One of the best things you can do for your personal productivity (and the productivity of those you manage) is to make sure that people have the right tools for the job.
To keep it brief: monitors are cheap, your time is expensive. 23″ and even 27″ 1920×1080 monitors are regularly on sale. Check the usual suspects: SIG Electronics, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect. Full disclosure: I have no financial interest, and I don’t get an affiliate marketing fee; I just feel strongly about this, and I worked on a laptop with a great external monitor both in my home office and my corporate and consulting offices for years. It makes a big difference!
Digital cameras continue to evolve very rapidly. (VERY). Back in April, I passed on a link about a high-speed digital camera, reviewed by David Pogue of the New York Times. Since then, the field has evolved to the point of having a DSLR that is capable of shooting movies. (And thanks again to Chris Schmitt for sending this along.)
Er, wow. This elevates the DSLR from the ‘better image quality, and, by the way, status symbol’ camera to a real, high-value imaging tool. It’s also a brilliant move on the part of Nikon: leverage camera owners existing lens investment; this is what marketing folks call ‘stickiness.’
Aside from being extraordinarily cool in its own rite, this is an important reminder: innovate, or die. If you aren’t working to obsolete your product line, rest assured, your competitors are!
Camcorders are now just waiting to shuffle off this mortal coil, in my humble opinion.