POTD: Tick Tock Diner, Midtown Manhattan, NY

If you ever visit the West Side of Manhattan, and you like an awesome breakfast, go to the Tick Tock Diner, underneath the New Yorker on Eighth Ave between West 34th and 35th streets. Or should I say the iconic Art-Deco, classic mid 20th Century style of the Wyndham owned hotel? Anyways, I had a Smore French Toast.  Something along those lines…

Enough with food porn on The Museum, but you wanted to see their phones right?

Left looks like the one for the diner, a NEC set for their Electra line, and a Mitel 5330E VOIP set with a backlit display and perhaps a Gigabit Ethernet connection! This is probably used for the hotel communications, and for the use of room service. I can say Mitel is used at these clusters of hotels, because I stayed in TRYP, and I saw my phones on the front desk…



DevNotes: An iPhone in an Another World Could Be an IP Phone

For folks who use their iPhones in enterprises against a Microsoft ecosystem, be careful when adding contacts using Apple’s Contacts app. In Contacts, “iPhone” is a special field for entering a user’s iPhone to directly auto register the iMessage service (or Messages – whatever it’s called today.)

In the Windows world, this could be considered an “IP Phone”. This field has been in Microsoft’s Active Directory Platform since at least version 2000. This field enables users with VOIP enabled systems to contact their co-workers directly from the Directory functionality on Cisco IPT systems, and probably other vendors. These systems tie into the AD via LDAP, the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.

In some MSAD setups (it really depends, some will literally use every field in the Active Directory) as an employee directory, some will use third party apps (as “snap-ins”.) If organizations take employee directories electronically very seriously, they’d wouldn’t be using MSAD. And mostly it’s only editable from an administrative rights account.

What does this mean to do you? Well if you import a contact via Outlook or the Address Book app on Windows, you may import a contact though a sync where the four or five digit number of an “IP Phone”. The iPhone may get confused and your friend/co-worker may get conflicting digits.

While this may be very minimal in terms of disruption, it’s worth noting in case you run into this. I’m assuming this could still be a problem in 2008, perhaps 2012, I can only confirm this abnormality in Windows Server 2003 and related platforms.


PSA: Please Hug your Phones and Phone Systems



In my Instagram world, I found this sad picture from a mutual follower. The picture says a lot of words simply put.

Anyways optics is everything. For those nitwit IT admins (or subcon vendors) who think phones aren’t in their scope of services or support; users of any organization are not stupid. This type of visual is common in many VOIP deployments. Whether the telecom is in house or outsourced or IT runs it; a lot of times you see similar sets with a  system malnourished of current firmware updates, often abused, and of course left tangling.

Doesn’t this phone remind you of your VOIP deployment from yesterdecade? The same exact phone with the same exact cables, etc? When Bush was still president?

Hug your phones, kiss your softswitch. Give it some love.

Please, donate a dollar to your telecom budget. One dollar a day can fund basic necessities such as 20 handset cables that are in need. Your users will be so happy that they will be untangled.

Thank you.

(This was a Public Service Announcement from the retired and laid off Telephony Professionals of the World.)


My Collection/Video: Mitel 5224 IP Phone

In today’s post, I thought I’d share a boot up sequence of a Mitel IP phone. This is from my own YouTube channel.

These are nice phones, however to administer it, it gets tricky. Most of the menu driven features uses the Superkey, and changing volumes isn’t that easy. Changing ring tones is similar of changing one on those cell phones before we all used smartphones. I shouldn’t complain too much, Mitels in the past were even more clunkier than (including their first and second generation IP sets.)

More Ci$co phones in More Places

This little Cisco 7931 was spotted at a Nashua, NH Staples recently. No other Staples stores I have seen Cisco phones. Many have Vertical phones (a hybrid solutions manufacturer, they also picked up Vodadi and Comdial in recent years) though Staples have used the native Vertical for the last many years.  Staples in many years past had Nortel Norstars (NOT pictured here)



I admit that their phones are sexy looking, but they can’t do much with them compared with other vendors. Its more of a sluttier looking 2564 (whatever the multi KTS phone made by Ma Bell) and the more I mess around with the Callmanager soft PBX, its like why in the hell are people buying such phone system that is so expensive to do so little and the anti social IT admins are managing these things???

Gotta love Cisco, over priced, very sexy but performs horribly!

A Nortel IP 1110 Phone

We’ll start this new blog of a picture of a Nortel (ahem) Avaya IP 1110 phone. This picture was taken at a local outpaitent clinic that is a Nortel shop. These phones work on traditional Nortel systems capable on various systems such as the CS1000 and CS 2100 carrier servers.

I will post a lot of Avaya pictures and when I mean “Avaya” I mean the one that was spun off from Lucent 12 years ago and spun off from AT&T 4 years prior to that. Avaya has become a  big brand after the phone system business from Nortel was bought during their bankruptcy’s Going Out of Business sale of all their various businesses. Nortel is really the phone guy’s equivelent to a computer nerd’s system. Very techie, very nerdy and very cocky, and cares less about average users. I don’t like being around with a Nortel Nerd, they are just plain old jerks.

That’s all for now!