Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Cellular featureitis

Ongoing
discusses phones, and refers to some Russell Beattie posts on same, reminding me yet again that the cellular companies aren't spending their effort where it would benefit me. I don't want my phone to take pictures, or play music, or get video, or to connect to my laptop to provide internet access. I just want a phone that works, that doesn't drop my calls or dissolve into garbled digital Matrix sound effects every three or four minutes. Is that so much to ask? Apparently so: In the latest Wired there is a mini-interview with Cingular VP Jim Ryan, who states that it will be more than 10 years but less than 100 before cellular is as dependable as a landline. I find that supremely depressing, though I assure myself that it's probably pessimistic.

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