Constant connectivity doesn't even come close to satisfying guys like Frank Keeney and Mike Outmesguine, co-founders of the Southern California Wireless Users Group (SOCALWUG). The 10-month-old organization, which convenes regularly at a Pasadena IHOP, exists to celebrate the untethered joys of 24/7 roaming communication opportunities.
For wireless wonks, it's all about mobility--roving Internet hook-ins, Palm Pilots and cellular phones. Yep, SOCALWUGs e-mail in the park, from the car and pretty much anyplace you can think of. "Often you don't get information when it's usable," says Keeney. He points to a Web site that tracks freeway traffic, which he logs onto in his car to avoid SigAlert hot spots. "Who wants to be plugged in to get that?" Keeney insists that the point is to make life easier. "I'll stop [my car] a block away from home," he says, "and quickly reply to a couple of e-mails. Then I can drive into my house and spend time with my kids."