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  •  when I was 25.... (0+ / 0-)

    I had a landline with an answering machine.  I got my messages and returned my calls.  

    Nothing difficult about that.

    In fact I was an early-adopter of answering machines: in college, I was the first person to have one.  At first it slightly freaked-out my friends.  But as I explained it to them, better to leave a message than to have to keep calling until I got in.  

    My attitude toward technology is highly selective.  I use it as I choose for purposes I choose, and I don't let fads or similar nonsense dictate my choices.  I build a good bit of it for myself, including my refrigerator/freezer system (saves 1,000 KWH per year), graywater recycling system (cuts my water consumption by about 30% per month), and so on.

    I had a cellphone for a few years.  Hated like hell being subject to constant interrupts and everyone's nervous whims.  Ditched it during the dotcom crash when money was tighter than Jerry Falwell's sphincters.  Clients were thrilled: no more interruptions of expensive field time.  I was thrilled: no more ceaseless demands for trivialities.   And the brief one-liner explanation is, "I'm getting all the surveillance I need from my tax dollars, why should I pay for more?"

    I have ancient dial phones at my house, behind a high-end PBX that also provides an emergency bypass so that people who know the code can ring my bedroom and get through when I'm sleeping.  Yes, on a red phone.  

    BTW, the ancient dial phones sound better than cellular, right back to about 1925.  Before then, they sound worse than cellular.  If you're going to have antiquated sound quality, may as well have the real item to go along with.

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