Stylish All-in-One Charger Reduces Travel Weight

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2003-07-21 Print this article Print

The new iGo Juice gives traveling executives a single replacement charger for notebooks, cell phones, and PDAs.

Ive tried a hundred different gewgaws that promise to make business travel easier, from those silly inflatable neck pillows, to noise-canceling headphones that fail after 3 trips. And most things designed to simplify computing on the road just dont work or are too flimsy or bulky.

Stylish All-in-One Charger Reduces Travel Weight So when a friend told me about iGos latest all-in-one charger, the Juice, I was skeptical. Ive used a few such contraptions, and for the most part, they were hard to set up, ran really hot, and didnt support the devices I use. According to iGo, its product supports every type of device you carry regularly including cell phones, PDAs, and notebooks.

Regular readers probably know this, but Im not a normal kind of guy. For example, I dont carry a PDA. From my perspective, the old HP 200LX was simply the best PDA ever made, and once it was phased out—and couldnt support my regular applications—I kicked the habit. Instead, Ive been carrying two notebooks (in case one fails)—a lightweight IBM X20 and a featherweight Sharp Actius MM10.

For the whole story, check out the PC Magazine article.
With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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