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Inescapable Data: Harnessing the Power of Convergence by John Webster, Chris Stakutis

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Chapter Two. The Connectivity Divide

Let's start with a simple test. Draw a line under the last question to which you can answer yes.

Toddler

I sometimes receive postal mail.I have a home phone.I have cable TV at home (or satellite).My home phone is cordless.I use the Internet from home.I have at least one cell phone.I use e-mail for either work or family matters from home.I have high-speed Internet (cable or DSL) at home.

Crossing

I use instant messaging either at home or work.I sometimes work from home instead of going into the office.I carry my cell phone wherever I carry my wallet.I use text messaging (via cell or PDA).I usually pay (if necessary) at hotels for high-speed Internet access.

Connected

I could make use of an XML document if I wanted.I use a hybrid PDA (cell, e-mail, text services).I use "virtual office" groupware tools (document sharing, messaging).I sometimes work at 3:30 in the morning.I expect airports, campgrounds, rest stops, trains, buses, and planes tohave WiFi service. Actually, I expect it absolutely everywhere.I sometimes make free voice calls over the Internet.I usually work from home and have given up my true office. ...

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