This has nothing to do with genealogy and probably will be of interest to very few newsletter readers. However, if you are one of these few, you might like to know about this trick.
Do you know Morse Code? If not, can you memorize a few unique patterns of vibrations? Do you own a cell phone with "custom vibrations?" If you are in a meeting, at church, at a movie, or in some other public place, I assume you set your phone to "silent mode." When someone calls, it vibrates. Would you like to know who is calling without taking the phone out of your pocket or purse? For instance, if it your spouse or one of your children is calling, it would be nice to know you need to immediately leave the room and answer the call. Likewise, if it is your mother-in-law calling, perhaps you want to know immediately that you can leave the phone where it is and ignore the call until later.
For several of my most important contacts, my iPhone's vibration setting now spells out the first name of the person calling in Morse Code.
Most cell phones support custom ringtones for different people who might be calling. How do you differentiate them when the phone is in silent mode? The iPhone 5 supports custom vibrations. I believe the Samsung Galaxy S III does the same, and there may be other cell phones that do the same as well.
This works well for me as I carry the cell phone on my belt and can feel the vibrations. At night, the phone is on the nightstand next to my bed, and I can hear the vibrator. (I never turn my cell phone off.) It obviously won't work as well if the phone is in a lady's purse or in any other location where the user cannot feel the vibrations.
I guess you don't need to know Morse Code. You can simply assign any made-up vibration pattern to each person you wish to recognize without ringtones. For instance, your spouse might be assigned three long vibrations. Your first child might be one short vibration, your second child might be two short vibrations, your boss might be eight short vibrations, and so on. However, I think it is really neat to spell out the person's first name in Morse Code. That works for me as I learned Morse Code in my childhood when studying for my ham radio license and can still copy Morse today at 25 words per minute or so.
This is how I set it up on an iPhone 5S. Some other phones have similar procedures:
Open CONTACTS and then find the person to whom you wish to assign a custom vibration code.
Tap on Create New Vibration under the Custom subheading. You then simply tap out your custom vibration and save it for this contact.
You now know who is calling, even in silent mode.