The time will come when your start-up is sporting more staffers than payment-due notices. 'Til then, you can still learn the art of delegation with this intelligent digital-assistant program. With a little training, Prody Parrot 2.0 will accept your voice commands for navigating PC programs, browsing the Web, monitoring stocks and alerting you to new e-mail messages. And for those all-important goof-off moments, the digital assistant will also crack jokes, sing--or even take you for a visit with Dr. Sbaistso, an interactive psychiatrist. Only downside: Prody Parrot can't be trained to brown-nose.
Prody Parrot 2.0
Street price: $99.95
Requires: Windows 95/98/NT, 32MB RAM, 65MB hard-drive space, full duplex multimedia audio
San Jose, California
J.W. Dysart (firstname.lastname@example.org), a software analyst and Internet business consultant, has written for more than 40 publications, including The New York Times.