A trick is emerging that makes life a little easier with new tech. Gadgets are arriving without installation CDs.
I first saw it in a product called the Tornado. Plug it into a USB port, and it loads its own software for syncing computers. Now I've seen the same thing with two newer products: the ZvBox for Web video and the Palm Treo Pro. Plug them into a USB port and they load their software, after a few mouse clicks.
There's no CD to lose, scratch—or throw across the room in a fit of frustration.