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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Go Go Gadget

Yesterday, I got this for my birthday:

Bookstand_4




It hasn't arrived yet, but I can't wait until it does. I am sort of obsessed with office furniture, and with gadgets whose purpose is to make working more efficient. I often fantasize (and I mean fantasize) about what would be the perfect working environment. Those fantasies have taken me here, and to purchasing gadgets like this one, or this one.  This is the next item on my wishlist (does anyone have one?):

Multimonitor_2


Do others have gadgets they recommend? Relatedly, I've been contemplating getting a Blackberry, and I am not sure whether I can justify it; I certainly don't receive as many, or as urgent, emails as I did when I was an associate. But I noticed at the SEALS conference that many prawfs use Blackberries. Those of you who do (or those of you who've fantasized about it), could you tell us whether they make you more productive, or efficient?

Posted by Liz Glazer on August 8, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink

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I received this Levenger book weight as a gift and can't imagine how I did without one.

http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=17-671|Level=2-3|pageid=2247

Posted by: book weight guy | Aug 10, 2007 12:37:24 AM

Sorry to invade the professor-space-of-self-reflection spot Liz, but I'm desperately bored in my cubicle (yes, I do get good light here, thank you) and your little sister suggested I check out prawfsblog. Anyway, to the point - First of all, I do have mutliple screens (at the office) and I find it absolutely amazing. I've often thought how much I wished the library computers at Dartmouth were set up this way. If your work requires you to read one document off the computer, and take notes on it, in some format, in another, it is such a time saver. Just imagine your life without the minimize-maximize-minimize clicking that is necessary with just one screen. SO, I say go for it. This is actually something that may make writing and researching much more enjoyable.

As for the blackberry, I also got one of those from said office and this little device I'm unclear about. I think the vast majority of people end up using it to either a) check email or b) find a nearby cafe or restaurant. I rarely use it for work or for organizing. When it is synched with outlook, and you use your outlook calendar, it can be nice to get reminders wherever you may be, but, I think it's mostly a toy, not a work tool.

On second thought on the three screens, if you like to work on the subway, it's not the most portable of options. You may need to rethink this purchase or your constant need for transitional spaces. Tough decision.

Posted by: Katie McNabb | Aug 9, 2007 3:40:09 PM

Michael, only you . . .

Posted by: Liz Glazer | Aug 9, 2007 3:32:43 PM

Of course, no prawf should be without: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=RetrieveSku&IC=ATICARTA&Q=&O=

Posted by: Anon-e-muss | Aug 9, 2007 12:27:21 PM

Alafair, Obviously your iPhone motivated this post, along with the gift I received.

Thurston, You can buy the bookholder at levenger.com.

Posted by: Liz Glazer | Aug 8, 2007 8:31:30 PM

I use a yoga ball for an office chair, much to the amusement/confusion of my students. And I got an iphone this week and justified it because I did not yet own a blackberry. It has definitely not made me more efficient.

Posted by: Alafair Burke | Aug 8, 2007 4:18:28 PM

I think I might want one of those holder things you got for your birthday. Could you please post information on where to buy one?

Posted by: Thurston Reynolds | Aug 8, 2007 3:03:16 PM

I have a Motorola Q Smart Phone and it's amazing. On the whole I think it has been a time saver, but there are days where I feel like I can't get away from my email. What I really want, though, is the executive desk with built-in exercise machine that Woody Allen uses in the movie Bananas. That way I could exercise during office hours.

Posted by: Zak Kramer | Aug 8, 2007 1:29:22 PM

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