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LinuxProgramming.com: Editor's Comment: It's Time for Directed Geekery

Feb 23, 2001, 14:47 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lou Grinzo)

There's a news item currently on the Reuters site that says that people aren't exactly giggling with delight over wireless web access (paraphrasing slightly). I have to admit I'm having trouble showing restraint on this one, and the urge to do a Homer Simpson-esque "Doh!" or to draw a parallel to the infamous study supposedly funded by the US government looking into why small children fall off bicycles (tricycles?) or to Push Technology, is just about overwhelming. But I'll try to resist the urge and stay on topic.

The reason I bring this up is that it's one of the clearest examples I've seen in a very long time of people, in this case the techies and marketers behind the wireless web, "doing something simply because they can", a.k.a. random geekery. The idea of trying to access the web on a PDA screen is a stretch, but using the miniscule screen and input methods on a phone for web access is just plain goofy. Yes, I'm sure there are certain very narrow niches for which this technology makes sense, but general-purpose web access, especially e-commerce, makes about as much sense as downloading the latest TurboDebSlackRedManCalduSE Linux distro via a 1200 baud modem.

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