I dunno...I read this as the best way to get in
touch with vroom. In which case, /msg definitely
wins, since he has not given out his cell phone or
pager number. Stop holding out vroom! - what
if somemonk needs to reach you at 2AM and their
web connectin is down? :)
Heck, I can't stand cell phones. My company wants to pay for one, and I still don't want it. I feel their very invasive of my personal space. Someone can bother me at any time, and if it's a work phone I can't keep it off. Heck, I sometimes don't answer my home phone if I'm in the middle of things - I don't like being a slave to it.
I have a two-way pager - I need to be contactable for work, but if you don't merit a response during my off hours, you don't get a response. I annoy people when they page me with the message "call me", and I respond "No. Tell me what the issue is." You're the snob assuming I'm near a phone. Anyone I actually work with knows I don't carry a mobile. If I need to call, I have a work calling card they got me because I refused to take the cell, but 99 44/100% of the calls I can answer with a pager or actually need to log on, so a phoen wouldn't help anyway.
I have to agree with your comments on this one. Sounds like the two-way pager is a neat little trick. I've got a cell but that still does not help with most of the problems. I generally have to be at my machine, so emailing me would be better in most cases.. but oh well.
I said cell. But it is probably better phrased: Best way for
me to allow you to get a response. :)
It's not that I answer my cell every time it rings, but that
I send email as a means of real communication (tendency to
have 2-3 pages vs a short 5 liner) so if it's not extremely
important, I probably won't respond. /msg can be looked at
and summarily ignored. I don't have a pager, I don't
understand what the carrier pigeons are trying to say, I
make smoke signals that end up being gibberish, and I'm not
cool enough to have my own bat signal.
I would have said other, but then it dawned on me, I'm not
telepathic either. :(
call me on my TELEphone. and leave a vm. and i will call you when i'm ready to. or email me, and if it's important my isp, interland, will be sure to have the uid on my mailbox disappear that day, so that i will never get it. especially if it's about a job. i will never get it. i hate cellphones because i can hear a buzz in my head when i use them. pagers are ok, but nothing is THAT important. carrier pigeons are probably the cutest option.
E-mail page me. But not like Bill, the incompetent new guy. I just got
a ten thousand character page, because he wanted me to check out
a problem in the dial-up test box, and thought it would be
prudent to attach the logs. Ouch. And the company won't begin
paying for this thing until April (no retroactive payment either). Double ouch.
Has to be Email for me.
I have a cellphone, but only really have it in case the car breaks down (so I don't have to walk miles through rain to call the recovery service). Sometimes I even leave it switched on when I'm on call, though it's switched off once I leave call.
Most of the time, I have it turned off and redirecting to my land phone.
My land phone, I screen, as most of the time, I'm too busy doing other things to take the call there and then. When I'm busy, I'm usually online on my PC.
Being online, I check my mail frequently. :)
Smoke signals would only set the fire alarm off, which would make me irate.
A carrier pigeon would certainly make a nice meal afterwards, tho I hate the plucking part.. Takes too much time...
Telepathy would rock, but then, how do you tell telepathy from the 'voices in your head'??
So, plain old email wins the day. :)
brrrt brrrt brrrt brrrt brrrt brrrt click "Hello. This is Maclir's refrigerator speaking. I am not a proper answering machine, but if you speak really slowly, I will write your message down and stick it to myself with one of those cute little magnets. I have the pen in my hand now . . ."
"Hi. This is McD's microwave - his answering machine ran off
with the 'fridge this morning. Um, if you want to leave a message,
wait for the beep. Oh, and hey, if you need anything heated up, just
hold it up to the earpiece."
What I really want is a cell phone that can handle email
and a pager. That way, when I get an email at home, I
can have my machine at home email my cell phone, call me, and beep me.
Just for the hell of it, you know.
The best way to get in touch with me is to talk to me face to face.
Generally, when someone is trying to get in touch with me it's bad news.
I've come to hate my phone. And I get a lot of email but I've started only reading it every couple days. I try to only talk to people face to face and only people I meet by chance, not people who are looking for me.
Definitely carrier pigeon. If you want to receive a message no earlier 10 hours after it was supposed to arrive, especially from those instant messenger pixies that disturb your work, there is no better piece of mind than pigeons. Ideally, dodo would be my preferred mode of travel...in fact, I'll make it a write in a vote.
Nowadays, i think Google Voice is the best way to get in touch with me. I have it set to ring my cell phone, office phone, google talk, and it emails me a transcription of any messages left. So, even if they're unintelligible, at least i'll get the email.
I've missed calls on my phone all too many times because i never checked it. But i'll see the email as i'm near a computer a great deal of time.
Yep, i started from the beginning and just hit this one. :)
Old polls are not re-posted and the polling stations are never closed. The conversations are not only a link to the recent past, they are also quite good. And, with the list of a few hundred polls here, they're definitely worth the read.