As you'd expect, ARM's chairman Sir Robin Saxby is a confirmed technophile. After all, many of the microchips that the company makes end up powering mobile phones and PDAs. But his interest in technology doesn't stop with the latest laptop and mobile phone. He's a big music fan who takes his i-Pod everywhere and has a 1950s jukebox in the kitchen at home. He's even been known to burn CDs from his old record collection.

by Sir Robin Saxby
Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


Of all my tools, the phone is perhaps still the most important. Voice is the most direct way of communicating, and with mobile phones you can get straight through to someone wherever they are. This one has GPRS, so I could use it for e-mail and data, but I don't. I do use SMS a lot, though. Warren (East, ARM's CEO) and I text each other all the time. I travel a lot and buy most of my new gear at Dixons in Heathrow - they always have the latest stuff.


I bought this because it runs Lotus Notes and synchs with the diary on my laptop. My PAs run my diary and Lotus Notes is the software that makes it possible. It also has good battery life. It fits my requirements, but it could be one of many models. Styling doesn't matter much to me. I'm an engineer at heart, so I prefer things that work elegantly to things that look good.


I like this PC; it's lightweight and it works. My life is on the laptop, everything from my diary and presentations to music and personal photographs. When travelling, I have to manage a lot of e-mail - I won't let my PA book me into a hotel that doesn't have broadband. I often use wireless internet, too. The best networks are in Bangalore and Beijing. I have a back-up mobile data card if I can't get online any other way. PC data cards are the future of 3G mobile services.


We have a fully restored 1957 AMI jukebox in the kitchen. I bought it as a present for my wife. It takes 100 singles and you can see the mechanism in action. I had to take out a maintenance contract to keep it working, but it looks and sounds great. I also have a Sony digital camera, which works very well with my laptop. I've gone totally digital for pictures - I like the fact that you can cheat, removing red-eye, changing the lighting and so on.


This has all my favourite tunes on it - everything from BB King to Berlioz. If I'm feeling homesick in Beijing I can listen to my son's band, S Club Kevin, and it takes me back. I'm also in the process of transferring all my vinyl records. I have an old Thorens turntable hooked up to a Philips CD writer. I make a CD, download it to the laptop, clean the clicks off with Wave-Corrector software and then transfer it to the iPod. It is beautifully engineered, and the software makes handling all that data easy and intuitive.

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