The Shopping Club

Happy Birthday, Wake Up and Take Your Medicine

Dear Andrew,

Here’s a genuinely useful free service if, like me, you are morbidly obsessed with the possibility of sleeping through something important.

MrWakeup.com will give you a wake-up call in the morning. He will read you the morning headlines, or your horoscope, or the business news, or a voice message of your choosing, etc. You may even choose, implausibly, to hear the voice of comedian Tom Green telling you a joke. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and it’s easy to cancel or to change your wakeup time day by day.

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More useful still and on the same site is Ms. Reminder–yes, yes, it’s objectionably sexist–who will call you on a specified day in the future. For instance, on March 5, 2000, I will be reminded at 10 a.m. that it is my little brother’s birthday. (And yes, Andrew, I’ve programmed your b-day in as well.) Also, I mustn’t forget Dr. Dose, who can call you every time you need to take your pill, or Mr. Notify and Ms. Followup, who respectively remind and nag friends about things they need to do (sexist again!).

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But far more important, I may have finally found the product that will put AT&T out of business! I’ve been fiddling with Dialpad.com this afternoon, a service that allows you to place free long-distance calls to any telephone number in the United States from your PC. (That is, unlike PhoneFree, you can call even people who haven’t signed up for the service themselves.)

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I just called you, Andrew, using Dialpad, and I could hear almost as well as over a traditional line. The service faded out once or twice during our 10-minute conversation, but mostly it was nearly comparable to a regular phone call. (I should mention to readers that I have a cable modem at my house, meaning that this may not work as well for most users, who have a 56k modem.)

At any rate, Andrew, I’m curious to hear whether it was as good for you as it was for me, and whether Dialpad works for you on your 56k modem.

Best,
Bruce

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