While flexing my typing fingers and getting ready to respond to Dan Farber's post about Web Office (in which he interviewed Dave Girouard, VP and GM of Google Enterprise), I came across an alternative 'office' setup. As described by CNET's Mike Yamamoto:
"Even the most rugged road warriors may occasionally find the need for a little privacy. But if time is scarce--and budgets are tight--one option is the "Office in a Bucket," an inflatable structure that can be stored in a plastic bucket that also contains the device that supplies the air. Estimated time of inflation: 8 minutes."
Indeed as Girouard himself implied, you need to think outside the square:
“Web Office–it’s a kin to saying where is the Google mainframe or buggy whip, or picking up where Corel left off, with word processing, presentation and spreadsheets [...] We think about what would be useful today and how people would access it. We aren’t going to revisit the battles that have already been fought.”
Well I can't think of many more innovative and practical things than an inflatable office. Now that's what I call forward thinking! I wonder how long before Google acquires it...