Welcome to the 21st Century...
Now that we are well into the 21st century, I have really started to notice things that we came to appreciate and take for granted in the last one. You know, little things, like phone numbers that were easy to remember (1800TERMINIX - which, if you leave off the last letter, X, is actually a valid phone number - and yes, I tried it and left the X off and it worked just fine, duh). The thing is, I now have a QWERTY keyboard on my phone - the one I use most frequently is my cell phone because, well, I dunno, it's always handy.
I read yesterday that Amazon is now accepting search through SMS, which is just freakin' brilliant! I'm thrilled (price comparisons at Best Buy will be so much easier now!). That's great news and all, but their short code for sending the messages is less than easy for me to remember (262966). Don't get me wrong; if you have a regular phone, you will plainly see that it spells AMAZON. Easy to remember, right? Uh-huh. Unless you have a full keyboard; then the numbers don't match up to the same letters (for those of you wondering, I have a BlackJack). On my phone, 262966 is "TJTNJJ", and that doesn't spell anything in my native English. I use Twitter frequently (but not constantly!), and their short code is 40404, much easier to remember.
So, while technology is wonderful, sometimes it's a little more complicated than that. I guess next time I get a new phone, I'll have to get one of the newer wicked ones that have the regular phone keypad and the QWERTY keyboard.