Do you Remember the telephone booths–depositing coins in the coin-slot for each call? Don’t forget, you had to have coins on hand should you run out of minutes. The first coin-operated public phone was installed at the Hartford Bank in Connecticut by the Southern New England Telephone Company in 1889.
And what about the rotary dial. It had lugs on a finger plate instead of holes. A patent was filed on August 20, 1896 by A. E. Keith and the brothers John and Charles Erickson. The modern version of the rotary dial with holes was first introduced in 1904, but only entered service in the Bell System in 1919. The rotary dial was gradually supplanted by Touch Tone dialing, introduced at the 1962 World’s Fair, which uses a keypad instead of a dial.
Can you imagine not being able to use your cellphone for a period? Before the cellphones were popular, the focus was time and place–the best time to call, and what was the specified location to make contact. It seemed to work pretty well. If you were working, you received your important calls at work, other calls, you got when you arrived home–quintessentially, there was no stress about not having a mobile calling device strapped to you.
It is interesting that my daughters can’t wrap their minds around the fact of waiting until they get home to get calls or make calls.
If they fail to charge their cells, or leave the charger at home, it is inevitable–panic mode.
What will we do if ever we could not use our cells for a period? Should we be concerned about talks and reports of solar flares and solar outbursts in 2012 or later? If there is any validity with NASA’s predictions, cellphones will be the least of our problems. In September of 1859, a corneal ejection slammed into the earth’s magnetic field, so powerful that it fried telegraph wires and lit up the sky with the Aurora Borealis seen as far south as Cuba. At that time the Earth’s magnetosphere was intact and protected the Earth from what could have been a devastating event. The sun is about to repeat this event, only this time things are different with our magnetosphere, recently NASA has confirmed that there are two large holes or areas in the Earth’s magnetosphere, confirmed by their THEMIS satellites.
When this solar event happens again as predicted by NASA, there will be a lot less protection from our magnetosphere. The end result will be a life changing event for the whole world, as we are all now comforted with the convenience of cellphones and electricity–soon to have the rug pulled from under our feet.
Regrettably, this is deeper than cellphones–all electricity and navigation systems will be nonfunctional. It is something to think about; what will we resort or revert to?
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