Intel laptop for the extremely mobile professional

Intel Metro laptopIntel’s Metro laptop concept is causing quite a stir and for good reason. The thing is a svelte 0.7 inches thin and 2.25 pounds, making it the slimmest and one of the lightest portable computers ever conceived. According to this BusinessWeek feature, Intel may produce the machine as early as later this year.

But why would Intel, the processor company, be designing a laptop?

It’s keen to rev up demand for the computers running on its processors. The device might rely on Intel chips not just for computing but also for memory and connecting to wireless networks. The prototype also incorporates technologies developed by companies financed by Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s venture capital arm.

One side of the exterior features an E Ink display, good for showing you the day’s, week’s or month’s calendar or schedule, which is produced by a company partially funded by Intel Capital. The cool thing about the E Ink display is that it works without power. With a target battery life of 14 hours, however, this probably isn’t such a big concern! Now that’s mobility.


Your business needs a Backbone

Backbone magazine is a Canadian bi-monthly focusing on business and technology issues. In their own words:

Our primary focus has been on how technology enhances business processes, markets, profitability and productivity. Backbone magazine’s aim is to provide business people with a tangible tool to enhance the way they do business in Canada’s New Economy.

Compare this to the short bullet describing this blog and its focus:

I’m interested in the future of the profession and how technology is changing the way accountants do their job.

Seems like there might be some overlap there. Perhaps an opportunity to work together and learn a thing or two about how technology is changing the way business is being done here and abroad, not just by accountants, accounting firms, but by any and every company.

So I was thrilled to see they picked up a recent post I made about Facebook and LinkedIn for their blog, Backblog.

I found out about Backbone when I strolled through the lobby of my firm’s office and lo and behold, we have a subscription. Naturally, since I was at work, I sat down on the plush sofa and dove right in. Professional development, I figured!

I hope to contribute more of my writing to their fledgling blog in the future. Check it out: