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The Gadgets I Can’t Live Without: Tim Daniel
Tim Daniel’s career spans 25 years in technical, sales, marketing and general
management roles. He joined International SOS in 1998, where he led the development of the company’s Magellan platform. Currently, he’s Group EVP for International SOS, where he focuses on global projects, including joint ventures and other critical business partnerships. Tim is also a Senior Executive participant on the company’s Global Pandemic Preparedness Taskforce and he serves on the board of Youth Build, a Philadelphia charter high school aimed at providing opportunities for out-of-school youth.
I get a lot of grief about using a phone that is so old-fashioned, but I have not found another device - smart or otherwise - that does the basic job of making/receiving calls as well as this flip phone. I love the fact that it is so small and extremely durable. The only downside is that it doesn’t have the sophisticated contact and calendar functions of the larger smartphones.
D-Link Pocket Router
Last year I traveled about 180 nights, and often in hotel rooms with a single wired internet connection, typically in an inconvenient location. This small router lets me create my own wi-fi hot spot so I can work untethered, and connect multiple devices. I’m on the lookout for a new router that will also support sharing hotel wi-fi connections along with wired connections.
Most of my travel is international, which means long flights. Noise-cancelling headphones definitely help make the trips more comfortable. I’m currently using a pair from Audio Technica - they’re middle-of-the-pack in terms of price and performance, so if they were broken or lost, it wouldn’t be as big loss as if they were the more expensive top-of-the-line headphones.
I’m looking forward to the day when I might be able to ditch my laptop and just carry a tablet. So far I’m using the iPad mostly for reading email and web browsing, but in 2012 I will be trying it out for more intense document-related work.
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