GCR NEWS & VIEWS - Thursday, October 26, 2017


Don Hughes
by Don Hughes

Text messaging on your Cell Phone a waste of Time? Why Not call the person?

That's what I used to think about when friends or customer would be looking at their cell phone and thumbs a flying entering text to respond to messages. Just another feature to entice customers spend money, and a big waste of time I thought. As the saying goes "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks."

In April 2015 our friend, avid internet news and product researcher for GCR reviews Stewart Craine was stricken with throat cancer. Operations to remove the cancer, left Stuart unable to speak on the phone and his only way to communicate, was writing on a white board or text messaging on his cell phone. Both Stuart and I held the same opinion as to the value of text messaging. We had made a pack after we both got feeling better, we would gettogether and toss the phones into the nearest river or lake. However, this was not to be, as in mid May, Stuart lost his battle with cancer and passed away. Text messaging gave Stuart and I another way to communicate, keeping in touch, talk about our current health issues, the support of our good wives, friends and family. Many times, we had a good laugh how the auto added words the phone suddenly placed into our messages, gave new meaning to what we said. Yes, we both had fun time during our learning curve. We also chatted about current events, state of the world and our health. Text messaging took on new purpose and importance of instant communications.

Cell phone text messaging taught this 'old Dog' a new and very useful tool to keep in contact with a dying friend. Stuart's wife kept us informed of his progress, and what the doctors told her. However, we also kept in contact with Stuart's wife using phone calls as well as text messaging. Since Stuarts passing we have used text messaging to keep in touch with family members who have suddenly become been ill and had to be hospitalized. It took an emergency for this old dog to find the benefits of text messaging and how beneficial it really is.

Donald Hughes,

24 August 2014
The winner of the free copy of iolo's™ System Mechanic ver 14 was:

Mr. Ken Atwood, Rolla MO, USA

System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD, is an annual event created by system administrator Ted Kekatos

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"Love your site...its informative.. and funny, your picture looks really good too."
Annette M., London

"...Enjoyed the news letter. You and Dave are doing a really nice job on it."
Dorothy, Mich.

"When I did some desktop publishing (oh, those were the days I had some time to myself!) I used the Serif products, so was pleased to see this last review....glad to see they are still around and on track ..... thanks!!!"
Marilyn A., Rolla, Missouri.

...we also enjoyed your web magazine (I guess that is what you call it!). It must take a lot of preparation, but it is worthwhile.
Jim & Elfriede R

Don, your site is a nice easy on the eyes with a no BS news page.
Mickey, Windsor, ON

Thought the news letter was very good.
Tom V, Whitby

Hey Don...Just read the Christmas review and it was great info! As I know, from personal experience, thieves are everywhere including the internet! It's nice to get the warnings and I hope people pay attention.
Keep up the great work!
Cyndie, Barrie, ON.

I like the new look of you and Dave's newsletter. Also the information is very helpful.
Dorothy, MI.

Hello Don,
I just saw the new site. It looks great.
All the best,
Colleen T

Thanks for the heads-up, Don. The site looks great and I look forward to frequently visiting it!
Dennis H

COOL Web Site
Annette M

Hi there Don!
Fascinating website! You must have spent days on this!
I liked the little moving red object!
Good luck with your reviews!
Joan G

Hi Don:
Good looking newsletter and I liked your article.
Murray A

Hey, Don, now I see you're a writer as well as a historian and a great computer guy.
FYI, I shop at Tuckey's too and have for years because of exactly what you say. Many thanks.

That was an excellent article. Keep up the good work.
Did you do this all by yourself or was there help from the new (kittens) office staff?
Fred D

Good Morning Don and Dave,
We enjoyed reading your articles in the new Great Canadian Reviews.
"Mom and Pop" service...that is why we have referred our friends and neighbours to you to repair and/or service their computers, because of the personal, friendly service you always give.
Judy and Armin G

Excellent article Don.
I really enjoyed it.
Dave Bates




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