So, way back in the day, there were these devices called Palm Pilots or something. They could include calendars and notepads and other stuff on them. Basically, I always saw them as hand held computers, although clearly they were limited compared to desktops. This was like in the early 2000s. I know a couple of my classmates had some.
And back in 2003 or 2004 (I forget when) I wrote this adventure story that I'm sure I've mentioned here before. It was about four friends getting trapped in a virtual game, where if they die there they die for real, and the only way out was to win the game. (Rip off of Sword Art Online? No, I finished this before then. It was a rip-off of some other cartoon idea.
) But one guy was able to keep out of the game, and he spend the story hacking into the program and trying to free the friends. At one point, his desktop is compromised, so he downloads the data onto his palm pilot and goes mobile. The palm pilot is integral to him finally figuring out the coding in the end.
The problem? Well, I'm updating the story again, and something occurred to me. Palm Pilots totally want out of style, and were never quite the extravagant hand held computers anyway. But... well, what I described does sound familiar, doesn't it? Oh yeah, smart phones. Everybody and their dog has one nowadays, and they're clearly not a passing fad.
So, should I replace the palm pilot in the story with a smart phone? It would be a little more accurate and true to current technology. But it's also a classic part of my story which follows the technology of that era. So, opinions?
(I know, first world dilemma for sure!)