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August 30, 2009

When I was a kid, I was told “Walk in a straight line: keeping one arm distance from the person in front of you; face down”. This was the discipline I was taught.

Today I still keep my face down for most of my activities:
Walking: Reading my emails over my phone
Sitting: Using my laptop

Is technology making sure I stay disciplined?

Today I read, “China signs deal to sell iPhones“. China has more than 600 million mobile phone accounts. Most of the users while using a smart phone are “face down”. That is what I call a discipline.

Smartphones have taken over the way we connect with the world and with our selves. I use a Palm Treo 800w. The phone allows me to download apps which connect me to social networking sites. It has built in browser with JavaScript support which allows me to browse any site and perform work operations while I am remote from my work.

Smart phones are still evolving and some of the areas where I feel they lack are:
1. Processing Speed
2. Internet Browsing bandwidth
3. Browser capability
4. Screen Resolution (real estate limitations)

As a Knowledge Manager I believe technology is evolving to make our lives better and I have had the opportunity to realize at a very early age that technology can help maintain discipline in our lives.

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