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Gallery: Dead-Finger Tech

What's the one technology that you can't live without? Which computing device, gadget or software app will they have pry from your cold, dead fingers? We asked ZDNet bloggers which bit of technology their lives depend upon. (But no iPhones, please.) Does their Dead-Finger Tech look anything like yours?
By David Grober, Contributor on
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What's the one technology that you can't live without? Which computing device, gadget or software app will they have pry from your cold, dead fingers? We asked ZDNet bloggers which bit of technology their lives depend upon.

Amazon Kindle ebook reader

Matthew Miller, Mobile Gadgeteer: "I can hear the screams of mobile gadget fans everywhere wondering why in the world I would select a black-and-white display large device with a high price tag."

Find out why you can't pry the Amazon Kindle ebook reader from his cold, dead fingers.
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Ducati Monster

Chris Jablonski, Emerging Tech: "I passed on all the devices and apps around me, and instead picked my motorcycle, a red Ducati Monster 750 which I’ve had for the last five happy years."

Find out why you can't pry the Ducati Monster from his cold, dead fingers.
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Google Apps

Christopher Dawson, Education IT: "Google Apps allows me to be very flexible in my schedule and very responsive to the people I support."

Find out why you can't pry Google Apps from his cold, dead fingers.
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Apple MacBook Pro

Andrew Nusca, The ToyBox: "I recognize that’s a hefty price for a comparable PC, but I consider that difference as paying for the craftsmanship and innovation evident in the hardware."

Find out why you can't pry the Apple MacBook Pro from his cold, dead fingers.
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MLB At Bat + MLB iPhone App

Paul Greenberg, Social CRM: "My MLB At Bat Premium TV subscription gives me Internet connectivity to all 162 Yankees games. Combine that with the $9.99 annual iPhone app and we have a winner."

Find out why you can't pry the MLB At Bat + MLB iPhone App from his cold, dead fingers.
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Panasonic HD front projector

Robin Harris, Storage Bits: "I don’t think I could go back to a small screen. Even a 50-inch big screen."

Find out why you can't pry the Panasonic HD front projector from his cold, dead fingers.
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The Weber Smokey Mountain

Jason Perlow, Tech Broiler:"The Bullet is the best $250-$350 you will ever spend and will reward you with years of enjoyment and smoky meaty treats, unlike many of the Dead-Finger gadgets picked by ZDNet's bloggers this summer."

Find out why you can't pry the The Weber Smokey Mountain from his cold, dead fingers.
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IronKey 8GB

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Hardware 2.0: "At $199 for 8GB, the IronKey isn’t cheap, but it’s also no ordinary flash drive."

Find out why you can't pry the IronKey 8GB from his cold, dead fingers.
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Universal integration kit for iPod/iPhone

Dan Kusnetzky, Virtually Speaking: "DICE Electronics's product easily connects to the car’s stereo system and allows an iPod, an iPhone or just about any random consumer music player to be connected to the system."

Find out why you can't pry the Universal integration kit for iPod/iPhone from his cold, dead fingers.
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PasswordSafe

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Hardware 2.0: "There’s on app that I turn to literally dozens to times a day, have it installed on all my PCs, and also take it with me."

Find out why you can't pry PasswordSafe from his cold, dead fingers.
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Canon Powershot SD550

Rachel King, Digital Cameras & Camcorders: "There is one thing I can never leave the house without: a pocket-sized digital camera. I’ve had my current point-and-shoot, the Canon Powershot SD550, since the summer of 2006, and its served me incredibly well."

Find out why you can't pry the Canon Powershot SD550 from her cold, dead fingers.
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Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen

Mitch Ratcliffe, Rational Rants: "Compared to the many PCs I’ve owned over the years, the Moleskine notebooks have never crashed and I have every single note I’ve ever made stored on a shelf in my office."

Find out why you can't pry the Moleskine notebook and Rotring pen from his cold, dead fingers.
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LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Hardware 2.0: "I hate printing out envelopes and labels using a regular printer. Absolutely hate it. "

Find out why you can't pry the LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo from his cold, dead fingers.
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Etymotic Research ER-4 earphones

David Morgenstern, The Apple Core: "Some folks may protest at the price of these earphones, which likely cost more than the iPod player they are plugged into. Isn’t the quality of the hearing and the listening important?"

Find out why you can't pry the Etymotic Research ER-4 earphones from his cold, dead fingers.
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Apple Time Capsule

Janice Chen, Digital Cameras & Camcorders: "The beauty of the Time Capsule is not only that it works seamlessly with the fantastic Time Machine backup software on our three Macs but it also works with our multiple PCs."

Find out why you can't pry the Apple Time Capsule from her cold, dead fingers.
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BlackBerry Curve 8900

Zack Whittaker, iGeneration: "A device of which, if given the choice, I would be buried alongside."

Find out why you can't pry the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from his cold, dead fingers.
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The DVR

Sam Diaz, Between the Lines: "The technology, that is - changed my life forever. There’s no going back."

Find out why you can't pry the DVR from his cold, dead fingers.
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Slingbox, Roku & Netflix Instant Play

Jason Perlow, Tech Broiler: "My media streaming devices and services keep me juiced with multimedia content at home and when I’m traveling."

Find out why you can't pry Slingbox, Roku & Netflix Instant Play from his cold, dead fingers.
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T-Mobile G1 Google Android smartphone

Matthew Miller, Smartphones and Cell Phones: "I have owned over 100 mobile devices, most of them phones, so you would think I have one or two favorites."

Find out why you can't pry the T-Mobile G1 Google Android smartphone from his cold, dead fingers.
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Google Maps

Jennifer Bergen, The ToyBox: : "I can’t stress enough how much Google Maps has helped me figure out New York City. I knew nothing about the city when I moved here — and don’t even get me started with the outer boroughs."

Find out why you can't pry Google Maps from her cold, dead fingers.
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3G USB Modem, Prestigio Powerbank 501

Dancho Danchev, Zero Day: "How do I satisfy my connectivity and mobility addictions? A universal 3G USB modem next to a Prestigio Powerbank 501 universal external battery is my dead-finger tech combination."

Find out why you can't pry the 3G USB Modem and Prestigio Powerbank 501 from his cold, dead fingers.
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The Cloud

Tom Foremski, IMHO: "Dead-Finger Tech? I don't have any... The more of my life I can put into the cloud and reduce my ownership of physical things the better."

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