Though we are travelling, it is hard to cut ourselves off from the virtual world. Especially we need constant Internet access to update our blog. Furthermore, we also don’t like the idea of carrying expansive stuff and invite robbery.

This page displays a list of our mini gadgets I use while we are travelling.

O2 mini

A pocket PC that I bought 2 years ago in preparation for this trip. It has a Singapore phone number where people can still call me, a pocket calender to briefly record down our trip and a pocket notepad for writting articles for our blog; We use pocket excel for recording our day by day expenses and of course the build-in calculator for calculating convertion rate etc. Furthermore, it also serves as our morning alarm clock. It also displays time zones of many countries.

O2 mini comes with an external 512Mb SD card for me to backup and restored data, as well as transfer data between Os mini and any computer. Sometime, but very seldom, I use it as a MP3 player.

It proves to be handy and extremely helpful.

ipod – 30Gb

Music entertainment for long overnight bus or train rides. Alex installs a whole verbal chinese language course (3 CDs of 21 lessons each CD and half an hour per lesson) in it. If she manages to complete the whole course, she will have little language barrier while travelling in China.

However, we find ipod is not that user friendly, especially uploading or downloading songs or data between ipod and computer. Perhaps an MP3 player is better…

A digital camera…

For capturing the nooks and crannies on our route…

A video camera…

For capturing motion pictures on our route… as well as working on some special projects… normally I capture video footage in MiniDV.

Extra Storage space for digital photos and documents

SD cards (1Gb, 512Mb), Thumb drives (128Mb, 512Mb), Sony Memory Stick Pro (1Gb), Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo (1Gb, 512Mb) and CDs.

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Some software in thumb drive:

Photo editing software – Irfan ViewIrfanView is a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. I use it for editing our photos before upload them onto our blog. It doesn’t require you to install in any computer. http://www.irfanview.com/

Protable firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use, and can be stored in a thumb drive. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. I use it mainly for ibanking, bookmark important websites etc. http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

4 in 1 USB2 adaptor

For connecting and transfering extra storage devices to a computer. Thanks to my brother Chyau who kindly donated it to us.

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Jing

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