Recently, I polled some of my business contacts about gadgets. Specifically, I asked them what one technological contraption they absolutely could not do without.

In order to find this list of contacts, I had to open my Microsoft Outlook e-mail, scroll down through my "favorites" to the "hot contacts" list, highlight names of people I thought were most likely to respond by my deadline and then shoot them a brief e-mail outlining my story idea and asking for their contributions.

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