34 thoughts on “iPod, Kindle, Facebook — and a Nomad Called Me”

  1. t’s exactly when I fell in love with my Kindle–on the trip to India. I now have everything either in the Cloud, on my phone, or on the Kindla. So could I be homeless and happy? mmmmmm…not quite. Gotta add that down quilt.

  2. Om – just curious – are you missing the iPhone much? Particularly after this trip? The network just HAS to get better – right? I want one bad….but still need to make calls!

  3. I have to respectfully disagree. I think it’s actually work we are bringing with us, not home. The rest I agree with. In other words, replace the word hearth/home with WORK, and I agree. And I agree that anyplace there is a wireless connection is work.

    Home is the opposite of that!

  4. You forgot Shortcovers. Its a service that enables you to buy and load ebooks onto the device you likely already own — iphone, blackberry, etc. Its very, very cool.

  5. Chris

    Are you an employee of Shortcovers? Just checking!

    I know they just came out of stealth today and not sure if everyone knows how cool they are…. I had a rough time trying to get it to work and the content is scant. So no they are not cool.

  6. @HSK

    Actually the Blackberry 8900 did hold up admirably and was much more productive on the road. I missed the ease of use of iPhone when it came to surfing and Facebook.

  7. @Victor

    I think what you are saying -taking a WORK centric view – is valid if you look in the rear view mirror. I think what I am saying is going to be more relevant in the future. If you think about the disruption caused by the current economic crisis, you will see that the definition of work is going to change. Their will be much greater fluidity in our lives in decades to come.

  8. I have to disagree with you on facebook. First of all its not earth shattering technology but it makes easy for lazy people to get connected with near and dear. I have seen many not updating their profile on a regular basis. The moment the updates stop on regular basis, there is no point in looking at the facebook.
    I remember the days of instant messaging, people just loved it . Now I see all my buddies either in the stealth mode or not logged in at all.

    Having said that , I know few who are diligent about communicating their updates. All the social networks are useful only if people are willing to spend most of the their time updating their profiles.

    On the ipods and Kindle , you are absolutely right. They are powerful and let you access your information from anywhere in the world you have internet.

  9. Hope you get your Kindle, Om. However, you have the privilege of living in the US, where the Kindle’s mobile network connection works and you can buy and download your books as you please. But what about the rest of the world? If I buy the somewhat pricey Kindle II(which includes the mobile data subscription), will it work outside the US? Can it download over WiFi or off a computer? r

  10. Even if you’re not gadding about the world, the “connection” is the umbilical to the rest of the world.

    Yesterday – for about 3 hours I had no Internet connection. My ancient Surfboard cable modem – which came in the door when Comcast bought TCI and cable broadband finally arrived in northern New Mexico – dropped dead.

    Yes, I had DirecTV for incoming mass media and news; but, no access to all the Web sites I rely on for what’s going on throughout the world. And NO possibility of getting my heartfelt personal opinions and analysis back out to the six people who might care what I have to say.

    Phew! Big sigh of relief after I dashed to the nearest Big Box and bought a new modem – activated it with Comcast – and rejoined the rest of the world. Even though I only [usually] drive to town once a week for groceries.

  11. Om, you are probably one of the senior bloggers on the circuit. Having traveled widely and blogged on all technology issues, don’t you think reliance on social networking sites is harming our younger generation? You probably one of the very few balanced persons, can handle the onslaught of information on to your life but just think of young kids who are so addicted to Facebook, MySpace and other social sites that they have stopped living physically in this world. I am not sure about what is happening in US but in Delhi defintely, children who are in their teens have become recluse and inward looking typos. So touch these behavioral issues as well in your blog.

  12. I wish someone could do a Facebook to email.

    Is there anyone beyond Xobni and Xoopit on the tapping-the-social-graph-from-email story. And the two are old news now. And Xobni has stopped responding to any Qs about when they will go beyond Outllok, specially TB. And Xoopit is still webmail, not desktop.

  13. I believe our generation is lowly but firmly turning more inwards. If I start counting my friends today, there will be about 12-15 good one, and most of these are outside India, whom I have never met!!

    Contrast this with the time I was in college, we had a similar group-about 15- and we used to meet daily outside the cigarettes shop. Now we meet around the water coolers on social sites. We waited eagerly for magazines after finishing the monthly edition with 2 days, now we sit before a monitor and read them there! Life has changed drastically but somewhere deep down I feel it is for no good!

    Manish Pahuja

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