If money were no issue, both my closet and my office would be decked out in the finest from Kate Spade. I particular like Barrow Street laptop bag (with grosgrain bow and 14K gold hardware $338), the Rainspot iPad case ($50) and the On the Dot iPhone cover (silicone in Kelly green $35).
If money was no issue, what would you add to your office?
I recently ordered a Delfonics Utility Bag from Notemaker in Australia and boy am I ever glad I did! This bag is extremely well made with pockets galore.
The front of the case has three pen slots and then four other pockets, the back two pockets large enough to hold a Field Notes book easily.
The back of the bag has a long pocket perfect for holding postcards or even a notebook.
Inside the main compartment is a large open area and four smaller pockets, two on each side of the main compartment. I found these smaller pockets perfect for small pens to be stored upright and miscellaneous office goodies like a letter opener, glue stick and a roll of washi tape. The large open area was big enough to put my Pelle journal in the bag with plenty of additional space for various office supply goodies like rubber stamps.
I’m very pleased with the size and functionality of this bag. Its a great way to organize all my travel office supplies inside a larger bag and then be able to easily access and use things when its on my desk. It is incredibly well-constructed. While I was a bit hesitant because of the price, in the end, I think this was totally worth it.
$50US at Notemaker. Don’t forget to enter the code WELLAPPDESK at checkout to get a 10% discount.
My lovely husband found this little TOT stapler with a petite carrying case at a garage sale this weekend.
It’s in great shape with a box of coveted TOT 50 staples which will be freely distributed amongst my collection of other TOT staplers.
This will become my travel stapler since it had such a nice little plastic carrying case. Are staplers TSA-approved?
Tuesday while I was walking to my car, precariously balancing a travel mug, my bag and trying to read Twitter all at the same time, my hand slipped and my precious communication device ended up flat on its back on the concrete parking lot floor. As it hit, I heard a distinctly crunchy sound. When I leaned to pick it up, I felt the results. Shattered. Crap.
So, I got in my car and drove directly to the Apple store. I did not pass go. I did not collect $200. When I got there, I was informed it would be a 30 minute wait before a “genius” could see me.
I looked at the bright-eyed young clerk and said, “Can you just give it to me straight? Can this be fixed and will it cost me $600?” She said, “Oh, yeah. it can be fixed while you wait and if everything is still working properly, replacing the back costs about $30.”
“Okay, fine. I’ll wait.”
About 15 minutes later, a young genius came over and asked me what I needed. I flipped my phone over. He said, “Okay. No problem.” He noodled with a couple settings and then disappered with my phone for 10 minutes. When he returned, I had a shiny new back and he even wiped all the dirt of the edge of my bumper. $28 plus tax and all was well in the world.
I was informed that, had I broken the front of the phone, the price would have been $150 to repair as all the delicate electronics are soldered to the touchscreen and the fonr glass. So, once again, dear readers, learn from my mistakes. If you don’t have a cover or some sort of protection on your phone, get some. Handle it gently or make sure you applied for the insurance policy. I managed to escape with the equivalent of the cost of dinner. I’d hate for you to suffer the same fate.
For a nominal fee of $25, STOP tags offer a visible deterrent on any portable electronic device with a permanent adhesive sticker that requires 800lbs of pressure to remove. The sticker includes a bar code with the owner’s tracking data. Underneath the sticker is a permanently etched mark that says “Stolen property” asuuming a thief is able to remove the top bar code sticker. This combination makes it very difficult for a thief to resell your device and the sticker alone may be enough to deter someone form taking it in the first place.
This is probably one of the most cost effective methods of theft deterrents. I’ll have more options in the coming days.
(via tweet from our friends at 16sparrows)
I discovered some real advantages to upgrading to Lion OS following our break-in last week. Had I installed Lion and added the Find My iPhone app on my phone, I may have been able to track the location of my MacBookPro. Prior to upgrading to Lion, the app could only be used to track an iPhone, not a computer or iPad. Its a free app and upgrading to Lion is just $29 which seems like a small price to pay when I consider the cost of a new MacBookPro.
If you’ve been holding off upgrading to Lion, I recommend taking the chance. There are actually some really nice features and MacWorld has written some great articles about Lion including a cover article from the November 2011 issue about making the most out of Lion (and making it more Leopard-like, if you so desire).
Step number one in Safety Week. If you have a portable computer (or really any computer for that matter) go into your preferences right now and set your computer to require a user name and password upon restart, waking from sleep or waking from screen saver. It is your first line of defense for identity theft. It makes it harder for someone to get your data (be it your email address, credit card number or baby photos) and they will be more likely to just wipe the drive than try to hack it. It sucks either way but it’ll suck a whole lot less knowing thieves cannot access your data.