iPodservations IV: iPod to the Rescue

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Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2002, 15:14
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This is a brief story of how my iPod rescued me and got me safely home. In reality, it was the headphones that saved the day.


This is a brief story of how my iPod rescued me and got me safely home. In reality, it was the headphones that saved the day. Traveling through 30th Street Station at night – I was between the Amtrak and a cab ride home, too late for the regional trains. Just shy a few dollars for the cab fare, I stopped off at the First Union money machines convenently located in the station. Both machines have identical screen images that did not fit the size of the physical screens. The part of the screen that was not visible, was the section indicating which buttons to press for each function. And, no, “Enter” did not work as default. 1’s and 0’s ?? Nope!

Well, several transactions later, I had successfully printed my balance, cancelled, kicked the machine, and was about to give up on getting any cash. Then, I noticed that the First Union money machine was specially equipped with a headphone jack for the visually impaired. (By this time I was so irate, that I qualified!) My iPod in my travel bag!I grabbed my case from Waterfield Designs out of my travel bag, plugged in the headphones, and Voila! A pleasant voice walked me through withdrawing cash. I unplugged, and was on my way home.

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