Friday, March 27, 2009

Maybe he should practice a little more

Do any of you use the "T9" text feature on your cell phone?

That's the setting that allows you to key in the numbers on your keypad for a word without having to press the digits several times to get to the letter you need. For example, normally to spell the word "left" you would have to key in 5-5-5 (to advance to the "l"), 3-3 (for the "e"), 3-3-3 (for the "f"), and 8 (for the "t"). But with T9 turned on you only have to key in 5-3-3-8 because it assumes you are trying to spell "left" and therefore offers that word up right away.


This function significantly speeds up your texting and makes it a LOT safer to, say write a message to your kid while you're driving. The only thing you need to watch is if the combination of letters has more than one word as an option. Then you have to cursor down to the word you really want and select that one instead.

Today I wanted to talk to our guitar player about our session at the recording studio tomorrow at noon, but I knew he was out with his wife and didn't want to call him, so I sent him this text instead:

hey pete... call me when you get good

Ya... turns out T9 had decided that the word good should come up before home, and I of course didn't notice.

I think I have some 'splainin to do. And probably some apologizing.

23 comments:

Prefers Her Fantasy Life said...

I use that feature, but then I have to revert to the ABC feature to type WTF?

JD at I Do Things said...

I rarely text. OK, I never text (unless I'm meeting friends in Toronto), but that sounds like a handy feature.

Maybe Pete thought you were firing him from the band. "Hey, Pete! Let us know when you can actually PLAY, and we'll talk about letting you back in the band."

Jeff said...

prefers her fantasy life - Me too. My phone is older than the moon so I have to ABC just about everything that's not a "standard" word.

jd - After trying to communicate with you and Kathy in Toronto, I can see why you don't text. Good move. ;-b

Kathy said...

Ugh. I'm in the market for a new phone. I've decided I need to stick with the kind that have a QWERTY keyboard. Tried your way and also an iPhone, where you can type out text on-screen. Even that way, I couldn't do it right. I'd be insult-texting people constantly.

Babs (Beetle) said...

I used to use that function, but still I hated texting on my mobile. That was one (a tiny one) of the reasons I got my iPhone. Now I can text for England :O)

I think I might never call you again if it was me you sent it to ha ha!

carlae said...

It's a good thing we pseudo-techno savvy generation doesn't live or die by texting.

Mom Thumb said...

We just axed the land line and converted the number to a cell phone for me on some plan that also has to do with the internet. So far I have accidentally muted myself to two people and hung up on several others. I managed a couple of texts and Jess asked me about the T9 thing and I had no idea what she was talking about. Looks like something I'd better stay away from. Somebody will call, I'll mute, insult and hang up on them.

bon bon said...

what's this cell phone thingy you're referring to?

Elizabeth said...

That's so funny, I hope your friend had a sense of humor about it! We don't have a cell phone, but if we did I'm sure I'd find lots of ways to accidentally insult people!

Sue said...

I'm so text challenged. One of my kids sent me a text, just a yes or no question and the only answer I finally sent him was "Yer". I didn't know how to erase.

yellojkt said...

I can't text at all, so you are one up on me, even if you are flirting with your friend.

Jeff said...

kathy - I think my hands are too big for one of those microscopic QWERTY keyboards. Last time I tried one I hit 3 keys at a time.

babs - iPhones are pretty cool. Especially that function where the letters get really huge when you press on them.

carlae - Imagine if I had to text for emergency help. I'd screw that up for sure!

mom thumb - What's wrong with that plan? Imagine how much free time you'd have if you insulted and hung up on everybody!

bon bon - I bet you're one of those people who still have a cord on your phone. Heathen.

elizabeth - Pete has a great sense of humor. When he talks to me.

sue - My kids think I'm a nerd because I take the time to actually use punctuation and spell the words out completely. Of course it takes me 10 minutes to type a single text but I refuse to go ebonic on my cell phone.

yellojkt - I never thought about it that way. I wonder if he feels inadequate now.

rick said...

I think the word you were looking for is "phonetic".

Heather said...

I think I just snorted. Did he think you were kicking him out of the group via txt?

I do not text. I never have, mostly because Craig and I are cheap when it comes to cell phone service (although we're better than we used to be) but also because I don't know what all the little abbreviations mean anyway so I would be LOST in any convo.

Mooselet said...

I use that function on my phone - called "dictionary" here - and made that mistake a few times. I found the "add word" function so I don't have to revert to the regular ABC method.

Michelle said...

Considering that I didn't know this was an option, I'll go with nope. :) Then again, I don't actually know how to text. Sad, isn't it? And I'm not even THAT old (shut up).

Jacki said...

Hahahha...

Oh boy...I have to admit that I am not a texter. I hate texting.

Jeff said...

rick - Don't you mean fonetik?

heather - I was hoping he wasn't thinking that. Texting is pretty cheap on Sprint. That's pretty much the only way we communicate with our kids anymore. It's way more efficient than talking to them. ;-)

mooselet - I can't figure out how to add any functions to my phone. Of course it might help if I didn't have one from 1999.

michelle - Well, texting is a lot like typing. Only on miniature keys where you type numbers instead of letters. There, now you know. ;b

jacki - You will when Emma gets older. I guarantee it.

the amoeba said...

Hmm. I would have passed off the "get good" line as standard-gauge needle. You must hang out with more sensitive musicians than I do.

I once started to type names into my phone's address book. After successfully completing J-O-E and realizing that 30 minutes had elapsed, I decided to revert to good ol'-fashioned protein memory. Not to mention the blessings of "voice". We got rid of Morse Code for a reason ...

VE said...

Of course I watched a competition between texting and morse code on Leno to see which was faster. Morse code kicked butt. Too bad nobody can understand it though...

cathouse teri said...

Oh man... that predictive text feature has messed up many a message I sent out. Here's the big lesson:

READ before sending

:)

Dorky Dad said...

My niece texts so fast you can barely see her fingers. She's like flash. And it's the only way she communicates anymore, even when she's sitting right next to you. Dang irritating teenagers.

Maureen said...

Ahahaha! I hated that feature on my old Nokia... I love the QWERTY keyboard on my Blackberry now.

So, what message did he send back?