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  1. grandpainak

    grandpainak DI Forum Patron Showcase Reviewer

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    I think I mainly hate this electronic equipment. I cannot tell you how many times I have hammer fisted my keyboard. Glad Apple made a bombproof key board back in the day. Got a phone call from a man in Dumaguete on my Florida number. That call went from Dumaguete to Naples Florida to me here in Valencia. That is 1/2 way around the world and back. In November 1966 I called from Penang Malaysia to Muskegon Michigan. Took 2 days to get a connection and cost more than a hundred bucks for a 6 minute collect call.:o o:
     
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    Well, what has this to with your Apple computer ? The phone call your talking about is called roaming. Don't tell me you use a Florida phone no. in the Philippines. I think you need an urgent update how modern communications work nowadays. Just ask a friend who knows.

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    My US mobile number can be used in the Philippines and I use that as my primary contact number in Afghanistan as well. It really helps keep the phone calls and text messages to a minimum. Someone REALLY wants to talk to me if they are willing to spend the money to give me a ring or send me a text. (No roaming charges for me picking up a call or sending SMS.)

    The old codger has a daily complaint quota to meet. Let him be. :rolleyes:
     
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    No sure with US mobile phones. This might be true. No roaming charges for you. But this is not the case in Europe. Rather easy why. A friend calls you, lets say on a Swiss no. and he thinks you are in Switzerland. But you are not. You might be in one of these super expensive regions, i.e. remote islands in the south pacific, worse, on a cruise ship. So your friend might have a very nasty surprise when he gets his phone bill. Thats why when you call a no. in Switzerland you pay the Swiss rate. The one picking up the phone, see above, pays the other part. Meaning outside Switzerland. And that can be very expensive.

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    It is true, at least with my mobile carrier. I don't get charged for incoming calls or incoming/outgoing SMS, only outgoing calls...unless I'm on a WiFi connection, then calls to certain countries (the US being one of them) are free.

    People calling me from the US do not get charged for calling me while I'm outside of the US. It is the same as if they were calling any other mobile number stateside. Only people without a +1 country code are going to be charged for calling my number, whatever rate their carrier charges for calling a US number. So if I were in the Philippines with my US number, someone with a Filipino number would be charged the standard rate for calling a US number from their phone.
     
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    I’m once again in agreement with Grandplank. We older codgers not only have our daily complaint quota’s to fill, but you younger whippersnappers need to remember that we have been thoroughly misled on technology and life:

    “When you grow up you’ll be able to have a holiday on the Moon.” (Teachers/parents, circa 1960s).

    “You don’t need to learn about that, when you grow up it’ll be like Star Trek...you just speak to a machine and it will do what you want.” (wise Old Uncle, circa 1960s)

    “When you grow up you’ll live in Leisure Society, you probably will only have to work for 3 hours a day and most things will be free.” (teachers/parents/tv programs circa 1960s).

    For the whole of my working life I have been attempting to reconcile those fibs with increasingly costly, complex gadgets/call plans/charges/company ‘options’ and built in obsolescence. Bah. Modernity. Bah.
     
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    They also said you could grow up to be rich. If you had enough money you could take a vacation on the moon. Also, this guy took a permanent vacation on the moon.

    "Hey Google/Siri/Cortana. Is there a man buried on the moon?"
    "Hey Google. Call Mom."
    "Hey Google. What's the weather today?"
    We're getting there.

    It's called the military. My job is pretty much this as well...though I work significantly less than 3 hours per day on average.
     
  8. ShawnM

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    I really doubt its called the Military; did my 20, coming up carrying a tool bag and when I reached a certain rank it was more about paperwork and I promise you in those 20 years I did much more than 3 hours a day.

    I've also been working as a contractor since I retired and actually put in more hours with less days off when on a project.

    Good on you for finding a relaxed job...we are obviously in different fields of work but I built a base on the other side of the airport from where you are currently working.

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    I was air defense. Yes, most days I was "at" work for more than 3 hours but the amount of work actually being done...minimal. It was mainly just a bunch of "hurry up and wait".

    Even when going out to the field we were just setting our equipment up for an hour or two and then sitting around waiting for the NCOs and officers to come around, look at what we did and then give themselves a big pat on the back for the work we did for them. Same for training days...just sit and listen, maybe some practical exercises. Rarely was there a drop of sweat. I really wouldn't consider that work.

    Being an OEM tech for electronic warfare means I work an "on call" schedule. If nothing breaks, which is usually the case, then there is nothing to do.

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    3 hours work before breakfast!
     
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