Iterasi

by Jonathan Spira

The challenge: sharing an itinerary built on a hotel, airline, or travel Web site.
One solution: Iterasi, a service that captures and preserves Web pages.
Many Web sites today use technologies that build dynamic pages, meaning the pages that are created on the fly using database driven content and technologies such as CSS and AJAX.  These Web pages, unlike static pages that were common until recently, are not easily shared or duplicated. …

2008 Infiniti G37, QX56, and M45

by Jonathan Spira
2008 Infiniti G37, QX56, and M45

One was too big and one was too small… Jonathan Spira finds an Infiniti that’s just right.
Once upon a time, Jonathan Spira went for a walk and came upon a house.  Instead of three bowls of porridge, there were three Infinitis.  Jonathan was hungry so he decided to drive to a restaurant (given that no porridge was available).
He tried the first Infiniti, a G37 coupe.
“This Infiniti is too small” he …

Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3

by Jonathan Spira
Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3

The earphone of the future – available today.
I finally found a comfortable pair of earphones for the road warrior: the Bang & Olufsen EarSet 3.
Anders Hermansen, the designer of the EarSet 3, focused on matching the contours and curves of the ear with the earphone.  As a result, unlike earbuds, which seem rather invasive, the EarSet 3 gently hangs on the ear (one earphone weighs a mere 0.3 oz.), making …

Palm Centro

by David Goldes
Palm Centro

We go from the world’s thinnest laptop to one of the smallest smartphones with a full backlighted QWERTY keyboard, the Palm Centro.  The quad-band GSM Centro is only 2.1” w x 4.2” h x 0.7” d and weighs only 4.2 ounces with battery and is ideal for the business traveler.
It runs on Palm’s easy-to-use (if a little dated) Palm OS 5.4.9 and features a nicely-sized full-color 2.2” touch screen with …

Apple MacBook Air

by Jonathan Spira

Apple Unveils the World’s Thinnest Laptop
MacWorld 2008 heralded the unveiling of what might be the prototype of the laptop of the future for the business traveler: the MacBook Air.  “We’ve built the world’s thinnest notebook, without sacrificing a full-size keyboard or full-size 13” display” Apple CEO Steve Jobs told the assemblage of Apple faithful at the event.
Indeed the Air may very well become a favorite of business travelers as Apple …

Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

by Jonathan Spira
Mandarin Oriental, Munich, Germany Review

The Mandarin Oriental Munich is found on a quiet and unassuming side street near the Maximilianstraße, one of Munich’s main shopping streets.  The unpretentious entrance is quite a contrast from the elegance one finds once inside its portals.  The hotel’s 53 rooms and 20 suites are perhaps the most luxurious in the city.  Guests are always addressed by name and cosseted.
When I arrived, my room wasn’t ready yet so I …

2008 Cadillac CTS

by Jonathan Spira

For more than a decade, Cadillac has been an afterthought to many luxury car buyers in the market it helped create since its founding in 1902 out of the remnants of the Henry Ford Company.  (Cadillac was named after Antoine Laurnet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit in 1901.)
In past years, its place – or lack thereof – was somewhat deserved.  Cadillacs were underpowered, overpriced, overweight, and …