Archive for the ‘cell phone’ Category

Mobile Technology a threat

February 7, 2007

  

Hi Grit

It seems that the latest technology is coming under threat from governments worldwide, especially when it comes to controlling their usage.

Recently, the UK public have been informed that the use of mobiles, iPods, walkman’s and other equipment whilst driving can lead not only a fine but also a driving ban. Now it appears that New York is taking it a step further. You fine city is considering imposing fines of $100 dollars for people who are using this equipment whilst crossing the road.

I would mention that you have a little catching up to do as our regulations extend to eating whilst driving as well. However, do you not get the feeling that before too long we, the citizens of the world, will be banned from doing everything apart from putting one foot in front of the other once we leave our front door?

the Brit

Time to get a bicycle.

February 2, 2007

Hi Brit,

Just thought I’d warn you about, Use a mobile… and lose your vehicle.  Actually, after reading the article I think you’d better get a bicycle.  We have a similar, and under reported, law, allowing police to confiscate property they suspect was purchased with money made from drug crimes.  The local police confiscate enough cars to pay their expenses from the resell.  This is the reason one should never carry large amounts of cash over here.  Studies have shown that a high percentage of the currency in circulation has detectable amounts of cocaine on it.  Thus, any given wad of cash will probably set a drug detection dog off and, poof, the police get your money.  Note that there is no trial, no need to show cause, just a suspicion by the officer.  The process to protest the confiscation is a very lengthy and expensive process with no guarantee of success.  Ah, freedom, I do miss it.

the Grit

Crime without penalty

January 24, 2007

I think that the UK justice system has just come undone. According to reports in the paper today, the UK judges are being asked by the government not to jail people guilty of criminal offences. No doubt they will soon be running a promotional campaign slogan “do the crime, don’t do the time.”

The prison service have announced that every available jail cell is full, and there is widespread overcrowding, with no possibility of housing anymore offenders. Even police cells are now packed to capacity. I wonder if they are considering giving our law enforcement officers a sabatical?

Also, this will show you how daft our government is. At the same time as issuing the above instructions to judges, they have also embarked upon a series of television adverts, which are supposed to warn people to keep their property safe. However, in doing this, the adverts show criminals exactly which is the easiest way to break into a house, where car radio facias are kept and how to pocket someone elses mobile phone.

Sometimes I sit in my cupboard in despair!

the Brit

More trouble on the way!

January 7, 2007

Hi Brit,

I’ve seen some bad business decisions in my life, but this may be the worst yet:

Verizon to offer TV shows on cellphones: NY Times

Would you like to take guess at how long it will be before the first traffic accident caused by some goof driving while watching a soap opera is reported?  For that matter, aren’t there all sorts of reports showing that we already watch too much TV?  And I just know that it’s going to tie up public restroom facilities, because people are going to hide in the stalls and watch a game show instead of attending to business.

the Grit

I want it; I want it now!

January 3, 2007

Hi Brit,

As I’m sure you remember, I’ve been fighting with the new super cell phone my wife made me get.  At the moment, it has one cool feature that I would probably use, much to my dismay, if it had more memory, that being, it plays MP3 files.  At the moment, it doesn’t have enough memory to store enough songs to make buying all the accessories needed to listen to them worth the cost.  However, Samsung’s 16GB Flash Module Could Make Music Cellphones Sing, could change the picture in favor of getting one of those Blue Tooth things.  So hurry up while I stile have Christmas money to spend!

the Grit

Photojournalist

December 6, 2006

Hi Grit

As the art of a good photographic journalist is to catch the moment unawares, it would appear that a chameleon hat would be most appropriate. One that changes colour to blend in with the surroundings.

the Brit

Great, now I’m a photo journalist.

December 4, 2006

I’m not sure, yet, if I like this or not:

Have Camera Phone? Yahoo and Reuters Want You to Work for Their News Service

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/technology/04yahoo.html?ex=1322888400&en=949fa991657f9851&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

I mean, it’s a great idea to be able to have my digital eye of the news get exposure.  The problem is, I’m already too cell phone camera happy.  Now, I’m tempted to buy a second phone so I can snap pictures with both hands.  Of course, I’ll need a double cross draw holster, a trench coat, and a cowboy hat.  Which raises the troubling question, what color hat should I get?

the Grit

Continuing cell phone battle

November 26, 2006

Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed
Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear
But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear

That’s right, Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.  I finally managed to up load a ringtone to my phone, and have it play instead of the regular beep.  Unfortunately, it’s a midi file instead of the real song.  One step at a time.

There are numerous places to find the lyrics, but I got them here: http://lyrics.duble.com/lyrics/L/led-zeppelin-lyrics/led-zeppelin-kashmir-lyrics.htm

The same goes for ringtones, which I picked up here: http://www.ringtones4all.com/

the Grit

November 9, 2006

I hate my new cell phone that my wife made me get so she can keep up with me.  The dang thing is too nice.  It takes pictures and video, with a zoom feature no less.  It has Internet access!  Also, it includes email, text messages, voice recognition for the phone book, Blue Tooth wireless stuff, plays MP3 files, plays video games, and has more memory than the computer I’m writing this on.  I’m sure it does more things that I haven’t figured out yet, like calling down death rays on my enemies from orbiting satellites.

 I put off getting one of these nasty things because I suspected this might happen.  Now, I look at the phone every so often hoping it will ring or trying to think of someone to call.  The picture taking thing has also got me hooked.  I find myself constantly on the alert for some image to capture digitally.  I even bought a quick draw belt holster to facilitate this.

I’m lost.  Help me.

the Grit