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Mobile Computing Ideas from Big Dennis

Big Dennis has been sort of the Appalachian Marco Polo.
His business keeps him on the road from Sunday nights through Friday's, yet he always manages to find his way back into the Appalachians.
He says the mountains get him "re-charged" so he can face another week on the road.

Probably so.

His column is updated every day or thereabouts, as he can e-mail us, so check back often for new contributions.

Get Cranky

Motorola customers can buy a new cell phone battery that can be recharged (get this) by hand, using an attached hand crank!

The battery sells for about $50.

While it definitely serves a need, be forewarned that the battery is about the size of a cell phone, and at seven ounces isn't a lightweight.

If successful, the company expects to roll out models for other cell phone brands like Nokia and Ericsson sometime next year.

While you wait, check out the Instant Power Charger ($20) designed to juice up selected Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, and Panasonic cell phones and Pocket PC and Palm PDAs.

Do you have some mobile computing advice to share or have a question?

You can Write to Dennis!.

Include your first initial and last name and put the word MOBILE in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

If you have to travel like I do, then you KNOW what a pain computing on the road can be.
If your traveling is for pleasure and you plan to take a laptop, then you STILL know what a pain computing on the road can be.
Either way, I hope these ideas help.
Oh, if you get home before I do, please leave a light in the window and the latch-string out.

Big 'Un

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