Where's my cell phone? I can hear it ringing...

A Friend Mentioned Recently that he had given his wife a new, state-of-the-art Palm Pilot. "The one I bought her three years ago is already out of date," he lamented.

"OUT OF DATE!" I thought. I haven't even figured out exactly what they're for. I hadn't realized that I'd already missed the first few generations of this scheduling genie that stores your entire life information in a gizmo that fits into the palm of your hand.

It's not that progress isn't exciting. Definitely, it is. And as everyone knows, the world has changed—in fact, it's become the future right before our eyes. But the accelerated rate of change often makes people feel outdated, even irrelevant. The Digital Divide is already defining the "haves" and "have-nots" around the world.

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January 19, 2004

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