Notes on life, art, photography and technology, by a Danish dropout bohemian.
When you drink the water, remember the river.
I thought about doing that. And I thought about using some of that internet slang lie "thanx". The farthest I'll go is "lol" and smilies. I decided that since I do know how to write correctly and I can type fast enough to not make any difference, I might as well do so. But to stop talking to half the world? Nah... though it does get annoying.When I saw the title, I thought you were talking about the city of Ur in Sumer. :) I've been reading too much history.
LOL and smilies are useful. In the beginning, over ten years ago now, I refused to use them, but it is true that in cyberspace people can't see you smile. And so people took some rather unfortunate jokes seriously.
I'm rather like that when it comes to text messages. Have our youth forgotten what a vowel looks like? I'm fed up of messages that look like someone's had a fit while typing and just jammed all of the keys at the same time! "kjz \s l8l tmzz mlm" eh???? Worse yet, my dear, sweet 67 year old Mother-in-Law uses the most incomprehensible contractions in her text messages! I some times have to text back just to ask for a translation - which kind of defeats the point of the message in the first place.Smilies and things such as LOL don't bother me as much. However, I make very deliberate use of full English in text messages and e-mail(as properly written and punctuated as my tired little brain will allow).Do let me know if my soap box is getting in your way, won't you? ;o) 
Why the hell does anybody use text messages anyway? A mesage it takes me a full minute to punch in on a phone I could write on a keyboard in five seconds flat.
I use text messages (sms?) when I want to say something to somebody but don't want to disturb them when I'm not at a computer or I know they're not at a computer.But then I try and keep the language neat, even if I'll drop an "a" or a "the" here and there. But the messages can be quite useful. Does age have anything to do with it?
Does age have anything to do with it?Not if my Mother-in-Law is anything to judge by! She's a trained archivist and former teacher, and her text messages are cryptic to say the least.I love predictive text for text messages, I find it much more convenient. MGLW hates predictive text with a passion, mainly because she hasn't worked out that you only have to press each key once.
Text messages are good if you are out and on the move, but sometimes it can take too long to translate them if they are all in abbreviations or text speak...!!!!For a while, I didn`t understand what LOL meant, I was probably the last person on the planet who didn`t know what it meant, which is about usual for me, really!
LOL means "literal or lateral?", meaning the person wants to know if you're joking.
Someone told me that it stands for " Laugh out loud ".....?!!This is interesting, perhaps there are lots of different translations.....!!!
I use text messages (txt msg...:-) to talk with my girlfriend who is half-a-planet away. Phoning (even with skypeOut) costs too much, and she hasn't got a computer. One of my email providers is giving me 10 SMS a day, for free, and of course I type them on a keyboard.Having said that, I try to avoid as many typical internet shortenings as I can (or better yet, I use a few that I and my girlfriend created, which would make no sense at all to other people... for example we type GHI when other people would type LOL) and she is annoyed by the UR thing, too.
How do you type them on a keyboard?
I am reading a lot of tech forums, and I have noted that "u", "ur" and other BS comes mostly from people with un-pronouncable names (who Americans often call "native")...
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