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LOS ANGELES -- Gadget Grrl says Peek would be a great gadget for the mobile executive who travels abroad. It is an email device. That's it. It just checks email. Peek is about the size of a Blackberry (RIMM) , but thinner. It has a scroll wheel on the right side for navigation and is simple to operate.

This next one is for Mac (AAPL) fans. If you are on a Mac, a utility program that you might want to use is the Drive Genius 2. This program helps to optimize your hard drives (and any external drives) so that they will run faster and smoother.

Now let's take a look at Peek.

Peek Email Device

What I like about this device is that it would be a great way to check email on the road without having to go to Internet kiosks, or if you're on a cruise, not having to use the ship's communal Internet terminals.

Peek comes in bright colors: aqua blue, black cherry and charcoal grey. The screen is backlit and easy to read. The keys are rubberized and very easy to depress and type on.

The best news here is that you can use the device, a la cart, there are no contracts. So, if you are going to be in Europe for a few weeks, you can sign up for a month or two without the penalty of canceling a contract. Monthly service starts at $19.95.

Drive Genius 2

PC users have been defragmenting their drives for years, but Mac users need to do the same to make sure their systems are operating at their highest potential.

What I liked about the Drive Genius 2 was the speed of defragging a drive. Some PC equivalents can take hours, depending on the size of the drive and what's on it.

We took an external drive 1T (terabyte) with about 500G of data and the program glided along without any hiccups. Ideally, you should defrag your hard drive(s) every two months for optimum use.

There is also a recovery feature that enables you to find deleted files, so in case you thought that final report was lost, this could be a real life saver.

Also, this company has a great replacement policy. If you lose your DVD, it will mail you one for the price of shipping: $5.00. And when you're trying to recover lost data, the last thing you need to worry about is buying another program. Free tech support, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, is another reason to pick up this program.

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