Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Can you believe all of this $#*T fits in your pocket?

20 years ago if you would have told me I'd be carrying around just about every useful and entertaining thing in my pocket I would have told you that you were high.  The truth is that we are now doing just that.  Look how the "phone" has evolved.
  • Radio - I can listen to just about anything and stream live broadcasts
  • Tapes / CDs / Albums / 8-tracks - a thing of the past but on demand I can find any song, genre, artist or track - WOW.
  • Weather - not only can I get the forecast but I can get real time radar (who needs Al Roker - by the way I liked him when he was fat better)
  • TV - I can watch sports, music videos, tv shows, bloopers (aka youtube), and random things people upload (PORN)
  • Books - Reading your favorite book on your phone is easy.  And when you take a break, you can pick up where you left off on your iPad or Kindle
  • Calculator 
  • Alarm Clock
  • Flashlight - really?
  • Camera - a really good one that doesn't use film and automatically backs up to some mysterious hard drive in the sky
  • Games - from driving games, heads up, building things in MineCraft to trivia and flinging birds through the air - there are nearly endless entertaining possibilities
  • Timer - I can boil an egg perfectly every time...
  • Ticket Broker - find and buy tickets to virtually any event at any time
  • GPS Navigation - by car or by street, I can find my way around as long as I have a signal
  • Telephone - Oh Yeah and I can speak with people
  • Traffic - Real time traffic at my fingertips, really?
  • Instant Messaging - Not that this was around 20 years ago but it's here today (naughty or nice)
  • Word Processor - That is what we called them back in the day but you could also say typewriter....
  • Email - What the heck is that?  So commonplace today but so infantile 20 years ago.
  • Photo Albums - No more faded and bent photos in your wallet, say hello to real time slide shows
  • Video Camera - Remember Clark Griswald in European Vacation "I think he's going to pork her Russ."
  • Police Scanner - Where's the Po Po?
  • Juke Box 
  • Video Conferencing
  • Online Shopping
  • Chauffeur Service
  • Instant Banking and payment center
  • Rolodex
I am certain that there are many obvious things my phone can do that I have neglected.  However, Holy S#*T Batman!  Who knows where we'll be in another 20.  I hope I am around to see it...

For Now,