Some accountants are so dedicated to the idea of portable electronics, they have even hurt themselves to prove it.Eighteen years ago, Tom Davis, CPA and owner of the Valdosta, Ga.-based CPA firm Tom C. Davis CPA LLC, had one of the very first laptops that was ever available to consumers - a $20,000 Compaq "luggable" with an 8086 Intel processor, 64KB of RAM and a 10MB hard drive.

While taking his overweight laptop out of the overhead bin after a flight, the heavily weighted machine suddenly rotated and took Davis' arm with it, tearing the ligaments in his elbow. The wounded CPA had to go in for surgery, but even a damaged elbow couldn't tear Davis away - pardon the pun - from using laptops. Today, he's using a much more scaled-down, 15-inch-screen, $1,000 Gateway Notebook and claims that he can't live without it.

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