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05:49 pm: XKCD a Day Late
Now, I could have used this yesterday!

I left early for bookgroup on Saturday and dropped two DVDs at the post office and got money for this week at the ATM, so I only had to get groceries today. I had a short list and it wasn't as bad as usual.

The WashPost ombudsman's column yesterday talked about when they would start inline ad linking. Not if, when. So I sent him a scan of a column from their chief tech columnist saying how wrong it was, and asked him why they'd be unethical now. I don't know if he'll answer.

And in their chief tech's column yesterday, I found out that I can get my Verizon DSL without the landline. It would save me $35 a month, which is a good bit. I'm going back and forth in my mind. I have a cellphone that I keep charged. I have a wind-up charger for it, that I keep wound up. In all the time I've had the cellphone, I haven't needed a plug-in phone. Then again, if something happened to the cellphone or the towers, etc., I would have to drive somewhere to use a landline. I can't get to anybody else's condo except Luke's and I can't go up his inside stairs. What do you guys think?

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From:dragonet2
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)

We ditched our landline

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a while ago to save dough BUT there are three of us with three different phones. And just about every corner has a coin-operated phone that one can drive up to. (I live in urbia, pretty much the inner city...) And a good part of the decision is that this house has been rewired so many times with phone lines that the landlines are crap (for instance, I could not get a fax machine to work to send out to save my life).

But if I were alone I'm not sure.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)

Re: We ditched our landline

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Yeah, I live in the center of a small city and could drive up to the 7-11, for example, but if there's a disaster for the cellphones, will the roads be okay? The condos are only 18 years old (I'm the original owner of mine) and the landlines are still fine. It's just that I can't walk to the 7-11 or get to other condos that make me consider keeping it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: We ditched our landline

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No, I have a wind-up charger for the cellphone. I wouldn't charge it from the battery.
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From:dragonet2
Date:July 21st, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)

Re: We ditched our landline

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The other thing about keeping landlines, if you do, buy a simple, stupid phone (we've still got what was called a 'princess phone' with a keypad) that plus directly into the line but otherwise has no bells and whistles. It will work if the phone lines are still good even if the power is off. If you only have a phone that is a walk-around, cord-free, or dependent on a base station, it does not work in a power outage.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, I have one of those four-sided rotating shelf things for my CDs and small art pieces here in the "office" and at the bottom of one side, there's a princess phone. It's the last phone I bought before the cellphone.
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From:timill
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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With DSL, you have the option of a VoIP service such as Skype. (When we were in the UK, we used to have a local Knoxville number for our friends to call.)

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From:mjlayman
Date:July 20th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I hadn't even thought of that. I'll have to see what's available and how much it costs. Thanks!
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From:guppiecat
Date:July 20th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I haven't had a landline in years. I don't miss it.

I've also never needed to use a neighbor's/store's/pay phone.

Any disaster that will take out the cell network to the point that the emergency backup 911 service will go out will also likely take out the landlines as well.

No point paying for something you don't need.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 20th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's possible, too. The only time we've had power go out longer than 20 minutes (in the 18 years I've lived here) was when we had a faulty support drop a major power line. We didn't have power for three days, but the condos stayed fairly warm. Now we have a backup line from Dominion Power, just in case.
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From:lesliepear
Date:July 21st, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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We live in a condo, but our cell phone receiption inside isn't so great. So we keep the landline line.

(We actually have friends in a different town who live in a spot where there is no cell phone services - can't even call by their house, very weird).

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From:mjlayman
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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I've never been anywhere that my cellphone hasn't worked. Now, I haven't tried it every second (and I don't travel much these days), but I haven't had problems.
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From:lesliepear
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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In addition to the spot by our friends house - there are spots on my commute to NYC where it doesn't work. Usually I go by them briefly, except today when my bus was stuck behind a disabled bus for a while :(
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From:capemaynuts
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
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We've had two occasions here (just outside of NYC) when cell phone systems were knocked out, but land lines were still working. The first was 9/11. I couldn't get my cell to work, but I could make local landline calls. The second time was due to a serious storm knocking down towers. Once again, I could call my mother on the landline, but not on my cell.
But I've also had the reverse situation, due to knocked down telephone lines. And that's actually much more frequent.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
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Oh, and your area still has payphones? They are very rare up here. Along with mailboxes, another endangered species.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
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At places like 7-11, yeah.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:July 21st, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
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We have very few 7-11's. We have Quick Checks and WaWas. And most don't bother with payphones, since as one cashier explained to me, "We sell cell phones."
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 21st, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I recognize WaWa, but I don't think I've seen a Quick Check. There's a 7-11 here in Old Town.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 21st, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I'd probably know if the landlines were having problems because of the DSL. I'm leaning more and more to canceling the landline, though. It would take a large grouping of unlikely risks to put me in a spot where I didn't have communications.
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