Is your boss traveling this month? Here are some tech-related articles to be found in various May 2005 inflight magazines. \n\nDelta\u2019s Sky magazine has a feature on video conference calling, saying technical glitches are becoming thing of the past. As quality goes up, prices go down, too. The story quotes Andrew Davis, senior analyst and managing partner of Wainhouse Research, a market research firm based in Brookline, Mass., who says, \u201cIt\u2019s on the order of 20 to 25 percent improvement in the price\/performance ratio every year.\u201d Systems that used to cost about $200,000 are now around $20,000 and a shift to running video over the Internet instead of phone lines promises even greater change. A rather glowing summation of the future of meetings. \n\nAir Canada\u2019s en Route magazine carries a column in which Don Tapscott enumerates his 14 technology pet peeves. His mildly amusing list goes from ATM\u2019s that ask what language you want to use every time you visit to roaming charges, and includes #8: \u201cRelentless use of PowerPoint every time three or more people gather. D-Day was planned without PowerPoint; Socrates didn\u2019t need PowerPoint. Remember design guru Edward Tufte\u2019s line: \u2018Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.\u2019\u201d Actually a couple of his gripes are about things within some IT directors\u2019 purview, so if you start hearing complaints about \u201cEvery program automatically starting when I turn on my computer\u201d you might ask whether the complainer has recently traveled to Toronto. \n\nAmerican Way magazine\u2019s business feature is all about getting a third opinion (not just a second) to treat any corporate ills. Second opinions would include yours and those of players in marketing, sales, manufacturing, what have you, but the author says, \u201cit turns out that for the executive\u2014whether the top person or the middle person or early leader\u2014only being in dialogue with people who have a vested interest makes you isolated in certain kinds of thinking." He doesn\u2019t necessarily suggest hiring a consultant (but if you have to, here are some tips), but rather networking to get a knowledgeable person and good listener. The same magazine\u2019s business trend item is about napping. That\u2019s right. \n\nVirgin\u2019s RedHot magazine offers a gadget and accessory round-up, as does Qantas\u2019s Australian Way (pdf format). They know how to make those things look really indispensable.