LOS ANGELES -- Mobile executives can't be bothered with all the receipts and documents they accumulate on the road. So any product that helps eliminate all the clutter is a good one. That's why the Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner is a welcome addition to any road warrior's portable tool kit.
Next, if you've ever signed on to a forum and just wanted to ask one question, or wanted more information from a company, but didn't want to receive hundreds of follow-up emails afterward, Gadget Grrl says this free service might work for you. Meet Meltmail, a temporary mail service.
But first, more about the ScanSnap.
Fujitsu Portable Scanner
The Fujitsu ScanSnap portable scanner weighing in at about 3 pounds, will scan up to 10 documents at a time and even scan double sided.
This would be especially helpful for project managers who are on location for extended periods to ensure they don't end up accumulating so much paper.
There are both Mac and PC models, and I also like the fact that it is powered via USB, so you don't have to lug around another power cord.
The Meltmail interface could not be simplier. Unlike some other free temporary mail services, this one allows you to use popular email addresses. How it works is that you press the "create" button and the service will automatically create a unique email address for your email to be forwarded to.
There are increments of three, six, 12 and 24 hours, which is plenty of time to get in, accomplish what you need to, and then be on your way.
What I especially like about this service is the fact that it only stores your real email address for the designated time you choose.
So, there is no "after spam" following you or bugging you once you've used the service.
Site to see
I love sites like this -- super simple, no clutter, just a good place to start if you need to do some research or to find references. This Web search engine was designed for students and researchers, but that doesn't mean it's not a great place to look for documents that might add to your business presentations. The site says it searches more than "one billion documents, Web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals and newspapers."
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