Category Archives: phone book opt in system

LTE to Oregonian on cellphones

Dear Oregonian,

I read the article recently about the teacher who finds her students texting and her reaction to that experience. I gave up my cellphone 2 years ago and have hardly looked back. I first did it because I didn’t like the disruptions in my life – phone calls, texts, you know the drill.  While others have been stepping up more and more towards smart phones, I continue my distance. It’s interesting because I’m in the high-tech industry, have been for the past 15 years as a software tester and now a teacher of social media and email marketing. You’d think I’d be swimming in mobile technology – but I’m anything but! And I Love It!  

As a businessperson I do think it’s important to be available to all possible inputs out there – phone, text, email, social media (OK, perhaps not FAX).  I also enjoy LPs, Cassettes, CDs – yep!  But when it comes to mobile, I feel my unplugged life makes me a calmer person.  It makes me a less-distracted one – I’m becoming a better and better driver because my attention is improving rather than being scattered.  And, I think it’s even an advantage in business as when I’m talking to someone, they have my full attention – I am not about to be interrupted during our talk.  I never take a call, or interrupt something for something buzzing or ringing in my pocket or on the restaurant/café table (please don’t!, it’s a tech turd, actually!).

Yes, I can’t always be reached by people who I love. Yes, I miss out sometimes on last minute invitations or impromptu gatherings.  Yes, I’d love an app to do this or that.  But no app is going to plant garlic cloves. No app is going to stir a pot of chili.  No app is going to replace a hug – in fact, my sense is that apps increase the distance between us – taking our time with community and friends and focusing our attention elsewhere.  

Without mobile technology my life feels richer than it ever has. If you’ve never done a tech-fast before – give it a try. There are many great articles out there about how one works and their benefit. Who knows, maybe you’ll join me someday (unless you’re already there) and give up your cell, altogether.  You can do it.  You might even like it!

With gratitude,

Albert Kaufman

PS – see other writing I have done on this topic: Why I originally gave up my cellphone, and The Cellphone game 🙂

This just in from the NYT on 8.26.12 – get rid of the tension

Albert on TV – 2011

Albert Kaufman, Jim Lockhart and Richard Carpenter on today’s issues – Portland Cable Access – Fall, 2011

I took part in a show with Jim Lockhart and Richard Carpenter recently to discuss population growth and other environmental issues.  I got to be the star and so thought I’d put this out into cyberspace for my own record of my current thinking and hopefully to entertain and enlighten others.  Let me know what you think.

http://youtu.be/bfA44l5R6Xw

Facebook through the fan page lens

I wrote a long email which I sent out to my email list this week.  I discussed what I think about facebook fan pages, and included a list of all of the pages that I administer.  The article is here – feedback welcome.

http://tinyurl.com/albertideationonfanpages

Petition time for SB 525

Please sign this petition NOW!
And share it:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-delivery-of-unwanted-phonebooks-in-oregon

Phone-book opt-in system for Oregon!

At Crema this morning, I attended a town-hall meeting that my state Rep. Jules Kopel-Bailey was holding.  I learned that he will introduce legislation for an opt-in system for phone books on Monday!  This is something I’ve been interested in for a while, and should be interesting to see what happens with it.  If this passes in Oregon, it could set a national trend going, which would be pretty amazing.

Progress on phonebooks

So, I got an e-mail from Jules Kopel-Baily, my new 42nd District State Rep. that he has put forward a request for legislative review at the State level in Oregon.  So, we may get some legislation that creates an opt-out system for getting off phone-book lists.  Yeah!  Also, Chai Guy found this site which lists useful information on the level of waste we’re talking about

http://www.stopthephonebooks.com/

And, Kari Chisolm blogged recently on the issue on BlueOregon.com

Which led me to a page that organizes all of the various legislation put forth nationally – looks like Hawaii has it figured out! http://www.productstewardship.us/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=282

And, checking on the comments on a post on Daily Kos which I’m sure will hold some jewels on the topic.

So, we’re making progress.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about how to move these ideas along quicker.  The move by Jules may make this happen quicker than anything I can do, so I’m hoping that is the course this issue takes.

PS – for a quick fix for yourself, you can opt out here: http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org

PPS – There is also a paperless petition one can sign @ http://paperlesspetition.org/