When the Filofax hit the stores, I was first in line to buy one.
When Psion started selling electronic organizers, that was for me. Then Nokia introduced a mobile telephone, complete with electronic organizer, fax and Internet capability. I have one.
This year, I discovered the most brilliant invention yet. I can look up dates, keep notes and keep track of appointments, yet I don't have to struggle with tiny buttons or hard-to-read screens.
It's light and easy to carry, and the batteries never fail. It's called a pocket diary. It makes me wonder where we are going with technology.
Visitors to the Society of Automotive Engineers' exposition in March in Detroit will be deluged with communications technology. These innovations will be aimed at the vehicle cockpit in general and the driver in particular.
Soon, the Internet will join the myriad technologies within the motorist's reach. This is an addition to in-car entertainment systems such as radio, tape cassettes, CD players and even television.
Then there are navigation systems, telephones and fax machines - not to mention the emergence of night-vision radar, anti-collision warnings and head-up displays.
I have a question: Just how much information do we really need? I am as excited as the next person is about the future of computers. But I believe in a time and a place for everything. Is the car the right time or place for the Internet?
My concern is over the interface - to use a good computer term - with the driver. In Great Britain, there is a strong lobby to ban not only hand-held car phones but hands-free phones as well. Backers of a ban argue that it is not possible to concentrate on the road while carrying on a telephone conversation.
But we talk to passengers, so why not allow car phones? My wife, a part-time care worker, regularly visits a woman paralyzed from the neck down. She had been hit by a driver talking on a mobile phone. She adds strength to the anti-phone argument.
Certainly I get a hard time from my wife for talking on the phone in the car - even when I use a hands-free unit.
So we already are having trouble with what's available. How much more can we cope with? Every time I ask this question, I am told that 'voice activation' will solve everything.
OK, so now I have a radio, a telephone, a navigation system and a disembodied voice that barks at me as I drive. The technology is certainly brilliant, and its emergence in the United States, the 'home' of the Internet, is significant. But there is a basic difference in the way Europeans and Americans view cars and, indeed, the Internet.
A United States executive once told me that 'in Europe they really drive their cars.' Indeed, a cupholder remains a novelty in a European car. You don't drink coffee while you drive. You just drive and usually pretty quickly, no matter how much traffic there is.
Similarly, you need your wits about you on the roads of Bangkok, Tokyo or Seoul. While a navigation system on crowded roads makes sense, the Internet - or perhaps even telephones - does not.
Wouldn't it be better to improve mass transportation, or home-to-office communications with a view to cutting time spent on the road? Then people could return to driving for enjoyment, free from the urgent need to stay connected.