Years ago I read article by blogger Darren Barefoot in which he relates how he likes to check out what the smart people are doing with respect to their tools. That article has always stuck with me, because I tend to follow the same approach.
With that in mind, I’ve noticed that a number of “tech celebrities” (for lack of a better term) are using the Fujitsu ScanSnap. Here’s a rundown of a few of them.
I’m assuming that you know who Tim Ferriss is. In case you don’t, he’s the author of the wildly successful book The 4-Hour Workweek.
Tim has been a big ScanSnap champion for a long time, declaring the S300 (the old version of the ScanSnap S1300) “easily the best peripheral I’ve ever owned” and one of 13 X-Mas Gifts That Can Change Your (or Save) Your Life.
Not only that, but he’s been known to do some ScanSnap troubleshooting on Twitter as well.[hr]
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David Heinemeier Hansson
David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of the Ruby on Rails web framework and is a partner at 37signals.
David, or “DHH” as he is often known, splits his time between Chicago and California. In an interview at Usethis, he says he has a ScanSnap S1500M at both locations to take care of documents. Good idea to have one in both places.[hr]
Dave Winer is known as both “the father of RSS” and also is one of the fathers of podcasting. I remember the early “Trade Secrets” podcasts with him and Adam Curry, before iTunes even had podcasting support. He has written at Scripting News for a long, long time.
Steven Levy is a renowned author and journalist. He’s the Senior Writer at Wired.
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Now, does it really matter whether some tech celebrity or author uses a ScanSnap? Perhaps not. As I always say, you should always use the tool that works best for you. Having said that, I always like to keep an eye on what the smart people are doing and if nothing else, these guys are some of the “smart people”.