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Old Skool Gadgets

By thewan

21st Apr 2011

Category: Technology

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    Motorola M301
    My first mobile phone, which was on the Mercury One2One network,first to offer free local calls after 7pm! I actually still own and use the original phone number!
    Buy yours at ebay
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    Nokia 6130
    My first Nokia phone on the Orange network. Out of all the phones I've owned, this one is in the best condition! Not a scratch or mark!
    Buy yours at ebay
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    Canon Palmtronic F51 Calculator
    The daddy of all my tech from 1977! My sisters owned this before me. The display size was amazing… 12 characters!
    Buy yours at ebay
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    Canon Sure Shot
    Not sure but this could of been one of the 1st canon cameras to use the Sure Shot branding? Point and click at its simplest!
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    Denon DMP R50
    My first MD recorder purchased in HK. I felt so cool on my return to the UK as Mini Disc had not yet reached the UK market.
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    Game & Watch Mario Bros
    One of the earliest incarnations of the great Mario! Portable gaming didn't get better than this for its time… it opened to dual screen and battery life was amazing!
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    Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr
    I think this is my first portable gaming console but I know I have the Mario Pot-hole edition somewhere! Classic!
    Buy yours at ebay
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    Panasonic SJ MJ70 MD Player
    Was world's smallest, lightest MD player in January '99 (first player under 100g). Even now the form factor feels great, better than any Apple iPod! Would still use it if I could source a battery!
    Buy yours at ebay
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    3Com Palm IIIx
    Before Smartphones! and my Filofax replacement! To be honest this personal assistant was way head of its time!
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While cleaning my junk I found a great collection of old tech, dating back from the late 70's to 90's. Nothing here is from the 21st Century! The great thing is that all this tech is now incorprated into my currrent old faithful… my Android HTC Desire. Hope it brings back some geek memories! 

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    Mr. Potato Head
    A lot of my desk flair has been handed down to me from co-workers, like this adorable Mr. Potato Head. After 5+ years at Google, I have quite the collection!
    Amazon
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    Words of Wisdom
    This is the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense."
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    USB Port
    Just makes life easier. Everyone needs one.
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    Go Bruins!
    This is a large button my family made to wear to my brother's football games when he was playing as a Defensive End at UCLA. Go Bruins!
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    Kung fu fighting!
    This is a wind-up hamster that sings "Kung Fu Fighting." It also has a label with my old manager's name on it. He's since left the company, so this little guy was passed down to me.
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    Wireless mouse
    Comfort is king! I've had this thing for YEARS.
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    Mmmm... Cupcakes
    Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed! I have cupcake flair everywhere...
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    Corporate Bullshit
    Who doesn't love a great corporate bullshit term, like "Greenfield Opportunity," "Low Hanging Fruit" or "Tee up"? My co-workers and I used to keep a running list and give each other citations when someone used one of them. "I'll quarterback this one, guys." ACK!
    Amazon
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    Bottle Cap
    That says "JB." Surrounded by two cupcake magnets that a friend gave me. I told you I'm obsessed!
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    My safety blanket
    People make fun of me because I carry a water bottle EVERYWHERE... even into super fancy restaurants! But I always ge the last laugh when they are out of water and it's *my* water bottle that provides the refill.
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    Post-its that multiply like rabbits
    I keep important tasks/reminders on post-it notes... the only problem is that when I get behind they are everywhere!
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    How to Procrastinate
    This book is part of the "Self-Hurt" series, which just makes me laugh since I am so obsessed with personal development books.
    Amazon
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    Underrated Gadget
    The phone is one of the most under-rated work tools. We might all feel less bogged down by email if we could just remember to pick up the phone sometimes! Although I will say that I hate checking voicemail.
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    AWESOME Corporate Flashcards
    These are priceless!
    Amazon
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    Accordian Post-its
    The greatest invention of all time! Don't leave home without an accordian post-it dispenser for your desk.
    Amazon
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    MMMM KAY
    Everyone needs a good Lumberg mug! This one is mine. I have more Google cups/bottles/mugs than I know what to do with...
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    Korean Ladybug
    That tiny little white magnet is a lady bug that I got in Korea. I collect magnets from every city I visit and give them to my mom. Her fridge is full of them!
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    Music = Critical!
    I'm all about getting into the zone with music during the day. Pandora is a lifesaver! I also make a mix for every season – been doing that for 14+ years now!
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    File me... please!
    Who even uses paper any more?
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    Noogler Hat
    Everyone gets one on their first day. Mine is now five years old!
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    Nerdy Book Collection
    These are my coaching and MBTI reference manuals. Just trying to be the best coach/Career Development Program Manager I can be!
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    No Pulse Yet...
    ...More Coffee Please It's another one of my favorite flair magnets
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    Meeting Notes
    Meeting notes go in my old school science lab style notebook. The post-its are to-do lists – usually separated into categories: this week - work and home, and "today."

Jenny Blake's book "Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want" (an absolute bargain at Amazon US and Amazon UK) launches today. It's the perfect book for you if you're leaving college soon, or if you've already left and you feel that life could be that bit better. In other words, it's the book we all need! It's bursting with crowd-sourced wisdom for all areas of your life: work, money, friends & family, dating & relationships, health, fun & relaxation, personal growth, and more. And it's got exercises so you're not just reading, you're doing.

To celebrate, Tagbento is giving away a free copy - see the end of the interview for details.

Who are you?

I'm a blogger, author, life coach, yoga teacher, gadget-freak, cupcake-lover and Googler. I've been blogging for over three years at LifeAfterCollege.org, and I'm thrilled to share that I have a book coming out on March 29: Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want. I've also worked at Google for over five years, where I am currently a Career Development Program Manager and internal coach. I also work very closely with the Authors@Google program.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

This is a picture of my desk at Google – at home I mostly work on the couch :)

My favorite things on my desk are my flair magnets – a mix of magnets from different countries, some cupcake magnets, some inspirational quotes, and some just random things that add color to my desk. I also love the Corporate Bullshit calendar and the Corporate Flashcards – those crack me up! I think it's important to laugh at work and keep a sense of humor.

What would make your space even better?

Hmmmm... other than a corner office with a 360 degree window view? Kidding. I love my office! The BEST days at my desk are the ones when my cubemate Dana brings her Bulldogs to work. They come and sit by my feet under my desk and it just makes my day!

Any words of wisdom for our readers?

Zen desk, zen mind! Make your desk a reflection of you – fun, inspiring, motivating, and hopefully relatively clutter-free.

Read more about why I love my desk in my post 10 Reasons I Love My Cubicle

You can read more about me at LifeAfterCollege.org, my book at LACBook.com, or follow me on Twitter @jenny_blake.

Thanks for your interview, Jenny.
If there's someone you want Tagbento to interview for this series, email me.

Tagbento is giving one of you a free copy of Life After College! All you have to do is:

  1. Leave a comment here with a piece of advice that's helped you in life (remember to be logged in, or leave your email address so we can contact you).
  2. Then, share this interview to your friends on Facebook or Twitter - you can use the like/tweet/share buttons below.

The closing date is 5 April 2011. We'll pick our favourite comment, and if it's yours, we'll send you your brand new copy of Life After College, and your life will never be the same again!

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    Nature via Nurture
    by Matt Ridley
    Amazon
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    iPhone
    "I read e-books on the Kindle app, constantly. The books and CDs on my shelves are merely the fossil record."
    Apple
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    iMac
    Apple
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    Various books...
    ... on evolutionary theory
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    Bad Science
    Ben Goldacre's book
    Amazon
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    The God Delusion
    by Richard Dawkins
    Amazon

Editor: Baba Brinkman is no ordinary mortal: he combines 4 of my favourite things – rap, learning, evolutionary theory, and mash ups. He's the brains who turned the Canterbury Tales in to The Rap Canterbury Tales, and who created the award-winning Rap Guide to Evolution.

Who are you?

I'm a cross between Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Darwin, and Jay-Z, a science-minded storytelling lyricist.  My work is a form of stylized communication for the dual purpose of entertainment and edification, and my chosen subject matter is haphazard but fairly consistently intellectual.  In other words I'm a didactic rapper, and it never ceases to surprise me that there's a market for such a thing.

What's your favorite thing on your desk?

Conformism be damned, it's my iPhone.  The main reason?  Because I read e-books on the Kindle app, constantly.  The books and CDs on my shelves are merely the fossil record, bearing witness to the legacy of our recent cultural evolution into the digital world, at least when it comes to content.  Socializing and sharing experiences is still better in person.

What would make your space even better?

All of the books and CDs would be digitized, and I would have a bit more legroom, or better yet, an office to work in (the desk is at the foot of my bed).

Any words of wisdom for your readers?

Try not to mistake your personal preferences for moral virtues, or vice versa.

Editor: Thanks for the interview, Baba!
If there's someone you want Tagbento to interview for this series, email me!

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    Books
    I love consuming literature. I developed a penchant for classics at school, which has grown and grown, hence the Ovid. My best man gave me the collected poems of Charles Bukowski for Christmas and I am also struggling through Ulysses at present.
    Amazon
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    Coffee
    I drink far too much coffee; a fact constantly pointed out to me by my fiance and my mother. This particular mug reflects my passion for old Penguin books, as well as a real love of Sherlock Holmes stories.
    Amazon
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    Candle
    I bought this candle at the Sacré-Cœur during a trip to Paris with the other half. It reminds me of my faith and that there are more important things in life than worrying about work.
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    Camera
    I love the outdoors and I love photographs. There's nothing better than taking oneself off for an amble outdoors and just snapping away.
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    Mac
    We're an Apple household. The missus works in fashion, so is constantly glued to Photoshop working on designs. I love Macs and could never imagine going back to a PC.
    Apple
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    Ancestors
    This is a picture of my maternal grandfather's father, with all of his siblings back in the early 20th century. Family is important to me and I like the thought that my ancestors are looking over me.
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    Headphones
    I love music and sometimes listen late into the night – especially if I have work to finish.
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    iPhone
    Talking, texting, email access, communicating, music, work, play – I hate to admit I'm dependent on technology, but I would be lost without my iPhone.
    Apple
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    CDs
    Does anyone buy CDs any more? I love music and spent three years at HMV after graduation. I enjoy everything from electronic music to jazz, blues, classical and alternative.

Who are you?

My name's Callum, I'm 28 and I'm a copywriter / social media / digital marketing professional.  Despite the fact I love my job and working in this dynamic and ever-evolving industry, I believe that 'who we are' should not be limited to our means of income:

I love reading, from the ancient classics such as Homer, Virgil, Ovid and Plato, to detective pulps, poetry and Victorian gothic horror.  I love walking in the great outdoors: as a Sussex man through and through, my idea of heaven is tramping off across the South Downs near my native Lewes.

I'm also a keen amateur photographer, enjoy art and music and also have discovered a recent passion for gardening.  I started a project in 2009 that saw me growing vegetables on a balcony in Hackney, which grew (pun intended) into a successful blog and online urban gardening community.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

This should be the old family photograph; however this is a reproduction and my mother has the original at home.  With that aside, I'd have to say my iPhone.  Talking, texting, social networking, emailing, working, photographing, listening to music, playing games – I'd be lost (and very bored) without it.

What would make your space even better?

A better chair!  This was an old one that was being thrown out of an office and does the job – however a bigger desk and a much more ergonomic chair would make a world of difference.

Any words of wisdom for your readers?

I think during working life, there are many times when stuff gets on top of you.  It's important to have some personal things around you, such as photographs and mementoes, to remind yourself why you're doing all this.

I work so much more productively with music playing, although the style of music varies phenomenally dependant on mood.

Doug's Desk

By dougshaw

21st Jan 2011

Category: What's on your desk?

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    Photo of Keira
    She's cool
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    Guitar Strings
    Let's rock!
    Editor: Amazon
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    Hand Cream
    For youthfulness
    Editor: Amazon
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    Money and Plectrums
    Makes the world go round.
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    Spongebob
    He is playing golf, a game I hate.
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    Moleskine Notepad
    Green is a colour I like. How about you?
    Editor: Amazon
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    Needs Painting
    Hadn't noticed this before today - oops!
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    Laptop
    Bit big, might get a smaller one next time
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    Cufflinks
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    Hemp Foot Cream
    For real men!
    Editor: The Body Shop
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    Ipod
    five years old now, that's ancient tech wise
    Editor: Amazon
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    Playing Cards
    Great for playing games of cards. Playing helps me think of new ideas
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    Data cable
    Yawn!
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    Iphone 4
    I have Angry Birds on this - a great distraction!
    Editor: Amazon
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    Marketing Ideas
    These were drawn by my 8 year old daughter Keira
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    Business Cards
    Theirs and mine. I handmake a lot of my own business cards
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    Old fashioned landline
    The Victorians used these to call their butlers
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    Books
    This book is written by Paul Arden and I give copies away to friends and customers
    Editor: Amazon
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    Antique Marmalade Pot
    A friend of mine dug this up and I filled it with pens
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    Bottle Neck
    For playing slide guitar
    Editor: Amazon
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    Nintendo DS
    Mainly for playing Professor Layton games on the train
    Editor: Amazon

Who are you?

I’m Doug Shaw, I run my own business called What Goes Around. I encourage people to understand who they’re connected with – in work, anywhere – and to have better conversations to make work better. I love meeting and talking with people, and asking questions and listening carefully to the answers. What motivates me is helping people to make work better. I am often asked to help people review, write and implement engagement strategies. In the last year I have been fortunate to work with all kinds of different organisations. Public, private, charitable and not for profit.

I enjoy being Dad for 8 year old Keira, and husband for Carole. I also like to ride my bicycle. The Clash are my favourite rock band.

What’s your favourite thing on your desk?

That’s a tough one. … Right now, my favourite things are some marketing ideas my daughter is helping me with – she’s drawn these really cool little cards for my experiment "Stop Doing Dumb Things to Customers". They’re useful for work, and they remind me of her, so they cross boundaries: they’re both very personal and professional.

What would make your space even better?

I’m embarrassed to say that when I took the photo, I suddenly realised I hadn’t painted the gaps behind the radiators. I could do with a pot of paint to brighten the place up. Functionally, it’s a great work desk, I have everything I need. If I was going to be extravagant, I’d say some kind of coffee machine, a Nespresso – I’d probably never leave here if I got one of those!

Any words of wisdom for your readers?

Encourage one another
I believe very strongly in the power of encouragement: not big ra-ra stuff, just a little pat on the shoulder. We often forget to do that kind of thing for each other. I’m on a mission to encourage people to encourage one another.

Be interested in other people
One of the things that has helped me in my life and career is to be interested in other people.

Proceed until apprehended
I see people in organisations bound up in problems that are largely of their own making. There’s nothing in the rule book saying they can’t do it, they’ve just forgotten how to do it. Then I see people tentatively “proceed until apprehended” and achieve great things as a result.

Without people, you’re nothing
I’m a big fan of The Clash, and the late great Joe Strummer is one of my heroes. He coined the phrase “Without people, you’re nothing”. The temptation is to plough our own furrow. I’m nothing on my own, I don’t know very much – but put me with other like-minded people, and I can do great stuff. That’s one I get quite emotional about.

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