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Old 06-13-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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You know I find Texting to be useless...

I have had 2 arguments this week over nothing... I was joking and the person took it the wrong way and got mad. I rather talk on the phone than to text message.

So do you text msg if so why or if not why dont you?
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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Texting is quite handy for little spurts of info.

"I'll be late for dinner. Start w/o me."

That kind of thing.

It's also useful for messages that I want to send but that the recipient doesn't need to respond to or even read right away.

Text also works better than voice when the connection is weak. And can be clearer --- sending someone a URL or email address or the like, when reading/listening is error-prone.

But I quickly get annoyed at people who want to conduct conversations by text ... anything more than one or two squirts from each end? Call me.

   
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:16 AM   #3
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I agree with Steve. I use SMS for appointments with friends, mostly. It's been a lifesaver when there are problems on my hour-long train journey to the nearest city for social engagements. Especially as I tend to travel in the quiet carriage, where mobile phone conversations are frowned upon. Literally...

   
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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Ditto Steve and Ann. Texting is good for sending quick, discreet messages to someone else when it's not urgent that they drop everything and reply right away (as is usually the case with a phone call). It's also cheaper than long-distance.

My only beef is the microscopic touchscreen keys, which my massive thumbs tend to tap 4 or 5 at a time. I think that's one good reason why texting is more popular with young girls than with grown men, like me.

   
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There's a fortune just waiting for you, Howard.

Some guitarists and banjo players use fingerpicks.

Announcing The Allen PhonePick!

OK. I've set it in motion, you take it from here.

   
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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I was thinking maybe they should put a touchscreen on the back of the phone so you could learn to type with your pinkies!

   
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Or glue-on fingernails (filed down to appropriate size points)
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...89RzaZduIEFZv1

   
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:00 AM   #8
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...or not.

   
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:40 AM   #9
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steve: Or glue-on fingernails (filed down to appropriate size points)
Truly hideous...'-}}

Didn't some of the early PDAs come with a stylus for key-pecking???

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:33 AM   #10
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Yeah, my Handspring Treo 600 did.*
On the other hand - my wife's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does too, and you can buy styli for any touch screen phone if you really want one. Perhaps that's Howard's solution?

* It did have keys, but woefully small, worked for my somewhat slimline digits though. It's touch screen wasn't the most sensitive so there was a need for something pointy to poke at it with.

   
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