Friday, April 2, 2010

iPad and Pagers

The pic is a shot of people in line to purchase an iPad tomorrow...

As someone who had an Improved Mobile Telephone Service - IMTS - in his car, along with a CB radio and Radar Detector, I can state that I fully participated in "He who dies with the most toys wins" life style.

In fact at one point I had a car phone, cell phone, pager and voice mail.

The pager was super cool. It was almost as thin as a business card and not much larger. With it I could see the telephone number of who was paging me and decide when and where to return the call without having to hear the obligatory voice mail.

I loved voice mail. I could wait until 11:00 PM or so, call up four or five people, ask my question or answer their question without having to be distracted by trying to sell somebody something today. That was a concept that we use to hold dear and I assume that hasn't gone out of date.

But somewhere in there the car phone and the pager were deep sixed and I figured out I could call forward calls to my office number to the cell phone. Which let me travel and answer calls without having to check voice mail and do the old telephone tag trick. Very neat. It confused some people. Of course most of them accepted my explanation that it was PFMABES.

But I never got into the texting thing. If I want to communicate I will call and you can answer or not. Your choice. And I can see someone texting a message so as to not interrupt a super important meeting.... But really. There aren't that many super important meetings...

So you won't see me punching my Blackberry or slobbering over my iPad. In fact, I may go back to a pager. Page me and I'll call you back.... When and where I want.

Enough of this be in contact junk. Every now and then privacy, peace, quiet and the ability to think through what is going to be said is more important than interruptions, disturbances, noisy ringers playing music and "ooops, I didn't mean that the way it sounded....."

Hat tip to TalkLeft for pic and the memory jog.

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Palin switches parties!

Details here!

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Actions have consequences

And Obama's healthcare bill have bunches.

MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."

"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years."

Naturally the Lefties are all in a snit. To quote a Democratic Congresscrittert:

"I'm disgusted," he (Grayson) said. "Maybe he thinks the Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no good.' If this is the face of the right wing in America, it's the face of cruelty. … Why don't they change the name of the Republican Party to the Sore Loser Party?"

Doesn't seem to enter into Grayson's mind that the Doctor has the absolute right to chose who to treat or not treat.

And Grayson isn't smart enough to understand that at age 56 the Doctor will probably just hang it up in a few years.

What happens then? The patients fo elsewhere.

Of course if elesewhere doesn't have any doctors....


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The Dark Avenger returned but I

gave up. He's not gonna change. So I just deleted him.

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