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The thrill is gone

SMS used to be exciting. It could be a greeting from my jetsetting sister, anywhere in the world… or my mate the tour guide, also in exotic places. It’s lost its mystique. Particularly on weekdays, it’s no fun anymore. Here’s why.

Connex cancelled train apology SMS

I know it’s optional, in these dark days certainly useful, and it’s all part of the technology becoming mature and part of everyday life, but it’s a shame the excitement’s gone.

(Man, I’ve gotta get this phone’s screen cleaned.)

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “The thrill is gone”

Looking sharp there. Did the reporter say 6 to 8 weeks or 68 weeks? Couldn’t really tell with these laptop speakers.

Perhaps it’s because, being blind, I can’t see the picture that went with the story, or maybe it’s just that I’ve been up for 19 hours, but I can’t figure out the connection between the SMS musing and the train story. Someone care to explain?

Picture was of a mobile screen showing several train cancellation notification SMS messages, I believe. 68 weeks…wow. I can’t help but wonder what takes that long. I’m sure I’m ignorant of many of the details, but how hard can piloting a train be? Then again, they are responsible for a lot of passengers, although it’s not like they’re going to get lost or something, is it? Oh well, I might not have got Thursday off, but at least my trains run on time. :P

Hi Geoff, as Glen says, showed Connex’s grovelling SMSs advising of cancelled trains. I’ll change the title text on the images to convey this better.

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