land-line – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Mon, 11 Sep 2017 01:05:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://i1.wp.com/chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-37b9d6c24a61d1dd94c262aae9077715.png?fit=32%2C32 land-line – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com 32 32 Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? land-line – Chris Pirillo Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? land-line – Chris Pirillo http://chris.pirillo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://chris.pirillo.com 32776375 Useless Technology http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/04/20/useless-technology/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2011/04/20/useless-technology/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:26:03 +0000 http://c.pirillo.com/?p=25162 Continue reading Useless Technology ]]> Raise your hand if you actually still have a land-line in your home – and use it. I have a feeling not many hands will be up in the air. Many people simply don’t see the need to pay for this type of service when they already shell out money for their cellular device every month. We need our cell phones, right? However, if we have those, do we really need a land line as well? The answer – for millions of users – is a big fat NO.

This makes me wonder what other types of technologies are considered outdated or useless. Things such as CDs are obsolete in large part these days. They aren’t gone, no. But they certainly don’t sell the way they used to. With services to listen to and download your favorite music out there, who wants to go buy a disc that you aren’t supposed to rip onto your devices? I’m pretty sure almost no one does, which is why record companies keep screaming about their bottom line.

Head to any electronics department, and you’ll find a number of VCRs for sale. Who the hell uses one of those anymore? If you still have old VHS tapes lying around, you’ve likely converted them into digital media to use on your computer or other (newer) devices. We want to save those memories, right? Those little tapes don’t last forever, and they just don’t play well, anyway.

Another piece of “obsolete” tech I see everywhere are fax machines. Can anyone tell me who still USES those things? I wish they would die a terrible death in a fire or something. There is actually one of these devices in my home. I can’t tell you when the last time was that I used it, though. These days, I scan documents into the computer and transmit them via email. Remember, no one has land lines so how the heck are they going to receive a fax?

What other types of technologies currently being sold make you scratch your head and wonder why anyone bothers? What is obsolete in your mind?

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Do You Need Anything Other Than a Phone? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/22/do-you-need-anything-other-than-a-phone/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/12/22/do-you-need-anything-other-than-a-phone/#comments Thu, 23 Dec 2010 05:52:08 +0000 http://1461688342 Continue reading Do You Need Anything Other Than a Phone? ]]> Fifty-one percent of 25- to 29-year-olds live in households that have kicked the landline habit, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This marks the first time that the number of wireless-only households have surpassed land-line households in any age bracket.

The findings in general and among the various age groups are significant because they show that cell-phone-only households aren’t prevalent just among younger, single people, according to Stephen Blumberg, the report’s author. Blumberg told the Associated Press the numbers suggest that young adults who use cell phones alone continue that habit as they have families.

What’s the demographic look like within our community? Are people in your age group making the big switch to cell phones only?

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Do you Need a Land Line? http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/09/22/do-you-need-a-land-line/ Wed, 22 Sep 2010 07:37:00 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=22273 Continue reading Do you Need a Land Line? ]]> Craighton is a rather active member of our community. He volunteered at Gnomedex, and has performed a countless number of small tasks whenever my assistant Kat needs help. He raised a good question on Lockergnome earlier… asking whether we truly need a land-line phone or not.

Many people are reminding the young grasshopper that a land-line phone is the easiest way for emergency services to locate you. There are also other obvious advantages, including not having to deal with dropped calls. A hard-wired phone still works even if you don’t live near a tower of some sort. Should your beloved cell die run out of juice, you can always pick up that old cordless (or corded!) phone and dial up a friend. I know, I know… who calls anyone anymore?

Something else to think about… there are actually some places left on Earth which do not accept calls from cellular devices. When is the last time you were able to accept a collect call on your iPhone or Droid? I’m pretty sure the answer to that is a resounding “never.”

Do you still have a regular old telephone line? Do you think you’ll ever get rid of it?

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Motorola HS1001 Android Cordless Phone http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/03/10/motorola-hs1001-android-cordless-phone/ Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:24:34 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=18191 Continue reading Motorola HS1001 Android Cordless Phone ]]>
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During the CeBIT conference, Motorola released the new HS1001 cordless home phone. Even though it’s a “land line” phone, it still packs Android that will connect to any Wi-Fi connectiong. You can use the 2.8-inch touch display on its back to not only call your friends, but also surf the web or check your email.

It comes with a speaker-equipped charging station, which lets you listen to your favorite tunes. It’s reported to be sold in the USA for about $150.00, and supports up to two hours of cordless phone calling on the battery. It even comes with a MicroSD card reader!

If you’re not ready to give up your land line, this may be the perfect phone for you!

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Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed During the CeBIT conference, Motorola released the new HS1001 cordless home phone. Even though it’s a “land line” phone, it still packs Android that will connect to any Wi-Fi connectiong. Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed During the CeBIT conference, Motorola released the new HS1001 cordless home phone. Even though it’s a “land line” phone, it still packs Android that will connect to any Wi-Fi connectiong. You can use the 2.8-inch touch display on its back to … Continue reading Motorola HS1001 Android Cordless Phone → land-line – Chris Pirillo 18191
An eReader That Looks Like a Big iPhone http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/03/07/an-ereader-that-looks-like-a-big-iphone/ Sun, 07 Mar 2010 21:50:00 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=18119 Continue reading An eReader That Looks Like a Big iPhone ]]>
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Shenzhen Million-E Culture Industrial Co. Ltd. is showing a new e-reader based on e-ink with built-in 3G, WiFi and even with resistive touch screens.

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Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Shenzhen Million-E Culture Industrial Co. Ltd. is showing a new e-reader based on e-ink with built-in 3G, WiFi and even with resistive touch screens. Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Shenzhen Million-E Culture Industrial Co. Ltd. is showing a new e-reader based on e-ink with built-in 3G, WiFi and even with resistive touch screens. This video was filmed by Charbax during the CeBIT 2010 consumer electronics show in Hannover, Germany. Would … Continue reading An eReader That Looks Like a Big iPhone → land-line – Chris Pirillo 18119
What is MagicJack? http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/05/06/what-is-magicjack/ http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/05/06/what-is-magicjack/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 09:52:06 +0000 http://1260225330 Continue reading What is MagicJack? ]]>
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What do you currently use for your phone service? Do you use a traditional land-line company, or something like Vonage? I’ve been using Vonage in my home for a couple of years now. Lately, though, some people were asking me what I thought about MagicJack, so I decided to try it out.

I figured we’d set it up together in this video. After all, the package promises “60 seconds to a lifetime of savings!”. It also talks about having free voice mail, free International calling, and even free local and long-distance. All you need is a phone and a broadband connection.

I actually had to go buy a cheap corded phone, because all of the phones in my house were cordless! I plugged the MagicJack in, and it instantly opened. The little interface told me to click a button to start calling – even while everything was downloading.

Within about 30 seconds, I was ready to register. I entered my email and a password into the program. I was told that following activation I would receive a confirmation email to finish the process. Then, it asked me my name, and approximate location for proper 911 services. After this step, it gave me the option of which area code I wanted to go with for where I live. Then, I could choose any number I wanted. Heck, I could’ve even chosen a number and area code back in Iowa!

I then had to of course agree to the Terms of Service. Don’t do as I did – or didn’t do. Always read your Terms of Service before agreeing! After doing that, I had my very own MagicJack phone number. I didn’t like the giant banner ad in the middle of the dialer though. I guess that’s what we get for having free phone service though.

I plugged the phone it, picked it up and dialed. It went through! That quickly, I called myself! I even answered myself. The sound was pretty clear, as well. I was impressed at this point, for sure. It took no time to set up, and it works!

If you shut down the MagicJack application on your computer, you cannot receive incoming calls. So – keep that in mind! Oh! Cool! There’s a call log! However, I don’t like that the address book cannot coordinate with my address book within my operating system. That would rock! Maybe they can work on that with a future release.

Well, there you go. There’s my opinion on MagicJack. It’s free, it’s simple, and it works. Try it for yourself. You may want to consider this as an alternative to a traditional land-line phone.

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