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    The very exciting news is that Comcast got rid of the wall garden and now I have wireless broadband on my laptop, and it even works in the garage, a separate structure back by my alleyway, a refuge from domestic chaos. Last night I was online back in the garage and my cellphone began vibrating and I had a moment of feeling very mobile, running entirely on batteries and wireless connections, and as I was bragging about this to my good friend Mike the only hitch in the scenario was that I was freezing my a-- off. Wireless technology has allowed us all to have frequent conversations by cellphone that are abruptly terminated in mid-sentence by loss of cell service, and now, in the same spirit, I can work in the cold. At some point I may need to supplement my high-tech digital garage working space with some kind wood-burning stove. Apparently they make these new things called stoves in which you can take a piece of wood and ignite it and generate heat. I think it may be the next big thing. The four stages of technological evolution: Cellphone, laptop, wireless broadband, and the harnessing of fire.

-- written Jan. 9, 2005

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 12:58 PM ET
 
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