I'm not alone in my dislikes [telecom]

I've discovered that I'm not alone in my dislikes; particularly my dislike of "smart" cellular phones.

I recommend an article by Deborah D. McAdams: link courtesy of Michael Painter on the Cybertelecom-l mailing list.

Once upon a time, making a phone call involved the use of a toaster-sized static device roped to a wall outlet. There were areas of the country where calls were connected by local ladies who, it is now clear, were operatives of The CIA. If you were not in the vicinity of the toaster-sized device when someone tried to call you, the only way to know is if you were so informed by the caller or the phone company spy lady.

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