Which would you rather be: a harried road warrior fumbling with endless scraps of paper, or the wired exec of the 21st century?For those who aspire to the latter, there's the new Freedio scanner from Casio. The slim seven-ounce device translates everything from business cards to expense-account receipts into digital data, which can then be uploaded to your PC when you get back to the office. Need to store a standard page?Snap off the document feeder to scan by hand. $180; 973/361-5400; www.casio.com.
—H. Scott Jolley
Best business hotels:
- Amstel Inter-Continental (1 Professor Tulpplein; 800/327-0200 or 31-20/622-6060, fax 31-20/520-3181; doubles from $480)
- Sheraton Pulitzer (315-331 Prinsengracht; 800/325-3535 or 31-20/523-5235, fax 31-20/627-6753; doubles from $305)
- The dining room at the ultra-chic Blakes of Amsterdam hotel for Eurasian fare (384 Keizersgracht; 31-20/530-2010; dinner for two $110)
- Christophe for French (46 Leliegracht; 31-20/625-0807; dinner for two $100)
Car service of choice:
- Doelen Limousine (31-20/653-0961)
If you have a free afternoon:
- Get wheels from Frederic Rent-a-Bike (78 Brouwersgracht; 31-20/624-5509; $5 per day) and ride to the
- Rijksmuseum (42 Stadhouderskade; 31-20/673-2121)
If you forgot to pack a scarf or tie:
- De Bijenkorf, the city's largest department store (1 Dam Square; 31-20/621-8080)
Flight info — just a beep away
When you've got a presentation to make in Chicago at 4 p.m. and enough work to last you all day, you don't have time to race to the airport and then discover that your flight's been delayed. Now Northwest, Continental, and United keep you informed before you hop in a taxi, with free paging services that send flight data to your PC, text-enabled cell phone, alphanumeric pager, or Palm VII. Each of the airlines' services alerts you one to four hours ahead of time about when your flight is scheduled to depart. United's does even better: it provides gate information and beeps you whenever your flight is delayed more than 15 minutes. Register at www.nwa.com, www.continental.com, or www.ual.com.
Going my way
Names: Stephan Paternot and Todd Krizelman
Home base: New York City
How much do you travel? S.P.: Normally we fly 150,000 to 200,000 miles a year. But for the IPO road show in 1998, we did 30 flights in 10 days. You completely lose track of where you are. The bankers would remind us.
What do you always pack?S.P.: TheraFlu is standard-issue. We get sick pretty much every other day.
How wired are you? T.K.: We always bring our Palm Pilot, cell phone, and MP3 player. If we're gone more than one or two days, we'll bring the laptop.
Do you work on the plane? S.P.: No, we don't whip out the computer. If we're exhausted, we just sleep. T.K.: And when you're going to places like San Francisco, there are so many other industry people aboard that you can't work anyway—it's a matter of confidentiality, and it's annoying.
Do you ever fly first class? [In unison] No. S.P.: Paying $2,000 for a last-minute coach ticket is enough.
Do you take private planes? [In unison] No. S.P.: Once during our IPO we flew on one. Private jets are so efficient, but strangely enough, I like having a half-hour to roam the airport getting magazines and food. You don't miss that until you go on a private jet for the first time.
—Dara Y. Herman