Monday, June 12, 2006

This made me laugh...

This made me laugh. Have you ever sent a text message to someone in the same room? (guilty). How about in your own house? (guilty). I use them all of the time for sub-conversations during conference calls too.

Never go anywhere without my Treo. Always able send or receive. Hard to remember what it was like without instant messaging/SMS.


Anonymous Anonymous said....

Yep...I work for a huge bank. Spend half of my time on the conference calls [talk about being productive:)] during those I e-mail people, send text messages, talk to them on the cell phone and far I haven't confused the conversations yet, but I can see it coming.

Mon Jun 12, 09:47:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Mark from NY said....

Can't help but wonder if you save keystrokes during conference calls by typing "U R" and "plz". I'm guessing not. :)

Mon Jun 12, 10:18:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Can't help but wonder if you save keystrokes

I do not...

Mon Jun 12, 10:21:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Sue said....

As much as I love the way I have friends all over the world, through this wonderful world of the web and the connectivity it gives us, I think the art of true conversation is being lost. I really miss not having a team around me. We used to lunch together in the canteen, talked work, talked trivia learned stuff and built up pretty good friendships. That's not to say there aren't friendships built up on the net. But I think the more we blog, the more we txt, the less we really connect. Makes me sad. Perhaps it's on a different level, but it's easier to write in an anonymous way than to look at someone and have a conversation...agree, disagree, empathise or sympathise and learn.

Sue H

Mon Jun 12, 10:29:00 AM EDT  

Blogger jk said....

I think my attention is getting fragmented as we add more methods of communication. Is the ultimate vacation experience unwired, cut off from IM, SMS and email?

Mon Jun 12, 11:46:00 AM EDT  

Blogger shrek said....

i've been blessed to know a number of really smart prople [including the owner of this blog.;-)] met through email and such. but i deplore the fact that i can't just go have lunch with them, or go buy them a drink and just chat. the good and bad of living a wirde existance?;-)

maybe in dallas, sir?

Mon Jun 12, 11:48:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Herod T said....

I went on vacation a few weeks ago for only a week.

I left my laptop and my blackberry at my desk.

It was horrible.

My wife couldn't get in touch with me when she was at work and I was out shopping with the kids. I couldn't remember any of my friends phone numbers... I knew there speed dial numbers off by heart.

My mother emailed me about 20 times before she picked up the phone (different country, calling is expensive), she thought maybe I had been plucked from the face of the planet.

Twice I woke up with a start swearing I heard the "level 1" ring on my blackberry.

I kept all my personal passwords on the blackberry, I couldnt' do my banking.

It was horrible, I would not recommend leaving your PDA behind on holidays. I ended up being completely and utterly dettached from the world for basically 6 straight days. I spent uninterrupted time with my kids, I listened to music, I went to a movie and didn't have to remember to switch to silent mode after the first phone call.


I have 3 weeks coming up here in a few weeks.

Blackberry stays and laptop stay at work.

We judge a meeting by how many emails are coming from the attendees. The less people doing the "crackberry prayer" the better the meeting.

2 of the VP's collect blackberries and cell phones at the door.

Nobody says no, not even other VP's.

Mon Jun 12, 03:09:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

This is pretty ingenious, too.

Those PDA things are pretty much shelfware to me.


Mon Jun 12, 04:45:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Roderick said....

Back when I shared an office with another Support person, we'd text message each other while talking to customers. But it would be funny how long we'd continue that way even after we've hung up the phones before one of us just turns around to face the other guy.
The really sad thing is sitting in a conference room and silently heckling a presenter over SMS with your buddies in the same room. Funny at first, but then I wonder if people heckle me when I'm presenting :-).

Mon Jun 12, 06:31:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

Conference calls for us mean a speaker phone and a round table. All I have to do is put my finger on the mic and bingo: as many parallel conversations as we like!

Mind you, I've been known to fall asleep half way deadly boring ones, whereby someone always complains about the "heavy breathing" from the "Australian contingent"... :-)

Ah wel, no one is perfect!

Mon Jun 12, 08:51:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Ok, I know this is silly, but thought I would point it out nonetheless.
Don't you think that if you have the hyperlink on the word 'This' in the sentence 'This made me laugh.' instead of on 'me laugh', it would "look" more logical ?

Tue Jun 13, 05:04:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Oh Oh

Looks like the

Phantom Nitpicker

Is at it again!

Tue Jun 13, 09:48:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Ringo said....


Did you guy never try secret talk in the class room by passing around small paper ?

Sure now they are using PDA/SMS, but those were the good old days that a piece of paper will do the same job.

Tue Jun 13, 09:05:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Noons said....

three of us in high school invented a hand-alphabet, like the one used by the deaf-mute. At the time we didn't have access to any info on existing alphabets so we had to come up with something that'd let us communicate silently and discretely during classes, exams, etc. It was quite effective.

Wed Jun 14, 06:17:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

three of us in high school invented a hand-alphabet

We decided to master in "lips-reading" instead ... a skill useful also during adult life, was our resoning :)

Wed Jun 14, 07:16:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

And on a semi-related note, I was reading the other day that teenagers are using this new "ultrasonic" ringtone which most people over 20 can't hear. Great for texting in class without the teacher noticing.

NPR has a download of the "Teen Buzz" MP3 which you can listen to. It hurts my ears. But then, I once returned a couple of battery backups because of their constant high-pitched shriek, so I'm not surprised I can hear it despite my age.

Bob Shepard

Wed Jun 14, 11:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

As an adult, I like the "kids only" ringtone much better than the the latest popular hit. At least I don't have to hear it!

Wed Jun 14, 01:53:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I was looking at those new cool ultra slim "smartphones" by verizon, it's called the Q I think by motorola.

Tom are you happy with the size of your Treo? Easy to carry around, put in your pocket etc? I made the mistake of getting a phone that ended up being too bulky and it feels like I'm carrying a role of quarters in my paints.

Also, to get all the neat service those phones require, email, broadband etc, what does that cost you if you don't mind me asking. I think it starts around 80 a month if that sounds right.


Wed Jun 14, 05:20:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I like my treo - but that doesn't mean you would. It is big, I don't carry it in my pocket frequently, more of a clip on belt device.

About 80 sounds about right - I have the tmobile hot spot access with it, as well as the gprs/edge access (hot spot for laptop in Starbucks and Red Carpet clubs)

Wed Jun 14, 07:36:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I sent a text message to my wife sitting beside me while at your mini-confrence today in Regina!! So nice not to have to disturb everyone around you just for a little comment. Excellent information today .. you really know your stuff.

Wed Jun 14, 10:17:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous funny videos said....

Oh, man that's not what you wanted to say. I guess we become control freaks. Let some one else know what you want them to say.

Mon Jan 15, 12:40:00 AM EST  


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