Cellular technology getting bigger and better

By Tom DiFrancesca

Modern and emerging technology never ceases to amaze me.

Just about every day I sit (or stand) with mouth agape as I read about or personally experience yet another really cool service or electronic gadget.

Case in point: As I type this column, just off to the right of my keyboard sits my cellular telephone. Now, you are probably thinking “OK, big deal.” Well, it is a big deal since I’m watching television on that cellular phone.

Up until now, I’d used mobile phones that had also served as PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). They helped me stay organized, write notes to myself, record voice clips — you name it. I was then able to graduate up to a cellular telephone that allowed me to easily surf the Internet, and to check my e-mail.

Life was good.

But now I have in my possession a SprintPCS telephone that not only works as a PDA; that not only allows me to navigate the Internet; but also allows me to take pictures and to share them with folks worldwide, to watch streaming video (25 channels in fact), and to surf the Internet at high speed with my laptop.

Could technology possibly get any cooler than this?

The answer is “yes” of course, for no matter how great my new telephone is, something bigger and better is just right around the corner.

Don’t get me wrong though. The video on the telephone is far from perfect. Streaming video across a digital cellular network is not an easy thing to do. But as I’m watching this new technology I’m reminded of how it was to watch streaming video on the Internet just a few years ago. Then, I start thinking about all of the strides that have been made in that arena so far.

It probably won’t be too long from now that we’ll be able to watch full-length, high quality movies over our mobile phones.

I’ve mentioned in the past that I am not into sports — whatsoever. I can maybe, at times, tell you what sporting season we are in … but not very often.

It takes people like Clovis News Journal Editor David Stevens to keep me up to date on the major sporting events taking place — and, we all know baseball is his game.
Stevens says the Major League Baseball All-Star game is scheduled Tuesday.

So, in an effort to type “outside the box,” to expand my horizons, and to write about something as alien as baseball and its relationship to the Internet, I’ll try to provide some interesting links.

As we head for first base, we’ll slide into
www.mlb.com
which is the Internet address for the Major League Baseball Web site.

Now, in an attempt to steal second base, we’ll navigate on over to
www.baseball-almanac.com/
and pay a quick visit to the Baseball Almanac Web site.

Getting to third base will be a little trickier. We’ll need to maneuver over to
www.fact-index.com/
and then type in the word “baseball” in the search box, at the Fact Index Web site.

Finally, if we really want to make it home, we’ll need to pull out all of the stops. We’ll have to do that by going to
www.fact-monster.com
and then clicking on the “Sports” category. Next we’ll need to click on the “Baseball” link … and we will be guaranteed a successful course around the diamond.

Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance columnist and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at:
tomdifran@ureach.com
or www.trackertom.com