I CARRY AN ULTRAPORTABLE computer in my Binh bag. In fact, because of the Lehman Brothers meltdown, I carry two ultraportable computers nowadays, both Nokia E90s. When Lehman closed, I got an inexpensive E90 that was sitting unnoticed in a New York desk. By the end of 2009, I'll probably upgrade my ultraportable to the Nokia N97. One of the reasons is for its on-board Skype. In my line of work, Skype chat helps connect the dots faster. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that the major carriers object to Skype being burned onto N97 handsets. The same kind of resentment extends to Truphone, Rebtel and Maxroam. I don't use O2 operator services for the default services offered on branded mobile phone desktops. I like dependability in voice and SMS services. But I use my phone's data connectivity over wifi more than over the mobile phone's network and I think that's a fair use of the technology. I appreciate Nokia creating viable services for me. It would be nice to have Skype on my N97. I have lots of people in my Skype phone book and when I toggle it on, I have meaningful conversations with Skype. I also like Skype for being able to hide myself from view. I want to start the second decade of the 21st century with a solid ultracomputer that I can hand over to a five-year-old when she starts school. The Nokia N97 would be a very nice first computer for a school kid.