Our house is descending into a technological black hole as it is. Our cordless phones hold a charge for 10 min. at the most. Our corded phone is what we've all gotten used to not having; a tether that doesn't allow multi-tasking during calls. I don't think it's bad to give undivided attention for a phone call, but w/ 4 smalls, it's not a good idea for anything longer than 5 min. It's mounted by the computer to run through the modem so if someone calls for me (which is rare) it distracts Mike from his work on the computer. He's got low latent inhibition as it is, if he is doing work as opposed to surfing, it drives him batty. Our modem tends to go out pretty often, up to 30 sec.-2 hours, also making the line staticy during talking & not auto-saving during a blog post.
Our printer also has quit printing, though it is still useful as a copy machine. Our tv set is in cahoots w/ the dvd player & cycles on & off, not even giving the satisfaction of turning it off & walking away. We did find the camera (did I mention that earlier?), so here are pictorial updates: