Connected vs Disconnected Entertainment

As I get more and more acclimated to my Sidekick 3, which I absolutely love, its got me thinking more about our digital world and why we do what we do.

There is no question that Convergance is dead. We are no longer converging from an analog to digital world. We are fully digital now. Anything analog is a mere remnant, soon to be obsolete.

I also think that the internet has also finally become old news. Not in a sense that we no longer will use it. The internet is fully integrated in our lives and will continue to become more and more so. When i say the internet is old news, it means there is nothing suprising or new about it anymore.

Sure, we may connect faster as broadband speeds trickle up. But thats no more exciting or new than a car coming out that can go zero to sixty faster than a predecessor car. Sure we will see new applications and features. But thats no more exciting than appliances adding new bells or whistles or becoming more energy efficient. Is seeing a popcorn popping button on a microwave exciting ? How about cooking that roast 30pct faster ?

The thrill is gone. Things Change. They become boring. They become parts of our lives we dont think twice about. We just naturally integrate the incremental feature and services

Its come down to the fact that bits are bits. Anything digital can be sent anyhere, received by anyone. Its just a question of how long it takes to get there, how much of it you send, how you manage them and at what cost and price. Its boring.

Any of us have the option of being continuously connected with a wired or wireless umbilical cord with bits cursing through it to devices large or small; handheld, beltbound , desktop or theatrical, you name it. Its really no big deal.

Which leads to where i think we have come in our digital lives.

We now continously choose between a connected or disconnected state, and that is how we define our ongoing activities to ourselves and those around us.

Personally I disconnect when I go to bed. Phone is off by the bed. My wife and I can talk, watch TV, read stories to my daughter. The rest of the day Im connected and i choose whether to allow interruptions or not. Its private time because Im disconnected.

During the day, the perceived quality of my committment to any person, place or thing is typically defined by the continuity of checking whatever digital access device Im carrying. Which in my case is my Sidekick 3. If I pull it out to keep an eye on my email, its my way of saying, something more important is allowed to intrude upon our interaction. Deal with it.

Its something we all experience from both sides. If we are talking to someone, if the phone or PDA comes out, we all slump our shoulders just a little knowing there is something more important going on for the other person(s). We all want to think that we are important enough for the other person to digitally disconnect

Its not a big deal to give our cellphone number or PDA email address, It has become a big deal to have a continuous “thread” with a person. The duration in hours, days, months and years of that thread more often than not reflects our relationship with that person. A delayed or lack of response is a delete key not just to a message , but to a business or personal relationship.

And sometimes, individually, our digital lives become so strong or intense, we all want to think that there is something more important for us to do for ourselves than what some digital bits have in store for us.

Being so continously connected, we all get what I call Digital Cabin Fever. The feeling of being too completely connected and available to intrusion, that we have an overwhelming need to disconnect. THe more i have going on, the stronger the Digital Fever. It hits me strong about once a month. it may be the movies. Its always at a Mavs game. I just turn off the SideKick.
Not silent, not buzz mode. Off. 90 minutes of disconnection is enough for me to get over it.

Digital Cabin Fever isnt a problem. Its not a newly named disease. Its just a reality. It means I think highly enough of what I can do with any of my digital devices to maintain digital connectivity for what amounts to almost every waking moment.

Personally, I am truly connected digitally every waking moment till I choose to disconect.

Im watching a digital network, HDNet, HDNet Movies, TNT HD, HBO HD, etc, on my HDTV.
Im talking, texting or emailing on my sidekick.
Im on my new HP PC in front of my digital LCD Monitor.
Im backing up my digital life to Filesanywhere.com or a flash drive to be able to access my life from anywhere.
Im looking for business information or fun videos online.
Im surfing just to see whats out there.

its a digital life and Im more than fine with it. Im excited about it. But the best part of it is, Im used to it. Its now normal, and I know when I need a break and i take it.

IMHO, the need to disconnect will create the need to get away and keep the doors for out of home entertainment, from movies to sports wide, wide open. Digital Cabin Fever, wont create problems, it will create opportunities.

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  2. I totally remember when “convergence” was hot, hot, hot. People kept talking about cars that would email you when you ran low on gas, or fridges that monitored the price of milk. People stopped talking about convergence after the Internet bubble… so it crept up on us without much ado at all. Now even 13 year olds have fancy multimedia phones. I’m glad you like your Sidekick, but I’d choose a phone that delivered more music capability. Check out this totally mainstream list of music phones that are hot sellers this summer:
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    “Music phones are cell phones that allow users to import MP3 music files or iTunes from their PCs or download them wirelessly from a content provider. These types of cell phones are our fastest-growing category of wireless handsets,” said Brian Westrick, President of Wirefly. “Music phones only joined the cell phone lineup last year. Still, according to a recent IDC study, over 50 million U.S. consumers will be using over-the-air wireless music services by 2010. We see music as an enormously popular feature in the wireless market today.”

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    Sony KDE-42XS955 Television……$550USD
    Sony FWD-50PX1/S Television…..$1200USD
    Samsung HP-R4252 Television……..$500USD
    Samsung LN-R328W – LCD TV – 32….$500usd
    Samsung LN-R408D – LCD TV – 40….$800usd
    Samsung LT-P326W – LCD TV – 32….$650usd
    Samsung LTM 225W – LCD TV – 22….$500usd
    Samsung PPM63H3-plasma panel 63…$2000usd
    Samsung HP-P5071 50-inch 1366X768 HD Plasma TV Ref…..$800usd
    Samsung HPP5031 – plasma panel – 50…$1000usd
    Pioneer PDP-5050HD Television…….$1000USD
    Sharp 32″ Aquos HD-Ready LCD TV….$500usd.
    SIDE-KICK
    T-Mobile Sidekick II Cell Phone……..$120
    T-Mobile Sidekick II………………..$100
    Sidekick II T-Mobile with Color Screen…$120
    T-Mobile Sidekick II TMO to Go Prepaid Phone…$110
    T-Mobile Sidekick II Phone (T-Mobile)……$100
    T-Mobile Sidekick II T-Mobile Replacement Phone…$130
    T-Mobile Sidekick – Data Only Product Features..$100
    T-Mobile SideKick II………….$120
    Mobile Sidekick II…………….$120
    Mobile Sidekick III…………….$140
    Sidekick III Wood Look Skin & Screen Protector Brand New …..$160
    Sidekick II Red Sparkle Skin/Screen Protector Cover New ……$130
    Danger hiptop / T-Mobile Sidekick Universal FM Radio ………$140
    DIGITAL CAMERA
    Canon power shot s80 digital camera = $220
    Casio exilim ex-s500 digital camera (orange, )= $230
    Digital blue qx5 digital microscope= $170
    Fuji film finepix f10 digital camera =$150
    Nikon d2x digital camera (body only)=$140
    Olympus fe-100 digital camera =$150
    PDA’s
    HP IPaq Pocket PC H4150 === $145
    Asus MyPal A716 === $135
    HP IPaq Pocket PC H4350 === $140
    Toshiba Pocket PC E405 ====== $120
    Sony Clie PEG-TH55 ====== $140
    Toshiba Pocket PC E800 ===== $150
    PalmOne Zire 72===== $120
    PalmOne Tungsten E === $100
    PalmOne Tungsten C ==== $140
    PalmOne Zire 31 ===== $100
    palm Treo 650====$160
    VIDEO GAMES
    play station 1… $160
    play station 2 …$180
    play station 3…$200
    x_box 360….$250
    GARMIN 396…$200
    Game boy latext edition……$140
    LAPTOPS
    Acer TravelMate 1.3GHz Celeron M 256MB/40GB CD-RW/DVD ;;$250
    Acer Aspire 1.5GHz Celeron 256MB Laptop Computer 192028 ;;;$399
    Electrovaya – PP120A – Power Pad 120 ;;; $250
    IntelliStation A Pro 622439U Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 ;;; $500
    IntelliStation A Pro 622439U with NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 ;;$500
    IntelliStation A Pro 6224 Opteron 248 36.4 2.2GHz 2GB ;;;$500
    Low Price Averatec Notebook ;;;;$320
    Gateway 2000 Solo 2100 2200 Lenmar LBGT2100L Battery ;;;$110
    IBM Thinkpad T42 1.7GHz 512MB 40GB CD-RW/DVD 15″ XGA ;;$400
    IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet PC 1.5GHz 1.5GB 60GB Bluetooth;;;$500
    IBM Thinkpad T43 1.86GHz 2GB 60GB DVD Burner 14.1″ SXGA ;;;$650
    IBM Thinkpad R52 1.73GHz 768MB 40GB CD-RW/DVD 15″ XGA ;;;;$330
    Viewsonic Tablet Pc V1250, Convertible Tablet;;$440
    IBM Thinkpad T43 PM 1.86GHz 1GB 40GB CDRW DVD WiFi XP ;;$400
    IBM Thinkpad T43 2GHz 1GB 60GB Mult

    Comment by Wiltord Smith -

  5. LORD MOBILE PHONE COMPANY
    130 gate road
    victoria island
    lagos
    lordmobilephonecompany@yahoo.com
    +2348026866156

    We have all kind of Mobile Phones For Sale. We have All kind of Nokia,
    Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Nextel, Qtek, BenQ, Os and all kind
    of Mobile Phones Our Mobile Phones are:-
    1) Brand new gsm phones (this includes accessories, Manuals, software
    and boxes)
    2) Unlocked / sim free
    3) Brand oem (original manufacturer) box – no copies
    4) All phones have English language as default
    5) All material (software, manual) – Car chargers – Home chargers – USB
    data cables – holsters/belt clips – Wireless headsets (Bluetooth) –
    Leather and non-leather carrying cases – Batteries.
    If you are interested, Forward your questions and enquires to us via
    email with your order and Shipping details.
    We give 1 year warranty for every phone sold out to Our costumers, our
    phones are company class 1 tested And approved by global standard
    organization of Wireless industries, brand new phones with complete
    Accessories, extra charger and battery.
    MOTOROLA MOBILE PHONE
    MOTOROLA MPX 300…….$150USD
    MOTOROLA MPX 200 ……$155USD
    MOTOROLA RAZR V3 ……..155$
    MOTOROLA E895 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V1150 ……….120$
    MOTOROLA V8 ………….120$
    MOTOROLA V6 ………….120$
    MOTOROLA A1010 ……….100$
    MOTOROLA E1060 ……….122$
    MOTOROLA E1120 ……….110$
    MOTOROLA V560 ………..130$
    MOTOROLA K600 ………..100$
    MOTOROLA V635 ………..100$
    MOTOROLA A668 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V980 ………..130$
    MOTOROLA C980 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V600 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V600i………. 120$

    NOKIA MOBILE PHONE
    NOKIA 8850 ….. $150USD
    NOKIA N90 …….$190USD
    NOKIA N91 ……$230USD
    NOKIA N93…….$230
    Nokia N92……..$200
    Nokia 6060…….. 175$
    Nokia 6111…….. 175$
    Nokia 6270 ……..175$
    Nokia 6270……. .175$
    Nokia 6280 ……..175$
    Nokia N70 ………155$
    Nokia Vertu …….255$
    Nokia 5140i …….145$
    Nokia 6230i …….145$
    Nokia 8800 ……..265$
    Nokia 6021 ……..145$
    Nokia 6030 ……..145$
    Nokia 6680 ……..145$
    Nokia 6681 ……..120$
    Nokia 6101 ……..110$
    Nokia 6822 ……..110$
    Nokia 7710 ……..110$
    Nokia 6170 ……..145$
    Nokia 6260 ……..145$
    Nokia 3510i …….95$
    Nokia 6630 ……..120$
    Nokia 9300 ……..205

    SONY ERICSSON MOBILE PHONE
    SONY ERICSSON P910………….$160USD
    SONY ERICSSON P900………….$150USD
    SONY-ERICSSON S600 ……185$
    Sony Ericsson w800i …..175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K600 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K700i …..145$
    SONY-ERICSSON K500i …..120$
    SONY-ERICSSON D750 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K750i …..175$
    SONY-ERICSSON W800 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K750 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON J300 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K600 ……155$
    SONY-ERICSSON Z800 ……155$
    SONY-ERICSSON K300 ……175$
    1996 Transfer Case: Sidekick 1996, and 1997 automatic….$140 usd
    Sidekick Basic Kit…………………………………$150 usd
    Sidekick II T-Mobile Cell Phone with Color Screen……..$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick 2 Danger Cell Phone………………..$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick II TMO to Go Prepaid Phone………….$140 usd
    Mobile Sidekick II…………………………………$110 usd
    ProTop 2 Piece Hardtop Suzuki Vitara / Chevy Tracker…..$150 usd
    Protop 2 Piece Hardtop for Sidekick / Tracker ………..$160 usd
    Original Extended Carbox Package 1989-1998……………$140 usd
    Original Extended Carbox Sidekick/Tracker 2 &…………$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick 2 Danger Cell Phone………………..$130 usd
    SIDEKICK 3 for just………………………………..$160 usd

    SAMSUNG MOBILE PHONE
    SAMSUNG D600 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P860 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P850 ……175$
    SAMSUNG E730 ……175$
    SAMSUNG D510 ……175$
    SAMSUNG Z700 ……145$
    SAMSUNG D720 ……175$
    SAMSUNG Z130 ……110$
    SAMSUNG Z500 ……120$
    SAMSUNG Z300 ……110$
    SAMSUNG E350 ……175$
    SAMSUNG E720 ……175$
    SAMSUNG B100 ……175$
    SAMSUNG X640 ……175$
    SAMSUNG X480 ……155$
    SAMSUNG X460 ……155$
    SAMSUNG D500 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P730 ……155$
    SAMSUNG P710 ……120$

    IPOD
    Apple iPod nano 2GB Black MP3 Player….$100USD
    Apple iPod Video 30GB Black MP3 Player…$1oousd
    Apple iPod Video 30GB Black MP3 Player…$150usd
    Apple iPod Mini 4GB 18hour battery – Pink MP3 Player…$120usd
    Apple iPod nano 4GB Black MP3 Player….$150usd
    and many more……………..

    NEXTEL MOBILE PHONES
    Sprint Nextel NOK3205SPR Cell Phone……$90usd
    Sprint Nextel LG535KIT Cell Phone……….$130usd
    Sprint Nextel SCP5500KTS Cell Phone……..$110usd
    Play station 1……… $120
    Play station 2 ….$130
    Play station 3…..$150
    Xbox 360………$200
    GARMIN 396……..$150

    PDA
    Palm Zire 72 PDA……..$100usd
    Sony PEG-SJ33 Color CLIÉ Handheld PDA…$120usd
    Sony CLIÉ PEG-UX50 PDA…….$150usd
    HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx4705 PDA…..$160usd
    Palm Tungsten E PDA…….$60usd
    Palm Tungsten T5 PDA…….$80usd
    Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager PDA…..$100usd
    HP iPAQ Pocket PC HX4700 PDA……$200usd
    Sharp Mobilon HC-4100 PDA……$100usd
    o2 XDAII MINI integrated Pocket PC & GSM phone……$300usd
    o2 XDAIIS integrated pocket PC & GSM Phone…….$330usd
    HP Ipaq HX4700 Pocket PC ……..$200usd
    HP Ipaq HX2700 Pocket PC …….$300usd
    and many more available in store and legit buyer needed.

    LAPTOPS
    Dell Latitude C640 1.8GHz P4 Laptop w/CD-RW……$350USD
    Dell Inspiron XPS M140 Notebook Computer for Home…..$480USD
    Sony VAIO FS540P – Pentium M 730 1.6 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$500USD
    Sony Intel Pentium M 100GB Notebook Computer with DVD+/-R/RW Drive…$550USD
    ThinkPad G40 2389 – C 2.5 GHz – 14.1″ TFT IBM…..$580USD
    Panasonic Toughbook 18 Touchscre……$500USD
    HP Compaq Business Notebook nc8230 – Pentium M 760 2 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$950USD
    HP Compaq Mobile Workstation nw8240 – Pentium M 760 2 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$780USD
    and many more…………..
    DVD
    Panasonic DVD-LS5 DVD Player…$150USD
    Mintek MDP-5860 DVD Player…..$90USD
    Panasonic DMR-E50S DVD Recorder…$190USD
    Samsung DVD-L200 DVD Player….. $150USD
    and many more…………………….
    TELEVISION
    Panasonic TH-42PD50U Television…..$600USD
    Panasonic TH-42PX50U Television…..$1000USD
    Panasonic TH-50PX50U Television…..$1500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PWD6UY Television….$500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P Television…$400USD
    Panasonic TH-42PHD8UK Television….$450USD
    Panasonic TH-65PHD7UY Television….$2500USD
    Pioneer PDP-5050HD Television…….$1000USD
    Panasonic TH-37PX50U Television….$500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PX500U Television…$800USD
    Sony KLV-32M1 Television………$400USD
    Sony PFM-42V1/S Television………$500USD
    Sony KDE-61XBR950 Television……$5000USD
    Sony KDE-42XBR950 Television……$1000USD
    Sony PFM-42X1/S Television…….$500USD
    Sony KDE-42XS955 Television……$550USD
    Sony FWD-50PX1/S Television…..$1200USD
    Samsung HP-R4252 Television……..$500USD
    Samsung LN-R328W – LCD TV – 32….$500usd
    Samsung LN-R408D – LCD TV – 40….$800usd
    Samsung LT-P326W – LCD TV – 32….$650usd
    Samsung LTM 225W – LCD TV – 22….$500usd
    Samsung PPM63H3-plasma panel 63…$2000usd
    Samsung HP-P5071 50-inch 1366X768 HD Plasma TV Ref…..$800usd
    Samsung HPP5031 – plasma panel – 50…$1000usd
    Pioneer PDP-5050HD Television…….$1000USD
    Sharp 32″ Aquos HD-Ready LCD TV….$500usd.
    and many more……………
    contact us today at lordmobilephonecompany@yahoo.com
    thanks

    Comment by peter smith -

  6. LORD MOBILE PHONE COMPANY
    130 gate road
    victoria island
    lagos
    lordmobilephonecompany@yahoo.com
    +2348026866156

    We have all kind of Mobile Phones For Sale. We have All kind of Nokia,
    Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Nextel, Qtek, BenQ, Os and all kind
    of Mobile Phones Our Mobile Phones are:-
    1) Brand new gsm phones (this includes accessories, Manuals, software
    and boxes)
    2) Unlocked / sim free
    3) Brand oem (original manufacturer) box – no copies
    4) All phones have English language as default
    5) All material (software, manual) – Car chargers – Home chargers – USB
    data cables – holsters/belt clips – Wireless headsets (Bluetooth) –
    Leather and non-leather carrying cases – Batteries.
    If you are interested, Forward your questions and enquires to us via
    email with your order and Shipping details.
    We give 1 year warranty for every phone sold out to Our costumers, our
    phones are company class 1 tested And approved by global standard
    organization of Wireless industries, brand new phones with complete
    Accessories, extra charger and battery.
    MOTOROLA MOBILE PHONE
    MOTOROLA MPX 300…….$150USD
    MOTOROLA MPX 200 ……$155USD
    MOTOROLA RAZR V3 ……..155$
    MOTOROLA E895 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V1150 ……….120$
    MOTOROLA V8 ………….120$
    MOTOROLA V6 ………….120$
    MOTOROLA A1010 ……….100$
    MOTOROLA E1060 ……….122$
    MOTOROLA E1120 ……….110$
    MOTOROLA V560 ………..130$
    MOTOROLA K600 ………..100$
    MOTOROLA V635 ………..100$
    MOTOROLA A668 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V980 ………..130$
    MOTOROLA C980 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V600 ………..120$
    MOTOROLA V600i………. 120$

    NOKIA MOBILE PHONE
    NOKIA 8850 ….. $150USD
    NOKIA N90 …….$190USD
    NOKIA N91 ……$230USD
    NOKIA N93…….$230
    Nokia N92……..$200
    Nokia 6060…….. 175$
    Nokia 6111…….. 175$
    Nokia 6270 ……..175$
    Nokia 6270……. .175$
    Nokia 6280 ……..175$
    Nokia N70 ………155$
    Nokia Vertu …….255$
    Nokia 5140i …….145$
    Nokia 6230i …….145$
    Nokia 8800 ……..265$
    Nokia 6021 ……..145$
    Nokia 6030 ……..145$
    Nokia 6680 ……..145$
    Nokia 6681 ……..120$
    Nokia 6101 ……..110$
    Nokia 6822 ……..110$
    Nokia 7710 ……..110$
    Nokia 6170 ……..145$
    Nokia 6260 ……..145$
    Nokia 3510i …….95$
    Nokia 6630 ……..120$
    Nokia 9300 ……..205

    SONY ERICSSON MOBILE PHONE
    SONY ERICSSON P910………….$160USD
    SONY ERICSSON P900………….$150USD
    SONY-ERICSSON S600 ……185$
    Sony Ericsson w800i …..175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K600 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K700i …..145$
    SONY-ERICSSON K500i …..120$
    SONY-ERICSSON D750 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K750i …..175$
    SONY-ERICSSON W800 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K750 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON J300 ……175$
    SONY-ERICSSON K600 ……155$
    SONY-ERICSSON Z800 ……155$
    SONY-ERICSSON K300 ……175$
    1996 Transfer Case: Sidekick 1996, and 1997 automatic….$140 usd
    Sidekick Basic Kit…………………………………$150 usd
    Sidekick II T-Mobile Cell Phone with Color Screen……..$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick 2 Danger Cell Phone………………..$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick II TMO to Go Prepaid Phone………….$140 usd
    Mobile Sidekick II…………………………………$110 usd
    ProTop 2 Piece Hardtop Suzuki Vitara / Chevy Tracker…..$150 usd
    Protop 2 Piece Hardtop for Sidekick / Tracker ………..$160 usd
    Original Extended Carbox Package 1989-1998……………$140 usd
    Original Extended Carbox Sidekick/Tracker 2 &…………$130 usd
    T-Mobile Sidekick 2 Danger Cell Phone………………..$130 usd
    SIDEKICK 3 for just………………………………..$160 usd

    SAMSUNG MOBILE PHONE
    SAMSUNG D600 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P860 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P850 ……175$
    SAMSUNG E730 ……175$
    SAMSUNG D510 ……175$
    SAMSUNG Z700 ……145$
    SAMSUNG D720 ……175$
    SAMSUNG Z130 ……110$
    SAMSUNG Z500 ……120$
    SAMSUNG Z300 ……110$
    SAMSUNG E350 ……175$
    SAMSUNG E720 ……175$
    SAMSUNG B100 ……175$
    SAMSUNG X640 ……175$
    SAMSUNG X480 ……155$
    SAMSUNG X460 ……155$
    SAMSUNG D500 ……175$
    SAMSUNG P730 ……155$
    SAMSUNG P710 ……120$

    IPOD
    Apple iPod nano 2GB Black MP3 Player….$100USD
    Apple iPod Video 30GB Black MP3 Player…$1oousd
    Apple iPod Video 30GB Black MP3 Player…$150usd
    Apple iPod Mini 4GB 18hour battery – Pink MP3 Player…$120usd
    Apple iPod nano 4GB Black MP3 Player….$150usd
    and many more……………..

    NEXTEL MOBILE PHONES
    Sprint Nextel NOK3205SPR Cell Phone……$90usd
    Sprint Nextel LG535KIT Cell Phone……….$130usd
    Sprint Nextel SCP5500KTS Cell Phone……..$110usd
    Play station 1……… $120
    Play station 2 ….$130
    Play station 3…..$150
    Xbox 360………$200
    GARMIN 396……..$150

    PDA
    Palm Zire 72 PDA……..$100usd
    Sony PEG-SJ33 Color CLIÉ Handheld PDA…$120usd
    Sony CLIÉ PEG-UX50 PDA…….$150usd
    HP iPAQ Pocket PC hx4705 PDA…..$160usd
    Palm Tungsten E PDA…….$60usd
    Palm Tungsten T5 PDA…….$80usd
    Palm LifeDrive Mobile Manager PDA…..$100usd
    HP iPAQ Pocket PC HX4700 PDA……$200usd
    Sharp Mobilon HC-4100 PDA……$100usd
    o2 XDAII MINI integrated Pocket PC & GSM phone……$300usd
    o2 XDAIIS integrated pocket PC & GSM Phone…….$330usd
    HP Ipaq HX4700 Pocket PC ……..$200usd
    HP Ipaq HX2700 Pocket PC …….$300usd
    and many more available in store and legit buyer needed.

    LAPTOPS
    Dell Latitude C640 1.8GHz P4 Laptop w/CD-RW……$350USD
    Dell Inspiron XPS M140 Notebook Computer for Home…..$480USD
    Sony VAIO FS540P – Pentium M 730 1.6 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$500USD
    Sony Intel Pentium M 100GB Notebook Computer with DVD+/-R/RW Drive…$550USD
    ThinkPad G40 2389 – C 2.5 GHz – 14.1″ TFT IBM…..$580USD
    Panasonic Toughbook 18 Touchscre……$500USD
    HP Compaq Business Notebook nc8230 – Pentium M 760 2 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$950USD
    HP Compaq Mobile Workstation nw8240 – Pentium M 760 2 GHz – 15.4″ TFT…$780USD
    and many more…………..
    DVD
    Panasonic DVD-LS5 DVD Player…$150USD
    Mintek MDP-5860 DVD Player…..$90USD
    Panasonic DMR-E50S DVD Recorder…$190USD
    Samsung DVD-L200 DVD Player….. $150USD
    and many more…………………….
    TELEVISION
    Panasonic TH-42PD50U Television…..$600USD
    Panasonic TH-42PX50U Television…..$1000USD
    Panasonic TH-50PX50U Television…..$1500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PWD6UY Television….$500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PD25U/P Television…$400USD
    Panasonic TH-42PHD8UK Television….$450USD
    Panasonic TH-65PHD7UY Television….$2500USD
    Pioneer PDP-5050HD Television…….$1000USD
    Panasonic TH-37PX50U Television….$500USD
    Panasonic TH-42PX500U Television…$800USD
    Sony KLV-32M1 Television………$400USD
    Sony PFM-42V1/S Television………$500USD
    Sony KDE-61XBR950 Television……$5000USD
    Sony KDE-42XBR950 Television……$1000USD
    Sony PFM-42X1/S Television…….$500USD
    Sony KDE-42XS955 Television……$550USD
    Sony FWD-50PX1/S Television…..$1200USD
    Samsung HP-R4252 Television……..$500USD
    Samsung LN-R328W – LCD TV – 32….$500usd
    Samsung LN-R408D – LCD TV – 40….$800usd
    Samsung LT-P326W – LCD TV – 32….$650usd
    Samsung LTM 225W – LCD TV – 22….$500usd
    Samsung PPM63H3-plasma panel 63…$2000usd
    Samsung HP-P5071 50-inch 1366X768 HD Plasma TV Ref…..$800usd
    Samsung HPP5031 – plasma panel – 50…$1000usd
    Pioneer PDP-5050HD Television…….$1000USD
    Sharp 32″ Aquos HD-Ready LCD TV….$500usd.
    and many more……………
    contact us today at lordmobilephonecompany@yahoo.com
    thanks

    Comment by peter smith -

  7. Thanks for the helpful information.

    Comment by Card -

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    MOTOROLA A1000 For $160,
    MOTOROLA MPX 220 For…….. $135usd,
    MOTOROLA MPX 300 For…….. $155usd,

    SONY ERICSSON W800i For……..$160usd,
    SONY ERICSSON K700i For…….. $150usd
    SONY ERICSSON k750i For…….. $160usd
    Sony Ericsson K500i For……… $130,
    Sony Ericsson S700i For…….. $140,
    SONY ERICSSON P900…….. For$165,
    Sony Ericsson P910 For just $170usd,
    Sony Ericsson: Z1010 For………..$175,

    NOKIA 9500 For…….. $150usd,
    NOKIA 9300 For…….. $130usd,
    NOKIA 6260 For……..$140usd,
    NOKIA 8800 For $150usd,
    NOKIA N90 For…….. $180usd
    NOKIA N91 For……….$190usd
    NOKIA N92 For……….$200usd
    NOKIA N93 For ………$220usd
    NOKIA 7610 For………..$150,
    NOKIA 6682 For…………145,
    Nokia 6820 for ……….$130,
    NOKIA 6682 For……….$160,
    NOKIA 7650 For ……….$165,
    NOKIA E60 for………. $160,
    Nokia 6230 for………$130,
    Nokia 6230i for ……….$140,
    NOKIA E61 for………. $165.
    NOKIA E70 for……… $170,

    SENDO X For……….$140,
    SIEMENS SX1 For……….$140,
    NEXTEL i930 For…….. $130usd,
    NEXTEL i860 For…….. $110usd,

    SAMSUNG D500 For…….. $120usd,
    SAMSUNG D600 FOR……..$130usd,
    SAMSUNG Z500 For……..$160usd,
    SAMSUNG D415 For…….. $110usd
    SAMSUNG SGH-T500…For……. $120
    SAMSUNG SGH-T200…For……. $100,
    SAMSUNG SGH-E600…For $130
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  11. There’s nothing worse than having dinner with one of those “VIP broads” who doesn’t know how to turn off her device — if a broad doesn’t turn off and disconnect, you should get up and leave (her with the check). A matter of respect!

    P.S. “Criticism” = excellent post!

    “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.” -Brendan Behan

    Comment by eSchuerzen.com -

  12. I agree with turning off and disconnecting. I think our brains are wasting away with too much data to process.

    Comment by Pascale -

  13. You make the Internet sound like it’s a bad thing. I think it’s actually good that the Internet has become standardized because it allows people to be acquainted with each other regardless of distance. Websites such as Webdate, Wealthymen, and Myspace have opened the doors to all kinds of people to meet and have a great time.

    Comment by Elizabeth -

  14. I love the internet & all of my digital recording equipment that I use for my music.

    But I loathe…no, I HATE the telephone.

    Thank god I don’t have a cell. I love to leave the house not having to worry about anyone interupting my thoughts.I hate my home phone, too; it’s rarely plugged in before noon, because, like Norah Jones, this musician likes to sleep in.I resent it when it rings, as if I have to stop what I’m doing to answer it, which I don’t. If the party calling me can’t leave a message, I figure their call must not have been so important anyway.

    It’s funny ‘tho, how much crap I get from people about this. People tell me I’m ‘selfish’ for not having a cell; as if they’re entitled to instant access at all times.

    They’re not. & I love the freedom of never having to tell everyone I know where I’m at.

    & I don’t care if they answer their cell if we’re eating out. Gives me time to work out musical ideas on cocktail napkins. & if I wander off in search of a hotel piano to try out my ideas, I’m sure they’ll understand if they’re my friends & have my best interest at heart.If they don’t, screw ’em; why give them any access at all?

    Comment by Rhondda Nunes -

  15. Funny how in the swarm of the 29 comments you’ve received thus far, folks are still yapping about the need to, in a word, “disconnect.” Forgive my ignorance, but aren’t we connected now? I think, MC, that your point is well taken… and proven via the responses, regardless if they’re critical or in agreement. You’re right, the Net is boring as we’ve assimilated like the freagin’ Borg to it. I’m old and I can’t remember what the hell I did without a cellphone (CB radio, baby)!

    One of your readers commented (and I paraphrase) about collapsing the digital divide because over 1/2 the world doesn’t have phone access. C’mon, jagoff hippy, you’re missing the point, don’t you think? If you’re connected, then you wait for data. If you’re not, you ain’t getting jack and that’s that. MC, you need some wordsmithing to add after “anyone [that is connected].” Am I being insensitive? Will finishing that last bit of steak on my plate help the starving children in Africa? Let’s not be apologetic or feel guilty for making the most of what’s available.

    MC, I’ve enjoyed your blog. Since you got so much dang face-time on TV (and I still don’t get it since you don’t don a uniform and have a 48″ vertical), I figured that I’d start to understand why by starting with the source — you. I got it at first (fan makes buttload of cash, buys favorite team to make it better, and the rest is history). Good story. But why more? Why did Brad dump Jen? (Ok, Angelina Jolie is super hot, but I digress.)

    I guess I’ve got Digital Cabin fever and need to disconnect awhile.

    Comment by Enrique -

  16. This is an interesting article:

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/11/02/brain.dish/

    Having read that; one can speculate the following. Our digital age allows one to keep track of more people with less effort. Where as before you might have to waste brain space and stress on phone numbers, mailing addresses, etc. there is no need to anymore. You meet someone and enter all their contact info into your “Sidekick” and that makes it simple to recall their information. Sure, ten years ago you could have a rolodex or black book, but that still requires you to take the time and thought of finding it.

    The point is: with the digital age, coming from a business perspective, you can manage more accounts and setup transactions in a more timely fashion. Since you don’t have to spend so much time and effort looking up numbers or mailing addresses you can spend more time, energy and thought developing your ideas.

    If you don’t have a need to do business in such a way then you don’t have to. But one shouldn’t shrug off the “digital” age as non-sense simply because they don’t understand it.

    “Well Joe where’s Steve’s number?”
    “I don’t know Les, let me check my black book.”

    Minutes later.

    “Well Les, I have Steve’s address but not his phone number.”

    “Well I guess we can look him up in the phone book.”
    “Good thinking Joe.”

    “Odd. His number isn’t in here. He must be unlisted.”
    “Well I suppose we can just write him a letter.”

    Days later.

    “Damn Les, the letter got returned to us. How are we supposed to pitch this idea we’ve been working on?”
    “Oh well, guess we’ll just have to keep on waiting.”

    Case in point. The digital age is more beneficial than it is anything else. Utilization of it is what separates the “billionares” from the “millionares” from the “middle class” from the “blue collar” types. How do you think Bill Gates makes so much money? Sitting around speculating whether or not e-mailing someone or answering a call is rude? No way. Next time you are having lunch with a friend, and you answer a business call that makes you millions of dollars and they get offeneded…pay for their meal. Give them some of the money you just made. So what? If they don’t understand that you are doing business then were they truly your friend anyways? It could be said of your friend that they are selfish and maybe you don’t really need them around.

    And sure you don’t have to be plugged in all the time. But you don’t have to be doing business all the time either. Mark doesn’t. He has a family he loves and spends time with them regularly. And you don’t just have to let a cell phone keep on ringing. How long does it take to pick up the phone, say something like “Can I call you back in an hour.” and then be done with it?

    Don’t like the way business is done now days? That’s fine. From the dust you were created and to dust you shall return.

    Comment by Todd Johnston -

  17. What bothers me is that society now keeps me connected whether I want it or not. Specifically, the fact that there are always TV’s blaring in the background. Argh…

    Comment by steve -

  18. It is being able to view your pictures from last nights big party that are on your computer via your television. It is using the XBox 360 as a media center for your entertainment purposes.

    Comment by The -

  19. I think it’s a matter of what’s important. Tech has changed the culture. I don’t like that “bundled” into by TV/computer cable/cable phone line are all the whistles and bells on the phone. At home, I never use call waiting or forwarding or whatever. I NEVER put anyone on hold. It’s rude. If someone wants to talk with me, they can call back. I’ve chosen to be in charge of my technological life.

    I’ve been at scores of meetings with parents regarding their kids. The whole time things beep, bop, squeek, play music, and vibrate. Now, what’s more important?

    Even The Donald, for as driven as he is, put his kids ahead of business matters when they needed to talk with him.

    It’s a matter of what/who is important.

    tt

    Comment by tiptoe -

  20. Don’t insult my wife, who stays home cooking a roast by saying cooking it 30% faster isn’t a thrill.

    When cooking that roast is your job. That’s exciting. Perspective is what really matters.

    Comment by techguy -

  21. to #23, I do believe its a pager, and I think they realized that its not the 90s anymore :p

    juuuust kidding

    Comment by Jimbo -

  22. Who cares

    Comment by Juan -

  23. Disconnecting goes along with age. Teens and 20-somethings NEED to be connected 24/7. 30-somethings not so much, and 40-somethings even less. btw, Corona’s already done commercials, the ones where they toss the cell phones into the ocean.

    Comment by Nick -

  24. Mark, I just moved from Miami to Phoenix and am now using cox cable for my HD. I used to be a devoted Hdnet watcher… are there plans to make it available in the PHX area?

    thanks,
    Hunter

    Comment by Hunter -

  25. You made a statement that I find slightly disturbing – “Im backing up my digital life to Filesanywhere.com or a flash drive to be able to access my life from anywhere.”

    I guess I am really old school, but it’s difficult for me to imagine needing a device to “access my life”.

    Mark, I do enjoy your blog site, though.

    Cheers!

    Comment by scottyh -

  26. Mark, I’m a newcomer to the Mavs blog. Great site!

    One small quibble, though — are you >allowed< to use "IMHO"??? Doesn't the "H" stand for humble?😉 Thanks for an interesting post.

    Comment by Brad Randall -

  27. “When i say the internet is old news, it means there is nothing suprising or new about it anymore.”

    Tell that to the millions of people that are turning Myspace into the geocities of a decade ago.

    There is a giant market of people logging on for the first time that are shocked and awed by what is out here and it would be foolish to just forget about them.

    Comment by Zach Jones -

  28. Mark, can’t believe you’re using an HP desktop computer at home — Apple is where it’s at … the new iMacs are unreal!

    Comment by Ken Carpenter -

  29. Your argument is actually a signal that convergence is far from dead. I’ll argue this because you can still turn these things off, in time, such things will not be practical. When I came to IU for the first time, things such as email and the like were not all the necessary. When I returned to finish my degrees, life pivoted on it. Now while college life and operations are not the main indicies of life in the real world, it certainly serves as an omen. The point is that our marriage to the digital life is still in the honeymoon phase, and we will all let it continue because we demand ease and convenience in our personal and professional lives. Take comfort for now that you can turn things off still, because I guarantee you, that day is fleeting. If you don’t take the Sci-Fi warnings to heart, it could be argued that this segue into a digital life is what we all need so to speak, and in time, probably long past yours and my own, all this will pass, and the technology that exists will be way beyond the idea of digital, possibly something more organic in nature, but this is progress, something that we all fight, but all eventually submit to in one way or another…

    Comment by Hashim Hathaway -

  30. I agree with what you are saying about needing to disconnect but I don’t think converged is or ever will be “over”. Now the new thing is Voice Over Internet Protocol or VoIP. Packetizing voice and data information alike and sending it over the same network, the same routers, the same firewalls, etc. In about 5 years this will be the new digital and there will be some new advance in our IT world. Wait until Nano technology has been harnessed in a form that 10 year olds can apply it to video games and there will be a hole generation of kids becoming young adults that are, in my mind, too intertwined with data and convergence. I am not going so far as to say chips inserted in peoples heads but we do attach wireless devices around our ears that transmit information seamlessly to a PDA or cell phone…how much further do we have to go before it is no longer just attached, but installed…?

    Comment by Jamey -

  31. While I do agree that convergance to the digital age has happened, it is not dead. Convergance is more than just converting analog to digital. It is the merging of one medium with another. It is using a wireless music bridge with is hooked upto your home theater to run through your wireless router to play your music from your computer on your home theater system. It is being able to view your pictures from last nights big party that are on your computer via your television. It is using the XBox 360 as a media center for your entertainment purposes.

    Convergance is all around, and it will never end.

    Comment by Brando -

  32. Its true. We take the internet and a high speed broadband connection so much for granted today. I guess a day marooned on an island without our laptops, pdas, and cell phones would be unsurvivable.

    Comment by Stainless steel kitchen utensil -

  33. I’ve read a few comments where people talk about being with someone when they get a phone call and telling you to wait while they take it. I’m not a CEO or anything. I’m not an ‘important’ person. If you choose to take a call in the middle of a conversation with me it sends a message that your phone (I don’t care who’s calling) is more important than me at that particular moment. I’m not talking about when someone is expecting a phone call. I’m referring to people who ‘have’ to answer the phone no matter what.

    There’s a happy balance with ALL digital technology. I often receive phone calls and don’t answer them. My phone is on, it rings and I completely ignore it. The same person may call back several times in a row, I ignore it until I want to look at it. This could be an hour, or two days. Digital technology enhances my life, not controls it!

    Comment by Aaron -

  34. I’m not so ‘connected’ as other can be but I can understand your point. It’s fun to be connected on so many levels but down time is a necessity too… just some personal time to clear the cache (if you will ^_~) and remember the solid things, not the bits.

    And that commericial idea was hilarious.

    Comment by Rebeccalee Coventry -

  35. It’s sad that now a vacation is considered simply disconnecting from everything. When I take a week off from work it means I’m just not checking the Blackberry for emails constantly. Sad, very sad.

    Comment by Erik -

  36. I completely agree with you, it is part of the reason I decided to not have any internet connection or housephone in my home. When I leave work I choose to “disconnect” and spend time with my family. I still have my cell phone, but I have the choice to answer it, and I don’t answer it that often : )
    I think that society is becoming to dependent on the information at your fingertips, spoiled almost.

    Comment by Niki -

  37. I just chatted with my former academic advisor and she pointed this out – every new class that comes in to the Texas Academy of Math and Science happens to have more issues with patience. People have become so accostumed to googling for the answers that the idea of learning by actually thinking things through and working hard has almost become obsolete. They actually complain when the answers can’t be found at the click of a button! Sure, the digital world has contributed greatly to the world, but people are so caught up in it, they miss what they’re losing in the process.

    Comment by Roxana -

  38. I am upset when people call me at work or at school and they have this expectation for me to call them back ASAP. Or when people my cell phone 3 times in a row in case I was fumbling for my phone in my bag. No I wasn’t fumbling for it. I chose not to take the call. There is such an expectation these days to have the instant connection to another person, and if they don’t answer a text message, return an email, and the like, they flip out because they’re impatient and waiting for an answer. I know I’m sounding old here, but we used to get along just fine 10 years ago without all this fuss about digital this and digital that. (Ok I’m only 23 but I’m imagining what my grandfather would say).

    But really, if we chose to disconnect, then people take offense to it, they see it as anti-social, passive agressive, etc.

    I’d like to see what the sociologists say about the digital interactions we have with people and how it has affected their patience and the like.

    /rant

    Comment by Jimbo -

  39. Yes, I agree you!

    Comment by Easy -

  40. Too much connecting to one thing(no matter we are active or passive) means being restrained and controlled.And the real happiness (I think) for human beings comes from that we CAN create more options for ourselves,instead of losing freedom of motion.

    Comment by Lingchao -

  41. Valid…but we can not forget that to be connected is a choice…we can still choose to only have regular ol meaningful flesh and blood human interaction for days, weeks even! We often think our online persona is a profound contribution when it’s really just fodder to others looking to kill time in their underwear…everyone should take some substantial time off…fewer people would notice you were gone from cyberspace than you might think…Even in the digital age, who knew my still “disconnected” dad’s advice would be so applicable: Don’t worry about what people think, they probably don’t.

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  42. Hey, where is Joe Schmoes? I want to take my wife there…grins.

    Comment by Tony Chimento -

  43. Thanks for the great thoughts about the digital age. You’re right things have changed alot in the last few years, we’re all more connected than we ever were. I appreciate the ability to be connected and the ability to be more accessible to others. I’m not quite as connected as your are so I don’thave the “digital cabin fever” but I can see how some people can. I think the challenge that still exists is to develop digital technologies that don’t feel digital, they feel part of the every day, easy to use, of benefit to the user and almost invisible.

    Comment by Jona Titus -

  44. Agreed, but aren’t you overstating the point here a bit. You suggest that:
    “Anything digital can be sent anyhere, received by anyone. Its just a question of how long it takes to get there, how much of it you send, how you manage them and at what cost and price. Its boring.”

    Maybe you are collapsing the digital divide here a bit. Let’s not forget that something like half the world’s population has yet to make their first phone call!

    Comment by Dave -

  45. While I agree with everything you say, there is still something to be said for common courtesy. I have all the toys and tools and can’t imagine life without my digital connections. But the one thing that chaps my butt is being on the phone with someone and suddenly being told, “Oh, hold on, I have a call coming in” and then being put on hold. I don’t personally care if you have a call coming in, that’s what answering machines are for. When I get put on hold for someone to take another call I just assume I’m not that important to the person on the other end of the line, so I hang up.

    Comment by Michael Genette -

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