General tip of the day #1
Smart Phone Contacts
In this day of everything and anything digital I would like to relate a recent experience that I had to endure here not too long ago and it touches on an area that I had really not looked at. My fun started with the destruction of my smartphone, to be exact my device became the victim of a really bad case of concrete poisoning ( drops from 30+ feet will do that.)
Now here is why it was such a problem, Look at your phone when you get a call, does the number show up or a name ? Like many of you most people I know that call me are entered into my contacts so when lets say Dave calls I see Dave show up and that's how I call Dave as well, look up his name and call. What I am getting at here is that we really don't have to remember phone numbers anymore we just look up the name and hit the little highlighted green phone symbol and connect away and don't even give is a second thought.
Now when I lost my phone to a complete and early destruction I stood dumbfounded because every number to everyone I knew was now unavailable to me until I could get a new phone and pull everything down from the cloud and repopulate a new phone. Now here is the embarrassing part, I didn't even know my home phone number..... Really, My office number? Nope, I had to look at the side of my work van to get that...... EPIC FAIL on my part........
So long and short of this experience is you never know when you might lose a valuable piece of equipment that many of us use so much now in our daily lives. We are now so tethered to this communication device that when we lose it we really put ourselves in a pickle with regard to phone numbers and that could severely hurt your communications options in an emergency.
How to fix it: Going old school and break out the little black book so to speak. I have now one of these and have all of my important contacts in it and I don't have to worry about the battery going dead of dropping it and shattering it into base fragments. This book is small enough that it fits in a pocket and you hardly know it's there.