Sunday, November 28, 2010

Is There an App for Just Talking?

H/T Silouan the Techgeek for the concept

16 comments:

Apophatically Speaking said...

Hmm I am not sure you need an app for that. Dial and talk.

J.D. said...

I was texting a fellow to arrange a lunch meeting and suddenly my phone wouldn't allow me to respond via text. Suddenly, I eliminated the frustration by realizing that I was actually holding a phone in my hand. It actually worked; I called him; appointment confirmed; WOW!

Jodie Anna said...

whoever developed a rotary phone app probably never used a real rotary phone in their lives, lol. To have the true experience, you have to be able to randomly get your finger stuck in the holes. Man, I used to hate phone numbers with 9s and 0s in them...

I just broke down and finally got a basic cell phone for us yesterday *sigh*

Athanasia said...

My kids were quite perplexed upon their first encounter with a rotary phone. Their question? "Where are the buttons to dial the phone?" LOL!

s-p said...

Jodie, I actually "Photoshopped" that, but I think it would make a cool app for dialing a cell phone if I had the skills to design it (any takers, I'll split the revenue!) Athanasia, it occurred to me that there is now a generation that has not had to dial a rotary phone. Yikes. And yes, I call my kids and leave a message on their voice mail and they text me and say, "I saw you left a message, what do you want?" I have to text them back and say, "I want you to listen to the voice mail..." sheesh!

Anonymous said...

This is funny. Of course, what's so hilarious about young people not getting how to dial an actual dial is that the term "dial" comes from, you know, dials, and makes sense only metaphorically on pushbutton phones.

Like "taping" TV shows.

Anyone else ever see stickers affixed to library DVDs saying, "Be kind, please rewind"?

Yep, everyone under 35, I think, now hates voice mail. I'm getting there, too, even though I'm "a little bit" older. It's kind of disturbing to me how annoyed I am waiting for the dumb recorded voice to finish telling me I have a voice mail before letting me listen to it.

For that matter, most people under 30 hate talking on the phone at all. I mean, people just HATE it. It's interesting to people my age, for whom one of the biggest victories imaginable as a teen was getting your parents to let you have a phone extension in your own room. Score! So you could talk on the phone for hours with your friends, making your parents rue their having caved, of course. Now that sounds not only technically medieval to our kids, but like a form of torture besides.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

My niece, visiting us a couple of years ago, tried to call her dad using our 1970's style push-button, landline phone. After a moment, she said, "I dialled the wrong number."

"That's okay," I said. "Just hang up and dial again."

There was a long silence before she finally asked, "How do you hang up?"


My problem is I'm unwilling to read a whole manual just to learn how to operate a cell phone.

Melanie said...

I sure do miss that whirring sound of the dial!

justjamey said...

On my voicemail, I actually say, "Leave a message, or better yet, send a text." I get annoyed with people that follow through with, "Call me." :) Send me a text with what you actually want!

Rotary phone app is genius! I checked the app store, and sure enough, you've been beat.

Apophatically Speaking said...

Soon it will be, "have your app talk to my app".

As technologies have become more invasive, there is a shift in our experience from the quest for access to shielding oneself from information.

Neil Postman's "Amusing Ourselves to Death" is a worthwhile read on this. The advent of the telegraph started this barrage of cheap, instant and irrelevant information.

Dana said...

Sometimes we remind our children of the days when you couldn't even own your own phone; remember that they had to be leased from Ma Bell.

Dana

Hira Animfefte (Xera Anymphefte) said...

Why don't you just text your kids back with what your message is?

I loathe voicemail....

babushkajo said...

I loved our old black, heavy-duty rotary phones that could also be used for self-defense, they were that weighty. LOL

Babushka Joanna

babushkajo said...

I just saw that Steve's blog won the award for Funniest Blog this year!! Runner-up for Best Individual Blog. Way to go, Steve!!!!

Babushka Joanna

s-p said...

Gee! You laugh! You really laugh!! :)

Donna Farley said...

There is a phone called the Jitterbug which is JUST A PHONE with nice big numbers for aging eyes like mine. Unfortunately I can't get it in Canada or I would have one yesterday.