Tag Archives: communication

The Nokia Morph – The future Mobile

16 Dec

Nokia Morph - The future mobile

I happened to run into the Nokia website and found this amazing nanotechnology filled phone by them. The Nokia Morph is everything a busy person needs from a phone. It charges it self, it keeps it self clean and can change shape.

The thought of where technology is going spins my mind…..Check out the video for this amazing concept phone.

Car maintenance: women be aware!!

13 Dec

I recently was a victim of a gender discrimination crime. That’s right, gender discrimination I say. I honest to god believe that most women, at least %80, do not know a thing about car repair or how to keep up a car, and they get taken advantage of by mechanics all over the world! I’m talking beyond oil changes and putting gas in the car, more like when it’s time to buy new tires, or the difference between a good thump and bad thump noise.

My parents believed in taking their car to get regular maintenance by an official dealership service center. I watched my dad take our cars in every once in a while for checkups, oil change, batteries and etc. So, when I grew up and got a car I followed the same school of thought, yes it costs more than your average joe car shop but at least I know they’re not using crap pieces on my car.

This is how I became a victim………I love my car, a beautiful Volkswagen, 6 years old and only 64000 on it, that is apparently good. Back in May I called my service center to see if my car was up for any checkups,  “don’t worry, you haven’t put on too many kilometers since your last checkup, bring it in before winter.”, said the woman over the phone.(traitor!!! hahaha) Being a clueless person about cars I went “Super, so call you in November!”.

Well, November turned in to mid December and I felt the need to make that appointment the day before the first winter storm. I made the call and the woman said “bring it in, you’re up for a type 1 maintenance and its $150”, so I did. I went in and a different person told me “oh, your last major checkup was in 2006, you need a type 4 now.”

me: how much is that?

the guy: $500, but with that, we check everything in your car.

me: wow, expensive! Ummm, ok I guess I should do it to make sure my car is in working condition for the winter.

the guy: yes ma’am, so we be done with it in 2 hours or so.

2.5 hours later, I’m chatting away on my phone trying to work on my laptop when the same guy walks up to me with a concerned look.

me: its done??

the guy: I need to talk to you about somethings.

He pulls out a report filled with all these things I need to change on my car, NOW! Brakes (all 4 of them), battery, 2 tires, some light somewhere, something about exhaust pipe. The list goes on and on….

me: how much is all this gonna cost me????

the guy: well, $2200, but you still have to pay the $500, plus tax.

me: *cough* but, I don’t get it. I have to do this all now? I can’t, it’s A LOT of money! (remember I’m a student, I barely make any money at my full-time job)

the guy: I made a list, only do important stuff..brakes, battery and….

I tuned him out…..

So, I made a deal with the guy to only do only urgent/important stuff and only up to $1000, that’s including tax and the $500 fee.

Then he went off to do the changes, meantime after about 20 mins, I realized something, if I had brought my car in for a checkup in May like I thought I should I wouldn’t have been blind sided like this now. So, I went and talked to the service center manager and told him what happened and how because of their staff’s bad advice now I have all these things I need to do right before winter. I did not doubt the need to change the items on the list, normal wear and tear of a car. Following their staff’s bad advice put me in a bad situation and a grumpy mood.

So I manged to get some discount for the work I was getting done that day and when I take my car back in for the rest of the stuff I would get a discount then. So YAY!!!!!

Now, things I learned from my 4.5 hour stay at the waiting room of VW service center:

– Make note of the times you take your car in for checkups and maintenance

– keep all your paper works, you can’t always rely on people’s knowledge of your car’s history

– when in doubt, ask questions

– shop for different prices, if you don’t mind going to a normal mechanic, it’s worth the time to look around

– ask friends to help out, I called my guy friends who know stuff about cars to get their opinion about my situation, some referred me to their personal mechanic!

So don’t feel the pressure that you need to do everything they tell you right away, take a day sleep on it and make your decision!

I still have 6 more items to cross of my list, I’m gonna start with buying 2 new tires and then changing another set of brakes…..sigh…money outta my pocket!


28 Nov

People, tdotpoints is live, thanks to the black Friday special. I purchased my first domain name ever for under $12USD!!! How exciting is that. Now after about 4 hours of playing around with my new email accounts, (yes, I have my own @tdotpoints.com email accounts now, YAY for Google!) I thought I should share this Exciting news with you all!!!! hahaha

I’m the biggest dork out there, I know! lol… But things like this amuse me for hours. I have decided to spend more time on my blog to make it more interesting to all those web surfers and bring some traffic to it. I’ve been to lazy and to be honest, I need something new to do. I’m too damn bored doing my own job that pays me well! lol….how sad is that!

So for all you professional bloggers, give me some ideas about how to make my blog more appealing to the masses and even maybe some fun widgets to bring some life to the screen?

I’m still trying to figure worldpress out, so far i haven’t managed to figure out how to put an email link on my posts. That’s next on my list of things to learn, oh, and coming up with a nice signature thingy to put under my posts. I’ve seen a few blogs who have them, looks pretty neat!

But till i find one this is all you get

Tdot Girl

What were the first words…..

10 Sep

Have you guys ever wonder what were the first spoken words over the telephone back in the day. What where the first test msges sent, even the first tweet!
Well, wonder no more. I recently read an article in Newsweek about this very topic. I found it very interesting and somewhat funny.
So here it is:

First Messages on Twitter, IM, Telegraph and More
Ian Yarett
Updated: 09/08/2009
This spring, we chuckled when Stephen Colbert asked Twitter cofounder Biz Stone if, given that the first message sent over the telegraph was “What hath God wrought?,” the first Twitter message was “What hath God twat?” Which got us to wondering: what exactly was the first message sent out on various modes of communication? Answers below:

TELEGRAPH: ‘What hath God wrought?’America’s first telegraph message was transmitted by Samuel F.B. Morse from the Supreme Court room in the Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore on May 24, 1844.

TELEPHONE: ‘Mr. Watson-come here-I want to see you.’The first telephone call was made by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, to his assistant Thomas Watson on March 10, 1876.

E-MAIL: ‘QWERTYUIOP’The first e-mail message was sent through ARPANET (precursor to the Internet) by Ray Tomlinson of BBN Technologies in late 1971, between two computers that were literally side by side but were connected only through ARPANET. The exact text has been forgotten, but it is reported to be something like this. The first spam e-mail message was sent via ARPANET on May 3, 1978, to 400 users by Gary Thuerk on behalf of the now long-defunct computer manufacturer DEC, advertising a new line of minicomputers.

AOL INSTANT MESSAGING: ‘Don’t be scared … it is me. Love you and miss you’The first documented AOL instant message (sent through the AOL client) was sent by future AOL vice chairman Ted Leonsis to his wife on Jan. 6, 1993. Her response: “Wow … this is so cool!”

SMS (TEXT MESSAGING): ‘Merry Christmas’Neil Papworth, an engineer at Airwide Solutions, sent the world’s first text message from a computer to a cell phone. The message was sent to Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party near Vodafone headquarters in Newbury, England, in December 1992. The first commercial text message was sent from Los Angeles by Brennan Hayden, at the time an engineer for the Irish wireless company Aldiscon, in June 1993: “burp.”

SKYPE: ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’The first full sentence spoken over Skype was uttered in Estonian by an unknown member of the original development team in April 2003. Its English translation is “Hello, can you hear me?”

TWITTER: ‘just setting up my twttr’The first tweet was by Jack Dorsey, creator, chairman, and cofounder of Twitter, at 12:50 p.m. PT on March 21, 2006.

(c) 2008 Newsweek, Inc.