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Re: You call that broadband? (April 9)

Thanks for the editorial. At least now I know that there are people other than me who are aware of “”slowness”” of “”high-speed,”” and the unwarranted

hype that has been created around it.

I live in an old neighbourhood and the DSL service that I get is pathetic. During evening hours my DSL connection always goes down. During summer, or whenever the schools and colleges are closed, I’ve no choice but to resort to the dial-up option that I get from my DSL service provider.

I’ve been contemplating a move from DSL to dial-up permanently, but most Web pages are now filled with needless images.

Vivek Rao

Re: Privacy complaints prompt CCRA database purge (April 9)

Great article showing both sides of the debate. A sobering thought: To have the minister say these measures are going to be put in place is all well and nice, but when was the last time intentions like these actually got translated into rigorous specifications and implemented properly? It’s topical since the latest Auditor General’s report came out last week and, as usual, did not paint a pretty picture of information management in Ottawa!

Chris Anderson

Re: The cell phone in 2033 (April 7)

I agree with much of what you presented in your editorial, but I wonder if you’ve missed the cue in terms of the cell phone (read “”communicator””) in 2033 when you say “”they’ll need slightly larger keypads and screen sizes.”” I would suspect that voice recognition will be making stronger and stronger inroads within the next decade to say nothing of the next three decades. Isn’t it just possible that we may become less reliant on both keyboards and screens as a means of communicating remotely? In a previous editorial, didn’t you talk about the possibility of a projection PDA and the possibilities that such a device could introduce?

I wonder if you might consider revising your prediction of the cell phone in 2033. Please be assured that this comment isn’t intended in any negative sense. I very much enjoy reading your thought-provoking remarks and would like to thank you personally for the educational enjoyment that you’ve provided me.

Joseph Birett

Re: The cell phone in 2033 (April 7)

I read your editorial on the future of cell phones and your comment about spam calls struck me. Just last night, I was woken at 2 a.m. by a phone call wanting to reach a fax machine. Our home voice mail regularly gets wrong

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