Because it bears repeating, here's something I just wrote in a comment:
I think the problem now is that, after having used a Palm III with a Novatel Minstrel wireless cradle like 7 years ago, I expect flying cars by now :)
I also later got a Minstrel III, but I can't even find a picture or a link to the nasty brick that was the original Minstrel for Palm. Also, I hacked together a gnarly cable to use the Minstrel with my Sony Vaio 505TR laptop running Mandrake Linux so I could work/play in coffee shops in the pre-wifi days.
Back then, I really wanted to get deeper into wireless and mobile tech--but I never got the big bucks to buy many toys to do it on my own, nor managed to meet anyone in the know. And these were pre-blog days for me, so of course I hadn't yet caught on to blabbing thoughts like these out into the ether.
I still want to do more with mobile tech, though. So, Russell, let me know if you ever need to hire a researcher! :) (Or if anyone else needs a researcher, for that matter.)