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Alan Alda Uses His iPod For Work

When I think of Alan Alda I think of M*A*S*H and grandpas, so I was a little shocked to read his interview with Switched, in which he reveals he's all about tech.

In fact, Alada's interview shocked me even more than the one Switched did with Jackie Collins, who also admitted she uses gadgets and gizmos for work. Alda seemed to be up on studies that show teens use texting instead of e-mail and, unlike the rest of us, he has a valid excuse for using his iPod — he's learning lines. What else did he reveal?

What gadgets do you always bring with you to the set?
Alda: My cell phone, laptop and iPod. I use the IPod to learn my lines.

What cell phone do you have right now and what do you love or hate about it?
Alda: Cingular 8125. It has broadband and a real keyboard. I've gone to Europe with it instead of a laptop and written parts of my book on it.

Who's the last person you sent a text message to and what was it about?
Alda: I texted one of my granddaughters to say hi. Like a lot of kids, she hardly uses e-mail anymore.

For the complete interview, check out Switched.

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Phil Phil 8 years
I'm not sure but wouldn't a digital audio recorder be a little bit more efficient than an iPod? Best thing for taking down dictation and recording lectures! It's one of my favourite gadgets.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 8 years
Ipod to learn lines...Who would have thought?
DASO DASO 8 years
very cool, my grandpa don't touch gadgets, it's cool to have a grandpa like this one, thnx dear for this cool post :3
steen steen 8 years
I prefer texting for short messages. I'm rather averse to talk on the phone as is; I'd rather see someone in person or send an e-mail, which allows a bit more time to mull over what you want to say.
Snowgoddess Snowgoddess 8 years
I prefer calling rather than texting, cos I am really slow at texting as well. If I have nothing to do and I am somewhere, like in the train or bus, then I might text. Otherwise - call! ;)
c0rkie c0rkie 8 years
i got a txt plan in addition to my cell phone regular minutes plan to keep up with the times :(
nitronat nitronat 8 years
That is an interesting comment/study about teens using texting more than e-mail. I've found that too with the teens I know (I'm a college student). It kind of bugs me. I rely on e-mail and e-mail. I don't like texting. I'm horribly slow at it and a really fast typer on a computer. I use a phone for talking and a computer for e-mail/written text I guess now. I guess I'm old school? I used to not care to e-mail at one time but I just don't think I'll come around to texting with e-mail still existing and a lot better spam filters and my phone gets more spam than texts. I don't use my phone 1/50th as much as my computer anyway. Technology's handy. Glad to see more and more people seeing that, though.
nitronat nitronat 8 years
That is an interesting comment/study about teens using texting more than e-mail. I've found that too with the teens I know (I'm a college student). It kind of bugs me. I rely on e-mail and e-mail. I don't like texting. I'm horribly slow at it and a really fast typer on a computer. I use a phone for talking and a computer for e-mail/written text I guess now. I guess I'm old school? I used to not care to e-mail at one time but I just don't think I'll come around to texting with e-mail still existing and a lot better spam filters and my phone gets more spam than texts. I don't use my phone 1/50th as much as my computer anyway. Technology's handy. Glad to see more and more people seeing that, though.
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