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The Mobile Web in Action

At the beginning of the month I promised that most of my posts would be primarily focused on resources/documents/etc. (hopefully useful ones) along with a personal note or two.

Today, a personal note.

I am a firm believer that mobile or wireless access to information is only in its infancy.

The question for this site as well as others is how will it play a role in government information.

I mentioning this topic because I’m posting this note and the two notes prior to this one (via my laptop) from a train moving about 100mph on its way to Stamford, CT where I am speaking tomorrow.

Let’s be clear, I am NOT simply using my Treo 700P and its QWERTY keyboard to post. Qwerty keyboards are useful but after a while your fingers somehow seem to grow larger and typing becomes slower. 🙂

Instead, I am using my Treo Internet connection and porting it directly into my laptop.

Since my 700P is using Sprint’s EVDO network, I can not only post, check email, but I’m also listening to streaming audio.

For those of you interested, here’s the software.

1) Sync Cable or Blue Tooth

2) PDANet

Various versions available for various phones and carriers including a fully functioning trial version.

Of course, I could go out a purchase a PCMCIA card and pay another fee but since I have Sprint’s unlimited data plan, I do have (or at least to this point, have not) incurred any extra fees.

p.s. JuneFabrics also has developed PDA Reach. Very useful!!!