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25 July 2016 @ 02:40 pm
Meet the new phone  
Pretty much the same as the old phone (which I lost, which is why I got a new one). It’s not a smartphone. (I don’t know what the euphemism is.)

When I was a child, I was the clumsy geek. I could do math (and English), but people wondered if I could walk and chew gum at the same time. I dreamed of the day when computers would enable clumsy geeks to deal with the world without manual dexterity. And look what happened. I don’t begrudge Kevin Maroney and all the other dexterous people their success (all manipulation is intelligence), but I am disappointed.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I got an undocumented upgrade. The phone has not once asked me to “Say a Command.”
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Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on July 26th, 2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
I've heard people refer to non-smartphones as "dumbphones".

You can do a surprising amount of stuff with Apple and Google's respective voice-recognition-speaker-and-mic-thing-that-sits-in-your-house-with-you devices, I hear.