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Dec 04, 2008

Technology, Simplicity and Such

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Yesterday, I happily acquired a Blackberry Curve with Verizon service.  In the 28 hours since, I've been delighted at the improved reception (over AT&T) and the added functionality.  Though of course I'm still climbing the experience curve.  I barfed up my email sometime this evening and may have nine conniption fits between now and whenever I figure out how to fix it.

Still, I'm pleased.

Now on the topic of technology: Last night at the mid-week Quaker meeting we discussed a Pendle Hill booklet on Voluntary Simplicity.  One of our members commented on his current "need" for a computer, cell phone, and car.  I wholly agreed that these were needs for readily fitting into modern society.  Mind you, (I think) I'd love to not feel the need to fit into modern society.  But I do, thus the stuff.

In other technology-related things -- I think it was nuts for the automaker CEOs to drive from Detroit to DC for their meetings with Congress.  I want them to have every bit of time and space they need for doing what needs done while they're still in charge. Sitting in the passenger seat of a car for 523 miles each way doesn't seem helpful.  And it pisses me off that anyone in Congress might be smiling about it.

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p.s thank you to all readers who commented or emailed with thoughts on cell plans.

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Comments

Sitting in the passenger seat of a car is probably more helpful than flying coach, which is what they should have volunteered to do if they really wanted to show a little humility now that they are beggars ...

Posted by: lisa b | Dec 4, 2008 10:33:11 PM

Dude! You're "In." We can talk any time. :-D

Posted by: Doc | Dec 8, 2008 9:34:43 PM

-> Doc: without getting faced by Chad from Alltel!

Posted by: Phil | Dec 8, 2008 10:38:14 PM

Did you use a PDA before? I've been addicted to my Palm since 2002, and finally combined the Palm and the phone in the form of a Treo, but when my next "new every two" period is up (assuming the next great depression or Armageddon haven't driven us all back into caves), my interest in a Blackberry will depend on how much of my Palm data and functionality will transfer. And, as usual, I'll lean heavily on the experiences of my friends.

Posted by: Doc | Dec 11, 2008 10:58:34 AM

Did you use a PDA before? I've been addicted to my Palm since 2002, and finally combined the Palm and the phone in the form of a Treo, but when my next "new every two" period is up (assuming the next great depression or Armageddon haven't driven us all back into caves), my interest in a Blackberry will depend on how much of my Palm data and functionality will transfer. And, as usual, I'll lean heavily on the experiences of my friends.

Posted by: Doc | Dec 11, 2008 10:59:48 AM

Re.Doc: I was a complete Palm Pilot junkie from ~2000 to 2004. I think I quit using the Palm when I got a phone that would (in theory) sync with Outlook. While I failed miserably at the sync, I also came to believe I didn't need a PDA. That may or may not still be true.

The Palm Vx was pretty awesome in many ways. Of course the data entry was all via stylus (or sync with computer). Having a PDA-within-phone-with-keyboard may be interesting.

It all really depends on how comfortable and competent I get with synchronizing the machines. History is not good in this department.

Posted by: Phil | Dec 11, 2008 9:16:16 PM

Yeah, I used 3rd-party software from IntelliSync for a while, as I was syning with Palm Desktop at home and Outlook at the office. Then went pure Outlook for just a short while. Hated it. I like my Palm Desktop, especially the Tasks and Memos. Too bad a)Bill Gates rules the world, and b)Palm Desktop updates do less than each previous version. I give them just a couple years before that trend puts them out of business. And then there was the whole "help" chat that resulted. But you've read that one. :-)

Posted by: Doc | Dec 13, 2008 12:13:06 AM