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What the iPhone Would Look Like if it Had Been Created in 1987

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so the Contempra was ahead of its time: it was curved... and backwards compatible :)

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I think the main use of these tone dialers was to by bypass company phones, hotel lobby phones, school phones or what have you phones that had had the dial functions removed to prevent outgoing or long distance calls. I'm not sure what else you would do with them. (??)

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Larry Fisher

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Larry, they were used when you subscribed to a non-AT&T long distance service (I used one for MCI) and the phone company charged stiff fees for touchtone, so your actual desk phone had a dial. This even though tone dialing was cheaper for them to support.

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Hi Jay,

I'd forgotten about the touch tone extra charges. Aren't we glad all those big communication monopolies are gone?  (Cough..cast)

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Larry Fisher

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That can also spark a discussion of language that has survived the obsolescence of the technology it refers to:

 

Does anybody still "dial" a phone? Do kids even know what that word comes from? How about "dial tone"... which doesn't exist on the small phones most people carry.

 

And those "telephones" do a lot of things that aren't related to  hearing things over a distance...

 

I've heard kids saying "repeating like a broken record". What's one of those?

 

My favorite is when I discovered derivation of "wired", when it means "energetic, charged, hyper". It appears to come from the early history of our craft, when theaters were bragging about now being "wired for sound". That three-word phrase is almost a hundred years old -- and now doesn't refer to copper or loudspeakers -- but the new usage of both versions are found in Urban Dictionary.

 

And coming up in a few years: Algorithm, which Wikipedia defines as an unambiguous specification of how to solve a class of problems. How could that possibly apply to what AI engines do in their hidden layers?

 

 

Other examples? Branch to a different thread?

 

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On 2018-01-16 at 10:56 PM, Jay Rose said:

Larry, they were used when you subscribed to a non-AT&T long distance service (I used one for MCI) and the phone company charged stiff fees for touchtone, so your actual desk phone had a dial. This even though tone dialing was cheaper for them to support.

another use was to remotely connect to your answering machine to retrieve messages, when confronted with a public rotary dial phone

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