I often get these contact form submissions on joeaudette.com and on mojoportal.com where people are pitching to get my site to the top of google, no big deal, I delete them, but yesterday was the first time I got one by phone.

Yesterday at about 2PM I got a phone call on my cell phone from 951-813-2184 that went like this:

  1. me: hello?
  2. caller: is this the tree service?
  3. me: i think you have the wrong number
  4. caller: are you Source Tree Solutions?
  5. me: that is my company but it is a software company not a tree service
  6. caller: oh, well you're listed in the yellow pages under tree service
  7. me: that's news to me, I didn't know I had a listing in the yellow pages
  8. caller: well are you interested in getting your site to the top of google?
  9. me: oh my God, you gotta be kidding me
  10. caller: well what do you do for advertising
  11. me: Dude! you don't know the first thing about me, my business or my web site, I don't need your SEO spam phone calls, please never call this number again, click

I chuckled for about 15 minutes after that, but hope it is not the start of a trend of spammy phone calls.

These are all the cell phones I've ever had.

the phones I've owned

I remember when I first got that Samsung clamshell phone on the left, gosh, how long ago was that 1997, 98 99? Somewhere in there I'm sure. I remember being so excited about that phone when I first got it. As a kid I had always fantasized about those communicators they used on Star Trek and when I got this phone it was like the realisation of a childhood dream. I got rid of my land line pretty soon after that and haven't had one since.

I was pretty excited when PocketPC phones first came out. Being a Web Developer, the idea of always having access to the internet wherever my phone worked seemd like a dream. I think I got that phone around 2002 or 2003 and at the time I gave my old phone to my younger brother Frank who lived in North Carolina (I was living in TN at the time). It really wasn't a compelling internet experience, and though I kept it until long after my service contract expired, I got really tired of carrying around that big phone. I mean if you put it in your pocket people were like "hey is that the internet in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?". It was really a phone that needed a belt clip like Batman, but I really wasn't into that belt clip thing.

So then I got the Razr, must have been around 2004 or 2005, again I gave my old PocketPC phone to my younger brother Frank. I was much happier with the Razr, it was slick, it was small, and it was a joy to stop carrying that old boat anchor PocketPC.

Last month I got an iPhone. Its way beyond any phone I ever imagined seeing in my lifetime. Its got a compelling web surfing experience, and yet it fits nicely in your pocket without raising eyebrows. I know a lot of people like a physical keyboard and those folks tend to like Blackberries. I suppose if I was answering a lot of email with my phone I might wish for a real keyboard too. Honestly I haven't yet answered an email with my iPhone. For me its more about knowing whether I have important mail at any time than actually responding to it from my phone. It can usually wait until I'm near a computer again. After all, I'm near a computer about 95% of the time. For me its just another convenient way to service my internet addiction. I work long days and then finally collapse and watch movies at the end of the day when I can no longer keep going. I used to find myself getting up from the couch a lot just to check if any new mail had come in, or see how many people are on mojoPortal.com. Now I don't have to get up off the couch. In some ways I like the Facebook experience better on the iPhone than on a computer. I love having a lot of my music collection in my phone, love the GPS. Its a really great device.

So I thought again whether I should offer my old Razr to my younger brother Frank. The funny thing is, now that I'm living in North Carolina, I find out he never activated or used any of the phones I ever gave him, thats how I'm now able to take a picture of them all together. He hasn't committed to a new phone contract for like eight years now. He's still using this old monstrosity:

We're talking dinosaur phone. Not only that but he relies on this thing for all his communication and he lost the battery charger years ago, so he can only charge it now in his car and he's been doing this for years. I'd say he's way over due for a new phone.

No Swimming sign that looks like its for Aliens

I walk by this sign almost every day when I go for my exercise walks at the park, its always struck me as funny. Today I took this picture with my iPhone.

Great post today on the Microsoft Port 25 blog. Very entertaining graphic about the "software wars"!

Software Wars poster

I had never seen this before but it just struck me as fascinating and it gave me a smile. So I googled "Software Wars" and found the larger original here.



I finally figured out where Guinness got  their "Brilliant" Ad campaign. Its what they said to the accountant who told them how much they could boost their earnings by cutting the size of their cans from a Pint (16OZ) to 14.9 OZ. I think they did this about the time they introduced their new bottle version which is not even 12 OZ like other bottled beer but 11.2 OZ and is not as good tasting as the cans.

They forgot one thing though, the back of the can still tells you how to "Experience the Perfect Pint of Guinness"

I wonder if Allan Greenspan knows about this hidden inflation.

The problem with a "Brilliant" idea like that is you can't do it again next year and some of us fans of the Irish Stout will switch to Murphy's which is just as good, costs less, and comes in a Pint!

Of course it was a fun weekend researching this important economic indicator!