Techno life

Techno life - William Sargent, boss of Framestore, uses of a range of gizmos around the clock. His multi-award winning digital effects firm is famous for the computer wizardry behind TV's Walking with Dinosaurs and the Guinness 'Surfer' ads. Sargent, who also chairs the Government's Small Business Council, never leaves home without his PDA, and his favourite techno-aids optimise both his productivity at work and his relaxation at home.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

William Sargent, boss of Framestore, uses of a range of gizmos around the clock. His multi-award winning digital effects firm is famous for the computer wizardry behind TV's Walking with Dinosaurs and the Guinness 'Surfer' ads. Sargent, who also chairs the Government's Small Business Council, never leaves home without his PDA, and his favourite techno-aids optimise both his productivity at work and his relaxation at home.

PHONE: NOKIA 6310i

The quality is great and the battery lasts for ages. It's especially good for keeping in touch with my kids - I always take calls from them, no matter where I am - and they know that. When my son wants to tell me that he's been picked for the rugby team he can do it straight away, he doesn't have to wait until I get in.

ORGANISER - HANDSPRING VISOR

It's incredibly light and goes everywhere with me. I bought it duty-free before flying to San Francisco, opened the box as we were taxi-ing and by 35,000 feet I was using it - it's that instinctive. I have great scheduling software called Time & Chaos and I have eight years' worth of meeting-notes, phone numbers and addresses on it now.

AT HOME - CORDLESS HEADPHONES

I love listening to music. I have a Marantz CD player, a Creative Labs audio jukebox and a Videologic digital tuner, which I use a lot. The quality of digital radio received through a good hi-fi system is just fabulous.

I also have a great pair of Sennheiser cordless headphones, which my wife got me so I could watch Match of the Day in bed without disturbing her. She likes to wear them too, for listening to music when she's gardening.

COMPUTER - COMPAQ EVO AND POLYSPAN WEBCAM

My day starts at my PC, a Compaq Evo with Sony flat monitor. Via a small Polyspan camera I can contact all our meeting rooms or the guys at Pinewood or Shepperton - in fact, anyone with the same setup at their end. I used to use a Sony Vaio laptop, too, but I recently gave it up - travelling without it gives me more space to think. I have a virtual private network and 1Mbps broadband at home, and I work most nights from 11pm to 1am, when it's morning in the States.

WISH LIST - HOME CINEMA

I have a DVD player and a big-screen telly, but no home cinema system yet. I might treat myself for Christmas. I'm a discriminating early adopter - I don't go for stuff just because it's new. I enjoy doing the research and looking around before I decide what to buy.

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