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The Telecom Digest for Jul 21, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 140 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
What Stand-Alone GPS Devices Do That Smartphones Can't(Monty Solomon)
Re: Theaters Struggle With Patrons' Phone Use during shows (Scott Norwood)
My Digital Cemetery (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:04:28 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: What Stand-Alone GPS Devices Do That Smartphones Can't Message-ID: <42D3E557-DF82-4F89-95D4-66235EEA94EA@roscom.com> They have bigger screens and offer uninterrupted navigation, and some have forward-facing and backup cameras and other safety features. Free smartphone navigation apps from Apple and Google offer turn-by- turn driving, walking and biking directions. And many new cars have the option of built-in navigation systems. So is there any longer a reason to buy a stand-alone GPS unit? While smartphone navigation apps have some advantages, including limiting the number of devices one needs to buy and carry around, they also have some negatives. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/16/technology/personaltech/what-stand-alone-gps-devices-do-that-smartphones-cant.html -or- http://goo.gl/kWO8Pj
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:59:49 +0000 (UTC) From: snorwood@redballoon.net (Scott Norwood) To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Theaters Struggle With Patrons' Phone Use during shows Message-ID: <moiusl$prk$1@reader1.panix.com> In article <20150717034703.34553.qmail@ary.lan>, John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> wrote: >For the cell phone problem, I'd suggest a slide at the beginning of >the movie telling patrons to feel free to shout STOP USING YOUR PHONE >at nearby miscreants as loudly as possible. No high tech needed, and >I expect it could be quite effective. It would be more annoying, though. For movie theatres, at least, the most effective solution that I have seen is to have the manager go up to the front of the auditorium before the show, welcome the audience, introduce the film, and make a polite plea for patrons to turn off their cell phones. The personal touch is more effective than a sign, policy trailer, or slide. Unfortunately, this solution does not really scale to large multiplexes. - Scott
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:47:07 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: My Digital Cemetery Message-ID: <FA070709-BC60-4AB6-9B90-A2DD2503E38F@roscom.com> My Digital Cemetery Deleting the name of a dead friend from your phone can feel like removing that person from the world. SAVANNAH, GA. - MY digital address book lists 2,743 contacts. This is not because I'm popular or extroverted; I'm neither. It's because this collection of names stretches back two decades, the oldest contacts tracing to a 1996 Palm Pilot and preserved through transfers involving more devices than I care to remember. It covers life in four cities and work on countless reporting projects. The idea of organizing and pruning this slow-motion data dump is by now unthinkable. One result is that when I start to tap in the name of someone I'm looking for, I often turn up several others as well. Maybe an expert source on a subject I'll never write about again. Or the best plumber in a place where I no longer live. Possibly a former colleague I have since learned actively dislikes me. Probably at least one name I just can't place. And, perhaps, someone who is dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/opinion/sunday/my-digital-cemetery.html

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