Hardware for East/West LivingSony DVD
Digitally remastered movies. Letterboxed images. Digital 6 channel surround-sound.
Switchable subtitles and audio tracks. Scene selection.
Room for a movie, trailers, featurettes, and other bonus materials on a cd-sized media.
It's an amazing format. If you haven't seen it, you need to...
HP PhotoSmart ScannerPDA's
I'm using this to digitize all the slides that appear on this site.
A truly portable, digital notebook/scheduler/sketchpad. How did I ever live without it?
I was a PalmPilot addict, till mine broke. I replaced it with a Philips Nino. The Nino is a little bigger, but does everything a little better. JVC DVM1
Digital video. Digital sound. I never go to an Asian dance or music performance without it. Bali in my living room! Minolta 9xi
My 35mm camera of choice. I shoot Fujichrome 100 and Ilford XP2 Film, and put my best shots to Kodak PhotoCD. Digital Cameras
I have a Casio, but you should buy an Olympus. I don't use this much, now that I have my HP Photosmart scanner. Sony MiniDisc
DVD? Duh! Recordable digital has been around for over two years. Iomega Zip Drive
Live without one at your own risk. Mobile Phones / Beepers
Who ever thought we'd be stupid enough to pay for our own tracking devices? I won't waste space to write negative words very often, but I HATE these things!! People carry them for status, but to me, status comes with saying, "I'll choose when and where you can reach me".
Software for East/West Living
The Complete National Geographic
This is what CD-ROM was invented for! Every issue in the history of National Geographic, searchable, on CD. A bargain at US$150. My only complaint is that you can't print text only (or at least I haven't figured out how yet). Now I'm waiting for Outside Magazine on CD-ROM.
Passage to Vietnam
Simply the very best CD-ROM I have ever seen. It captures Vietnam brilliantly, with photos, text, video, music, and narration.
An excellent tool for learning Japanese. (Though I never did!).