What a neat little website! I recognized every one of them except for the device along the right hand side that resembles an old TV remote and beeps loudly. I vaguely recollect its shape and styling, just cannot recall exactly what it is. (Older radar detector was the best my mind could come up with!)
@Limewater@PooltoyWolf@tinamarie1974 While I’m sure we can all come up with an extensive list detailing the various reasons why we have earned eternal condemnation, learning to use hover text on your phone probably will not qualify. You’ll have to try harder…
@Limewater@shahnm Yes, that usually works, but the nature of hovertext is that on a desktop machine, it makes its presence known as soon as you hover over an object. On mobile, additional interaction is required to ever know it’s even there.
My brother also has a rotary phone, and he taught my nieces how to use it. They can also tell time from a clock face.
My parents didn’t have a touch tone phone until around 1990, which I bought them one. Mostly because I was fed up with having to go use a pay phone to check my messages. Remember checking messages on an answering machine?
My parents are still using that phone (with built in answering machine). They still don’t have call waiting.
@craigthom@PooltoyWolf@shahnm That’s a shame if true, as it helps to develop the ability to graphically recognize and process information. You can tell the time from just a glance, you don’t need to read the numbers - you can figure out time duration just by drawing some imaginary lines across the clock face. If schools are doing this, that’s pretty stupid. Plus I’d miss “quarter-to”, “half past” and lyrics like this:
It’s quarter to three
There’s no-one in the place
'Cept You and me.
@craigthom@PooltoyWolf@shahnm@tinamarie1974 you should at least be able to read it - have you ever looked at the writings in, say, the Declaration of Independence, or Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, or originals of some of Shakespeare’s sonnets, or an old letter from a parent or lover, and you can get a feel for the writer’s feelings and emotions as they wrote. You can’t get that from just text.
@craigthom@shahnm@stolicat I think you’re putting a bit too much faith in parents who would rather hand their kid a smartphone than actually teach them how to do anything. But I agree, for a child who’s eager to learn, clocks are easy. We had one of those (once ubiquitous) blue and yellow ‘clock trainers’ in my early elementary school classrooms.
@craigthom@shahnm@stolicat@tinamarie1974 Depends entirely on how often you use it, and how fluent you are in it. For those of us like me who haven’t written anything in cursive other than our signatures in over a decade, it’s a pointless and superfluous endeavor, and writing in standard manuscript is much faster.
@earlyre back in the day, I had reprogrammed my computer’s “error ding” sound to use Curly from the 3 Stooges saying “I’m trying to think but nothin’ happening…”
So much more satisfying than that windows CLUNK noise.