This week I’ve come to a somewhat startling and yet glad realization. My longtime companion, the blue cable, is dead. The cable that promised us life beyond dial-up is gone. Who designed this cable with it’s distinct blue anyhow? I suppose what color could possibly be more reminiscent of times when IBM and Gates/PC were king. Well mobile is now king, and those days are gone.
When my Wifi hub here at home was deciding to temperamentally share it’s 3G stream, the technical support adviser asked me directly connect my computer with a “blue network cable”. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t seen my beloved bramble of spare cables in… well years . I briefly flash-backed to watching some dream home renovation show with the CEO homeowner showcasing his maze of cables and I aspired to someday getting my own well wired home.
Little did I know that a few years later I’d be projecting the WWW through the surrounding hills from a glorified cell-phone in a little black box. Wow.
Well not everyone has gone mobile just yet, but we’re close! 90% of the world’s population is under the mobile covers, according to the UN’s communication review agency (ITU). They also show that the growth rate of mobile industry is slowing because it’s actually beginning to peak out and saturate our modern life.
What has grown is the use of SMS to communicate. This quick communication method has continued to catch on and thumbs everywhere grow stronger as we now weigh in at close to 200,000 text messages getting sent every second around the world. So I’ll sit back, do some thumb stretching and enjoy my clutter free desk. MOBILE is it, and not just because it has simplified my renovation plans.