Enough is enough! Just tell me where you need to go. Oh, no! I am not asking about your career or life in general. Not about your travel plans either. I ask this with reference to the elevator travel. Yes, the vertical transport we use everyday. For those who take dozens of trips everyday and still don’t know which way to go!
How many times have you been in the lift car when the doors open and you have a confused face staring at you? I should say I’m there everyday! My office is on 6th floor and lift car almost stops on every floor. I’m happy, if they get in and want to use the services. Many don’t. They look at me with a question mark on their faces. They expect me to understand the question AND provide a satisfying answer. My luck; question is very simple: Is this going up or down? So, answer and move on.
Not sure if you’re with me – I always want to shout back: Which way do YOU need to go? Up or Down? But, I don’t. The reason? You never know which dumb looking person is how high in your corporate ladder!
Irrespective of the cadre: managers, office boys, directors, security personnel, VPs, courier guys, cleaning women, pizza delivery boys, developers, agents; all have a problem in understanding how lifts work. Of course, I’m not blaming everyone here. I do come across a few sensible people who are very good at it. One general observation is – they want to “call” the lift – literally. They look at the number on the screen, and if it’s above the current floor they are waiting on, press the DOWN button – to call the lift to their floor. Oops! Even if they want to go up. Once the car stops and the doors open, more often than not, you find [someone like] me inside – wanting to shout at you!
How do I explain to everyone that ‘they don’t call the lift first, get in and then press the number corresponding to the floor they want to go to’? Though this holds true for not-so-advanced lifts with one button and metal-manual-sliding-grill types, this is not true for the automated ones with two buttons on the panel. Probably, I’ll have to print posters and display near the panel!
I clicked on ‘Reply’ and was thinking for few good sentences to convince a client. He wasn’t happy with the explanation I provided earlier and was getting irate and unhappy with the services we provide. I was carefully re-reading his email and composing a message. From nowhere, I heard a loud “Crazy kiya re!” and was startled! It took few seconds to realize that it was somebody’s mobile around. I gave a “answer the phone quick!” look at the guy. But, he was already having a “who the hell is this calling me now” look on his face.
I experience this nuisance more than once everyday, more often than not, while I’m concentrating on the most important task at hand. Most of the times, the interruption will be when at work. However, even in public places like lifts, waiting rooms in an office/ hospital/ theatres, I appreciate if people have their phones in ‘silence/ vibrate’ modes. Don’t talk in elevators. Don’t talk in buses or trains. Any place where people are cramped and space is limited, don’t talk. You make no friends that way.
I was surprised to know that few don’t answer the call immediately so as to ‘flaunt’ their phone and the ring tone! Cheap tricks! Further, some don’t know how to put ringer to silence. Mute and then continue to stare at the screen to remember who that is or for whatever reason! And these are the ones who wouldn’t go for a simpler model. They need a N Series or Cybershot/ Walkman series. Why not go for basic models which suit the level of understanding and usage?
Technology does give an advantage of mobility with advanced features. However, what’s the use if basic/ common sense is not in the big picture? There comes a time in any technological revolution when some basic guidelines need to be laid down. I personally feel like carrying copies of the text below and hand over one whenever I come across the uncommon sensed people.
- If people around you don’t have the option of ‘not listening’, you shouldn’t be talking. E.g.: elevators, busses, trains, waiting rooms etc.
- When in public places, please use silence/ vibrate modes to receive calls/ messages. You wouldn’t want to use technology even if present for convenience purposes? Don’t flaunt your ring tones!
- Public performances, meetings, training, theatres (silence mode is considered little okay here, but you anyway can’t talk), switch off the phone.
- Driving and phone, NOT OK! No dialing, no answering, no messaging, nothing doing. Complete your call and hit the road, or pull over when you receive a call.
- The ones with Bluetooth devices; remove it from your ear when not talking. We don’t know whether you are [talking] here or there!
- If signal is weak, don’t talk louder or shout! Mobiles don’t work with your pitch/ voice levels. We have some wireless technology involved.
- Don’t try to impress with your mobile. When you do that, we know you just started using one and you’re not a veteran. You have a long way to go!
I just read an article in this month’s issue of Reader’s Digest, written by a resident doctor in New York hospital (graduated in Mysore University), and I can’t stop thinking of the revolution these iThings have brought! Yep, iPod is the center of attraction in this so called iWorld, and there are countless (actually, countable, it comes to around 4000, but that’s just an expression [;)]) number of attachments that have changed the lives of millions!
Supposedly, Apple sold it’s 100 millionth iPod on April 09th, but, it doesn’t stop there! There are already the fifth generation iPods on the way (I guess they’re already in the market, but not as popular as shuffle and nano). With upto 80 GB of space, what can you not have on it? Most surprising fact I learned is that many radiologists are using these to store, exchange and manage vast amounts of medical imaging data! (One of the radiologists developed a software OsiriX, distributed free, which helps them to do this in co-ordination with Mac computers). And, in deed, a digital stethoscope-which directly records heartbeats onto an iPod-is already available.
Here are a few more reasons (other than what iPod already is well known for, like music, pictures and videos/ movies, TV programs, podcasts) for my mind is still wandering in this iWorld:
- English cricketers have used these to prepare for World Cup. Studying clips of their opponents’ bowling techniques, was one of the major objective. They did use PCs earlier, but now, portability is a ‘jumping curve’ advantage!
- America’s Duke University provides free iPods to students enrolling to certain courses to listen to audio books and download course material. It also enables professors to podcast their lectures.
- A company called LoPresti Speed Merchants has taken aeronautical iPod integration to a whole new level with its plan to use iPods as flight data recorders (FDRs) in light aircraft.
- There’s iBed.
- Um… there’s sport’s kit.
- Missing iPod in the loo? Here’s one for you!
- There’s iBuzz! Please don’t click this link if you’re at work 😉 This is a vibrator with “his” and “her” attachments. They’re marketing this as ‘music activated orgasm machine’.
- And how about iDog, iBrella, iDrops, iBod, iBoxers, and many many more!
- Not enough? Google ‘iGirl’ and read the blogs that come up!
While you’re still in this iWorld, look at the Top 10 Stangest iPod accessories. I did mention a few above, though!