Systems — especially warning systems — need to work perfectly, or not at all. Take Thailand’s new tsunami early warning system, which recently failed a trial because busy phone networks took hours to deliver vital SMS messages, while some some warnings sent by fax didn’t turn up at all, according to AFP. (More on the drill from DPA here.) The report quotes Thailand’s National Disaster Warning Centre as saying that text messages sent by cell phones to emergency coordinators around the country took hours to arrive, while warnings sent by fax during the morning drill also failed to arrive. Said Pakdivat Vajirapanlop, the centre’s deputy
Neat little piece of free software from Microsoft: the SMS Sender. If you use Windows XP download the widget and type out and send SMS messages from your laptop. You’ll need some sort of connection with your GSM phone — infrared, Bluetooth, or cable. There are some limitations: It is not possible to retrieve messages from the cellular phone from the computer, and the application only supports standard SMS. Flash SMS and MMS are not supported. Other data such as ring tones and logos are not supported. Multiple SMS sending is not allowed.