LOS ANGELES -- With more and more mobile executives using video and digital media to enhance their company's profile, compact storage is a must.The Verbatim Portable USB Hard Drive is not only compact, but works via USB (there is also a FireWire model), so you don't have to lug around any power cords.

Next, digital voice recorders were pretty popular a few years back. Now there are a number of companies that are trying to cash in on voice memos or reminders. Gadget Grrl says Jott stands out because it offers a package that allows you to send voice-to-text messages, make to-do lists, create hands-free email and send reminder messages without those annoying ads.

Now, more about that hard drive.

Verbatim Portable USD Hard Drive 500 GB
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In case your IT person has not informed you, you should never store any documents, except a few current ones, on your hard drive.

All other documents, and digital files --audio/video -- should be stored on an external drive. And if you're going to start doing that, you might want to pick up one like the 500 GB model, so you'll have plenty of space to store all your docs -- digital and otherwise.

An extra added bonus on this drive is that it's compatible with Leopard's Time Machine feature, so Mac

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users won't be left out in the cold.

Voice-to-text reminders
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I got an email from one company recently reminding me that I had signed up for a reminder service. Guess I forgot.

Jott is different than some other services. When you call 866-JOTT-123, and if you sign up for a premium account, you can get ad-free plans that enable you to send voice-to-text messages, to-do lists, hands-free email, and reminder messages.

What I liked about this service is that you can listen to your calendar or blogs without having to stare at a screen. And to really save time, you can send emails or text messages to groups, so that everyone on your project will be on the same page.

There are three different plans: 15 seconds per message for free, but with ads; 15 seconds for $3.95 a month; or 30 seconds per message for $12.95 a month.

Site to see


Urban Spoon

There are restaurant search sites, but one of the cooler ones is Urban Spoon. What's different about this site is that once it pinpoints your location it then resembles a slot machine and turns with three separate columns or wheels. One with a nearby restaurant,one with prices and one with the cuisine.

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What's also cool about this little program is that when you use it on iPhone and gently shake your iPhone the program will start spinning. And you can keep shaking until you find something you like. Only downside is that you'll have to write down your selections or record them because the program doesn't recall the selections.

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