The NYT's David Pogue reports on SharkMsg, a very useful Treo utility that allows you to SMS messages like, "Sorry, in meeting," to people when they call you and you don't want to talk to them. It was written by a 15-year-old programmer, Tyler Faux.
There are whole companies based on this SMS call-return concept; and apparently Palm hasn't been able to figure out how to implement this feature on its own Palm-based Treos.
But Tyler Faux was able to do something the overpaid programmers at Palm could not. His app is incredibly useful (I've been using it on my Treo). It reminds me of another useful teenager-written Treo app: FlightStatus, which grabs real-time airline flight info from the Net. Like SharkMsg, it's very useful, partly because it's very simple and very focused. FlightStatus' author is Andrew Faber, a 16-year-old high school junior.
Let's give more Treos to kids. These apps rock.