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Sunday, May 03, 2009

My first-ever text message from a mobile device

Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon I finally broke down and got a new cell phone. At the risk of sounding like a Luddite, I had only the vaguest sense of what mobile technology is capable of doing these days, like "Bluetooth" and such.

And then there is text messaging. Something that I have never done before in my entire life. Not even once.

Until tonight.

I got the X-tc from Virgin Mobile (and I might treat myself to an iPhone if... something happens in the near future), which has a very nice slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It's a feature I was particularly looking for since I'm such a fast typist, and I didn't want to "re-learn" how to do texting like most folks seem adept at doing.

Anyhoo, I tied my Twitter account into my new mobile phone, and a short while ago sent my first-ever text message from a mobile gadget.

Want to see it? Here it is.

"What hath God wrought" were the words in the very first telegraph message, sent on May 24th, 1844 by its inventor Samuel F.B. Morse from a line in Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. The quote is from Numbers 23:23 in the Bible, and was suggested by the daughter of a friend.

The first time I got on the Internet, those were the words that I sent in my all-time first e-mail. So I figured this was an appropriate time to use the phrase again :-)


Jon Lorenzini said...

Glad you chose the Xtc and hope you enjoy using it! Just out of curiosity what made you choose the Xtc? Also, I have been curious about how large an increase in your traffic occurred when the whole YouTube / Viacom vs. You and the EFF story broke. That was the story that first brought me to your blog.

Jonathan Lorenzini - Virgin Mobile

Chris Knight said...

Hey Jonathan! What caught my eye on the Xtc was the slide-out keyboard: I type really fast, so that struck me as a real convenience. And I liked that it was non-contract.

And in the past few days since getting it and playing around with it, I have seriously become enamored with it! Quite a snazzy lil' phone and extremely easy to use. I'd heartily recommend it to others :-)

Chris Knight said...

And ever since the thing with Viacom, there's been a consistently steady stream of traffic to the blog from folks still interested in what went down. I've even seen this place cited in a number of legal papers.