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Panpa Bulletin : Oct-Nov-December 2007
PANPA Bulletin October-November-December 2007 23 Can you remember a time before mobile technology blurred the lines between work and play? I write this column from the veranda of a beach house on the NSW mid-coast on my new Fujitsu Lifebook (1610P 3G). What's really terrific is the size. Smaller than the Richard Branson autobiography sitting unread on the coffee table nearby, it straddles the line between tiny note- book and Ultra Mobile Personal Computer (UMPC). Even more exciting for a technology tragic, it features built-in 3G, which can facilitate my VPN. With powerful bandwidth of 1.8Mbps, I can make crystal clear internet phone calls using my favoured Skype software or download hefty data files. Marvellous. Sitting in the sun, overlooking Bluey's Beach, fully connected to the office LAN. You might see this as technology intrud- ing on my personal life. I beg to differ. The device is so portable I take it every- where and switch in and out of my working life without fuss. The pay off: I get away guilt free on the footy team annual trip while easily discharging my work responsibilities as well. If something urgent arises, I open a 'synchronous' channel with instant com- munications to the office via phone call or instant messenger. This is not to say all technology use is beneficial. As such, I'll go out on a limb and predict a dramatic change in the way people use mobile email devices such as Blackberries. People today expect technology to aug- ment their lifestyle. Yet I'm amazed at the number of people using Blackberries to 'push' email. Slaves to handheld email, they dive manically into pockets and handbags in response to a familiar vibration. The email arrives whether requested or not. And over time, users develop a Pavlovian response, creating a widely rec- ognised but rarely addressed business con- straint. Email, like SMS, was never meant for time critical communications anyway. That's better left to media encouraging two-way communication such as instant messenger and the good old telephone. Taking control of email is a simple and effective way for time-poor media types to snatch another half hour in the day. If you are not on call, it makes a lot of sense to use 'pull' email, receiving messages in batches at a time you have chosen. Most smartphones contain built-in clients you can use to receive email at pre- determined intervals. You set the retrieval intervals. Or you can elect to receive email on a needs basis. Perhaps selectively in that quiet period before you jump on the plane or break for afternoon tea. I've worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years. Yet only three years ago I real- ised personal technology was not serving me well. It was time to make changes. The first major change was excluding mobile numbers from my business card. Not the norm, but it has dramatically improved my quality of life. Bucking the trend to go totally mobile, I prefer to give out my landline number. Often calls pass through to voicemail. Critical business calls are diverted to my mobile. At the end of the day, technol- ogy should serve the user in a positive way. View Fujitsu's Lifebook range at www. fujitsulifebook.com.au CONNECT Kareem Tawansi is Managing Director of Solentive Software Development. www.solentive.com.au Is the Blackberry as we know it facing extinction? consumption technology For the mobile devices people are using to view news, the tide may be changing By Kareem Tawansi
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