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It used to be that when you had downloaded software, and it gave you popups asking if you wanted to download the new version, you could say "No", and THAT WAS THE END OF IT, at least until they came up with an even newer version and asked you again.

Now I am getting popups that DO NOT GIVE ME ANY WAY TO SAY NO, just "Do you want to download the new version now, or later? Those are your two choices, because I will ask again next time you open the program...and again, and again, and again, and eventually you will either make a mistake and hit 'download', or you will get so sick of having to press the 'cancel' button that you will download the new version, which you won't know how to use." This is happening with both Acrobat and Last.fm.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:21 AM
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Or the disabled features of cellphones. The trivial disabled features are the most aggravating, like the one that keeps a running total of your minutes for the month.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:23 AM
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I work for a quite small software company that competes against many, much larger companies. Our CEO (I guess you'd call him) one day was talking to one of these large companies that we're co-operating with, and asked the executive from this large company something about whether the high quality of our software counts for anything, and the executive said "We have a lot of money. We don't need to make good software."


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:23 AM
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1: I still have acrobat 6 installed for this very reason.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:24 AM
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And you can't get a new velocipede with a cow-catcher anymore!


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:27 AM
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Or the disabled features of cellphones

Grrrr. I got a RAZR only to find that Verizon had locked pretty much all the features I wanted it for. So I put it through the wash, just out of spite.

On preview, 5 is funny.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:28 AM
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You know what annoys me about cell phones? They don't come with games anymore, except those games that add $15 a month to your bill. You know, I would probably pay $.25 a month for one of those games.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:31 AM
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My mother-in-law swears that her very first washing machine, acquired around 1950 was a combined washer-dryer: put dirty clothes in, take clean and dry clothes out. Allegedly that feature was discontinued shortly thereafter in favor of the two machine systen, AND IT STILL HASN'T COME BACK.


Posted by: an irregular | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:31 AM
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I had a phone that let me beam names and numbers from the infrared port on my laptop or a handheld or another phone into my phone

My boss did that as a party trick in a meeting like 5 years ago, and I was suitably impressed. I was wondering if they still did that.

IR technology for computers somehow never added up to much. I wonder if it was never going to be all that, or if no one came up with a killer app during the 5-10 years before WiFi when it would've been useful as hell.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:32 AM
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No, wait, I'm almost positive I recently saw a combined washer/dryer for sale. If you don't google it, I will.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:33 AM
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I think bluetooth is supposed to have taken the place of IR, but it still don't work right for data transfer. In my case, my old phone has IR but my new laptop doesn't. Of course, the best example of this phenomenon is phone call quality; we've gone from landlines that sounded great to cell phones where you often can't have a decent conversation.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:35 AM
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Washer/dryer combos exist. An irregular's mother-in-law is banned.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:37 AM
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But! They usually work by drying your clothes on mega-heat, instead of having a full venting system. Which is bad for your adorable vintage dresses.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:39 AM
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Combined washer driers are fairly common. Where do you people live?

The general thing about technology going backwards sometimes is right, though.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:39 AM
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Yeah, my adorable vintage dresses were ruined just that way!


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:39 AM
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There's been an entropy reversal. I hear that we'll be using the old 5" floppies again within 10 years.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:42 AM
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Where do you people live?

In the greatest country on earth, where these things are pretty rare, because why would someone sell you one thing when he could sell you two?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:44 AM
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if only there were a way of cleaning fragile vintage clothes that didn't involve getting them wet! I even have a name for such a process if and when it is invented - "Ready Brek"


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:44 AM
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So I'll be using my Mac Plus again in a few years? Good thing I didn't turn it into an aquarium.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:46 AM
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18: Ow, my feelings!

Actually, dry-cleaners have ruined/broken/torn two pieces I dearly loved, and I resent them for it.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:46 AM
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11: Cell phones aren't actually for having decent conversations. You know.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:46 AM
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In high school people used the IR ports on TI calculators to pass around games written in calculator language. We called such transfers calculator sex.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:49 AM
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20: You should consider taking legal action.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:49 AM
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My phone, a Samsung e105 from about 4 years ago, is a replacement my wife bought on ebay for me, because she knew how much I'd appreciate a new copy of something I've developed.

Samsung, not T-Mobile, of course, had a modem feature and a file manager downloadable at its website, both employing the IR port on the computer. I'd probably use a cable for the modem feature rather than risk losing connections, but the ir sync-ing of the phone and computer has saved me a lot of money T-Mobile would have liked to charge me. When I made my "Let the Eagle Soar..." ringtone from an mp3, I was able to upload it w/o difficulty.

I could tell valuable–discontinued–features stories all day.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:51 AM
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If SP had any self-respect, that comment would have been posted under presidential pseud.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:51 AM
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One of my worst breakups was due to a fight about calculator sex, but then we had breakup calculator sex. She tried to get her TI-85 pregnant, but fortuantely nothing happened.


Posted by: SP | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:53 AM
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Robert J. Samuelson, in one of his few worthwhile contributions to humanity, coined the phrase "retarded technology" to describe that which "creates new and expensive ways of doing things that were once done simply and inexpensively"


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:53 AM
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#20: why do you resent them? As I understand the American legal system (ie from television and blogs) this means that you get 20 million dollars! Lend us a score till wednesday.


Posted by: dsquared | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:53 AM
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I'm too big of a lazy sissy to take legal action. I just got the zipper fixed elsewhere on the dress, and pinned a big fake flower on the torn lapel of the trenchcoat.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:57 AM
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People actually used the IR ports? I remember playing with a Newton (or something like it) someone had dragged in on a wagon behind them, when I worked for a tech publisher a really long time ago, and we were sitting there across the conference table trying to beam a virtual business card to one another and we kept edging them closer and closer and finally I was like, "I've got a card on my desk, fuck this," and that was that. The Future! was clearly not quite ready for a dress rehearsal.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 11:59 AM
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My tests have shown that Samsung beats Motorola hands-down in the going-through-the-wash category. After I killed the RAZR, I re-activated my old Samsung, which had gone through the wash twice and still works. I have to kind of yell into it, though.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:01 PM
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31: Tell people your reception is poor because you're underwater. It's almost true!


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:02 PM
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Of course, sometimes this is just technological nostalgia. I was inspired by the various reviews to try the vintage Sony D-25 diskman.

I have to say that the sound is quite good, but not quite as exceptional as those reviews make it out to be. But, I must be the target audience, because I do get a kick out of using a nineteen year old portable CD player. Pure technological nostalgia.

OTOH, I believe all the reseach about good industrial design and user interfaces doing more to contribute to a satisfying experience than features, and a big reason why products become sought after "classics" is good design.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:03 PM
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I apparently comment from a nearby but distinct universe. I use a RAZR, love it, use Bluetooth all the time, have a file browser that turns my phone into a miniature FTP server, made ringtones out of MP3s and uploaded them without paying anyone a single penny, etc.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:05 PM
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RMcMP, do you have Verizon? And which model of RAZR?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:07 PM
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30 -- I was recently working a tech show and people's badges had a bar-like code on them which we were supposed to zap with our little scanner to get their contact details imported into our database and jeez, but that scanner was a pain in the ass to get working. I couldn't figure out why they didn't go with normal bar codes which are pretty simple to scan, or alternately with high-tech! RFID chips.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:07 PM
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I always buy my vintage dresses new, because new ones are better quality and less moldy. Also, the old vintage dresses were made by abusive, environment-unfriendly methods.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:14 PM
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You do look lovely in those vintage styles, John.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:17 PM
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34: Greetings, fellow universe-dweller!


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:20 PM
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mrh, see 35.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:23 PM
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34: ayuh. On the other hand, I paid more than I should have for a phone you can't get in the US. Still, the lack of locked features and DRM is wicked rad.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:23 PM
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IR really wasn't all that great -- it didn't work in sunlight, it was slow, and for tasks requiring long connections its tendency to drop off was a real nuisance. I remember using a cellphone as a modem via IR while I was overseas. It was pretty sucky.

It's really just Bluetooth's amazing badness that makes us wistful for infrared.


Posted by: tom | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:23 PM
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What's wrong with technological nostalgia? I carry a fountain pen (ca 1930) and a pocket watch (ca 1910). I must admit, however, that I traded in my pony on a pickup truck. Now I hear they have trucks with air conditioning. I'm thinking of trying one.


Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:23 PM
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14: In a land where all washers and dryers are humungous, to match our humungous suburban tract houses. Unless you live in a house from before 1960 or so, in which case you'll scour every appliance store within a 30-mile radius for something small and still have it just barely fit your laundry room.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:24 PM
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Come to look at it, my phone has an IR port too, I just never use it. Bluetooth, while shitty, is better. Using my phone as a bluetooth remote I find endlessly hilarious. What a stupid feature! My phone also has an FM radio, so hooray! That technology has apparently not been innovated away entirely.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:25 PM
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40: Nope, T-Mobile. It's the RAZR V3, right?


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:32 PM
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35: I have Cingular/AT&T and a RAZR v3xx. With my old RAZR which I guess had fewer x's in its name and was just called a RAZR (traded in only because I cracked the screen in a minor car accident) I could do all the same things. I'm trying to remember the name of the MP3 editor I used to generate ringtones and can't but I could check when I get home; however, it was free/OSS and is for OS X.

In the interests of full disclosure, Rah does not like his cosmetically-different RAZR as much as I do mine.

39: Greets, woot! I feel liberated in our universe. I do believe our grass is greener. All this talk of unreliable Bluetooth is confusing to me. It's Bluetooth, it just works. Maybe they mean gravity?


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:37 PM
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46: That's the thing. Verizon locks features that other carriers don't, and they seem pretty dedicated about it -- I have a V3m, which can't do things that previous V3s can do on the same network. Supposedly you can try installing earlier firmware, but it invalidates the warranty and can fuck up the phone. So anyway, in this case the technology is fine; it's just the business side that has regressed. Poo on you, Verizon.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:38 PM
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48 to 47 too, obvs.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:40 PM
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Yeah, I was pretty heartbroken when I realized I couldn't get MP3s into ringtones for my verizon/lg8600.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:42 PM
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I use very few of the features of my Treo because I am a loser and I found it all much clunkier than I wanted to bother with. Getting my damn ringtone on there was enough of a pain in the ass as it was. (I don't even remember anymore how it pained me, but it did.) I'm sure Bluetooth just works for, like, your cyborg ear implant thing, but transferring files definitely feels awkward and unintuitive to me.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:42 PM
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Yeah, the reason Americans don't have combined washer/dryers is because we have BIG HOUSES with laundry rooms the size of a studio apartment. Same reason we don't have in-kitchen washer/dryers, or the little wall-mounted gas water heaters that only go on when you turn on the hot water tap.

(And yes, I know one can actually get those things, but it takes a ridiculous amount of effort and you pay a premium for being so! cutting! edge!)


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:46 PM
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I was pretty heartbroken when I realized I couldn't get MP3s into ringtones for my verizon/lg8600

Tell me about it. I really, really wanted to make this my ringtone.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:46 PM
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I think my ease-of-use with Bluetooth transfers may have to do with neither the phone nor the carrier given that I'm just using the Bluetooth file browser native to OS X. Still, it works every time. I just offloaded about 30 pictures from my phone the other night by pairing up to my desktop, opening the browser, selecting all of them and clicking a couple of buttons. It took maybe 90 seconds from start to finish and they were ready to go straight into iPhoto and from there straight into my Gallery installation.

My parents have Verizon and though obviously they're nowhere near wherever you are (unless the world just got a whole lot smaller) they have always had problems with phones and service. I'm trying to get them to try any non-Verizon carrier available in their area when their contract is done in a few months.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:48 PM
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Jesus, you can unlock the Verizon crippleware without swapping firmware. See hacktherazr.com or razrmods.com.


Posted by: shpx.ohfu | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:48 PM
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How is it all you techno-savvy people can't manage bluetooth? I can do it, and I'm an idiot.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:48 PM
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I think my ease-of-use with Bluetooth transfers may have to do with neither the phone nor the carrier given that I'm just using the Bluetooth file browser native to OS X.

Nope, that's what I use too.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:49 PM
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Ah, McManly explains it.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:50 PM
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Thanks, shpx, I did try both of those when I first got the phone last year, but I should check again.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:50 PM
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I guess I am an ultraidiot.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:56 PM
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60: I have a friend who's getting a PhD in computer science and I had to show him how to do it. Maybe only idiots can figure it out.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 12:57 PM
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Songs shouldn't be used as ringtones. Your phones are trying to protect you from your own poor taste.


Posted by: Tarrou | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:01 PM
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62: also, textiles should be woven by hand in villager's cottages. Looms are the work of the devil.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:07 PM
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True: all songs that I use as ringtones are somewhat obscure and thus might satisfy Indy Rock Pete as to their good taste. I am desperate for a non-obnoxious MP3 of Agent Cooper recording something for Diane, however, as I have a friend who has specifically requested that for herself.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:07 PM
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Songs shouldn't be ringtones, but GW Bush asking us to embrace jihad? That's telephony gold.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:08 PM
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I have only ever not had my phone on vibrate when I was expecting a call, but also wanted to take a nap.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:08 PM
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I composed my own ringtone. Still cheesy? Probably.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:11 PM
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Screw cheesy, it's awesome. Shit, I have a whole CD of stuff from a friend of mine that I could turn into ringtones. Why have I not done this? Yeah, it's got the potential to be obnoxious but if the rest of the world is going to make me listen to whatever their crap ringtones are then fair is fair.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:13 PM
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My ringtone is the sound QBert makes when he jumps from cube to cube.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:13 PM
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Mine is a recording of mice singing, lowered in pitch to be audible to the human ear.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:16 PM
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My ringtone is me saying the words "Brrring! BRrrrring!"


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:16 PM
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Oooh! I want RFTS's ringtone.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:16 PM
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I had an annoying boss' boss at Ma Bell whose ringtone was himself shouting, "Your phone is ringing! Your phone is ringing!" We hated him. He was a little high-strung.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:19 PM
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Oh, Heebie's is excellent. I occasionally think of changing mine to the sound of someone clearing his or her throat.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:19 PM
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My phone hasn't rung in four years. It's always on vibrate. I envy you people living in your world of sounds and colors.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:20 PM
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My cousin's ringtone used to be (still is?) him yelling "Pick up the fucking phone!"

Needless to say, he's in high school.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:21 PM
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Mine.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:23 PM
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77 is my officemate's.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:24 PM
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That must be hella annoying.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:26 PM
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That boingboing entry misreports the lyrics though. Of course it's "for the duration." Honestly.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:28 PM
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Hella? Welcome to California, Ben!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:29 PM
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52: The house I just bought has the washer and dryer in the kitchen. I'd never seen that before.


Posted by: ptm | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:32 PM
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82 continued: I'd never seen that before, probably it's the first house I've lived in that was built between WWI and Iraq I.


Posted by: ptm | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:33 PM
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The Wilhelm Scream would be a good ringtone.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:36 PM
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The house I just bought has the washer and dryer in the kitchen.

I think this is a nice feature. More counter space, less clausterphobic.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:36 PM
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70: Funny.

71: I was going to record myself doing that for a new ringtone thise weekend. Maybe I still will.

I don't get all you Bluetooth haters. I finally have both a phone and a computer with Bluetooth and it works great.


Posted by: DaveB | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:36 PM
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If I had the washer dryer in the kitchen, the counter would always be full of dirty clothes as well as dirty dishes. Ew.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:38 PM
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I fear my counters would have surprise grease spots, which would make me a little anxious about the kitchen laundry folding.

So I just went to try to "browse files" on my phone using the OS X Bluetooth client and got the message "Device does not have the necessary services." So either my Treo is lame or I am a complete dip, but either way, it was not an instant success.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:39 PM
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rfts it might be your carrier. Sprint disables bluetooth file browsing on the Treo.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:42 PM
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But you can use the washer and dryers for counter space for when you're cooking. As for clothes, just put them all on, one on top of the other, and walk them into the bedroom. That's what I do.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:43 PM
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It IS my carrier! Thank you for the enlightenment. Why do they do that?


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:45 PM
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I'm not sure PK wants his mom wearing his clothes.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:45 PM
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91: because they're jerks, and they want to sell you the data cable.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:45 PM
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92: I don't think he'd care. But you people clearly underestimate the constant state of mess that is my kitchen.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:53 PM
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I want the beginning of "Strawberry Letter 23" for my ringtone. But have Verizon RAZR. I will look at the hacks, but last time I tried I gave up.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:53 PM
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You know what I really want? One of those multi-cable laundry lines you string over the bathtub. Where can I find one of those?


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:55 PM
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Oooh, get one that you can run to the apartment in the next building over! Do people still use those? How do they get them up in the first place? And wear your hair in curlers and sweep at the cats and pigeons with a broom, please, while muttering in your mother tongue.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:57 PM
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I'm learning all sorts of new things today. The latest? Ten Politically Incorrect Truths. It's far and away the most thoughtful and intellectually honest piece I've read since the webpage I read before it.


Posted by: ptm | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 1:59 PM
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93 gets it exactly right.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:00 PM
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99: Boy howdy. Also note that you DO come from a different cell-phone universe than I do, explaining much.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:03 PM
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Heebie, dude, you've just described my downstairs neighbor, except that she's given up on doing her hair. I can't run a line from my window because I don't have anything to tie it to, and there's a giant diseased tree in the way.


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95: Ever since polyphonic ringtones became a reality, I thought the Orbital song "Monday" would make a great ring tone. The first minute is just one sample of a few synth notes playing for a few bars, then a little synth hi-hat is layered over it, then a bit of drum machine and another synth, and so on. It's a great build that could be reproduced very well on cellphones (Orbital tended to use pretty lo-fi synths, if I remember correctly), you would just need to shorten down the time between introduction of new samples by half or so.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:05 PM
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Orbital used analog synths, goofball. Being that they are creating a signal, not reproducing it, calling them anything-fi doesn't really make sense.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:11 PM
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To hop on the bandwagon (though I had never heard anyone do this before now), my ringtone is myself saying "Sir? Excuse me, sir? Your phone is ringing." in an obnoxious waiter kind of voice.


Posted by: pdf23ds | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:12 PM
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"Strawberry Letter 23"

Wow. I thought I was the last person alive who remembered that song.


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98: Here. Also here.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:13 PM
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Technology going backwards is annoying; so are things that are obviously technically possible but not in the interests of the correct parties, like combining all of your bank/credit/library/whatever cards onto one object. I am enjoying this, however.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:19 PM
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I can't run a line from my window because I don't have anything to tie it to, and there's a giant diseased tree in the way.

So tie it to the tree?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:23 PM
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So tie it to the tree?

Nu! The actual trunk of the tree is way too far away, the branches move around too much, and, as I suggested, the leaves are all mottled and insect-infested. I mean, sure, I could tie a line to the tree, but I'd sure as hell never put my clean clothes on it.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:27 PM
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Trees are surprisingly evil, if you're JM. At night their shadows make strange, threatening shapes, and the wind howling through their branches sounds like the voices of the damned.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:30 PM
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You should see my tree-pruning technique, John. No tools, just my bare hands and wrath.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 2:33 PM
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My ringtone is the sound QBert makes when he jumps from cube to cube.

Cool! I might tell my dad that, the thought of having QBert ever with him might tip him over into buying a phone.

(He's off tomorrow morning to the WJF convention in Hartford CT - any unfoggeders juggle?)


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 07- 6-07 8:06 PM
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95 and 105:

The Brothers Johnson version? Or the original (and therefore more l33t) Shuggie Otis version?

A guy at work has a piece of Ennio Morricone spaghetti western soundtrack on his phone. It's totally cheesy, but every time his phone rings it still makes me laugh.

Mine was Bjork's "Triumph of the Heart" for ages, but the opening always made me jump. So it's back to plain 'rring rrring'.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 12:24 AM
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The best ringtone I ever heard was that of an old man in a not great part of Barcelona: circus music. Doo-doo-deedle-ee,etc, followed by annoyed catalan. It was pretty special.


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 1:03 AM
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Incidentally, Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information album is just a brilliant brilliant piece of work. Made in 1974 and full of drum machines, and loops with psychedelic guitar, Philly soul harmonies, etc. It's great.

The Luaka Bop reissue of it has 'Strawberry Letter 23' on it, too.

http://www.soultracks.com/shuggie_otis.htm


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 2:09 AM
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I believe I got my QBert sound from here:

www.basementarcade.com/arcade/sounds/sounds.html

and I suppose I probably converted the .wav file to mp3 in iTunes.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 6:43 AM
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113: I've got "The Ride of the Valkyries" for my daughter, the "Lone Ranger" part of "William Tell" for my son, and Morricone's theme from "The Good, Bad, and Ugly" for everyone else.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 7:23 AM
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I've got an annoying electric beeping/trilling sound, repeated at length.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 7:47 AM
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Thanks, rfts. My current ringtone is Franz Ferdinand's "40 ft", but my text message ringtone is the "Item Get" sound from "Zelda: Ocarina of Time." ("You got the text message!")


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 8:58 AM
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I've had my current phone for six months, and I don't even know what the ringtone is. Besides being profoundly unpoplular, I guess I pretty much never have the sound on.


Posted by: soubzriquet | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 9:07 AM
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My mom's (whose name is Elise) ring tone is Für Elise, which while clever, is to my ears an annoying little melody.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 9:12 AM
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Deedle-deedle-deedle, deedle, dee.


Posted by: Clownaesthesiologist | Link to this comment | 07- 7-07 11:37 AM
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