Ask before Reuse

The Museum of Telephony receives a lot of referrals on a daily basis. The average hits is normally 100, often occurring two to three times a week. Just recently the site celebrated it’s 35,000th hit since the launch in 2012.

Given WordPress’ ability to see referrals (however unlike other sites, I can’t get location, specific URLs, etc) there has been questionable links.  Some sites I have asked to remove to protect the brand, and quality of this site (some have described this as a “weblog” for an example.)

No worse, is some websites that are trying to tinker with it’s URL and see what it looks like on mobile. Even better, there is a website that has been taking the content and using it for an alleged syndication.

I am going to be direct: The Museum’s layout will never change. It’s the makeup and identity of what makes this site special. If I go all minimal to please the engineers of the world to not look as sexy, then The Museum goes down.  Also in a mobile world, editing is more complex and often more typos occur, sorry Joe the UCx Guy, your lack of editing, grammar, typos, misinformation, and uncompressed photos you take from your iPhone is the one of the reasons why I am glad I didn’t take you on for a contributor because I would had to babysit your stuff. No offense, I’ve distanced myself from him…

I put a lot of hard work to be accessible to a wide audience. You can’t easily learn the history of the telephone on a small fat tablet.

I need to be honest here: About 99.9% percent of the content is my own work, therefore it’s been liberally copyrighted, but I need to put an end to people who are linking my site with a questionable quality standards; and worse these open source sites . MY CONTENT IS COPYRIGHTED. ANY USE FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S SHARING WILL BE PROHIBITED. IF I HAVE TO FILE A DMCA CLAIM, THEN I WILL SURE AS HELL DO!

Be warned, this site will be on higher and elevated surveillance monitoring the incoming traffic and  other unauthorized use of syndicated content

This site is getting better in terms of traffic, chatter, and other things. You want mobile? Well there’s an Instagram and a Facebook page. That’s all. You don’t need to rip my stuff and post it on an open source site and violate my work and treat it as public domain. And if you do not know English as a Primary Language, talk-to-me first! Click on the contact link.

In short, don’t steal my content without permission, second The Museum will never go to mobile primarily, there are other portals for that. If you call me old fashioned, then so be it! It’s the purpose of this site to begin with!

~The Content Management Team at The Museum of Telephony~


Site Notice: 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.


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!

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!)

Site Closure Notice: For Content Maintenance


Now I’ve regained consciousness  after a historic Super Bowl win of my lifetime favorite team, the New England Patriots, and witnessing a very exciting parade in person, now question is How will my Sundays be? NASCAR is down the road (no pun intended), but for those week (if you count that “duel” race) or two (when Daytona starts) – your’s truly feels there the digital-only Museum will close for a weekend for maintenance, site fixups, squashing bugs on dead links or images, continued merging of Topicals and Features, etc.

So with that said, expect outages on Saturday 11th and Sunday the 12th as I do the process. No theme changes, no major differences to the usability (Sorry mobile users, you’re missing out on an exciting site that requires the desktop experience – and that’s always been my target demo anyways.)



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

There has been some site updates. First the Telephony-thon, please click to read more. Second, I broke up the very long Glossary that could be the works of my own telecom dictionary! Third, I moved some pages into sub sites such as the Trading Post, to clean things up. There will be more window-dressing on what’s a Feature vs. vExhibit vs. Topicals.

Secondly there will be goals that should be achieved during my off hours. More history of the Bell System, history of central switching, and the telephones themselves. The site has admittedly been biased towards office equipment, which while that’s important, that was never the original intent.

Third is a new audience reach. While this site has been successful of fending off Brooklynites, who often look at pictures and can’t write well or have the guts to reply in a comment; driveby “likes” have appeared off and on; not as many as other sites I used to publish.

As a result, to go with the trend, I’ve created a Facebook page. Mostly the stuff I’ll post will have no intention for people landing here. I’ll do what the hipsters do, communicate in pictures and come and go. This is the real community and thanks to all of you, you’re the best and you know who you are so I don’t need to say much!

Pledge Drive!

Just like a PBS station, we are interrupting regularly scheduled postings for a pledge drive.

The Museum of Telephony over the last year has finally made its mark on the Web. I, the lone man bandmember has worked his butt off over the last couple of years to make this site be the one of the most authoritative portals on vintage and modern telephony from central offices to key switches; from ISDN telephones to Model 300s. Also profiling prominent voice over talent on voice mail systems, and publishing technical journal articles taken from the local state library where I suspect the Unix or Blue Boxes topic had more DNA from strangers.

In short, the underdog subject has won!

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Writing Style

The purpose of The Museum is to provide authoritative information and analyses of historic telephony. There is a strict standards of what goes on here and even in the comments. Not from a journalistic background per se, the best way to write is from the observer like from the outside looking in. This was the key to the success of this site.

Because of my perfection to be 99.999% accurate (almost being perfect) with the facts presented to you for the last four years. Some of this could be due to the lack of the technical community lacking the ability to write English other than machine code. They have no right to be taken seriously in their profession or on their own blogs.

Most IT types and young men in general lack in authoritative writing, often writing like peers (with the annoyances of parentheses in inappropriate spaces. Do not get me started with (a/k/a which is so not business appropriate writing,) Talking that that is  more for a pajama boy blogger if you asked me! I hope other technical bloggers or site writers take cues from this site and extend it to your platforms.

  • All my writings is written in at least 5 sentences or more per paragraph.
  • Pre posted copy, should be proofread prior to posting
  • All acronyms and abbreviations are written in all CAPS. Despite “over” in Voice over IP being lower case; the “not” in Do not Disturb is the same as well, but I rarely see the CraZi MySPacE party Girl-esque writing style when it comes to “DnD”. For christ sake’s alive, write all TLAs as if they are words and use ALL CAPS.
  • Avoiding just one subject. The long term goal was to go into wiring, carrier switching, the history of telephony in broadcast, etc. While most of this site was on PBX systems, this was not the original idea.
  • I avoid using speculation. Never assume if you are making a factual statement. It can be one of the other; not both.
  • Using my own words; and avoiding ripping and reading  words from a vendor or some other source.
  • Using a traditional workstation, and not a mobile device.  This site could not be what it is if I lived entirely on mobile; and that should be taken in any other profession involving technology. iPhones or Droids will never kill a solid big screen system with the need to do more things than simple posts.
  • Avoid sensationalism. Also avoid emotions. Companies don’t use phone system vendors for name brand, it’s all about costs. They don’t cry and send cards around the holidays to Avaya or Cisco, c’mon.
  • The only time I copy and paste from other sources if the source is rare or vintage.
  • A “screengrab” is a phrase used in the TV business to grab an image from a video source, obviously I do that in posts of Telleyphones on Telleyvision.