Cidu Bill on Feb 17th 2017
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Cidu Bill on Jan 23rd 2017
Cidu Bill on Aug 28th 2016
I posted this on Facebook earlier today:
My phone has officially lost its mind: on its own, it’s opening apps, making phone calls, and swear to God, ordered a book from Amazon.
We’re not talking about butt-dialing: this usually happens when the phone is noplace near me or anybody else.
Just now, I found an IM ready to be sent out: “The2 second form of the conditioneal perfect since I the et thn literary equivalents _of the conditional perfect.” I was just surprised the phone hadn’t clicked “send.” Presumably it would have soon enough.
No, my phone isn’t voice activated.
For the record, I don’t even know what “conditional perfect” means (I can make a good guess, I suppose, but it’s not a phrase I ever would have spoken).
And yes, this is all probably impossible, and that’s certainly what Sprint will claim when I call them tomorrow.
One of my friends responded that she’s also getting Skype calls from my phone.
…My phone doesn’t have the Skype app!
Cidu Bill on Apr 20th 2016
I remember sifting through tangles of chargers trying to find one that would fit my phone (forgot to pack my charger on a trip to Florida, and the hotel clerk handed me a carton of them and told me to keep whatever I could use).
But now, there’s one format for every device (or two, if iStuff still uses its own), so there’s no more searching.
(and yes, halos aren’t cell phones; but the joke depends on halos and cell phones being analogous)
Cidu Bill on Jul 27th 2015
Cidu Bill on Apr 27th 2015
Actually, that’s it. Isn’t that enough? I was watching a baseball game on my telephone!
Seriously, when did that become something people just did?
Meanwhile, in an alternate universe in which teenagers phone one another instead of text AND cell phones are loud enough that other people can hear what’s being said from across the room AND volume can’t be turned down AND people are incapable of holding a cell phone and walking out of a room at the same time…
Cidu Bill on Mar 18th 2015
Cidu Bill on Feb 26th 2015
Even assuming she doesn’t know what she’s talking about, I can’t figure out what she’s talking about.
Cidu Bill on Jul 4th 2014
Cidu Bill on Mar 5th 2014
This is insane. Seriously.
Cidu Bill on Nov 20th 2013
Cidu Bill on Nov 5th 2013
Does this have any basis in reality? My last Android phone came with an instruction book thicker than the phone.
Cidu Bill on May 30th 2013
Eh, not impressed: we had this discussion more than three years ago (update: link fixed)
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Cidu Bill on Dec 8th 2011
I really don’t know what the big deal is about “butt dialing.” My phone has evolved far beyond that, essentially to Skynet level, making phone calls and opening random apps when it’s sitting on a counter twenty feet away. Last month it sent my friend a text message saying “I can’t speak right now. I’ll call you back later.”
Now granted, that’s a message that came pre-programmed in the phone, but still…
For a while, this self-activation of programs — I called it “air dialing” — seemed completely random; but in the past week or so… I was reaching for my phone intending to listen to some music while I did some chores, and Pandora suddenly opened up. And earlier this week, shortly after thinking that I needed to call my sister-in-law, all of a sudden I heard her voice coming from the phone. I thought she’d called me and my phone had taken it upon itself to accept the call, but in fact “I” had called her.
Last night, at the health club, when I took the phone out of my bag and the Audible app suddenly opened up and the book I’d been listening to the last time I was at health club began to play, my only thought was “Sure, why not?” I’ve learned to just go with it.
So I’m wondering: does this sort of thing happen to anybody else, or did Stephen King somehow get hold of my phone?
Cidu Bill on Oct 4th 2011
Cidu Bill on Sep 30th 2011
I don’t know… is this about the technology gap, or the fact that Janis is going insane? And I say this as somebody who recently used his phone’s GPS to track down his mother in downtown Boston
Cidu Bill on Sep 1st 2011
Just wondering… why would anybody install Skype on a cell phone? I could understand it a few years back before virtually every cell phone plan included unlimited calling, but why now?
(though I do understand that international calls, not generally included in cell phone plans, are cheaper via Skype)
This being said, by the way, I do have Skype on my cell phone: because I had to install it on my computer for work reasons, and at 2am the only person I could call to test it was myself.
Cidu Bill on Aug 14th 2011
Oh, come on… a 16-year-old puts down his cell phone and walks away?? That takes “suspension of disbelief” a bit too far.
Cidu Bill on Jun 30th 2011
Cidu Bill on Jun 19th 2011
My son’s on an out-of-town trip with friends this weekend. God forbid he should give us any first-hand information about where they are — but he and four of his friends have cell phone cameras and Facebook accounts, so by combining the various photos, I’ve been able to follow their progress online.
I guess this is the “new normal,” like “What time is it?”/”Hold on, I’ll check my phone.”