Storytime, part two

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.



My Mobile History

Since the world is going so mobile, I should write a little blurb about cell phones relates to me. This took nearly seven months to finally “publish” it…

I had 2 toy cell phones, the one that looks like a brick (I should go on eBay to find one again since the local thrift stores I’ve never run into them.) I’d bet it’s the size of an iPhone 6 because it was scaled to children. Another one posted below was a flip phone. I felt like the important person in recess in elementary school.

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Thoughts: Facebook Messenger

The following narrative is not intended for the reader to “stalk” or “follow” public content on social media, but for commentary instead. Thank you.

I haven’t used Facebook for civilian purposes for almost five years. I had ran several Facebook pages since then. (A “page” vs “profile’ have completely different meanings, and shows like Catfish have blurred the lines. Due to the subject manner and time purposes, I’ll omit that.)

But when I did start using it again outside of Facebook pages, I noticed that they changed their messenger app. Prior to this year, chats, and IMs were basically the theme of the Messenger. Also, any PM (like private messaging) was also blurred in the form of IM or text messaging. Earlier this year, Facebook introduced a seperate app for messaging purposes. This also included the ability to have audio and video calling.

What Facebook and others are moving towards is a Fisher Price equivalent to similar services like the Ec500, the Extension to Cellular service on say the Avaya Red PBX boxes. Expect more showoffs as toy is making it’s way across the social messaging world.

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In the mid 1990s, the then mobility unit of Motorola developed a mobile network entitled iDEN or the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network. The technology was very innovative and was intended for power users (such as small businesses and other Very Important People.)  The network was one of the first modern digital based cell network before GSM or CDMA came to the masses. The project began in 1991 and it went to the market around 1994.

iDEN was widely popular in the United States from the mid to late 1990s into the mid to late 00s when Nextel (once known as Fleet Call)  had commercially marketed the mobile phone solution that gave customers the ability to have multiple lines, digital cellular networking, use of data over the cellular and well an old fashioned technology called Push to Talk. iDEN was (and probably the only) the “fleet” grade of cell phones or networks much like how F or E series Ford vehicles are used for commercial grade and designed to be deployed to the masses in a corporation.

iDEN’s legacy would best be known for its Push to Talk service. Just like a walkie talkie, or two way radio, Nextel and other iDEN providers enabled group calling to another user or a group of people of how the PTT worked. (Oh and unlike radio, you couldn’t hit the PTT and cut someone off.) In the Nextel network, marketed as Direct Connect was limited to the locale of the market. Near it’s height around 2004, Nextel introduced a national Push to Talk Service where you can PTT another user at anywhere in the country.

During the BlackBerry craze from 2001 to the end of the decade, Research in Motion was able to license the iDEN protocol for the use on the BlackBerry at the time, with a Push to Talk functionality.

iDEN quickly became a legacy in American mobility. In 2005, Sprint made its intentions to buy Nextel and within a few years they stopped marketing the iDEN service and by mid 2013, all iDEN service was sunsetted. I guess corporate greed and bias towards 4G and LTE networks mixed with SIP technology was more important. iDEN is still well used outside of the country and independent iDEN providers in the United States can allow users to use iDEN sets. Some pundits claim the iDEN/PTT was the first mobile social network.  Nextel had a well spread national iDEN network before being vaporized by Sprint.