• Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Raghav. I read an interesting note today about the possibilities of mobile:

    Finns Use Mobiles To Pay For Coke, Juke-box

    HELSINKI (Reuters) – Technology-crazed Finns can now play their favorite tune on a juke-box or buy a bottle of coke from a vending machine using mobile phones instead of coins.

    Telecom Finland, launching the service on Wednesday, said one of
    Helsinki’s restaurants had already fitted a juke-box with a digital device which directly debited callers’ telephone accounts when they selected a tune.

    Similar devices have been installed in two Coca-Cola vending machines, the telephone company said.

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    The time-stamp on this message was:
    Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 10:08:00 -0500

    We can’t do this TODAY here the US of A! Are we in some sort of weird space-time anomaly where the rest of the world is in 2013, but here it’s 1981 (as in “The Americans” on FX), or was there a nuclear war here awhile ago that we’ve blocked out of our collective memory and we’re slowly recovering our technology while much of the rest of the world was unaffected? WTF!

    Cheers,

    Keith “Must Have Read Too Much Phillip K. Dick” Halperin