

Airport Extreme Base Station
The little white box sits on the shelf surrounded by cookbooks and does double duty as a powerful back up drive and wireless router. A very liberating piece of technology that I completely take for granted and really shouldn’t.

Thanks Cerentha!

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