BOFFO BIZ TOOLS
These days, techno-wizards toil round-the-clock for solutions to every conceivable problem — even those we didn’t know we had. Here’s a potpourri of their solutions.
LOFGITECH'S IO PERSONAL DIGITAL PEN, $200
ASSETS: Tiny camera inside the pen records and stores your brilliant notes and drawings, then transfers them via cradle to your PC.
LIABILITIES: At this price (and $25 more for the special writing pads), be sure your brilliant ideas really are.
BOTTOM LINE: Scrawlers of the world, rejoice. At least someone — or something — can read your handwriting.
MORE INFO:www.logitech.com

RIGHT SEAT SOFTWARE'S VOX PROXY, $200
ASSETS: This add-on to Microsoft PowerPoint brings a gallery of colorful, animated characters to enliven your presentations.
LIABILITIES: Cute, chatty goblins may not be appropriate during newly minted scandals or precipitous drops in stock price.
BOTTOM LINE: Lighten up. “PowerPoint” doesn’t have to be a synonym for “boring.”
MORE INFO:www.voxproxy.com or (303) 278-2244

ATOMICA'S GURUNET, $40
ASSETS: Put your cursor over a word in any Windows program(person, place, company, etc.), hold down the ALT key, and definitions, information, and answers pop up.
LIABILITIES: It’s Windows only, so Mac and Linux users can’t play.
BOTTOM LINE: A world of fast, accurate info is just a download away. The only thing it doesn’t understand is supply-side economics.
MORE INFO:www.gurunet.com