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Computersí dubious next frontier is couplesí beds

When Candace Falk of Berkeley, Calif., talks about her husband fondling Bitsie under the covers, she is not referring to herself or the cat. Bitsie is a nickname for her husband's Treo, his handheld computer and organizer.

She does not like having Bitsie in bed, but she tolerates it because she respects her husband's work as a public-interest lawyer, according to a New York Times story that describes computers as a presence in many beds.

Desktop computers have been in bedrooms for a long time, we suppose, but now many people are taking both handheld and laptop computers to bed.

Wireless home networks make it possible to accomplish anything you might do elsewhere, including blogging and other Internet activities. These include instant-messaging friends or even conversing with your computerized spouse in another room, keeping enough distance to take some of the emotion out of an argument.

Then again, the spouse may be in bed next to you and the computer — either relishing the opportunity to be close while you work, or resenting the distraction, or sleeping.

Technology is knocking down all boundaries. There is almost no place to get away from it all unless you simply make the decision not to let work monopolize your life and threaten your relationships.

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