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Paging Sarah: “If there is a lesson in this story, it is to make sure your cell phone is off when attending a concert.”

Suppressing your phone’s ringer at the symphony is a Sarah job.

If we start with the presumption that a smartphone/tablet/laptop/desktop operating system, ideally, exists in a sort of client/server symbiosis with servers in the cloud — and hence with all servers in the cloud, by concatenation (that is, by XMLation) — then your phone should be aware of appropriate phone protocol wherever and whenever it might find itself. You should not ever have to tell it not to ring in a concert hall.

I’ll get to Constance when I can, but I don’t think anyone here is all that interested. How do I know? Because the paragraph just above this one describes a revolutionary computing paradigm, one that exists nowhere right now. More fool I. It’s raining soup and not one of us has a spoon.

 
Our story so far: Lately, I have been tap-dancing around an idea for a new kind of computer-user operating paradigm. I haven’t explicated the central thesis yet, but it should be easy enough to infer from the essays I’ve written so far:

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  • 6 comments

    6 Comments so far

    1. Don Reedy January 13th, 2012 8:36 pm

      I’m drowning in this soup. As I’m thinking and writing about your post Spotify just pulled up some driving Bob Dylan songs, and my phone (as you noted) has moved to vibrate mode. Since I read Eric’s post on ListHub, and am trying to wrap my arms around that idea, my Google Alerts are automatically searching for news and blogs with keywords that will add to my knowledge base there.

      I forgot to send Greg a thank you note for some picks he brought over for me at the Unchained Event in Anaheim, and so tomorrow my inbox will be filled with some ideas for one of a kind blues music I may be able to send to him.

      Yeah, my friend. Soupy out, with no end in sight.

      Got to go….the TV just came on with a golf tips show. (I’ve got 18 holes scheduled in my calendar, and left a comment on needing to drop my hands more through the swing.)

    2. Tom Johnson January 13th, 2012 10:08 pm

      Siri should be able to pull that trick off as long as he venue can be geo located by the GPS chip. The phone should know it is in Carnegie Hall, and could consult the concert schedule to know that you are not taking the tourist tour, and therefore should turn off the ringer.

    3. Greg Swann January 14th, 2012 9:17 am

      > Siri should be able to pull that trick off

      Except it doesn’t. What’s more, Siri is just a further expression of the scarcity idea that has driven computer science since Babbage. What I’m talking about is a software design paradigm that acknowledges that computing power is by now massively abundant.

    4. Greg Swann January 14th, 2012 9:21 am

      Actually, expert life-coaching is an excellent Sarah job.

      I love them Stubby picks, but I am too much aware that playing music is one of those tasks from which we can expect to be disintermediated shortly. We’ve made jokes about redundant drummers for two decades, but every musician’s days are numbered.

    5. Tom Johnson January 14th, 2012 5:26 pm

      I would love it if a phone had a manners routine. Turn off ringer in theaters or meetings. Remember birthdays, send thank you notes via snail mail, all that stuff we should do but let slip because it was swamped by the urgent stuff.

    6. Jaison Norton January 22nd, 2012 8:03 pm

      I do agree about understanding cellphone protocol. My concern is the protocol for quality apps!