In the good old days about the worst thing that could happen to your cell phone, was to inadvertently drop it into the toilet, and I know at least two people that have done this. They are small, they are easy to drop, and lets face it, they are a pain in the Butt! So maybe the toilet is not such a bad place for them!

Of course cell phones have moved a long way from the clunky bricks of just a few years ago. And complexity has brought issues. The extra functionality that the makers claim we need, text messaging, cameras, web browsing, e-mail, etc. They have all helped to create a device that is technologically great, but way over engineered.

The finest example has to be the Apple iPhone. It is an entertainment platform that you can put in your pocket. Audio, video, the Web, you have it all, in fact you can even make phone calls with it! The price of this functionality though is the technology involved. Gone are the ‘dumb’ components, and in are the ‘smart’ components. This is no longer a phone, it is a mobile computer. And once you create that environment you create problems.

Apple has long heralded the fact that Computer Viruses only happen to the other guy. Well now there is one that has picked them. The first Trojan for the iPhone is in the wild. Right now it has more of a nuisance value than anything else, but it is only a matter of time before something more menacing hits the airwaves.

Being a bit of a Luddite, I do not own a cell phone, I don’t even have voice mail, or a recorder on my old school land line phone. If it rings when I am not here, oh well I was out! I am sure that if it is important they will call back. People that know me either take the effort to come find me in real life, or send an email. Email pretty much guarantees a response within minutes.

So, all I have to say to all you iPhone addicts is, be careful with it’s use, you don’t want it to catch a cold! Of course it is only a matter of time before the antivirus world start selling a condom for your phone, and the spyware phishers come calling.

I’ll just stick to my boring land line, and when it rings, I’ll decide if I want to answer it or not.

Simon Barrett

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