My 2 cents worth:
as an impartial employee of Optus mobiles, North Sydney.
as I've said before, every cloud has a silver lining ;
i use my mobile whilst birding to record bird calls on my voicemail (for later
replay, esp for lifers and mimicry). I've even forwarded the voicemails to
others (from my work voicemail system, and played them back on loudspeaker)!
also I use it to dictate detailed descriptions on lifers or uncertain F & Imm
differentiation, whilst actively keeping my eye on the target, for later
Come on, let's embrace the 21st century!
>From: "Tony Russell" <>
>To: "Bill Stent" <>
>Cc: "Jag" <>; "Colin Clarke"
<>;"birds" <>; "curtis"
>Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Re: switch it OFF ! - better still, dump
the monster in the bin.
>Reply-To: "Tony Russell" <>
>Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2001 12:10 PM
>Hi Bill, well yes I of course appreciate mobiles can be useful in a dire
>emergency, but that in my opinion is all they should be for. I find
>ordinary fixed phones bad enough in terms of their intrusive nature,
>breaking up meetings, discussions, interviews, time with friends and family
>mobiles, with which anyone can intrude on your life at any time anywhere are
>a disgusting application of technology and consumerism. This is all quite
>apart from the potential health hazard they represent. No way Jose, I
>wouldn't have one if I was paid to, and luckily I'm retired so no employer
>can force one on me either.
>I do have a GPS, but that is very much a socially passive item, only in
>operation when I dictate and used purely for my own navigational
>requirements, so I see that as quite a different concept. Plus I don't put
>it to my ear. But then a GPS is only a passive receiving device anyway, not
>something which belches out RF radiation at me like a mobile would, so again
>is quite a different application of technology.
>Plus I also hate the way the telecommunications multinationals have created
>a market for something most people don't need and which now sucks money from
>the public, most of it going overseas where it provides no benefit to the
>mugs here using the gadget.
>I know I know, I'm off topic for this net.
>Rave on Tony.