#1581 – Locator

My boss at my first job had a cell phone like the one Biff is holding. It was amazing! Portable! It ran off a battery instead of having to be plugged in to a power source! It weighed a few pounds, 90% of that was battery.

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11 thoughts on “#1581 – Locator”

  1. Sven says:

    Apple actually has a locator service for the iPhone, where you go to a website and it makes your phone ring so you can find it. It also shows on a map where it is (using the GPS). I imagine other smartphones have similar services.

  2. I have a toy phone that looks just like Biff’s phone, except that it’s orange! I don’t know when I got it, but it is incredibly loud for a toy.

    I only have one real cell phone, and it is around 7 years old. Well, actually it was my dad’s cell phone at first, and then he gave it to me when he bought a new one. I *can* use it to make phonecalls, texting people and taking blurry pictures, but not much more than that.

  3. kingklash says:

    Yet another reason you still need a land line. Don’t know how many times someone in the house has said, “I need you to call my cell in a minute. I’m going to stand in the last place I had it.”

    1. Our solution is just to have a small house. Can’t find something? Check one of the other three rooms. (Five, if you took it into one of the bathrooms.) Unless you were hiding the cell phone in a drawer, it should be easy to spot!

    2. das-g says:

      Ha, you think cables help you find the stuff at their ends? I’m pretty sure the infamous quote on bash.org is slightly older than widespread private WiFi.

      1. scorinth says:

        The scariest thing about that quote is the word “apartment”… Losing a machine in a big house, maybe, but an apartment? What kind of a mess must that place be?

  4. R. E. Hunter says:

    I had the cellphone before that one, the Motorola bag phone. It had a 5 pound lead-acid battery, and came in a bag that looked like a woman’s purse. Too heavy to carry around, but great for the car.

  5. ANDREA says:

    I remember that bag phone; we had a friend who worked for the phone company (“Ma Bell” at the time) and always had to have it with him.

    Hubby and I each have phone, so he is often asking me to call his phone (mine is always clipped on my hip, so I never lose it). I love the time I called his phone and someone else answered it – he’d left it at Arby’s . . .

  6. reynard61 says:

    “My boss at my first job had a cell phone like the one Biff is holding. It was amazing! Portable! It ran off a battery instead of having to be plugged in to a power source! It weighed a few pounds, 90% of that was battery.”

    Was it one of these? Nowadays it’s just a brick joke.

  7. MikuJess says:

    And if you lose the second phone, you call it with your car phone. Biff forbid you lose your car phone, though. If only there was some sort of phone that you couldn’t move so you can’t lose it, perhaps even attached to the wall via some sort of cord or cable. If only!

  8. Jerus says:

    Man I lost my moms Cell and it was turned off to save the battery so now it’s gone forever. Thanks for reminding me. Also make a mental note Chris. “Strip 2112 Has to have a Rush Joke”

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