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How Mobility Has Changed Stall Surfing

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If you’ve followed my musings here or anywhere, you know that I think one of the key benefits that mobile computing has brought to us all, is the ability to do some work, or some reading, or whatever when we all do what we all do everyday. I, and many others call it Stall Surfing. But you know, we all live in polite societies, so no company is going to launch a marketing campaign trumpeting that their mobile platform will enable you to get more done while you’re sitting on the can.

This flashback from my past not only made me snort coffee out my nose when it cropped up on Facebook, but proves the points above. Yep, that’s me in the picture, sitting on a toilet, reading The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (thankfully covering that which you don’t want to see.) The picture was snapped as a practical joke back when I was 19 or 20, working a summer job as an Assistant Stage Manager at the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills. Nowadays, I can do the same thing on my iPhone as I carry the Bard’s work around with me all the time. I’d offer a then and now set of pictures but the iPhone just doesn’t quite cover up as much.

Ah, mobility, how you’ve lightened our load.

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Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    08/25/2009 at 8:59 am

    That pun is so utterly horrible, it could be the best I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a lot).

  2. Rob

    08/25/2009 at 9:06 am

    you have not changed a bit have you, Warner – always the stall surfer!

  3. Steve 'Chippy' Paine

    08/25/2009 at 9:44 am

    Google even got the ads relevant for this. Check out what just appeared on my feed reader. JackNob indeed. Haha!

    http://www.umpcportal.com/images/toilet.jpg

    Chippy

  4. Warner Crocker

    08/25/2009 at 10:18 am

    That is hysterical, chippy.

  5. Xavier

    08/25/2009 at 4:29 pm

    That’s contextual matching at its finest Chippy.

  6. Ben

    08/25/2009 at 5:32 pm

    hilarious =)

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