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My Gadget: Chris Norton ‚ 300kph is not fast enough

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Chris Norton is regional director at VMware, one of the world leaders in cloud computing and virtualisation services. He also happens to own thousands of gadgets, and shares his philosophy about them…

Chris Norton, AKA Naughty Norton, says he was a lazy student with a penchant for sports like swimming, water polo and rugby. He started his career at IBM as a call centre operator, but quickly moved up the IT ladder. He has survived a brain tumour and a near fatal motorcycle accident. Married to Caroline, they have two daughters, Kamryn (10) and Ashley (7), both of whom have inherited his love of all things gadget.

Chris is intrigued by gadgets and owns thousands of them. The worst gadget he ever bought, he says, was a 16MB Sony Walkman MP3 player: it was the beginning of 2002, he paid R5000 for it and it could hold all of 25 songs.

He cites his best gadget yet as the TomTom Go 1000, ‚an awesome piece of kit, especially the LIVE functional traffic updates‚ . His attitude to biking encapsulates his gadget philosophy. Asked why anyone would ride a bike at 300kph, his response is: ‚Because they don’t make one that will do 350kph.‚

We asked him about his gadget life:

1. What is the earliest gadget you can remember owning?

A Commodore 64 gaming console.

2. What phone do you use and why?

Blackberry Bold ‚ I believe that it is a business tool and the most effective communication device, given the diversity of countries that I travel through.

3. What is your favourite gadget (aside from the above)?

My generator, my AR Drone and under-counter bar fridge. Even if there are no power failures, I really enjoy the prospect of being able to be completely self-sufficient for days, week or months if I need to be. And I like the concept of flight: the Drone makes it very easy and fun at the same time. The Bar fridge is always full and I am always happy to see it ‚ and use it, of course. With the generator, I will always get to see the rugby and drink cold wine or beer.

4. What is your favourite online tool or useful site and why?

The AccuWeather site ‚ when you have very little downtime, it makes it easy to plan activities in advance. It means I am able to make the most of the time that I have.

5. What is your favourite mobile tool or app and why?

Skype ‚ I believe in communication options that make the burden of travelling more bearable for both me and my family, as I can stay in contact and talk as long as I need to.

6. What gadget do you wish would just go away?

My Garmin. It’s just a backseat driver and never really seems to recognise the places I want to go. I need it for the speed trap info and warnings.

7. What is the best piece of gadget buying or using advice you can give to consumers?

Ask yourself if you want it or need it. If you need it, then it is not classified as a gadget. And remember, if you came home one day and your wife has sold that box of gadgets in the corner of the garage for what you said you paid for them ‚ you will more than likely lose quite a bit of money.

8. Which gadget are you looking forward to being launched in SA?

Buggati Veyeron ‚ technology and poetry in motion ‚ would love to test drive one, could never afford one. Not yet anyway.

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My Gadget: Chris Norton – 300kph is not fast enough

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My Gadget: Jen Su carries a Torch for gadgetry

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Jen Su (a.k.a. Jennifer Su) is an accomplished TV news presenter on Summit TV and for African Business Report and Sky News. She is also a 5FM presenter on Gareth Cliff Mornings, with ‚The Hollywood Report with Jen Su,” an actress on M-Net Mzansi Channel’s “”Jacob’s Cross,”” a professional singer and corporate MC. We find out how her gadgets keep her one step ahead.

Jennifer Su began her career in her birthplace, the United States, where she performed classical piano and Chinese traditional dance on national television from the age of 7. Later, in her teens, she studied in Taiwan, where she won a national TV singing contest similar to Idols, and released four albums in Asia. She toured the world with her music and began to present various TV programmes in Taiwan and China, as well as prime-time news in Bangkok, Thailand, and Hong Kong, before coming to South Africa.

Jen Su with white BlackBerry Torch, newly launched in South Africa

1. What is the earliest gadget you can remember owning?

I had a state-of-the-art computer and cell phone when I was a teenager in the US. At that time it wasn’t common for kids to have computers and cellphones so it attracted a lot of attention! My family has always been very tech-oriented and my dad would always be the first to buy the latest computer or gadget.

2. What phone do you use and why?

I use a BlackBerry Torch in a gorgeous white colour — which has just been launched in South Africa. It’s the coolest phone and I’ve got lots of apps and BBM really helps keep in touch with those closest to me — and I can chat all over the world for free! I also have two BlackBerry Bold smartphones that I use in Asia and the USA. And I have a BlackBerry Curve which is my back-up phone, just in case.

3. What is your favourite gadget (aside from the above)?

My iPad is amazing. It keeps me on top of breaking news and it boots up and shuts down so quickly. I also love my Flip HD Videocam, my Garmin GPS, and my Nintendo 3DS. Oh, and I have four iPods and an iTouch that I love too!

4. What is your favourite online tool or useful site and why?

The global edition of the New York Times http://global.nytimes.com/ is always detailed and informative.

5. What is your favourite mobile tool or app and why?

Twitter for BlackBerry. It always keeps me up-to-date with what’s happening from all corners of the world and I’m able to communicate with my followers from all over the world.

6. What gadget do you wish would just go away?

Ha ha, I love all gadgets! Maybe except for those silly Tamagotchi digital “”pets””…

7. What is the best piece of gadget-buying or -using advice you can give to gadget consumers out there?

Don’t always feel pressured to buy the latest gadget out there. Do a bit of internet consumer research and ask your friends who have it to see if they’re satisfied. And if you are interested in buying a gadget but thinking of holding off till the newer version of it comes out – sometimes it’s best to just get it and not wait!

8. Which gadget are you looking forward to being launched in SA?

The BlackBerry Playbook. Can’t wait ’til it launches here in South Africa!

You can find Jen on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennifer_su, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jen-Su/168305397585 and on her website: http://www.jennifersu.com/

Photo credit: Brendan Croft

Wardrobe by French Connection for Stuttafords

Hair by Claire Bradford of Jeauval Salon

Make-up by Bobbi Brown

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