Techno life

As chief technology officer for enterprise software giant SAP, SHAI AGASSI positively bristles with the latest mobile gear - including Blackberry, multiple mobiles and a tablet PC - to keep him in touch and productive for the 200 days a year he spends travelling. It's no surprise that for his first break in three years, he plans to stay at home and 'wake up in my own bed for a change'.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

PDA - BLACKBERRY 7730

I live on my 'Berry, it's the centre of my world. It's just so convenient: all my contacts, e-mail addresses and phone numbers are in one place, I can send and receive e-mails and SMSs, even phone calls. This is SMS for grown-ups. When I got my first 'Berry about two and a half years ago, no-one else in the company had one. I even had to set it up myself - the IT support guy told me it wasn't working! Now we all have them. But we're not allowed to use them in board meetings any more.

MOBILE PHONE - NOKIA 6800

The one with the fold-out keyboard. I actually have three cell phones, two Nokias (one based in Germany and one in the US), and my Blackberry is also a cell phone, although I don't use it as one very much; it's more of a back-up. I travel so much that I need the separate phones to keep my bills on both sides of the Atlantic down. I've just got a Bluetooth headset, but I don't like it: it has to be charged separately from the phone. I always forget and end up carrying round a headset that doesn't work.

PC - TOSHIBA TABLET PC

The tablet PC is a fascinating development. I particularly like it because when I'm presenting, I can make a note on the screen and it comes up right there on the projector. So a presentation becomes a two-way dialogue, which is so much more than just a set of slides. This has been a good machine; it has survived me for a year, but I am looking at the second-generation ones now. I'd like more than 2.5hrs on one charge, and something that is a bit more stable.

AT HOME - TiVO

TiVo changes your life. When you get home there's so much stuff recorded that you just have to watch. And with a bit of practice you can watch an hour's television in 15 minutes using the fast forward. I also have four Macs wirelessly networked through an AirPort, one Windows PC and a Linux box that I built myself. I've got two laptops, a digital SLR camera, a professional video recorder and at least four or five i-Pods, including one that was a present that I've never even opened. There's videoconferencing in my home office, and I've got a 42in plasma TV and a 60in projector TV. What can I say? I'm a geek.

WISH LIST - APPLE EYEHOME

This is a wi-fi enabled box that you plug into the mains and then into your stereo system. You can then play all the music stored on your Mac's hard drive through your living-room stereo system. It's like $199, and I want one.

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