6. You're traveling on business, browsing through magazines, and you come across a quote you want to archive to memory. You tear it out. Then you come across another. You tear it out, too. Pretty soon, your pocket is full of scraps. Enter the QuickLink Pen Personal Scanner ($150). This "digital highlighter" fits in a breast pocket and will scan and copy up to 1,000 pages of printed text. Then, using a USB, serial or infrared dataport connection, you can transfer it to your computer, PDA or text-enabled cell phone. For a list of retail locations, click on www.wizcomtech.com.
7. With the dropping price of laptop and notebook computers, portable PCs are becoming many homebased workers' computer of choice. But along with that comes laptop theft. Protect your laptop at home or while on the road with Kryptonite Lock laptop security hardware. The key or combination cable locks ($39 for 5mm cable thickness; $49 for 8mm) wrap around any stationary object and lock the unit using the locking slot in the back of most laptops. When activated, the company's Motion Sensor Alarm ($59.95) emits an audible alarm if the laptop is moved or disturbed. For those who use a laptop at home or in a remote office, the KryptoVault ($79.95) bolts into the desktop, and its three steel "arms" secure a laptop by wrapping around the device when closed. This also protects your floppy drive and data.
8. Whether you're at your desk, brainstorming at the dining room table or outside on a break playing with the kids, using a cordless phones means no more missed calls. Casio's got a host of products that suit this purpose. Its MA-240 product line is a two-line, digital 900 MHz phone system. The base supports up to 12 compact cordless handsets. The MA-240 features a call waiting/caller ID display, a 60-name and number caller ID memory and a 20-number autodial. Cost: Base with one handset, $199; additional handsets are $99.
9. For the ergonomist out there, the new Plantronics CT10 Cordless Headset Telephone ($129) is a pocket-sized powertool that lets users roam around the house or home office, while going about their daily tasks. The unit features a keypad with flash, volume control and redial; a mobile headset with a noise-canceling microphone; and a 150-foot range for hands-free mobility with six hours of talk time and 80 hours standby.
10. Just one more "appliance" to plug into your life. The new VTech Connect e-mail PostBox Companion plugs into a standard phone jack to allow simple e-mailing functions. Subscribers to the service can have up to five e-mail accounts, and the system will store more than 400 messages (attachments can be viewed online through Yahoo!). The unit includes a printer port, a memory expansion slot and a full-sized keyboard, and runs on two C batteries. Cost: $99.99. A pocket-sized version, the e-mail PostBox Express, can be had for $79.99. A flat-fee monthly service varies by contract duration but averages about $30 per quarter.