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From the 'brick' to the Razr

Posted October 08, 2007 9:23 AM

From Daily Herald:

They changed the world -- in about 13 weeks. About 35 years ago, a team of Motorola Inc. engineers and others created the first portable cell phone called the DynaTAC. It was affectionately known as "The Brick" because it felt like one: 2 pounds, 9 inches long, boxy shape. At a cost of just under $4,000, it could make a dozen 3-minute calls. Since then, billions of designer mobile phones weighing just ounces have transformed the way society communicates. On Wednesday, the DynaTAC team will be honored for the first time at a ceremony in Chicago hosted by GlobalSpec, a research firm for the engineering profession. "If we don't make products that help people, then we've failed," said Marty Cooper, former Motorola director of research and development who formed the DynaTAC team.

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10/09/2007 2:56 AM

Now we know exactly who to blame for all those unnecessary calls, street robberies, bad driving cases etc etc etc. You know, I 'lost' my mobile for about a week, it made no difference to my personnel communications (I just had to reply to the messages I had, that I wouldn't have had!) People just had to wait a few minute longer before they could talk to me. Was it the end of the world?

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10/09/2007 6:29 AM

I agree with you!

The only phone I have is a Cell but I mostly carry it for the ease of not having to look for a phone when I'm out and need to contact someone about something IMPORTANT. Like my truck broke down again & I need a tow.

My friends & family get pissed because I don't answer it right away when they call. Everyone expects you to be available immediately these days for anything. Weather its something really important. Like I had to take your son to the hospital for stitches to Hey when are you going to do the laundry. Sure the stitches thing is important but he's already at the hospital getting stitched up so what am I supposed to do about it. It's already past the point of me being able to help so what difference does it make weather I get the call now or a half hour from now.

I also get yelled at for not checking my emails every 5 minutes but thats another story.

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10/09/2007 7:24 AM

'I also get yelled at for not checking my emails every 5 minutes but thats another story.'

That's called managing your communications. What I find amusing is how people can't cope with a ringing 'phone. If you work in an office, the next time your 'phone rings, let it. Look around you. How many people are getting twitchy? It's not even their 'phone?

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10/09/2007 7:49 AM

Kind of like the Russian Scientist that did the Pavlov's dog experiments using a ringing bell.

What happens when I let the phone ring. AH the people in the office twitch.

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10/09/2007 11:38 AM

Why does it annoy me to hear people say they did something because it helps people? Why not be perfectly honest and say that they make something because it creates bucketloads of profits. Oftentimes, the most profitable enterprises are also the ones that end up helping the most people both directly and indirectly. No shame in that. Would you buy or pay for something that didn't help you?

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10/09/2007 12:09 PM

I buy RC airplanes. They don't really help me in any way except to eat up my savings and keep me from getting all my work around the house done.

But I do see your point. Almost no one does anything these days just out of the Goodnes of their own heart. If there isn't something in it for them someplace then they wouldn't have done it.

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10/09/2007 2:04 PM

I might say that a hobby is money well invested in ones sanity. Not to say that it helps you get items off of the honey-do list, but helpful for your own state of mind.

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10/09/2007 5:10 PM

Viagra is a perfect example, help many old men and makes a ton of money.

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10/09/2007 5:14 PM

Though i guess it could screw up the gene pool by circumventing natural selection by allowing those with physiological weaknesses such that they are incapable of reproducing normally, and not wealthy enough and/or committed enough, to breed. We could end up with a whole subculture unable to propigate without pharmaceutical assistance.

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