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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    I don't know about that. I had to take my car in for some service and the place I took it kept badgering me about giving them a "cell phone" number just so they could "text" me some stupid notification when they were finished. As if it were impossible just to call me and say they were done. I guess they get paid to sell cell phones. This world makes me sick.
    Their software is probable set up to send the text, no human is involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    the place I took it kept badgering me about giving them a "cell phone" number just so they could "text" me some stupid notification when they were finished. As if it were impossible just to call me and say they were done. I guess they get paid to sell cell phones. This world makes me sick.
    haha, i think this might be preference, i hate talking on the phone, so this would be absolutely preferred to me. Mind you, I sit on phone calls for work a lot where people spend 30 mins to an hour just talking about something i feel could be done via an email (or not at all)

    Also, i think the fact that the current world makes you sick because it's not the way it was when you grew up might be a little close minded. (which i do get happens when we get older). I grew up with people who feel that way about all technology and avoided computers and the internet completely. Kids should be out playing in the street, not holed up in their house playing summer games on their c64 or watching threes company (okay, they were probably right about that last one.. haha).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    Also, i think the fact that the current world makes you sick because it's not the way it was when you grew up might be a little close minded. (which i do get happens when we get older).
    Except it's being really blithe and a bit intellectually dishonest to treat this discussion as being completely and only a gripe about "these kids today...!" when multiple people have laid out very specific practical grounds for complaint on a variety of these issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    Also, i think the fact that the current world makes you sick because it's not the way it was when you grew up might be a little close minded. (which i do get happens when we get older). I grew up with people who feel that way about all technology and avoided computers and the internet completely. Kids should be out playing in the street, not holed up in their house playing summer games on their c64 or watching threes company (okay, they were probably right about that last one.. haha).
    To some extent, sure. But as I tell some "kids these days", when they are old and gray they will be clutching their "old obsolete" and heavily marketing-stigmatized cell phones for dear life to avoid getting a hole drilled in to their heads for the latest and greatest Borg implants. Which everyone else will be happily doing.

    What gets me is when people insist that there must always be only One True Way to do something.

    I prefer my so-called "land line" because when people call from a proper phone, I can actually HEAR them and they do not sound like a robot trying to molest my ear. I don't have to sit outside like my neighbors to get a good signal or avoid dropout. I don't have to waste $$$ every few years constantly replacing things. I don't have to worry about being spied on (much), hacked, or constant UI changes. I do not want to be bombarded with real-time notifications or obligated to do so.

    But somehow, wanting something that WORKS is looked down upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ngtwolf View Post
    haha, i think this might be preference, i hate talking on the phone, so this would be absolutely preferred to me. Mind you, I sit on phone calls for work a lot where people spend 30 mins to an hour just talking about something i feel could be done via an email (or not at all)

    Also, i think the fact that the current world makes you sick because it's not the way it was when you grew up might be a little close minded. (which i do get happens when we get older). I grew up with people who feel that way about all technology and avoided computers and the internet completely. Kids should be out playing in the street, not holed up in their house playing summer games on their c64 or watching threes company (okay, they were probably right about that last one.. haha).
    Hey! I still watch Three's Company. It comes on right after WKRP in Cincinnati and before Magnum P.I. - on my own personal TV station, a digital player hooked up to an agile modulator. I don't have to be holed up in the house - I can watch it outside on my 1978 JVC portable TV. While I'm outside, I can tell those damn kids to get off my lawn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    To some extent, sure. But as I tell some "kids these days", when they are old and gray they will be clutching their "old obsolete" and heavily marketing-stigmatized cell phones for dear life to avoid getting a hole drilled in to their heads for the latest and greatest Borg implants. Which everyone else will be happily doing.

    What gets me is when people insist that there must always be only One True Way to do something.

    I prefer my so-called "land line" because when people call from a proper phone, I can actually HEAR them and they do not sound like a robot trying to molest my ear. I don't have to sit outside like my neighbors to get a good signal or avoid dropout. I don't have to waste $$$ every few years constantly replacing things. I don't have to worry about being spied on (much), hacked, or constant UI changes. I do not want to be bombarded with real-time notifications or obligated to do so.

    But somehow, wanting something that WORKS is looked down upon.
    Hey, I have two land lines.







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    I prefer texting because I simply do not like talking on the phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxtherabbit View Post
    I prefer texting because I simply do not like talking on the phone
    Ya', it's probably second only to direct eye contact for those with low confidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Ya', it's probably second only to direct eye contact for those with low confidence.
    I love direct eye contact, I hate the phone because I don't have the patience to listen to you speak

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    I can actually HEAR them and they do not sound like a robot trying to molest my ear.
    This changed for us a few years ago -- the HD voice when talking to family who are using devices and plans that support the standard is *way* better than land line quality. It's a combination of better microphones in the devices, and way higher sampling rates and bitrates used in the transport. It sounds substantially better than POTS land line.
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