I find it amusing when I go to my local grocery store and see people on their stupid smartphones (oxymoron pun not really intended) acting as if they are so important. Why do people think it’s OK to make a call or just talk in public places with depending on the locale the latency factor? Even before digital mobile services, static would at least drive people nuts. In big cities like Boston, people would by default have a “cell phone voice” by speaking very loudly in places like the commuter rails.
People are not engaging with the people around them, and I was taught to pay attention and engage in the “community”.
I didn’t have a cell number till I was nineteen. My house number, and several type of analogs were in my bedroom through an analog bridge. I didn’t start implementing my own PBX till I moved over six years ago. For half of that time, I had a functioning system, VOIP can be frustrating to manage. But I digress.
The whole move to mobility in the office sense is also very irritating. I thought places like Starbucks was a place to borrow some WiFi for I dunno text based services like HTTP? Oh wait, you’re telling me that VoIP can be now be carried through like Web traffic? No wonder why people are talking on ether their mobile devices or a VOIP session.
Of course, I was also taught to not go there and just use their internet connection. Hell, my local library will turn the WiFi when the library closes so people don’t loiter in their parking lots off hours to use their Internet connection. And I know in the Starbucks circles people also take a lot of advantage of their IP services. I’ve heard the excuses people will go to a chain restaurant’s restroom and leave because they got so much stuff for so many years; but running water is the thing of the past. The need to conserve IP services is much more important, and people should be paying and not loiter.
I personally find it unprofessional if people are deliberately ditching hard wired services in the need of being “mobile”. IBM did the logical step of forcing people back in offices. I am sorry, as a consumer, I find it HIGHLY UNPROFESSIONAL if a professional worker is going to use low latency to conduct “professional” matters. “Handoffs” from high to low latency (like WiFi to carrier) and vice versa is something that no people should EVER be supporting if we want to protect the reputation of the professional class. Sorry, I’m no Sir Brandson fan, he can shove one of my ties in his you know where.
But I can blame Moore’s Law for the decrease of integrated circuits that also “democratized” computing “for the masses” (i.e. the wannabees that freedoms of a somebody.) And that’s painful to witness especially companies like the soon to be defunct Avaya, and Polycom and even Commscope is pushing this mentally deranged idea on their Instagram feed.
I guess I must be old to be ranting on the latest trend towards anti social technologies.