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MtnMan
08-24-2009, 02:59 PM
Another thing I occasionally haul with my laptop (or at least from one computer to another) is a small, lightweight USB camera card reader I bought about 4-6 years ago at Sam's Club. It's one of those Stratatec 15-in-one jobbies, that can handle any of several kinds of cards. This is useful because I use an Olympus that dates back to 2001, and I know other folks with different kinds of cams that I swap images with.

Here's a picture of the pouch I use now:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w177/Wingsley_photos/Baggage_24Aug09_18.jpg

It is wayyyyyy too big, and consumes way too much space. Still it offers plenty of pedding and room for at least one good USB cable. I'd like to find something padded that's big enough to house the reader and at least one good-sized cable, but small enough to make it useful for travel purposes.

It might also be nice if the mystery item had a hidden pocket for camera card media.

maverick
08-25-2009, 02:49 PM
hi mountain man,

i think a mini or small (padded, if you prefer) organizer pouch would hold your card reader and a small usb cable.

my card reader is different than yours, but this picture helps to illustrate how it might be carried in a mini clear organizer pouch.

MtnMan
08-25-2009, 03:54 PM
You think it will fit in there, hm?

Is there a good source for reliable retractable USB cables? I've never used anything but conventional (non-retractable) cables for years. It would be a real coup if I could find a quality retractable FireWire cable in 400 and 800 varieties.

maverick
08-25-2009, 04:04 PM
You think it will fit in there, hm?

Is there a good source for reliable retractable USB cables? I've never used anything but conventional (non-retractable) cables for years. It would be a real coup if I could find a quality retractable FireWire cable in 400 and 800 varieties.

the only retractable cable i've used is a usb 2.0 one from belkin, and i've never had any issues with it.

see belkin's firewire cables (http://www.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=206954) and usb cables (http://www.belkin.com/IWCatSectionView.process?Section_Id=206948).

MtnMan
08-25-2009, 04:27 PM
Thank you for the pointers. :)

moriond
08-25-2009, 09:34 PM
Is there a good source for reliable retractable USB cables? I've never used anything but conventional (non-retractable) cables for years. It would be a real coup if I could find a quality retractable FireWire cable in 400 and 800 varieties.
I've never used retractable FireWire cables, either, so the links to the Belkin devices that maverick posted are of interest. However, another option is simply to travel with shorter cables. This MacWorld article (http://www.macworld.com/article/140215/2009/04/cableclutter.html) on cutting down cable clutter gave some links and options, as well as showing the Tom Bihn Clear organizer pouch that was used to carry them.

moriond

maverick
08-26-2009, 03:59 AM
I've never used retractable FireWire cables, either, so the links to the Belkin devices that maverick posted are of interest. However, another option is simply to travel with shorter cables. This MacWorld article (http://www.macworld.com/article/140215/2009/04/cableclutter.html) on cutting down cable clutter gave some links and options, as well as showing the Tom Bihn Clear organizer pouch that was used to carry them.

moriond

hi moriond,

indeed, short cables definitely reduce the clutter! where appropriate, card readers with a usb connector built in are also nice.