No Phone Friday

Hello friends, I hope your day was great. The weekend is here.

I grew up in a time before cell phones. I survived. Fast forward to the times we live in today and I am kinda lost without my phone. Disconnecting every once and a while is not a bad thing and to survive 8 hours without my Google Pixel 5a is not a death sentence. Sure it’s inconvenient but I made it. I was productive at work. You have to adapt but isn’t that what humans do. Some people have downgraded to a pre-smartphone device such as a flip phone or the immortal Nokia.

My Mrs. is having to wait for a replacement for her phone that is not working now. It won’t arrive for a couple of days.

So at the end of the day, I have it back. Perhaps I need more time away from it.

Ring Ring, Hello

Phones used to not have caller ID or anything fancy. You just answered it when it rang. These days people screen their calls or just don’t bother with it all. Landlines have been fading away for years in favor of mobile phones or calling over the Internet. It’s old school when you use your phone as a speech-based communication device.

Too Much Flash And Awe #Instagram #Twitter #WordPress #Facebook

Storytelling can be as basic as sharing a tale around a dinner table or in front of a roaring fire. It can be as complex as an app on your computer or phone with all its bells and whistles. It’s my philosophy that the more something does the less good it is at performing any one task well and that goes for websites and apps like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even WordPress. Maybe the basics where its about text, images, videos and audio presented simply can get the point across. Innovation is great but when it makes sense and can be of help to the end user. You know, there is such a thing as too much flash and awe.

Android Update On My Google Pixel XL On Verizon

My Google Pixel XL on the Verizon network got an update to Android 8.1 this morning. Things look and function a little different than before. Every update I’ve experienced with Android phones has been a positive one. Looking forward to what future software updates will do.

The first text message was sent 25 years ago –


Be prepared to feel ancient — the first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote “merry Christmas” on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social norms. For more check out, The first text message was sent 25 years ago –

Texting has radically changed the way we communicate. Used to be you passed a paper note back and forth. Sometimes I prefer it to voice communications. It’s so amazing how far we have come though in the past 25 years where we send photos and other media too.

Black and White Photo Challenge – Day 2

I have been challenged by a couple of my fellow bloggers to do a black and white photo challenge. Here is day two of the challenge.


I make phone calls for a living and I used a computer based phone system. This headset is something I use daily. Without it my job would be very difficult.