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I just gotta tell ya. I don't get the whole Blackberry thing. You… - The Rancho Commons
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I just gotta tell ya. I don't get the whole Blackberry thing. You know, those little devices that let you text message each other? I was looking at cell phones the other day and they had IM and text messaging, and I thought, why would you do that instead of just calling and talking? Allie says, like if you were in a meeting and you were supposed to be paying attention, you could be IMing instead. Okaaay, so I can see a very limited use during occasional circumstances where this might be useful. Mostly though, I don't get it at all.

I don't get IM on the computer either. I've used it some in the past, but usually, about 5 minutes in, I start thinking I should just pick up the phone and call instead! 30 minutes on IM or 3 on the phone, with voice inflections! So, yeah, I don't get it.

Oh, and don't get me started about the size of those KEYBOARDS! --> <-- You gotta be kidding!
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acey From: acey Date: January 26th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yesterday on the bus, the guy next to me was doing a crossword puzzle on his cell phone. The crossword grid was miniscule and his big fingers clunked away on the tiny keys. I looked around and saw most of the younger people were either plugged in to iPods, yapping on cell phones or texting on phones.

I dunno - I guess that is called multi-tasking or something. I wonder if anyone ever just sits quietly and thinks any more. I wondered if it were a generational thing.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Apparently, Jay (posteverything> agrees with you, or he's just trying to avoid his own aging by distancing himself from me, a 42-year-old.

Well, I ain't wearing my pants halfway down my crack like the 25-year-olds either. No apoligies for utilizing my common sense!
acey From: acey Date: January 27th, 2006 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Old Fogey comment...

I looked at that kid Jay's entry and I really liked this:
"I shudder in the realization that I may very well be so addicted to living life on my own terms I wouldn't know what to do otherwise, and too cynical and tired to learn how to do it again."
Yup, yup, yup.

I am far removed from the instant gratification generation, therefore I don't feel the urgency to be available, on call 24/7, or amused and entertained during every waking moment. I like being alone, being quiet. How strange.

And yeah, I know what a Blackberry is too :)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Old Fogey comment...

Jay's a good read.

I am a big fan of instant gratification if it's mine! ;-) However, I also LOVE being alone, and quiet. It isn't strange to me!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
GAK! A misspelling! a-p-o-l-o-g-i-e-s. See? I know how to spell that!

(I hate to misspell words!)
gymbrall From: gymbrall Date: January 26th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

big in government

My understanding is that Blackberries in particular are huge in the government sector. Long periods of time spent just as you describe, in meetings where a phone call is not an option, make them ideal for passing notes back and forth, as well as being able to group chat, modify your calendar, send email, etc. They're so popular (or at least were a year ago - before the whole patent infringement suit) that they were referred to as Crackberries.

I completely get your point though. I always prefer a phone call over an email, and an email over chatting. I will frequently see someone log onto GoogleTalk or something else similar and message them to see if it's an ok time to give them a call.

Anyway, I haven't been around for a while (new kid and all) but wanted to pop in and say hello.

aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: big in government

Yeah, I've heard "crackberries" and FWIW, I've never even held one, only seen them. It's just not my thing and I don't have to hold it to know that. BTW, I syndicated a link to your new kid pic journal so I could keep up. What happened? No pic updates for like, (checking) 15 weeks!

So where are you hanging out, since it's obviously not LJ?
posteverything From: posteverything Date: January 27th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, sometimes I just don't want to talk to people but still would like to glean certain facts and figures from them without having to go through all the pleasantries of actual conversation and stuff. A lot of people I know use text messaging too - it isn't about being impersonal or anything, it's just that we're busy with stuff at the moment.

But, I probably should mention that we're all about ages 25-35. :/
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, sometimes I just don't want to talk to people but still would like to glean certain facts and figures from them without having to go through all the pleasantries of actual conversation and stuff.

Hence the comment free posts? ;-) I read your post and was glad to see you back here. And I don't blame you, not opening comments. It seems you are using this place as a repository, or as a writing whetstone maybe. All the commentary seems to detract from the writing sometimes. There's nothing wrong with living life on your own terms, and you may not have to do it all alone. But you might. I hope not. I hope the love you aren't looking for knocks you on your can, and you never recover from it, but live to be even older than me with the woman who stole your loneliness and never gave it back. Hope's a good addiction, not like meat or cigarettes, right? or milk?

So, you just think I'm old and that's the reason I "don't get it?" Could be, could be. I'm coolwiddit, though.
posteverything From: posteverything Date: January 27th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Repository, whetstone..they're all great ways of otherwise saying that I'm just really kind of bored and lonely and I miss people, if you want to know the truth. It isn't a self-pity thing; it's just nice to have my own space where I can sit in a big chair, sip a cup of coffee, and do exactly what I'm doing right now. Simple pleasures are really what my life is all about, these days. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, though.

And the writing thing, the professional writing thing, that's still alive and well. I'd just prefer to keep a partition between it and what I have here.

You're more coolwiddit than many other folks I know in your particular demographic, Brucey, it's okay. At least you know what a Blackberry is. That puts you way ahead of the game as far as I'm concerned.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear you are writing, I mean like "real" writing, ha!

As far as any knowledge I have of pop culture, I assure you it is more of a fascination with the bizarre than an attempt to "fit in." Sometimes, I feel as if I've walked right out of a time capsule from decades ago, or like I'm suddenly in an alternate dimension/reality where everything is mostly the same, but just a few shades darker and more malevolent. It isn't a pleasant way to feel, but I fake it well, usually.
posteverything From: posteverything Date: January 29th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I agree that pop culture-wise things are definitely more malevolent than they were even, say, fifteen years ago. I guess it just reflects the current mood: just about everyone these days seems to be upset about something. Not to say it isn't justified in many cases..

Maybe it's a better thing not to be current. I'd much rather pretend it's 1966 than 2006 myself any ol' day.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: January 27th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Got your new phone all picked out? I do. Cingular prepaid. I have 2 Verizon, and very soon 3 that are utterly useless. Wanna sell them on Ebay for me? You can keep the money.

Blackberries are well out of my price range, but I understand the buzz. I seriously considered getting a Sidekick when I worked for T-Mobile simply because they have cheap internet plans, and the Sidekick allows you to view any full-sized webpage just like a computer. Anywhere...well, within their network of course. Plus it has unlimited text included, and I was using a lot of text at the time.

Text is useful if you need to ask a question or tell someone something, and you can't make a call. Sometimes you need to do that and avoid a long conversation. It's useful for that as well. Post a pic of the phone you get so we can all see.
schmimi From: schmimi Date: January 27th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in my office, we have people who are travel and the time and are in meetings for most of the day. When I have an urgent reason to get in touch with an architect who's in a client meeting in Texas or Virginia, and I don't know what the break schedule is like, it's way more convenient for me to send an email, and know that they will get back to me as soon as they have a coffee break or something. Also, often times, they need to do research or call someone else before they have an answer for me, so that eliminates "I'll find out and get back to you" which is more efficient for everyone. Finally, in my business, anything substantive that takes place over the phone has to be transcribed into a written document for the files... much easier to print an email transaction than type the whole thing up by memory after the fact, and more accurate, too.

Agreed about the size of the keyboards, but otherwise, I love it and think it's a huge help.
schmimi From: schmimi Date: January 27th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes... that should be "people who are traveling all the time..."
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew what you meant! No perfectionism is required in MY journal! ;-)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I agree that they can be useful in some business applications. I didn't mean to ignore that role, it's just something I don't encounter so it's less familiar to me.

Mainly, I'm surprised at the people who thumb these tiny keyboards IMing and text messaging each other for hours a day, when they could just talk on the phone. I mean people who choose IM and txt over speech. It's a strange concept to me.

Your reasons for liking it are completely legitimate to me. I wonder, though... do you use a blackberry type device or do you e-mail/IM/txt msg using your computer to them? Some of both? Mostly one over the other? I would find it extremely convenient to fire off some e-mails or a quick text message to someone's blackberry from my computer, for example. But I would be ill after only a few minutes of using that tiny keyboard and screen.
schmimi From: schmimi Date: January 28th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I definitely see your points as well... those tiny keyboards drive me nuts... way more so than the small screen. (I don't even like to use laptops because the keyboards feel so cramped.) I almost always contact them using my desktop computer. And, it's not uncommon for me to get a return phone call instead of a message back. But the convenience of being in contact with people who are on the road all the time is great. On the other hand, I also send emails back and forth all day long with lots of coworkers who are within earshot...
caramaea From: caramaea Date: January 27th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Blackberries are about as useful as Paris Hilton. :P 'nuff said.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 27th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get Paris Hilton even less than I get Blackberries. Blech.
caramaea From: caramaea Date: January 27th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blech... exactly.
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