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Time To Pack It In!!

Time To Pack It In!!
by Gary Woods

Whenever I buy a new gadget the first thing I do is go find a cool bag to tote it around in. Let's face it, there are always add-on accoutrements that you need to make your device work the way you really want it to work. But maybe my bag shopping days are over. I just found the Lowepro CompuDaypack ($80). This satchel has three compartments that can accommodate a 17-inch MacBook Pro or a Dell XPS Laptop, a compact digital SLR camera, four auxiliary lenses, a portable hard drive, pens, an iPod, memory cards, and all of your cables and power supplies. The bag is water resistant and looks like it could stand some rugged use. It looks like an ordinary backpack but it has full padding for all-day back comfort, sturdy shoulder straps, and a cushioned hand grip. If you want everything in once place this is a pretty cool way to do it.

And what would be the best thing to put into your new CompuDaypack but a Digital Camera that shoots High Def Video. Canon has come up with the PowerShot TX1 that captures 1,280X720 pixels at 30 Frames Per Second and retails for just $500. You can take both still photos and video and they both look great at full-screen resolution. Add to all those features a 10X zoom lens and you've got one heavy hitter of a camera for a great price.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc