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Pagers and cell phones sprang out of nowhere and became weekend-killers in short order. Early models didn't work everywhere, which was a refuge for a while. And then this Internet thing blossomed and e-mail was everywhere, except at 30,000 feet. Rather than catching some shut-eye or a movie on a plane, you'll soon be able to -- you guessed it -- check your e-mail. It's in testing with Air Canada and soon to be everywhere.

See GiveSpot run

Even after all these years, Internet job sites are still heavily biased toward high-tech careers. That may not be surprising, but finding a gig that doesn't involve a keyboard can be an online challenge. So vertical sites such as this one continue to pop up. GiveSpot is a job portal for a career in the non-profit world and is quite good. I've had an involvement with non-profits in the past few years but none of them were intentionally non-profit.

Getting personal

The Web revolutionized the way some of us shop. Personalization of mass-made objects is something that's now economically feasible, and even the big boys are well established in offering these goods. Take sportswear giant Nike, for instance. For a few dollars more it will place a word of your choice on your sneakers, unless it disagrees with corporate policy. Read Jonah Peretti's waggish exchange before sticking your fingers up the nose of the establishment.

Office gear

This isn't your run-of-the-mill office supply place, that's for sure. The normal stuff we plop on our desks, such as staplers and pens, are quite boring. Lock up your wallet, then feast your eyes on the delicious goodies contained within. I'm not sure if my life is going to be complete without the addition of a Classic Folle Stapler to my desktop arsenal, but I'm sure I'll live.

Big brains only

The Edge is an interesting online journal for high-brow types. It's serious-minded stuff that will wake you right up or make you nod off in a second. Dumb as I am, I'm in the former group, so maybe the rule doesn't apply in my house. Here's a lively discussion of the most important invention in the past 2,000 years or so. Everything from contraception to paper is poked for your delectation.

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