A train of gadget freaks

Yesterday, on the train home to my lovely suburb of choice, Vallentuna, I decided to look up at the other passengers around me. Within a radius of 1.5 meter, there were three tech freaks sitting with their gadgets.

Just across to where I was sitting, a guy was sitting gaming away on his Sony PSP; directly on the other side of the aisle a girl was sitting writing in a focused way on her Apple iBook; and in the middle, your dear blogger was sitting with his Apple iPod Video, watching a movie (I’ll write more about my gadget another day). Interesting to see how technology can help people to kill commuting time…

When we reached Vallentuna and I got up to get off the train, I saw a woman carefully (some would say manically) folding the paper to her Fisherman’s Friend. I couldn’t help wondering if she envied us for our gadgets or if she indeed was happier doing her origami attempt than needing something with a screen to make her feel content.


  • Jules says:

    My work place building is on the site of Laurentian University and so, on the bus into work, I travel with quite a few students. Many of us (I included) have our iPods/MP3 players blaring in our ears. Other than that (and the fellow who plays games on his cell phone), there isn't much more tech going on during the rides.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Ah, come to Sweden and I'll show you the real goods! πŸ™‚

    Seriously, though, it isn't that often the commuting environment is as riddled with gadgets as it was yesterday.

  • Jules says:

    I ride the city bus which is not as condusive to working on your notebook as a train ride.

    Yes, sometime, I will take you up on your offer to visit (Tommy too!).

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Any time! πŸ™‚

  • Glen C. says:

    Heh, tell me about it! I took the train today and there was someone with a laptop with a phone/pda, a guy with a sony psp and ipod video, and a lot of other people with laptops and phones. Of course, I had an ipod video too

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Glen C,

    Yes, isn't it funny? πŸ™‚

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