The man recognized as the inventor of the cell phone is not in love with the elaborate descendants of the chunky device he first used on a New York City street in 1973. Martin Cooper says he used the phone created by his team at Motorola to call the head of cellular programming at rival AT&T, which was focusing on car phones."I must tell you as much as we were dreamers, we never imagined that all these things could be combined into one, and I'm really not so sure that it's a great thing," Cooper said in a recent interview with CNN. "Phones have gotten so complicated, so hard to use, that you wonder if this is designed for real people or for engineers."Cooper and his wife created the Jitterbug, a simple cell phone marketed to seniors.I like Cooper's take on the realm of Apple iPhones, Research In Motion BlackBerrys, and phones built on the Android platform developed from a project led by Google. He's not hyping all the things a new device can do, or fantasizing about all the things it should be able to do or might be able to do when the company sells the next version.
There are still some people put off by the zinging pace of technology, although that might be an age thing. I know people who won't use self-checkouts because they seem too complicated. But kids today will probably grow up with brains wired to expect and easily adapt to changing gadgets. They'll have the confidence that comes with experience. [more]
Some people won't invest in Philip Morris because it sells cigarettes. Some people won't invest in Playboy because it sells porn. I'd like to stand among those who won't invest in CBS because its show Two and a Half Men is vulgar.I watched a few minutes of the long-running show this week and am thankful no one else was in the room, especially a curious tween or a straitlaced uncle. Charlie Sheen's character twice referred to his state of sexual arousal and asked his brother, played by Jon Cryer, about any sexual contact he may have had during his night in jail.It's not so funny written like that. But it wasn't so funny coming out of the characters' mouths either. At least not to me. It's just not necessary, as my mother used to say (and teenage me would roll my eyes). What nonfinancial reasons you have for not investing in certain companies? [more]
I've seen several media sites lately illustrating stories using photos of women in bikinis; stories that have dubious connections to bikini-wearers. Even Merriam-Webster's online dictionary has had an entry highlighted on its main page illustrated with a bikini top (sans woman) and a bikini-clad woman. Something to do with words derived from place names. CNN right now has a beach scene (bikinis, of course) with camels. The story's about culture clash, so you could argue it's an appropriate photo. [more]
Does anyone else get those lowermybills.com ads on the right side of their computer screen featuring, um, non-traditionally beautiful models -- I recall an older man grimacing and a younger man with facial hair way beyond the norm. (I think it's ads for that website. Oddly enough, I can't find the ad right now.) [more]