September 14th, 2007

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Sprint's Cellphone Policy on 911 calls (so far)

I had emailed my cellphone service provider, asking about the alarm-on-911 problem.  This is the response I got this morning:

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Sprint has not implemented any of these changes, however we have learned that there are several counties that implemented an automated response system to screen 911 calls. 

When dialing 911, callers in these areas must either press ?1? or say ?Emergency? to be connected to a 911 operator.

When ?1? is pressed, a special tone, referred to as dual tone multi-frequency (DTMF), typically transmits information over the voice circuit.

To reach a 911 operator, always wait for the appropriate prompt and say ?Emergency? instead of pressing 1. This option does not have the high frequency tone.
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I don't know, of course, if new phones used by Sprint customers (but also manufactured for other service providers) will contain the audio alarm on 911 calls, regardless of Sprint's own policy.    It would be wise to test phones prior to purchase if it's possible to find models that do not make the alarm sound on dialling 911.
woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Outside at Last!

Finally finished work on the copyedited manuscript just before six this evening, and grabbed the camera and headed out.  All week I've been stuck indoors with this--it had to be ready to mail by tomorrow at the latest.  I had hoped for noon today, but there were just enough difficulties that I could not get it done by then.

At any rate, it was a warm, clear late afternoon/evening, and I was so glad to get out into it.   Lots of things are in bloom, thanks to all the rain this growing season--even leftover bluebonnets.  One very unexpected one was this lovely Centaury (not sure of species) growing in the mowed path down to the woods.  We have them in spring, usually.  It's in the gentian family.



My "at last!" picture of the day was of a Ground Skink, a small, dark, very fast and very shy lizard we have down in the creek woods.  I've been trying to photograph one of these guys for years, with only little dark blurs to show for it.  Finally  one held still long enough, in the evening woods.  Obviously, I took this with flash.