Sunday, March 27, 2011

Okay, Skynet--Enough Already!

I have come to the conclusion that my smartphone is really a Terminator. Or at the very least, a Transformer. It's a sneaky, snarky little device out to rob me of my sanity.




In my ongoing love/hate relationship with technology, my Android phone continues to test my patience. Yesterday, I received a call from a friend from church. I had the phone in my hand, I could see the name and number on the Caller ID...but no matter how hard I pressed the touchpad, I was unable to answer that call! Worse, after the call went to voicemail, I was unable to enter voicemail to get the mssage because I couldn't get the touchpad to come up so I could enter my passcode!

When I described my ordeal to William, I lamented that, even though this phone sucks as a phone, it has so many other great features, I still intend to keep using it. It has apps for Kindle, Nook, Audible, a radio site that connects to 600 stations nationwide, and countless others. It has Think Free Office. I can compose--not just edit--on the phone. It has Google Maps and a GPS.

William suggested it might be able to direct me to a working phone, which it did.




To err is human, but to really screw things up requires technology. I'm seriously considering a return to more basic means of communication...

Pony Express, maybe...




Smoke signals?




Or possibly carrier pigeons!




Collin thinks I'm overreacting. Or at least he did before he had to remove a virus from his Android....



16 comments:

  1. I still have an old-fashioned cell phone...you know the kind you can only call and text on! But I really am going to need a blackberry or something soon!

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  2. I still have a flip phone, and the only time I do anything with it, is to text my hubby to see if we need milk or something...I hate the phone, but it's all I have.

    However, I have to say, the link to getting me to your blog didn't work... It said there was no such blog...There's more technology problems for us...

    Maybe one day when there are new phones out there that can go to work for me, maybe I'll get a new one...

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  3. Carrier pigeons will get the job done faster. And they don't drive you insane.

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  4. I just read that Mike Tyson raises pigeons and he's very emotional about how sensitive they are to the cold, or to viruses and falcons. I think you might want to get a simpler phone. I shelved the Blackberry for a simple one and life is good.:)

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  5. I now carry three phones--the Android, my old T-Mobile Dash (which in wi-fi range is still a great pocket computer), and a Kyocera Loft messaging phone which also does e-mail. All of my bases are now covered!

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  6. Lol, Norma! Yeah, tht is bad of Collin had to remove a virus from his Android. :( Loved this blog post on the Android and Technology. What's worse is that the Danger, Inc., that was bought out by Microsoft, had an OS fopr the T-Mobile Sidekick phones. But because Danger, Inc. was bought out by Microsoft, their OS will soon be obsolete to any Sidekick users, and Sidekick cell phone users will have to buy the new Sidekick that is coming out (yep, they decided to put one more out, after all. Guess they changed their minds). The new Sidekick phone will have the Android OS (Operating System) on it. After seeing this, that worries me, cus now I know that cell phones can get viruses on them, now. Ty for the heads up, hon. Hugs.

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  7. Three phones? I love my phone. It has a keyboard almost big enough for my fingers, crystal clear screen, and a speaker button that I can figure out how to turn off. Life is good, as long as I don't want a walking super computer.

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  8. You know how you can hear the conversations of others say, in the grocery line? Judging from that, all that is needed to conquer technology is to speak loudly.

    Thusly, I've taken to yelling whenever I want to speak to someone.

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  9. OMG...now we have to worry about viruses in our phones.

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  10. Or you could write a note and have your servant hand deliver it for you like the millionaires did in Newport R.I.

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  11. Norma, I've wanted an Android. I am rethinking this now. Pony Express is faster than the U.S. mail, isn't it?

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  12. I have a cave man era flip phone. It works great as a phone.

    I did want an android, but...maybe not:)!

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  13. Fortunately, we are not anywhere near a true A.I. like skynet. They'll need to perfect quantum computing which they have not done yet. In about 20 or 30 years, they'll build skynet. Then I'll use it to take over the world.

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  14. Oh, and Mike, seeing as how I'll be firmly in place as supreme majesty of the planet by then, you'll have a bit of a hard time getting that done.

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  15. Maybe it's time to go back to telegraphs.

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  16. Congratulations!!! You are the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award!!!
    http://inspiredbycaffeinenicotine.blogspot.com/2011/03/and-winner-is.html
    Much love!!!
    Robb

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