Tangled Wires

With technology changing so rapidly, even the most digitally literate can feel like dunces

Flashy gadgets humble us all sooner or later. My eureka moment came last fall while I was attending an emerging-technologies conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I walked into the pressroom, ready to plug my laptop into the Internet, only to find the room completely devoid of electronic equipment.

Embarrassment needled me in the head like a virtual noogie. Wireless computing, it dawned on me, was no longer emerging. It's here. The gap between what I cover as a journalist and how I live widens daily. Despite a long-held fascination with the shine and beep of all things high tech,...

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