When traveling to the homes of our elders (parents, relations, in-laws, significant other's parents) many of we gadget geeks face a judgment call.
How much of our gear do we take along with us? And if we decide to take along everything from our Skype WiFi phone to our laptop fully loaded with video editing, photo editing and IP phone software, will we look successful or merely come across as blowhards to those who prefer deeper conversions over analog photo albums and scrapbooks?
One suggestion: if you must pack more than just your cell, you could bring this stuff along to show your hosts how easy it is to use this stuff. One example: Mom and Dad, or perhaps even grandparents, have had a point and shoot camera for a year. But what's wrong with taking along your laptop and showing them Adobe Photoshop Elements? Or maybe show them how easy it is to use Yahoo! Messenger with Voice and save when they call you?
No size fits all. I'm planning to bring along my BlackBerry Curve, but only to call and tell them we've landed. And I do know that if I check my email more than once a day, I'll get a "you're being a workaholic" look from the X-chromosomal unit whose parents we are visiting.
Packing for this visit gave me the idea to ask you what devices you are taking along and which you are leaving behind this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.
Of course you are taking your cell phone. But what about your GPS device (handy for driving around and getting directions in unfamiliar territory) ; your iPhone, iPod or similar device, HD digital video camera, SLR digital camera, WiFi phone, notebook, etc? Pack or leave behind?