LAPTOP - DELL LATITUDE D400
With this and my Blackberry, I can get a lot done on the 1hr 50m train journey to and from London. I have a Vodafone 3G datacard, and I swap between the laptop and my Blackberry, depending on where I am. I find the 3G reception works best in hotel rooms; on the train it switches between 3G and GPRS, depending on the coverage, so the connection can slow down a bit. I'm not a lover of technology, but I do like what it does. I couldn't do my job without it - I'd have to do an extra 20 to 30 hours a week in the office.
MOBILE - NOKIA 6210
I know this is a bit clunky and old, but it is tri-band, so it works in most places and it has great battery life. It's on all the time, but I need to charge it only once a week. I am a texter - it's good for messages from the office if I'm in a meeting, and for communicating with my family. But I don't like text language - try sending it to a Frenchman and see what he says back.
AT HOME - PANASONIC PLASMA SCREEN TV
This is hanging on the wall of my London flat. The picture quality is great and it really saves space compared to a normal TV in what is a pretty small flat. And I think it looks really smart. I've also got a Sony digital camera; it's very small and it does video clips, too. I sometimes use it to practise what I look like on screen.
PDA - BLACKBERRY 7730
I live in Derbyshire and work mostly in London, so I travel a lot. With this I can do my e-mails wherever I am - on the train, on the bus, even in the office if I don't have time to switch on my desktop computer. But I can go for days without using it; it depends where I am. I nearly didn't get one, because I wasn't sure I wanted people constantly sending me stuff, but now I've convinced myself that I need it. I never read the manual; if I can't get on after five minutes of button-pressing, I lose interest.
IN MEETINGS - NOKIA DIGITAL PEN
I go to a lot of client meetings, and this is by far the quickest way of taking minutes. Using a special type of paper, it records everything you write, which you can then download to your PC and print off as hard copy, or even e-mail it. You can either keep the notes in your own handwriting or convert them to type; it will even convert the pictures you draw into PowerPoint. I saw it at the Accenture technology research lab in Cannes - I go there every few months to see what's new.