Monday, November 26, 2012
Ain't technology grand?
WWII field model clamshell cell phone he previously had been using for something a bit more updated. The new phone has all of the "apps", and bells and whistles that the little miser finds useful. Especially of intrigue is the "TableBuster" tipping app that automatically calculates the appropriate 7.5% amount of any restaurant bill for ease and convenience, the "wallet excuse" app that generates an easy to repeat excuse of why one can't buy this particular round, and the ever useful "haggling" app that coaches one to grind down any stated price of an item to offer half of the stated amount and then whine, bitch, an moan about the price until the other side simply figures it is better to cave and meet the price than to spend time trying to argue over terms. After all time is money.
Shaking my head in amazement and disbelief, the short armed one did reveal an additional feature of the phone that, I think, even he didn't realize was so "smart". Apparently, if you speak to the phone and give it a voice command, it will search the web for the appropriate image related to that command and return it on the screen. It really is kind of neat. He mentioned that when you call out "Rover", it pictures a dog. Say "movie snack" and a bowl of popcorn appears. I suggested he enter his name, "Dickie the Peap". He excitedly agreed and said, "yeah, do you want to bet it will show a handsome, middle aged man?" The conversation suddenly went silent and I heard a soft, "oh, that's odd. Hmm." I asked "What's the matter?" Dickie replied, "well, it doesn't seem to recognize given names and just returns gibberish. I have put my name in 3 times and it comes back with this same woodworking type of image. I guess I will have to return this phone to the store". I said, "Send it to me. Let me check it out. Maybe I can save you a trip."
Of course, when receiving the image, I simply nodded my head in amazement and wonder of the ingenuity that man possesses when designing electronics. They simply think of everything. The image related to the entering of his name is obvious: a Cheap Screw.