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Stranded in a Wireless World

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Tonight I had a chance to experience a total electronic communication failure.  You know, the kind we talk about as we become so dependent on wireless technology that would be detrimental to life as we know it.

The drive home from work today started out fairly normal.  I had charged my phone a bit during the day so I figured I would have more than enough battery to use my phone if needed.  As it happens, I was stopping by the grocery store on the way home.  I get to the store and realize my phone is completely dead.  No battery.  Not sure how it happened, but I didn’t know what I was picking up so I needed to call my wife.  I was glad I brought home my USB charging cable.  I plugged it in to the cigarette lighter adapter, and….nothing.  No charge.

I then thought I could try charging the phone on my netbook, or at least connecting to a Wi-Fi hot spot that popped up in the brief moment I was on my phone.  Netbook was dead too.  I hadn’t used it in a long time, so the battery was done.

I had one last ace in the hole.  Surely the iPad can connect to a Wi-Fi network and save the day.  Nope.  It was dead too.  I charged it in the last week, and hadn’t used it much, but sure enough there was no battery.

Three strikes, and I am out of luck at this point.  I look around for a payphone, but realize that without any cash or coins I was stuck with collect.  I’ve never tried calling collect to a cell phone, but figured tonight would not be the night I tried.  I accepted defeat and drove home.

I had been thinking about getting a landline for emergency use.  Tonight’s experience improved the likelihood that I will go ahead and get one.

Being completely stranded in a society that is becoming increasingly wired (or wireless in this case) created an awkward feeling.  Knowing that I had no choice but to drive home to find out what I was supposed to get at the store was not as annoying as I thought it would be. It did say a lot about the addictive qualities of an internet-supplemented lifestyle though.  As much as I try to disconnect from time to time, the fact is I spend a good portion of my day online.  Whether blogging or building websites, I am online a lot.  I earn a living online.  Getting disconnected is the last thing someone like me wants.  Perhaps it is what I needed.  It is good to remember the way things were, if only for a moment.

How about you?  Have you ever been completely disconnected inadvertently?  How did it feel?  Let me know in the comments.

Selling to Salesmen

Friday, August 20th, 2010

I went into a non-corporate AT&T store tonight looking for a screen protector for my new Xperia X10 and had an interesting experience. I asked the salesman if he had any screen protectors. He said that he did, and asked what phone I had. I told him and it turned out he didn’t have any for my phone. He then asked if he could play with my phone. I let him. As he was poking around I pointed out some of the features for him to try out, including Timescape. He was pretty impressed and thanked me for letting him try it out. I enjoyed it, and am sure that when he is able he will pick up an Xperia. What’s funny is that this isn’t the first time I have been in a position where I have touted a device’s merits to a salesman/salesperson.

When I went to Barnes & Noble to check out the Nook I ended up educating the people who were supposed to be teaching the customers about the device. I even helped them avoid some embarrassment by correcting their pricing list for the Nook’s competitors, specifically the Sony Readers.

While not actually selling to these clerks, I did have an opportunity to provide information to people who needed it to make further sales. I’ve helped people in the local Target too, but in that case I was helping fellow customers. I enjoy being able to help people out with technology, which is part of why I do this blog.

What about you? Do you stop and help people in stores? Have you ever known more about a product than the person trying to sell it to you? What did you do? Let me know in the comments.

Padgett Tech Reaches 100 Posts

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Wordle: Padgett Tech's First 100 PostsImage courtesy of http://www.wordle.net

Padgett Tech has reached the 100-post mark. 100 posts is not a huge milestone, but it is a milestone nonetheless. Let’s look at some of the popular topics covered so far.

Topic Number of Posts
Google 21
Sony Ericsson 13
Google Android 12
Xperia X10 11


Well, if there was any doubt before, it looks like I am a big fan of Android and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Other notable posts covered e-book readers, the iPad, Facebook, Netflix, and internet tablets.

This has been a great beginning, and I am looking forward to increasing my posting activity in the near future. There are lots of topics left to explore, a new series I want to start, and another series to wrap up. Facebook and Steve Jobs have been providing plenty of blog fodder lately, so they may feature prominently in the next 100 post review.

Hopefully this blog has proven to be informative. I haven’t covered every topic or product, mainly for a couple of reasons. First, I try to focus on topics that interest me in order to reduce shotgun coverage. I don’t want to just post for the sake of posting if I can help it. The second reason is that this is so far a one-man show. If anyone is interested in a guest spot or in regular contributions, let me know through the comment form linked above. One man or not, I intend to step up the production of posts, so be sure to check back to see what’s in store.

Special thanks to wordle.net for the above tag cloud. They have a great service that I am going to feature in the near future.