Tool Lite Deluxe fits most problems, then fits in your...

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July 05, 1999|By Gareth Branwyn

Tool Lite Deluxe fits most problems, then fits in your pocket

Multi-tools, those Swiss Army Knife-like compact tool sets, are the rage these days. What was once a necessity for campers, cops, technicians and manly men everywhere has become equally essential around the office, in the car and in the laptop bag. The only problem with many of these tools is that they try to be all things to all people and are getting increasingly bloated.

Not so the svelte Tool Lite Deluxe ($39). It offers the basic tools you frequently use in a compact, flat case. The size of a thick (1/8-inch) credit card, it weighs a mere 1.3 ounces.

The Tool Lite includes a tiny scissors, a small, razor-sharp serrated blade, nail file, small and large flathead screwdrivers, Phillips/eyeglass screwdriver, toothpick, tweezers, ruler, can/bottle opener, and a red LED light with a replacement lithium battery.

Put one of these tool kits in your pocket, laptop bag or PDA carrying case and you're ready for just about anything. The blade is especially useful for opening those overnight shipping cartons whose pull tabs break at the slightest tug.

Information: 800-228-8374 or

Fast Palm modem allows remote syncing, Net access

If you're lucky enough to own a Palm V, you know how impressively small and lightweight this new pocket computer is. A bulky snap-on modem would ruin everything. So the always-sharp developers at Palm Computing continue their small-is-beautiful crusade with the wafer-thin Palm V modem ($169).

This 33.6Kbps modem is nearly as thin as the Palm V itself. It clips onto the back of the Palm, increasing its thickness by less than a half-inch. The two units together are still small and light enough to fit in your pocket.

The Palm V modem is powered by two AAA batteries, which supposedly give you up to 10 weeks of power. It has a connection port for a digital cell phone (GSM phones only), a jack for a phone line and a jack for an AC adapter (not included). A HotSync button on the front of the modem allows you to connect with a remote PC and sync up your files just as you would with the desktop docking cradle.

Add third-party programs like SmartCode's HandMail, HandFax, and HandWeb ( and you can stay connected to the office, the Web and your e-mail wherever you and your Palm V may ramble.

Information: 800-881-7256 or

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Pub Date: 07/05/99

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