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O2 3G Mobile Broadband Dongle
Thankfully a lot of the places I need to go on the road means travelling from my home in Canterbury to London, or other places around the U.K. When I am on my home turf, or travelling from my house to the office or elsewhere, I can plug in the dongle and connect. Despite the U.K.'s somewhat patchy 3G and EDGE coverage, it generally powers me through the journey.
I have the option to tether my BlackBerry on my O2 mobile data plan but often choose not to. Tethering hits my BlackBerry's battery which could be used for other things during the day, and while many U.K. trains have Wi-Fi, I can't afford to churn up my Mac's battery on slightly-more-reliable Internet access, which often costs as much as a healthy kidney on the black market.
I know: shame on me, a smoker.
Though many European member states still allow smoking inside hotel rooms and public spaces, it's a good rule of thumb that smoking is not permitted anywhere inside.
However, electronic cigarettes often do not fall within the scope of the law set down by various legislatures because it does not burn and only odorless vapor is produced, therefore it's a solid bet you can 'smoke' in hotel rooms and the like without setting off the smoke detectors and forcing an entire building to evacuate.
Sony Voice Recorder ICD-BX700
The difference between "will" and "should" can make the difference between a scoop and soup. Particularly when people are speaking at events, it's vital to be able to recap what someone has said for written transcription. Even the fastest writers cannot pick up every single word depending on the speed of speech, and
This voice recorder is plain and simple, and the battery has lasted so long that in more than six months it has not seen a single battery change. It plugs in via a micro-USB port and encodes in MP3 format making it easily transferrable across devices and transcription software. It's record, plug, play, and go.