Wireless Wonders and Waterfall Watches!

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

Let's see, I have my pager, my cell phone, my Blackberry, my Palm Pilot, my laptop, my desktop PC, my e-book reader, my digital camera and what else? Oh! Then there'srepparttar MP3 andrepparttar 119073 DVD and my local phone company has now gone digital?

Nowrepparttar 119074 laptop can talk withrepparttar 119075 desktop, butrepparttar 119076 PDA can not talk torepparttar 119077 laptop. The e-book reader can talk withrepparttar 119078 desktop andrepparttar 119079 MP3 player can talk withrepparttar 119080 laptop but notrepparttar 119081 desktop. The phone company was just purchased byrepparttar 119082 cable company withrepparttar 119083 phone company name and my Black- berry requires service that can't talk to any ofrepparttar 119084 other services, or can it?

Welcome torepparttar 119085 wonderful world of wireless communications! What'srepparttar 119086 hottest prospect for growing businesses in this gloomy economy? Cross-platform communications enablers. I can't believe I even uttered those ridiculously tech-y words! Butrepparttar 119087 near future will be all about getting all of our computing, our communications and entertainment devices to talk with each other seamlessly and wirelessly.

One might think this is a massive task with hopeless barriers to overcome if it weren't forrepparttar 119088 simple fact that it is being done by hundreds of companies. Many of them start-ups and up-starts with an eye on digital convergence until we get torepparttar 119089 magic of that one-single-do-everything-device.

One of my friends once wondered if my digital watch withrepparttar 119090 calculator, barometer, altimeter and chronograph had a water- fall. Clearly, he was poking fun at my love of tech gadgets. But I've adoptedrepparttar 119091 term "Waterfall Watch" to apply to that wild dream ofrepparttar 119092 single do-everything-device.

There has been plenty of discussion about those wonderful Hewlett-Packard television commercials offering us futuristic visions of unheard-of conveniences such as cars that tell us they are in need of a visit torepparttar 119093 mechanic before they break down - then call ahead torepparttar 119094 nearest garage and arrange a cab to deliver us to an important scheduled meeting atrepparttar 119095 office without missing a beat. If you haven't seen it, visit:

Rampant Rudeness on the Internet: What Would "Miss Manners" Say?

Written by Merle

Give some people a computer and an Internet connection and they think it's a license for rudeness. What is it aboutrepparttar Internet that causes some folks to take all they learned about basic etiquette and throw it right outrepparttar 119072 window?

Think about it: Just because your reader can't see you doesn't give yourepparttar 119073 right to be rude, but there are millions of Net users who feel that it does. I've been called names I'd rather not repeat in polite company and have been replied to in ALL CAPS. I'm not deaf.... THERE'S REALLY NO NEED TO YELL.

I attribute this newfound sense of rudeness torepparttar 119074 feeling of invisibility one gets while sitting behindrepparttar 119075 keyboard. I mean, would you really come up to me face to face and call me a "Jackass" when you can't read simple directions on how to unsubscribe yourself from my ezine? I think not.

In this new digital age it appears we've taken everyday common courtesy and thrown it right outrepparttar 119076 window. Whatever happened to "please" and "thank you?" My mother, who taught me as a child to call all adults 'Mr.' or 'Mrs.' would have cardiac arrest overrepparttar 119077 emails I receive on a daily basis.

Rememberrepparttar 119078 "Golden Rule?" "Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you." Translation: before you call someone names, swear at them, report them to Spam Cop or do any other annoying gesture, stop and think. Maybe you did subscribe to that ezine and just don't remember. Try giving someonerepparttar 119079 benefit ofrepparttar 119080 doubt before firing off an ugly email message that a real live breathing human being with feelings is going to read. Computers may not have feelings, but people do and there's a person behind every email address and/ or website.

Here arerepparttar 119081 'Top 10 Do's and Don'ts' for online communication:

1) Don't reply to someone in all caps; it's equivalent to screaming at them.

2) If you receive a newsletter and can't figure out how to unsubscribe, before threatening to sue or reportingrepparttar 119082 publisher for Spam, politely askrepparttar 119083 publisher to be removed. Any ezine publisher worth his salt will be happy to oblige. We really don't want to hold you captive.

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