Sunday, February 15, 2009

Waiting In Line - Make Sure You've Got Your Smartphone

These days, I don't mind waiting in line.  In fact while I went shopping today for food (it's a shame to have the frig on 24-7 but nothing in it) and I got the opportunity to catch up on some podcasts and scanned news headlines from a RSS reader.

I remember only a couple of years ago, I made sure I had my Palm Zire 72 with me so I can read my ebooks.  And before that, I'd bring a book.  Hey, waiting in line means anywhere from 5-10 minutes.  Specially on a Sunday afternoon like today and with rain coming in southern Cal, lots of people were out to stock up for the next couple of days.  

And given my innate skill at picking the wrong line to get into, my wait at markets, banks, or Disneyland are usually longer.  But now, I don't care so much since I'm almost never in a hurry to get anyway after work or on a Sunday afternoon.

I listened to a science podcast and scanned the most recent news headlines.  All the while, I was getting tweets updates as well.  

Interestingly, I have never seen anyone else do the same thing I've been doing while in line.  I've seen a lot of folks talking on their phones while in line.  

Perhaps I'm the only one but I am sure there are more of my fellow mobile warriors out there who do the same thing.  

Any more creative ways to make the best of your mobile devices and time?  On behalf of everyone, I love to hear from you.

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