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Note to users

Signal quality is measured in dBm and error rate, atmospheric pressure is measured in bar. Just sayin'.

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ext_110653
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Someone really tried to measure signal quality in bar? Maybe he meant beer ;>
aredridel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hehe. "My cell phone only has one bar right now"
marnanel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Where was this?
aredridel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
All. The. Freakin. Over. It's the standard american consumer measurement of signal. "This phone is better than that phone, this one gets five bars in that spot, and the other only gets four"
marnanel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
But that's crazy! You can do the Spinal Tap thing with that and just add an extra bar to the display and people will think your phone is better!
aredridel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
noam_rion
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
"My internet isn't working. But I'm getting full signal strength!" (WiFi)
aredridel
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Exactly. I get that ALL THE TIME. At least my DSL modems have an "internet" light.
ext_110656
Jul. 14th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Actually, the German standard unit we use here is called "Strichle", which means "little bar", of course. ;-)
apollotiger
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I don’t think bar is reserved for atmospheric pressure.

(And I prefer mm Hg anyhow.)
aredridel
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
True that.

Or Pascals.
boigrrlica
Jul. 15th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
my phone has four bars - a country and western bar, a lesbian bar, a yuppie bar, and a blue-collar bar.

ok, i'll get my coat.
aredridel
Jul. 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Wow! And cell phones are allowed in all of them!
boigrrlica
Jul. 15th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
whenever two or more bars on a phone get together, you have a bar association.
aredridel
Jul. 15th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
*smirk*

turq
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
As a semi-serious aside, it would be -awesome- if my phone -would- display dBm and error rates. My DSL router does. My satellite boxes do. My ethernet switches have plenty of error count options. Why the heck can't my phone do anything other than give me a nearly useless sloping graph.
aredridel
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Blackberry.

I'd -101dbm and a usable signal on my blackberry 8 miles from a cell site, near Telluride Colorado.

I was seriously impressed by that.
turq
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
Useful to know! I'll check out my mom's blackberry later. I wonder if there's some way to talk my Treo into giving me such information; I mean, the whole -point- of a phone with an open development interface is that such things -should- be possible! :)
aredridel
Jul. 18th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Indeed. Let's hope. The cell chipset is usually the locked-down part though.
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