IN THE GYM - APPLE i-POD
This is my newest thing. I've only had it a month. I use it when I'm exercising. I never thought I would get one: I wasn't sure I liked music that much, but getting just the tracks I like is great - I'd never buy a Blondie or a Bon Jovi album, but there are some tracks of theirs I really like. I'm also working on a motivational playlist - songs that I know will really pick me up after a long trip or a hard meeting. I've been spending far too much at i-Tunes.
ON THE MOVE - i-GO JUICE
This is a universal power adapter, so I can plug in my laptop wherever I am - in the car, on the plane, in hotels all over the world. It has adapters for everything you can think of, so I don't need to worry about charging the batteries before I go. It's not exciting technology, but it is really useful. I don't like gadgets for their own sake, but I do like them when they help me to do my job better. This does.
AT HOME - TIVO
I love TiVo. You can watch what you want when you want, and skip all the ad breaks. Nobody with a TiVo watches commercials any more. I know this is a bit sad for someone who works for an information company, but I love the news - Tom Brokaw on NBC was my favourite, but I like Brian Williams too. And the Daily Show with Jon Stewart is great. Stewart is really funny, and his special guests are a Who's Who of American politics.
LAPTOP - IBM THINKPAD X31
I do most of my e-mail on this and, as with the Treo, I take it everywhere. Most airports have wireless now, and getting on the plane with all your e-mail freshly downloaded and ready to work on makes a real difference. I like it because it's small and pretty light - about four-and-a-half pounds - and I'm obsessed with not having too much stuff to carry when I travel. I don't check in baggage on a flight if I can help it. I'd like it to be smaller still, though - about half the size would be nice. But then the keyboard would get difficult.
MOBILE/PDA PALM - TREO 600
I live on this, it's got my e-mail, contacts, diary ... and it's my mobile phone, too. I keep it in my pocket and use it hands-free. Because it's Palm-based, it synchronises with Outlook easily, and I really love the point-and-click operation. I tried a BlackBerry e-mailer recently because so many people are using them now, but I couldn't make the switch. I hate the little wheel thing, and the phone functionality is better on the Treo. I bought my first one in 2002, but I dropped it down an escalator at Newark Airport and it broke. I made sure that I bought a case for my new one.