If you have extra money to burn, the most useful option might be an extra hard drive. You can get a compatible external PCMCIA hard drive that stores 5GB (under $100 on eBay). 5GB CF hard drives are available as well, but can be pricier.
For fax functionality, I nearly bought one of the many low-cost PCMCIA fax cards. However, I was recently cleaning my garage and came across my old Apple Newton H1000. This dinosaur was the first PDA known to man. I had used it for email nearly 10 years ago. Inside it was an optional fax card. I immediately plugged it into my iPAQ PCMCIA slot, and behold! Instant fax functionality.
There is one luxury item that really complements this wearable office. SCOTTeVEST makes extremely cool "gadget" vests. These specially designed vests and jackets can conceal more than a dozen electronic devices with ease. They're the kind that some Secret Service men have been known to wear. But since I'm vain, I didn't want the basic jacket. Fortunately, SCOTTeVEST recently came out with a gorgeous dinner jacket (and some impressive gadget ties to match). The TEC Sport Jacket is a high-quality navy blazer similar to one you might see at Ralph Lauren. But inside are an astounding number of pockets that support a "personal area network." If you have the money, or if you can put this on your wish list, I recommend the SCOTTeVEST TEC Sport Jacket. There's really nothing else on the market quite like it.
A final warning is in order. I once worked in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital of Dallas. This bustling emergency room was nearly identical to the one on the TV show ER. The second-year resident, known as the "Pit Boss," was in charge of triage for all new patients. Once the Pit Boss wrote an order for a patient to have a "two-finger rectal." This confused me, so I asked him what it meant. He said that for really obnoxious patients, he would order a prostate exam to be done with two fingers, rather than the traditional one finger. Presumably the extra finger was meant as a punitive measure.
While that's clearly inappropriate medical care, I mention it here for an important reason. If you're thinking about wearing this portable office through an airport metal detector, think again. It looks too much like a concealed explosive device. You can almost guarantee that airport security will give you at least a two-finger body cavity search if you try to wear this bizarre electronic setup under your jacket while boarding a plane. Avoid the drama, and just check all of your equipment except the PDA and jacket.
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