My Tech Top 10: Taryn Fiol

Sometimes I feel like the black sheep of the tech blogging world. I'm a total girly girl—someone who will primp for an hour in the bathroom before she heads out for the midnight release of Grand Theft Auto. OK, so maybe I'm not totally girly. I'm a writer, designer and TV addict who has plenty of gear to keep busy.

Top Row:
13" MacBook Pro: I hate sitting down to work at a desk. It just doesn't fit my flow. So even though there's a desktop PC in my home office, you'll always find me sitting on the sofa using this compact Apple laptop. Plus, as a graphic designer, nothing beats a Pro when it's stocked with Adobe Creative Suite.
iPhone 3GS: I'd love to upgrade the the iPhone 4, but until AT&T gives me the go-ahead, this phone is my pride and joy. I switched last year from a Blackberry Curve and, thanks to Apple's unbeatable App Store, I'll never go back. Each time I bust it out to settle a bar bet or change the channel on my television, I feel like I'm living in the future.
Samsung 50-Inch Plasma HDTV: The centerpiece of my entertainment center, I've spent many nights, sick days and weekends with my eyes glued to this screen. Whether I'm watching NFL games on Sunday, streaming Dexter on Netflix or catching up on cooking shows with the DVR, this Samsung fuels my television addiction.
Wii Trideca Gaming Tower: This tidy little gem was a surprise gift and it's turned out to be one of my favorite things in the world. Even with two game systems, 16 games, six controllers and peripherals like a guitar, microphone and Wii Fit Balance Board, this game tower keeps everything looking organized.
iPod Shuffle (2nd Gen): I'm still holding on to my 2nd generation shuffle. I'll upgrade if it ever goes kaput. But for now, this ultra-portable music player sits in a basket by the front door, just waiting to be taken for a walk.

Bottom Row:
Canon EOS Rebel t1i with 18-55mm Kit Lens: This baby is just a few weeks old. It was an early Christmas present this year, but it's already becoming one of my favorite devices. It's an art-maker, memory-capturer and—while I'm still learning how to use it—a new hobby.
Fujifilm FinePix Z5 Outdated? Definitely. But this point-and-shoot is sleek, compact and a staple at the bottom of my purse. I'm not always lugging around a DSLR, so this FinePix has captured many unexpected moments—including a late-night car-totaling wreck. Pro tip: Insurance companies love pictures.
Dyson DC17: Half of my apartment is covered in standard-issue beige carpeted floors. With two busy people and one deceivingly shedding dog at home, the only thing that seems to make the place feel clean is a quick sweep with this high-powered all-floor vacuum. The only thing I love more than that telescopic handle is how well is sucks up pet hair.
CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron: I've had plenty of hair styling tools before, but none could hold a candle to this CHI iron. It straightens, it curls and it keeps my unruly frizzy hair looking presentable in the balmy Atlanta weather.
Kenmore Sewing Machine: This is years old, but still a well-worn staple in my home. When you're cheap thirfty like me, you need a trusty sewing machine to tackle plenty of household DIY projects, like making curtain sheers from $4 IKEA bedsheets.


Technology/device I'm most looking forward to in 2011: I'm eager to see mobile technology fully embrace magazines. I read glossies way more than books, so the rumor that Apple is going to launch a "digital magazine rack" for iOS devices gets me really excited.
Tech or tech organizational tip: You get what you pay for. I'd rather spend a year saving up for a top-of-the-line KitchenAid stand mixer than go through two or three cheapo big-box versions that can't handle my cupcake bake load.
I never leave home without: My iPhone. Even if I'm running downstairs to grab a soda from the poolside vending machine, that little sucker is going to be on my hip.


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