Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Cyberfamilias - See Spot Run. Now Find Out Where He Went. - NYTimes.com

An intriguing analogy; see the full article for more context-setting and analysis

I realized this was a universal yearning, at least among mothers, when I was reading aloud from a Harry Potter book and I came to the part where Harry acquires a map that shows the current location of every person at Hogwarts School. As Professor Snape walks along a hallway, for instance, he inches along on the parchment of the Marauder’s Map, as well.

Technology is finally trying to catch up to J. K. Rowling. This summer, a new generation of pocket-size gadgets — with names like FindWhere, Zoombak, GPS Snitch and PocketFinder luggage device — offer anyone willing to spend $129.99 or more (and $15 or more for a monthly service plan) a way to use the Global Positioning System to track the people, pets and possessions they love.

Cyberfamilias - See Spot Run. Now Find Out Where He Went. - NYTimes.com

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