Who would have imagined that we would ever carry a phone around with us in our pocket, with the ability – more or less – to reach out and call anybody we want to, no matter where in the world they are, for practically free?
Quick show of hands: how many of you have an unlisted phone number?
Especially in today’s world of cellphones, the notion of a “phone book” that is printed on paper and delivered to your house is almost laughable. People purposefully have their phone numbers listed in a phone book as part of being neighborly and accessible, but with the Do Not Call list and robocalls and other phone annoyances, more and more people are choosing to go off the grid (for personal or professional reasons).
With a cell phone, your number is pretty much already unlisted. Nobody should be using your cell number unless you provided it to them.
And so what’s the big deal if someone had your number anyway?
Show of hands – how many of you own a smartphone (Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android primarily)?
That’s right – we know that while the vast majority of you did raise your hand proudly waving your mini-computer around, there are still a fairly substanial number of you who still proudly sport a flip phone or other non-smartphone around in your pocket.
And that’s okay. For you, you can skip over this post knowing that you’ve made the right decision.
It’s because we’re about to tell you how smartphone users are really no different from flipphone users, when it comes right down to it.
How many times a day do you check your phone, whether it be for messages, emails, Twitter, Facebook status updates, Instagram, or actually making a phone call to someone? We’re not even talking exclusively smartphone users, who have those things glued to their hands at all times. We’re including all mobile phone users here.
Heck, you may even be reading this Web Watch post on your phone right now.
Make an emergency kit, consisting of extra batteries, food, water. Try to have enough to last you at least 72 hours. Think about the essentials you may be without during that time (power, heat, clean water, etc)
If you think a tornado is approaching, grab and wear appropriate clothing for after the tornado has passed – sturdy shoes, jeans, work gloves, jacket/sweatshirt (depending on climate). These may be clothes you’ll need to wear for a few days in uncomfortable conditions
Have a contact plan with friends, family members, co-workers. Cell networks may be out of service temporarily, so don’t assume you can rely on your cellphone
While you can consider building a SAFE ROOM in your home, one tornado researcher says that if he’s caught in a tornado situation that he’s going to head for the nearest covered culvert outside. Stay away from grocery stores, gymnasiums, warehouses, or anything else with a large roof span.
If you’re like Web Watch, then you too have likely received the parental email thread – typically forwarded from friend after friend, Facebook after Facebook post – that encourages everyone to enter an I.C.E. entry on your cellphone.
You know, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
That ICE entry would contain the name, phone number, and other immediately important information about the person/people that emergency responders should contact for you when an emergency or crisis occurs. Web Watch even knows someone who has a complete ICE binder sitting smack on top of their refrigerator, with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of their entire family tree. This makes sense, of course – as everyone knows that the kitchen is the 2nd most dangerous place in the house… after the bathroom.
And who would want to keep an ICE binder in the bathroom?
Call it what you will: the FAMILY BED, COSLEEPING, or just being a parent who loves the comfort that sleeping near their children brings to them — sharing the parental bed as a family can be very beneficial to uniting the family unit – just as it may seem a bit unusual to those parents who don’t follow the same practice.
The Family Bed is different from having all the kids jump into the bed with their parents because they’re sick, had a nightmare, or are scared of the big thunderstorm that’s going on outside.
Web Watch will let our readers learn about what the Family Bed is – and isn’t – on their own. We’re here to talk about it in a slightly different manner…
Yes, “sexting” is all the rage these days, apparently. Everyone from schoolkids to businessmen and government employees are sending naughty pictures of themselves with abandon, to everyone and anyone they know.
Show of hands — how many of you have used your cell phone while using the bathroom?
Web Watch has one friend who does most of their best talking while sitting… although they are polite enough to not flush while the call is going on (we hope that they are only being that courteous while at home rather than being THAT person at the office who doesn’t flush).
Women, we can understand — they’re used to having full-blown conversations with the other gaggle of women who go to the bathroom en masse. So picking up the phone to take care of business while they’re actually Taking Care of Business is not a surprise. But men have that unwritten rule about no talking in the restroom, so when some D-Bag come barrelling in, yammering away on their Bluetooth headset as if they’re More Important Than Everyone Else kinda ruins the silent sanctity of the Men’s Room. Continue reading READ THIS IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHETHER YOUR CELL PHONE IS COVERED WITH FECAL MATTER→
By now, you probably have heard about CARRIER IQ, that software that many cell phone manufacturers and service providers had installed on all sorts of cellphones in order to track how well their networks were performing.
The issue, if you didn’t know, is that CARRIER IQ wasn’t a very well-designed application and was recording a lot of each user’s phone actions without that person’s knowledge. Now, Congress has gotten involved and it’s turned into a big ugly mess. Continue reading HOW TO REMOVE CARRIER IQ FROM YOUR PHONE→