Branding Guidelines

The Museum of Telephony has received a lot of traffic in the last two years. However to ensure that the site has a 99.999% accuracy on facts, you can as well with appropriate policies for external Uniform Resource Locator or  URL, such as hyperlinks, etc.

If you are going to cite the site as a source, please use The Museum of Telephony plus it’s current WordPress URL, original post date is optional.

If you are going to use this as a link on a blog, etc., shoot me an email. Also if you are going to include The Museum in a list of links, please do not refer this to a “weblog” or a “blog”. With hundreds of posts that act as mini pages, fifty static pages, and millions of words I suspect, I think this is well beyond a picture blog.

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I’m Back!

The Museum has been a little empty for the last couple of weeks and month. I had been away for a conference out west (that actually had a seminar focused on telephony albeit it was SIP/Asterisk evangelism.)

There has been a change of direction to pictures and other content. Phone of the Day or “Phones @ work” are now going to be a social media-only content. If you are not familiar, The Museum had soft-launch two social media portals, on Facebook and Instagram in late winter and is updated on a weekly basis.

As a result as the months go on, the focus will shift onto the very vintage plain ol telephones and continued updates to the articles and posts regards to the history of the telephone. I do not intended to be a top heavy, “blog” on just office telephones. When I have the time, I’ll be investing in more time to do so.

I’ve had a very hectic two years, and sadly it happened as my site was becoming popular. But now I can be able to breathe again, I can be able to come back to 2015 levels of terms of new stuff on a weekly basis.

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Avaya 8434 Birthday Cake!

Your humble curator turned 30 last month. As a result of the big deal, I had requested to have a special birthday cake. This year, I wanted something to resemble a office telephone. I had turned 25 at the time when the Cake Boss had built for Avaya, an actual cake casing of their IP Office 500 Control Unit and one of the 16 or 9600 sets. The phones and control unit really worked with all the cake covering it.

Mine was a little simple (or complex)

So my mother got a special order at Frederick’s Pastries (a well known baker North of Boston/Suburban NH), of a two layer, gold cake, with strawberry filling, with, white frosting mimicking the “Misty Cream” set color, and the various elements the signature telset. You’ll also notice the side where they made the groove edges of the set. They got the Avaya logo right on too. The handset resembles the 9400 Series DCP terminals (the ones sold during the same time as the 8400 for non domestic customers that looked kinda like 6400s, some have made its away towards America in third hand markets.)  They never made such thing before and they were kinda nervous at first. My mother never ordered a special order cake from scratch.

Albeit belated, when we picked it up on the 31st, they were excited and in fact the owner was on site that day when we picked it up. Given a misspelling on my name, it was great!

My gawd how filling was the cake! Took a week to finish it!

Oryx/Pecos

As part of the last post, reminding people to comment here, as opposed to my other site; Gary Sager, from the System 75 development team responded (I’m going to be honest unfairly) about my one line opinion wishing the System 75’s core operating system should’ve been UNIX. I believe he took my words too literally. Because I can’t easily move comments from one WP site to another, here is the original text.

In your web page on Oryx/Pecos for the System 75, you ask “it makes you wonder why was this not UNIX?” I think I am qualified to answer the question, being the architect and principal programmer for the operating system (you will find my name on the BSTJ article). At the time the system was being developed we were using the Intel 286 processor to keep costs down. That chip does not have virtual memory hardware, so I got to spec the hardware to implement that. At the time, UNIX was certainly not up to the real-time requirements of telephony on such hardware. BTW, before I really got into the implementation, I had to pass muster with Ken Thompson. The issue of using UNIX never came up. Perhaps today some form of UNIX might be viable on the more powerful chips available, but UNIX is still not a real-time system. Running UNIX as an application on a real-time system might work.

While I understand the abstract differences, I was talking mostly of it’s self healing nature of Oryx/Pecos and the more friendlier end user interface of the “Definity” line of PBX systems. I know people would quickly come to my defense and know my frustrations and strong opinions of UNIX in general, from a professional user, not a technical engineer. You’re welcome to opine to my defense in the comments – to the people I won’t name! 🙂

Anyways, I’m hoping he enjoyed this site with future loyalty and I always appreciate direct comments from the people behind the subjects in this case the vintage Avaya PBX offerings. It’s becoming rare because if Bell or Grey was still alive, you know they’d probably respond to me too! 😉

As a friendly reminder, there are pages on this site where you can contact me. All non pages enable you to comment with a real time response. The former “Dial Zero” page act’s as it’s Facebook-like wall. As much as it’s clutter to me when I visit others sites, I felt well its like the Wall, hell with it!

I do thank him for reminding me to put the final touches in getting the System 75 papers to be digitized. As some of you know, I had a lousy couple of years which has stalled this project. The finished project is to have the entire article as opposed to some other stuff I posted in the same tribute branch of pages. Please give me some time to complete!

~Steven

Site Notice: Clickford.net is no longer part of The Museum

I feel its in order to remind followers that if you had accessed The Museum via the clickford-dot-net domain URL from late 2015 to February 1st 2017, it is no longer directing you here. The personal domain is also used for other businesses and content, that has nothing to do with telephony directly. I also am a content producer, some content may not be suitable for the followers.

As a result, you’re welcome to visit my other site, just you get easily offended, then don’t. Second, anything related to the Museum you’d like to respond in comments, or email, please do it here. There is a Contact page (I guess people take things too literally and didn’t understand the concept of Dial Zero the old page name.)

Sometimes videos embedded here comes from The Clickford Zone (you’ll see a bug to the lower right of the clips) and The Museum has a Shared Services Agreement or SSA with The Clickford Zone which means I can promote The Museum on my other online portal.

However, I am posting this because there seems to be a reoccurring trend, I won’t disclose who, but this happened over several times in the last couple of months.

Please keep the love here, the more direct interactions, the more the community grows.

Thanks,
~Steven~

Site Update, part two

More improvements in the coming months (not weeks because I will be busy). You’ve noticed on the top line there is a new feature called The History. Well if you are going to be an online museum, it would be nice to have a short history, right?  Well I was 5 years off.  While that is still a work in progress, most of that content is in the process of writing, editing and posting. Adaptations in the form of infographics will appear as well.

One other little thing that’s been under the certain: TO THE FOLLOWERS whom I have mailing addresses: you folks will be getting some merch! I won’t go into too much detail, but pay attention to your mailbox in like a few weeks. In fact, you’ll be the first to see them. If I get positive feedback (which not to toot my horn, but I think you’ll like) I’ll start to sell merch related to the Museum. All profits from the merch sales go into self funding nature of The Museum.

Hope you are enjoying the upgrade of more stuff on The Museum! Thanks for all the feedback, here, on Facebook and Instagram pages too!

Video: The last of the Telephone Booths?

Note: My browser crashed when I was originally writing this over a week ago, and finally caught up with the draft post.

In case you missed it, CBS’ Sunday Morning a couple weeks ago did a profile on unusual subject of telephone booths. They have been on a decline since the 1990s with the rise of mobile technologies.

Mo Rocca appears to be in shock seeing such physical innovation from yesteryear.

In America, the heydays of the actual 3 or 4 stalled booth was from the 1950s to the late 1980s. As I have explained in the past, many (including New York City) was replaced with exterior types.

Did you know on the island of Manhattan, New York City, there’s only 4 remaining, on the West Side?

Some screengrabs from the package:

Mo Rocca mocks the kid using the telephone booth saying “Kids these days, they’re on the phone all day!”

Remember my trip to Manhattan about a year ago? Well I wonder if some of these booths were the ones that were removed.

What is getting replaced is something that may look like a modern day telephone booth, but it involves touch screens, an internet connection and the ability to charge your mobile phone if you need a charge, or conserve on the data use cap, etc. However, like a smartphone it’s mostly used to do everything but make a call.

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Rant: Unintended Consequences with Unified Communications?

I am not a drinker, given my mental state, and the medications I’m on – its not my thing. There is no coffee house where I live, sadly to say except for the Starbucks. And Starbucks is not a place to meet people. The customers are always business folks doing their work remotely (I’ve done that for me to get away from home) the problem is how they communicate. They typically use earbuds and use some VOIP app to connect. The problem I see is reminiscent to Wall-E where people are skyping people who are far way and they aren’t paying attention to other prospective customers (or hell even friends or lovers) in the same room.

Now before you call me a hypocrite I’ve worked on a UC project for scores of users, but since the system is not owned or licensed to our users, we can put a ban on where they can have a conversation on our systems. Flexibility is OK, however if one is talking about non public information in a public place; and is on a crappy WiFi – yeah, I’m sorry to be the meanie IT guy, but we need to put a Group Policy Object (err. “Profile”) for that VOIP app. It’s not only unprofessional to have a crappy phone connection via the Internet pipes, but to talk wherever you want because it’s all about you, not the employer is just wrong on so many levels. And it makes you the “professional” even more “unprofessional”.

I guess I should say, if you want to talk about corporate as- kissing, to steal a cliche “GET A CUBE!!!”

OT/PSA: Autism Awareness Month

The Museum of Telephony is taking a moment to remind everyone of Autism Awareness Month that goes for the entire month of April. The month should be for people who are not familiar to understand the seriousness of the conditions, the diverse dis/inabilities, the complexities; and that if you only met one person, you’ve only met one. The awareness shouldn’t just one color or a single puzzle piece. It’s been the symbol for many decades to show the true signs of the pervasive developmental disorder. In short, please celebrate with a positive light (not literally of course!)