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'.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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