Techno life

Annoushka Ducas, founder and creative director of 'gifts for men' retailer Links of London, is a late convert to electronic life aids. Her Damascene techno-moment occurred shortly after buying her first Palm Pilot, and she hasn't looked back since. Now the organiser goes everywhere with her and has been joined by many other gadgets, including a digital camera and a laptop. But should she upgrade to a Blackberry?

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


I've had it for a couple of years and I use it a lot. I am fairly welded to my phone. I just had the chance to upgrade it, but I didn't.

It's tri-band so it works in the States, which is invaluable, and Nokia's phones are so easy to use. Text messaging is great and it's much quicker if you learn to use the predictive text function. I'm a dedicated texter, but usually I want to speak to people. I have a Bluetooth headset for the car, but it's in a drawer because I couldn't get it to work.


I bought my first Palm four years ago on the way to Dubai and I didn't speak to my husband at all for seven hours on the plane. I was very pleased with myself for working out how to use it without reading the instructions.

The Palm really sold me on technology stuff. I bought loads of them as presents. I really like to beam things to other Palm users - it's sad, but I get a big buzz out of it. I love my Palm (and I have a nice leather case for it), but I'm considering upgrading to a Blackberry - I like the feeling of always being in touch.


I use a teeny digital camera called a G-Smart. It was very cheap and fits in my pocket. I take snaps and also use it in flea markets when I'm looking for ideas for new lines. Taking a picture is cheaper than buying everything. My family and I are big skiers - my favourite place is Megeve in France - and we use Sony walkie-talkies a lot. I give one to the kids and keep the other. The walkie-talkies are much cheaper to use than mobiles, and they work even where there is no signal on the phone.


I really want one of those posh plasma screen tellies - they are beautiful.

My favourites are the big Bang & Olufsen ones with surround sound and loads of hidden speakers, but they are very expensive. I'd also like an i-Pod; that's on my wish list, too.


It's my desk PC as well. Don't ask me why I have this model - it's just the one the IT department gave me. What it does have is a DVD player, which is great for when we are on long car journeys with the kids. It's light and easy to carry, and when I'm travelling I use it for e-mail.

I have all the kit for plugging into the phone socket, which, depending on the hotel, can either be easy or very difficult. Sometimes I don't use it and it just stays in its bag, but I like to have it with me just in case. I also use one of our USB keyrings, which is great for transporting creative treatments and marketing plans.

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