Since I’m book writing on deadline, I have to cut down distractions, which means that basically for most of the day I pull the DSL out of the computer, so I won’t do my rat-to-the-feeder-bar compulsive checking of web sites and such, which will actually keep me from focusing. On the other hand, e-mail is the primary way people reach me, and I do have a number of e-mails of the business sort that it will be better for me to respond to sooner than later. But if I plug in the DSL, I’ll get myself all distracted. Because I’m pathetic, you see.
The solution? You’re seeing it here. The big screen is the computer with pages of text on it, with the DSL disconnected, and the little screen is my new Archos 605, with its wifi connection, open to my e-mail. This way I can see if it’s an important e-mail, and even respond (briefly) if I need to, but otherwise it doesn’t signal the “Don’t write! Surf!” procrastinatory centers of my brain. Everybody wins! Or, well, I do, anyway.