Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

29 Aug 2001, 10:34 a.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

This technology of the cell phone is so seductive. It slithers into my life, whispering, "Use me! Use me! Rearrange your life to take advantage of me!" But I'm trying to keep my usage moderate. Minute restrictions and health scares help on that account. Also my dislike of looking like a dork. And trust me, even if every tenth person on the streets of Berkeley is holding a little phone as though it were a precious child, it's still dorky-looking. And handsfree units don't help.

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