Re: Wireless ecommerce

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu May 25 2000 - 14:29:33 MDT

From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>

>Stock brokers use PDAs a lot, especially on trading floors, that are
>for stock trading. I'm sure their enthusiasm with this specific application
>whats behind the hype, as if the rest of us need it or want it. I
>don't get how you can get a reliable amount of info displayed on those puny
>little things. Anyone care to comment?

I'm not sure what you mean by a "reliable" amount of info, but if the info
is high-quality, it doesn't necessarily need to be high-quantity. Most of
what you see on your PC monitor when browsing the web is unecessary
surplussage. Logos, pictures, ads, fancy colors. All you really need is
the data. For instance I use my Palm all the time for driving directions
downloaded from MapQuest. What I get is just the facts ("turn left here, go
straight for 10 miles" etc.) without all the ads, and unecessary hyperlinks.

I don't know about you, but I love having the phone number and address of
*everyone* I know with me at all times. Palms are ideal for that and not
bad at helping you keep track of your calendaring schedule as well. It's
not great for email, since data entry is still a pain. But for reading the
news its also pretty cool. I also keep mine up to date with all the movies
playing in my area so if I decide at the drop of a hat to go see, say,
Gladiator I can find out instantly where its playing near me and what time
it starts next.

Although its largely like any other technology. If you have it you find
stuff to do with it. If you don't, you can live with out it. I still have
friends who have never owned a PC (if you can believe *that*) and they don't
miss it at all. Me, if I didn't have access to a PC at least once a day I'd
be lost.


"I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past"
--Thomas Jefferson

Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Jul 27 2000 - 14:11:39 MDT