April 17, 2009

A tool I can't live without



I mentioned this briefly in another post, but I thought I would give more time to a recently discovered lifesaving tool that I now realize I can't live without.

It's my 4-port retractable USB hub, and let me tell you how it came into my life.

In February, I scoped out a venue the day before a speaking engagement and discovered that their computer only had two USB ports, while I needed three. Furthermore, the software I was testing out (see my post on Papershow) came with a fat USB key that wouldn't fit next to another flash drive.

On my way home, I stopped at Radio Shack to find a way to remedy the situation, and there I found the 4-port retractable hub. It's tiny, so it's easy to pop into my supplies box or purse, and it's got three ports on one side and one on the other side. The cord retracts into the tiny case. It cost just over $20, and it's going to make my life ten times easier when I have to use someone else's laptop to present.

For more of my lifesaving (or just fun) tools, click here.

What tools can you not live without when you present?

2 comments. Please add yours! :

Richard I. Garber said...

Lisa:

My Targus wireless presenter remote for a PC (and a pack of four AAA batteries) goes with me when I present. See: http://joyfulpublicspeaking.blogspot.com/2009/02/wireless-multimedia-presenters-and.html

It does not have the timer or a built-in cavity for storing the receiver like the fancier one you described at: http://coachlisab.blogspot.com/2008/09/step-away-from-laptop.html

I bought the remote immediately after having been “handcuffed” to the desktop computer when presenting about Internet Research last year at the conference room for our county sheriff.

Richard

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Hey Richard! There are so many good presentation remotes out there; you ultimately have to go with what works best for you, and the main thing is not to be handcuffed to the desktop, as you say! I'm quite the proselytizer for the wireless remote.

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