According to this article on the New York Post, lawyers are walking away from their highly paid jobs in an attempt to escape the so-called Blackberry Lifestyle – “being tethered to the job 24/7 and having to rush back to the office at a moment’s notice when e-mail orders pop up on the ubiquitous PDA.
I wonder about this. If I’m on your buddy list, you probably see me online more than most (human operated) avatars. I usually have my laptop with me, wherever I am. I have a mobile that is on 99% of the time.
I’m interested in 3G/4G all-you-can-eat deals though since the death of the Newton I’m not convinced that anyone has invented the device which will allow me to extend my presence the way I want it.
Mash together a PDA, phone, GPS, make it Mac compatible and add in some highly scriptable software so that we can have cool web apps extended from it.
I’ll call it my Ghost.
Rather than a PDA that “can do” instant messenger applications, how about a PDA that is an instant messenger application.
My Ghost has communication to the core. It reflects my status and copies that to all of my applications. When I’m busy, I set it to BUSY and it handles all of my email, voicemail and instant messages. When I am available it allows them to come through. When talking on the phone, it changes my status to “on the phone” and when I’m busy playing “Jet Set Willy for GHOST”, it rightfully changes my status to “In a meeting”. When I’m available, I want it to retrieve my GPS co-ordinates and use them as a tag so that my buddies and colleagues can see where I am. For when I’m somewhere I shouldn’t be, I want to be able to switch that off too 🙂
I’m realistic. I don’t want this for free.