Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
I have to admit to being a bit curmudgeonly on the subject of cell phones. This is due, in part to my frustrations with the service providers.
For me, a cell phone is first and foremost, a device for verbal communication. When a phone's voice performance suffers because it's also trying to be a camera, MP3 player and carpet shampooer, it has lost it's reason to exist.
Three years ago, I bought a computer with Bluetooth, at the same time I needed to replace my rain-damaged cellphone. I was about to buy a bluetooth cameraphone only to learn that data could not be transferred directly to my computer, only via the service provider's network, at a charge. Same with a cameraphone with a SD port. Pictures must ride the network. They said the technology didn't exist for that ?!$?!$?!$?!$?!$
Then the coup de gras, last year we were at a Lynyrd Skynyrd (don't laugh, I saw the Flaming Lips the night before) concert where my wife met two friends she hadn't seen in over 20 years. I was the only one with a camera, which happened to be in my phone. So I snapped some photos. When I tried to send them to my email I got an error message.
Later, I called the service provider and based on the error message, they told me I needed to update my software at the local store. Guess what, at the store they managed to delete eveything off my phone, including the the pictures all the stored numbers - everything.
Including the picture below of my two week-old Wee. Fortunately, I got a signal at this Blue Ridge Parkway and sent this to my wife's email as she sat at her computer far below in the distance. I must admit, for a cameraphone it's still a pretty crappy picture.
Sent from my Hewlett-Packard 75C, using the Flying Merkel motorcycle app.
Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
"Look here brother, who you jivin' with that cosmik debris?" Frank Zappa, 1975
Last edited by Stromin'Nroman; 06-15-2008 at 10:11 AM.