Our final Unplggd contributor tryout sample post is this one from Julienne Lin, a Tech Top 10 of her personal tech gear. Tell us what you think about the post below!
As a cross between "the techie" and "the communicator" smartphone personality type, I like my gadgets to have as many bells, whistles, and speed possible while also managing all the social networks I like to stay connected to. And of course, being a girl, it doesn't hurt to throw in some color and cuteness into my gadgets.
AIAIAI Tracks Headphones: Tired of using the earplugs that came with my iPod, I decided to invest in a well designed but affordable set of headphones. I found these in a small shop on Sawtelle in Santa Monica called Black Market. These are inspired by the function and design of the old iconic walkman headphones. The best part – you can customize and switch the sliders connecting the ear cups with different colors. I prefer the hot pink for now.
2008 MacBook (black): Purchased while I was in college, this faithful companion is still going strong. There have been at least four upgrades on the MacBook since. They don't even make this one anymore, which makes me feel like I own a rare piece of equipment.
Hello USB Drive: Although I'm a firm believer in storing my files on cloud applications, I make an exception for this Hello USB drive. When I pull the smile off and stick the drive in my laptop, there's something nice about the friendly "Hello."
HP Photosmart C4780 printer: I don't know when the last time you bought a printer was, but I always happen to score a free one from an Apple store promotion. This printer happens to be the latest one I got through a purchase. I love the convenient Bluetooth capability.
Canon S95: I'm confident in saying that this is one of the best point & shoot digital cameras out there. It has a wide range of customization features and the best low light performance I've seen so far. I find that technology is growing at such a rapid rate that the everyday prosumer can now get their hands on high-quality equipment that was once only used for big productions.
Nintendo Wii: I don't own a PS3 but I have heard and experienced the fabulousness of the Kinect. However, there's something about Mario games that could never replace any other games in my heart. The fact that I can play Mario Kart against people across the globe and stream Netflix from the console seals the deal for me.
Instax Mini: Back when the discontinuation of Polaroid cameras was announced, I decided the next best thing was an Instax Mini camera. Since most photos are shot digitally, it's nice to get a different kind of instant gratification - a physical photo in my hand within seconds. These come in a bunch of different colors. I went for the Hello Kitty edition.
Windsor Laptop Desk: There just isn't any room for a desk in my room, which is why I love this laptop desk. You can roll it anywhere; sit in bed or the couch to work, and its slim enough to fit in small spaces.
Heart earphones: I love my AIAIAI headphones, but when I'm running or at the beach, I still prefer earphones. These are fun and add some sparkle.
Nintendo DS Lite: I've had the second generation Nintendo DS Lite for years now, and I still play it at least once a week. It's portable and good for group and individual play. My favorite games are still Animal Crossing, the Professor Layton Series, and basically all the Mario Brothers games.
Technology/device I'm most looking forward to in 2011: The Nintendo 3DS and the possibility of a better 3D experience with handheld devices versus the big screen. I'm excited about the new input interfaces with motion and gyro sensors in the 3DS. Most importantly, I'm interested in experiencing 3D individually, without the hindrance of a crowd or glasses. Because this gives us a new window to view information in layers, it will be interesting to see how interface design evolves to accommodate this new visual dimension.
Tech or tech organizational tip: You can never go wrong with IKEA bookshelves when you're low on budget and need two-in-one storage and display shelving for a home office space. I also love filing boxes that are nice enough to look like decoration. Objects that serve multiple purposes are always a plus.
I never leave home without: I'm sure you've heard this millions of times over, but my iPhone 3GS. As a heavy user of email and apps like Instagram, Mint, and Wordpress, my bases are usually covered as long as I have my iPhone. It makes sense, as one of the trends of 2011 is "everything mobile." Very soon I won't be needing my wallet as long as I've got my phone - something I'm looking forward to.
Post and photos by Julienne Lin.