h a l f b a k e r y
A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a rich, flaky crust
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
When you just miss a call, you try to call them back, but they might
be trying again. You get the engaged tone, and subsequently embark
upon an irritating game of call my bluff as you try to figure out if the
other caller is the kind of person to persist calling (in which case you
trying and wait for them) or the kind that gets frustrated
by the whole debacle and throws their phone away in a frenzied rage.
I always get it wrong, seemingly halting my attempts for the exact
same amount of time as my would-be converser does, only to try
again precisely as they do. Engaged. Engaged. Engaged.
How hard could it be for the devices to recognise that the phone you
are calling is engaged in the act of calling you? How hard could that
possibly be? Seriously, how hard? Why don't you just get put
through? If a phone can beep when another call is coming in, then
there's another bandwidth to carry this synchronisation marvel.
Please log in.
If you're not logged in,
you can see what this page
looks like, but you will
not be able to add anything.
||Oh, all the phones do this already. It's just your one that doesn't.
||Meanwhile, we need a convention, like whoever initiated the call should be the one to reconnect. In the early days of Skype, when average call length before being dropped was just long enough to dispense with honorofics and get to business, I would start every conversation with "If we get disconnected, I'll call you".
||, yes, "engaged" is UKish for "busy".
||//like whoever initiated the call should be the one to reconnect// That's the whole problem - you fear they won't because you think they think you're out. So you call them to let them know that you weren't out, just slow to reach the phone. But you were wrong to think that they thought you were out, and thinking you were slow, but not thinking you would eagerly call them, they were already calling you back.
||That's the thing, there are two types of people in this world.
Persisters and giver-upperers. Even if we assigned these roles to
two halves of the population, there will inescapably come times
when two persisters call each other, resulting in the busy signal
forever , while the giver-upperers will have relationships torn apart
as their supposed loved ones fail to call back, the heartless
||If you achieve a partnership with the opposite type, rapture! Joyous
telephonic harmony for the rest of your days! But, sorry Jack, it's a
cruel world out there, and for every match there's a fail, 10 times
over, which inevitably leads to frustration and subsequent jail time.
||I've never really understood pagers. As far as I can tell, they didn't
massively take off here, whereas everyone in the US seems to have
them, judging from the movies. Aren't they useless in comparison to a
||Isn't a pager just like calling someone back, with a guarantee that they'll not answer, and have to call you back?
||Yes, only you have to talk to someone else first - I once had a friend who had a pager - you had to call a call-centre and dictate your message to one of the girls on the phone, who would then type it out and send (what was essentially, a small sms) out to the intended recipient. Now that everyone has sms capable phones, I don't see where pagers fit anymore.
||I thought this was about connecting the call lists
your smartphone, creating a smart call-list.
||You would see:
09:32 Call from [Home] add orange juice to list
10:11 Called [Home] done [remarks]
11:15 Missed call [Home] See THIS LINKED sms from
09:36 Missed call from [Boss] [remarks]
09:40 Missed call from [Boss] [remarks]
09:43 Missed call from [Boss] [remarks]
10:09 Call from [Boss] end of vacation. [remarks]
||Still yours is a great idea.
||How do you get the PBX manufacturers to
realize this is a feature that millions of users want?
Used to be Efrat (later to become Comverse) was
one of the biggest manufacturers. I know some
bigshots there... Worth the try.