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Tim Bray: "iPod? Blackberry? Texting? Not For Me, Thanks"

XML Pioneer Tim Bray Blogging About His "Mobility Needs"

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    "Wherever I am, my laptop is with me, and if it's turned on, it's on the Net unless I'm out of WiFi range. It has an excellent screen for looking at pictures and is a fine music box."

    This simple truth is at the heart of XML pioneer Tim Bray's personal decision to steer clear of PDAs or the Blackberry. (The italics are ours.)

    "Of course," he blogged on Tuesday, "there are lots of times when the computer isn't on: when I'm walking, or in a car, or shopping. Of course, I'd still like to be connected some of those times. To be precise, I'd like to be connected by voice; what I need is a good old-fashioned telephone."

    Bray continues:

    "What I Need, and Don't

    So, I need a mobile device that is a phone, and I also always have a camera so if the two were one, that would be OK. It would be nice to be able to see my calendar while I'm on the phone. I don't particularly need mobile e-mail or web access or picture-viewing or music-listening, beyond what the computer gives me.

    Bluetooth? I think it hits the sweet spot for me. I'd totally love one of the hot new phones with high-speed flat-rate data that I can leave in my bag. Then I stick a Bluetooth headset over one ear, and then have my computer connect through it so I'm really on the Net all the time.

    But... iPod? Blackberry? Texting? Not for me, thanks; at the moment anyhow. Are there others like me?"

    Well, are there? Doubtless readers will let us know in the appropriate fashion. The feedback link below is all yours!


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    Tom LaSalle 06/21/06 09:18:15 AM EDT

    My experiences are similar. There is a limit to realtime communications and the quality of those communications. Often times if I would respond to requests or needs to quickly the quality of the response will suffer. I have a cell phone so if people need to reach my right away they can call. Hearing ones voice is an additional dimension and value add you can not get thru email, either attached or mobile. Until there is a device that can act equally well as a laptop for email (read larger keyboard and screen) and a phone I will not move toward multiple devices.

    Micaela Hooks 11/07/04 02:43:21 AM EST

    Not sure if I get that sentiment. I can see the point of not needing a game or annoying camera in my phone, as well as being under pressure because now I'm definitely reachable 24/7 on my BlackBerry. Or, I could just turn it off and exercise my right to privacy.
    In the lacking behind mobile industry in the US(take a look at Europe and Asia), the arrival of the BlackBerry has made such a difference. No more towing around Laptops and accessories overseas, if all you need is access to e-mail. Sure, it's totally mainstream, but every once in a while it's ok not to be different.

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