not a geek, or at least I didnt start out that way. I didnt get
my first computer until senior year in college. It didnt take long
to get hooked on IRC and Doom, however. Thats not to say I didnt
have my reservations about various technologies like cell phones.
Only drug dealers, doctors and jackasses carried phones.
purchasing a cell phone until 1999, which is impressive, considering
Im in the technology industry. It took me a bit longer to make
the big jump from Franklin day planner to a Palm Pilot. The largest
hurdle, as I saw it, was the need to learn a new language called
graffiti, which allowed you to write messages in your Palm. I never
learned shorthand in school, so I figured I was behind the curve.
day, I decided that coordinating my planner with my Outlook calendar
was more work than learning graffiti, so I purchased a Palm V. It
was small and sleek, and I was amazed at the level of integration
and ease of use. My shorthand skills went through the roof as a
result. I had several job offers as a court stenographer.
were shortcomings, however. The first problem I encountered was
the lack of ability to take notes efficiently. Although I picked
up graffiti quickly enough, it just wasnt making the cut for long
meetings. I figured I could solve that problem by purchasing a carrying
case with notepad. The postage stamp-sized pad would have been more
useful if Id had needlework training.
I could work out all the kinks with my Palm, I changed jobs and
had to leave it behind. I took this as an omen and purchased a Handspring
Visor Deluxe (Ice color for you Visorheads).
time I did it right and purchased a fancy carrying case and folding
keyboard. I was amazed at the level of efficiency I achieved with
my keyboard in meetings. Sure, I looked like a grade A supernerd,
but I was saving tons of time by taking complete notes, then synching
them up with my Outlook and forwarding them via email to the team.
only was I scoring points with the boss, I was turning heads of
even the mainstream geeks at work. I think even a few of the ladies
wanted a piece of the mobile wonderboy.
it all went wrong.
first problem hit like Ken Griffey Jr. I lost my stylus. If you
dont know what that is, then you need to get out of that cave.
I can say, that without my stylus, I was nobody. I couldnt navigate
the Visor menu, so it became a mini-doorstop. I didnt let that
slow me down for long though. Instead of simply purchasing a replacement
stylus, I opted for the 3-in-one stylus pen (pen, pencil and stylus).
the trials and tribulations of the early days, its been fairly
smooth sailing for this geek. I was proficient enough to write this
entire article on my Visor while on the plane. I even impressed
the flight attendants with my tiny tool.
an early adopter supergeek, I have an obligation to share my experiences
with dedicated Anvil readers and empower them to make strategic,
integrated, comprehensive purchases. A word of caution: dont get
too attached to your stylus.