stupid phones

You know what's dumb? How receiving SMS pictures works on a Sprint Treo.

Someone sends you a text message with a picture attached. You get a text message that says "You have a new PictureMail! Click here."

  1. Click it.
  2. That takes you to the web browser, looking at a page that says "New picture mail from xyz", with a thumbnail that's, like, 12x12 pixels. Click the image, or the text below it that says "View Media".

  3. Now there's a slightly larger, but still unreadable, image, and now, for the first time, you get to see the actual text that was included in the text message. Don't click the image! Click the text below it that says "Save to Phone".

  4. Oh, now we're back to the tiny thumbnail again. Click the link that says "Download to Phone".

  5. Now we're out of the web browser and into a dialog box that says, "Do you want to download?" Click "Yes".

  6. Oh, another dialog. Click "Save and Open".

  7. Oh, another dialog. "Accept media?" Click "OK".

Now you can finally see the full sized image on your phone. Seven clicks! "Click, View, Save, Download, Yes, Open, Accept!" All with a two to five second delay between each opportunity to click.

And it's been this way for years. Don't they even try this crap before shipping it? What kind of person could ship software that behaved this way and feel ok with themselves?

I guess it's better than an iPhone, though, which can't send or receive SMS images at all.

What year is this?

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are you thinking zombies?

Because I'm thinking zombies.

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Firefox tabs

Jesus. Nevermind.
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AIM and SMS

Dear Lazyweb, please tell me how to use AIM.

Some time ago, I signed up with the thing on mobile.aol.com that lets you forward AIM messages to your cell phone via SMS. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but was a pain in the ass because their website is constructed entirely of Fail.

Anyway, I thought I had turned it off, but it seems to have turned itself back on again, and I can't make it go away. At random times people's messages will come to my phone as SMS even though I'm sitting right there at my desktop, logged in and non-idle.

At the time, I was under the impression that their web site A) only worked in Firefox, not Safari, and B) only worked if you gave it your handle without spaces in it (e.g., "yesthatjwz" instead of "yes that jwz"). The failure mode in most cases is that there are no controls on the damned web page because the "Mobile Dashboard" widget doesn't show up at all.

But now I can't make it ever show up.

I just want to turn this bullshit off forever and make AOL no longer know what my cell phone number is. How?

I can't find a tech support page, either.

Update: I think I finally managed to delete my phone number. I think the Mobile Dashboard only shows up in Firefox, and only shows up once per Firefox session. Want to see it again? Quit Firefox and restart. Logging out and back in to the site doesn't do it.

Or maybe the AOL site is just completely nondeterministic. Who knows.

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clone army: collect them all

Previously.

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my understanding is that this works

"I will trade you records if you hang out with me and you are female"
Date: 2007-07-07, 4:49PM EDT

tell me about who you are send pic

hang out with me nice guy white male

in astoria
i will give you 10 lps for an hour and 1/2 of hanging out
i will give you 15 lps for a massage no guys just female only
rock lps mostly dont ask for list come here and look through it you wont get any free ones for looking through them only for hanging out

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Good Morning, Spacemen!

(You should probably stop watching when the song changes at 1:40, because these drugs last way too long.)
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