How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

Summary: Spending far too much on gadgets should be enough proof of your addiction to gadgetry, but there's one piece of evidence that you can't ignore, the bag tree.

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I am a gadget addict, I freely confess. I like gadgets of all kinds, designed to do all sorts of things. I am convinced when a new gadget is released, no, is even announced, that it will make my life better and meet all of my needs. I try as many of these gadgets as possible, and buy far too many of them. Some of them become useful tools in my work, others make my life more enjoyable. Inevitably they all fall short in some key area, and the quest for the perfect gadget begins anew.

Spending far too much on gadgets should be enough proof of my addiction, but there's one piece of evidence that I can't ignore. The bag tree in the corner of Mobile News Manor, my home office. It used to be a coat tree in a former life, before finding itself sitting in the corner, host to far too many gadget bags. There must be 7 or 8 such bags hanging from the Bag Tree at any given time.

Chasing the perfect gadget is bad enough, but we true addicts carry the quest to its fullest extent. Each gadget must sit in the perfect gadget bag, designed to carry it and the accessories that come with it. A proper bag should be just big enough to carry said gadget and accessories, and not a thing more. The true mobile gadget addict isn't happy carrying any bigger kit than necessary. Longer trips need slightly bigger gadget bags to carry extra gear for the duration. Day trips need simple little bags and nothing more. Over time the collection of gear bags comes to rival the collection of gadgets, and those bags must have somewhere to rest within easy reach, and thus the Bag Tree.

If you find yourself chasing the perfect mobile gadget, rest assured you are not alone. Maybe you're in denial that you're truly addicted to these little devices, and that's OK. But if you have a Bag Tree in your life, it's almost certain you meet the definition of the gadget addict. Don't worry, you're not alone. I'm right there with you.

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  • Now...having said all that above...

    maybe you can throw out a few ideas of the 'best performers' that you've had experience with? laptop bags? netbooks, etc.?

    Or, put another way, is there a laptop bag that, if lost, stolen, set on fire, whatever...you would immediately go to the store and buy it again?
    SonofaSailor
    • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

      @SonofaSailor I plan a post detailing my favorites soon.
      JamesKendrick
    • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

      @SonofaSailor--- Me too! And I don't mean your handle/sobriquet like that other banana.
      I too would like to see more on individual gadgets.
      1)Might be the 1st many of us even know of their existence.
      2)Getting a hands on review of pros and cons can be a lifesaver. Well money saved for sure and semblance of the shreds of sanity I have left somewhat intact, anyway.
      PreachJohn
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    @PreachJohn

    You may want to check out some of James Kendricks earlier blogs, from before he joined ZDnet. He heavily influenced my decision to buy the HTC/Sprint EVO, and I wish I'd found a review by him or someone on the Palm Treo Pro that the EVO replaced.

    @JK I'm more an all in one bag type guy myself, but then I tend to need a mobile workstation. But there's always a need to carry more stuff, so I can't wait to see what you have.
    donovan.cox
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    Haha, this story is so true. Okay I don't have a bag tree, but I have the bags, usually strewn all around the place (where they are accessible) or locked away in my "bag cupboard" where they get forgotten about. But as I sign I must be a true addict (or aficionado as I try to tell me friends), I love your idea of using an old hat stand. Now, my mission is to go out and find the perfect hat stand. (18 hat stands later....James what have you done to me...!)<br><br>Actually, I have at times used my tripod, but I got sick of not being able to use if because of the fear of where to put all the bags hanging on it...
    pitdroidtech
  • Bags...

    I tend to carry one backpack, generally with my company laptop, private netbook, couple of spare batteries, micro-USB power chord for phone charging/tethering, and a couple of flashlights wherever I go. Mainly using a Deuter backpack, they're great.
    Daniel Breslauer
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    I have been through more than a few - still looking for the "perfect" one. Latest is a Sumdex...

    But alas, no tree for me. My "discards" are quickly snapped up by my kids for use with their school books.

    Best so far for them has been SA - holding up to the abuse (and it is serious abuse!) best.

    Then again, the hutch on my desk, every shelf seems to have a cell, tablet, notebook, HDD, camera or something in it.....

    chuckle.
    rhonin
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    Be thankful you're not a photography addict. The bags and equipment are much more expensive ;)
    David Chernicoff
    • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

      @David Chernicoff, I hear ya, I'm both a photography and gadget addict!!
      pitdroidtech
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    Maybe we should call you Dr. Gadget.
    geofer50
  • I see a Muzetto in that tree.

    I spy a WaterField Designs Muzetto in that tree. :)

    Congrats on your new ZDNET column, JK.
    SFBAGS
  • Hi. My name is Dave.............

    ........and I'm a gadget-aholic. I, too, have to have all the latest gadgets, believing each one will be "the one" that I truly need. And I also have to have the perfect bag to carry the perfect gadget. I sometimes have 2 or 3 bags for a gadget, when I just don't get the bag right the first (or second) time.

    About the only thing I don't have is the tree. All my bags are strewn about my office, either lined up in nice rows against the wall (at attention, ready for inspection), or just scattered loosely about the floor (the dead soldiers that haven't been removed from the field of battle yet).

    James, I feel your pain, buddy. I'm right there with you.
    Rexxrally
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    I have the gadgets and the bags, I need (must have) a tree. My bags are all over the place, in closets, under the bed, in the garage, and just laying around on the floor of my room.
    daerob3@...
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    If you can't break the habit, compromise: Skip a generation: Go from iPhone 3 to iPhone 5.
    paul613
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    No "bag tree." I have a freebie nylon case that protects my laptop, and I have a backpack that I use when hiking. Very simple.
    gypkap@...
  • RE: How to Tell You're a Gadget Addict: the Bag Tree

    Hmmm, include me! when I saw this title I thought.....let's check! :-) Those who knows me call me "the Gadgetman" and yes I must admit I have a soft heart for nice high tech stuff. But that's not all. It depends on my interest. I love cooking too so when I'm in an exclusive kitchen wear shop I search for ....? you guess it, the exclusive kitchen stuff.
    How about photography? Oh yeah, I could search for the most perfect lens and the accessories. It's a little sickness probably. I need to get a rich wife to support my gadget addiction and have fun together.
    Difference between a man and a boy is........ :-))
    When I'm dead just hang me on a big Apple Tree.
    grantje60