Re: The technologically challenged?

Subject: Re: The technologically challenged?
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Jennifer C. Bennett" <fritillary -at- gmail -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:16:12 -0700 (PDT)

>> I get mocked by my eldest daughter because my mobile phone is just that
>> - a phone, used for calling people and (very!) occasionally sending a
>> text. It has no games, music etc. Now I like gadgets as much as the next
>> person but only if they're useful (OK, occasionally just fun!).

> I'm 32 and have no use whatsoever for a mobile phone. I work from home, the
> "land line" works just as well. I don't want to be reachable at all times.
> My boyfriend thinks of his phone as a "leash" (he feels the same way as me
> about cell phones, but he needs his for work) I'm really surprised the

I, on the other hand, got rid of my land line and only use my cell. Cell phones are only a "leash" if you let them be. They have really cool buttons, like "Off". There's a setting for "Vibrate" so they don't bother anyone around you. You can even get a message when you're approaching the limit.

I realize it sounds "counter-culture-luttish" to stand up and proclaim independance from it. However, it's only a tool.

> YOUR outgoing calls. My sister is 19 and has repeatedly
> gone over her minutes and text messages in their "family plan".

And no 19 year only has ever been responsible for an over-abundance of land-line charges?

Repeatedly? There are multiple ways of keeping this under handing her the bill and shutting off her number until she pays up.

> I however, adore gadgets, I adore researching gadgets, I adore figuring out
> and using the gadgets I buy. MP3 players (Cowon iAudio and an iRiver (iPods

So good gadgets are those you like and bad gadgets are those you don't. Got it.

John Posada
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