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Don't Forget

It's 5:18, according to the obnoxiously bright LED readout of the alarm clock next to my bed. Quite early to have another one of these "revelations" of yet something else I've managed to forget.

This happens a lot.

My life seems to be comprised more of a sequence of "remembering things I forgot" rather than "sticking to a schedule." Sound familiar? Well, if you begin a good portion of your sentences with the phrase "Oh sh**, I was supposed to…" or "Dammit! I forgot…" then you're likely in the same boat as I am.

The only reason I say this is because I was reminded (!) of a time when a small little invention was all the rage to help people like me try to remember things. It's called the PDA.

Remember that thing? The glorified pocket calculator that also managed to keep track of your addresses, phone numbers, e-mails, to-do lists, grocery lists, sh** lists (if you're like me), calendars, notes, and pretty much anything else you could think of.

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But now, we've crammed all of these lovely little functions into our cell phones. Or Blackberries. Or whatever. It seems that fewer people these days are carrying a dedicated PDA. It's always something else first, with a PDA built in.

My car has a PDA of sorts. It keeps addresses, phone numbers, and even works with the GPS navigation system to bring me to the front door of any of my friends or colleagues, from anywhere in the nation.

So, bottom line: is there still a place for the PDA? What else have we decided is worth converging together into a smaller, more functional, and easier to lose device?

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  1. Sean Mulholland, May 21, 2007 at 12:39 p.m.

    Nope, the PDA is dead. I had one. It was a huge pain in the ass. A phone and this huge hulking thing...with a data cable to connect them for online access?

    I bought a first gen smartphone and never looked back.

    Now there's GPS being incorporated into some phones as well, as well as the ultra mobile PC movement (UMPC) which is a PSP sized laptop, as in a real computer that runs Windows and not just a smartphone. If/when that becomes more user friendly and a phone is mixed into the product then we'll be well on our way to owning Tricorders like they had in Star Trek (and maybe RFID would even allow us to 'scan' things just as they did in the show).

  2. David, May 22, 2007 at 9:34 a.m.

    Agreed. I hate to say it, but my Dell Axim has sat unused since my laptop was brought into the picture.

    They were truly the start to our smartphones..

    Now what?

    eBay!

  3. Stephanie Biscomb, May 28, 2007 at 10:48 a.m.

    I really don't know if the PDA is dead or not but God, someone should invent something that not only reminds me of all the stuff I need to do, but also to write it in so the thing can remind me in the first place!

  4. Jyothirmayee Jt from Independent Consultant, May 29, 2007 at 12:22 a.m.

    Google Calendar is now mobile Read their release post here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/05/calendar-for-mobile-devices.html.

    I bet they will come up with a mobile alert system too. All your schedules at one place with easy web access, email alerts and lets say mobile alerts too - I think it is powerful.

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