Technology Advancing

My cell phone was dying.  Not completely gone, but “…who…just when he seemed about to recover, felt the icy hand of death upon him.”*

Instead of just getting the basic dial-a-number-and-talk phone, I made a big (for me) step.

I have now been iSsimilated.

Yep, bought an iPhone.  Didn’t want to go that way. Partly because of the cost, but mostly the fear of becoming overly reliant on being constantly connected…v-, e-, and i-.


the beast in hand

I’m enjoying the iPhone.  It does have issues.  For example, the phone microphone is too good and picks up too much ambient background noise, making it hard for whomever I’m having a conversation with to hear me well…okay, especially since I call from noisy bars.  But, overall, it’s a wealth of information and capabilities that I still have not adequately tapped.

I’ve discovered and frequent the iPhone App store.  Here you can find applications galore to do just about anything you want (there’s another post coming on just that as I describe a recent and intriguing find).  Most of the applications charge a fee for downloading, but many are free.

Being the adolescent boy in a man’s body (pretty true of most of us guys), early downloads included the “Atomic Fart” noise maker, the “More Cowbell” app, and a game or two.

I’m turning into the over-reliant “Stepford iPhone Owner”.

I’ve become ‘that guy’ is used to shake my head at.  The one who was always within reach of the phone and always doing the internet searches when someone has a random question (a bane to bars running those trivia games.  How do you keep the game fair when the answers are (fast) key clicks from knowing?).

But there is also power and comfort in it.  That information at my finger tips is power.  I’m able to check e-mail from anywhere.  I can ping the internet.

Okay…I guess I’m not kicking and screaming that much on my way into the 21st century…

More to come on this!


*Bonus points for sourcing that one – – – WITHOUT using the interweb.


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7 Responses to “Technology Advancing”

  1. Rob Says:

    I don’t know the quote.

    iPhone, eh? Caved in? I’m going the other way, I think. When my current plans are up, I’m cancelling the cell phone plans.

    I did hear on the radio the other that something called “Yelp” is quite handy with those gizmos.

    I’m still not convinced enough to get one.

    Have fun. Just don’t become one of these guys.

  2. daisyfae Says:

    so, how long can you be away from it before you start to tweak? do you sit it on the sink while you shower? does it sleep on the pillow next to you at night? will you be buying it a pretty new hardcase for the holidays?

  3. nursemyra Says:

    I feel I should know that quote but it’s eluding me… 😦

  4. hisqueen Says:

    Harry Potter right.. He was always feeling that “icy hand of death”…Too beneath you though..Has to be something older..Perhaps something
    Daisyfae is making fun of us with cool phones (palm Centro for me)..mine does sleep under my pillow after I get done playing Sudoku and set the alarm on it. And it’s just out of water damage range when I’m in the shower. I haven’t upgrade to a pretty new case yet but I suggest you don’t let Daisy buy you one.. You may get a Dooney and Bourke pretty pastel bling one. (hint hint to Daisy)

  5. Uncle Keith Says:

    Well, who doesn’t need a more cowbell app?

  6. thegnukid Says:

    All – the quote is an obscure one from Monty Python’s “Holy Grail”… the Tale of Sir Lancelot…

    Rob – nope, haven’t stooped to the Bluetooth level yet. i still giggle at the guys who seem to be talking to themselves.

    daisyfae – well, i had i hopes that i could do without for an hour at least. but last time i left it in the car i found my fingers twitching within about 5 minutes of seeing someone else using a phone

    nursemyra – it was an obscure one…but i’ve seen that damned movie at least 19 times, so it came to me as i started typing

    hisqueen – actually, Harry Potter is not below me, so i can see where you could make that connection. and daisyfae isn’t one of those pastel-sy kind of women, so i have no worries.

    uncle keith – my point exactly. you never know when it’ll come in handy and better to have it than not. besides, i can annoy Dear Friend. that’s reason enough, isn’t it?

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