Video: Ericsson Computer/Telephone Terminal

This is the the best tech ad! And the Sound FX is pure gold 😍 Ericsson ad. 1985🇸🇪

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This is pretty rad for the 1980s. Just you need to have a supporting PBX or ESS service. The comments on the Instagram post from at-neontalk was amusing if you do not know what a “terminal” is…

The first digital like carphone can be seen near the end of the byte.

Glad to be a phone dude!

Video: SIP/VOIP and Lies from the NAB Show


From my sister platform, The Clickford Zone (YES I’M THE MASTER OF MY EFFING DOMAIN! Some people think my domain isn’t “TLD” or it’s “generic” – stop bullshitting me!)

Anyways, here’s a synopsis

The Lies My NAB Show Speakers Tell Me
I attended a seminar on Session Initiation Protocol, Voice over IP and Audio over IP (SIP/VOIP/AOIP.) ITN, the British TV network apparently replaced their digital telephone system to VOIP as they replaced their hybrids from traditional to VOIP. From my recollection, they did some of this using Pi boxes (NOT RECOMMENDED for PBX uses over 40 ports.) But what do I know I am just a content creator…
But the speaker that did the intro did an outro and said 20 years ago a Philly area radio station, if a mayor wanted to get on the air, they had to call the right number because the newsroom and hybrid phones were not integrated and apparently with VOIP this is possible. The same lies that say you need to be on VOIP to get “Caller ID”. Apparently the opening/closing speaker has slept under a rock for the last 25 years and with ISDN, you could mix studio hybrids into newsroom (Norstars, Legends, Magixs, Definitys, etc.)

This was the laundry list of the many lies speakers think they could get away with in the world of cutting costs and going to IP and IT based solutions. It’s so awesome!


Video: Avaya 302C “Attendant Console” (or just a Switchboard) Unboxing

Good Morning!

Courtesy of a somebody in the 406 area code who sent me their decommissioned console that is worth almost a $1,000 on the thirdhand market. Remember, this used to cost about $2,100 back in 1988, with an inflation adjustment of over $3,000 today (for sure!) The video is hosted by my social media platform, The Clickford Zone



Aastra/Nortel 390 Unboxing

It’s been a while since I have been updating the site. In fact, I haven’t logged in for a while ether. While I have some time catching up on things, I thought I’d share the unboxing (albeit sound only) of an Aastra 390 screenset, received by Joe the UCX Guy earlier last month. Joe: I’ve tried to reach you for acknowledgment and my email has  been acting very moody. Future correspondences can be sent via steven@vanitydomain (see banner). I have not forgotten you.

I’ll have stills and hopefully a video portion sooner than later.

Anyways back to some emails and other things I have to follow up. Been a busy summer for me, hence the silence here.


The Makings of a Telephone Museum

In this ten minute video you can see me build out the museum that took nearly six months from vision to completion. This timelapse video of nearly two full hours during two days in January and earlier this month showed how much work it took to put in the hardware  bought from the local Home Depot using a Closetmaid solution as well as swapping out the telephone sets and finalizing the look.

More to come.



Phun: “Rejected by 7 Different Technologies”

Since answering machines had such an important role before voicemail, and even when voicemail began in commercial markets in the mid 1980s, it was designed almost as a fancy answering machine and it’s Saint Valentine’s Day, why don’t we just have some fun and quote movies like He’s Just Not That Into You and relive the days of romantic rejections 25 years ago

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Video: My Mitel IP Telephony System

From an earlier post, I showed you the unexpected surprise of my new Mitel system, here is the video. (Now from the looks of it, the video is very blotchy, and the video goes in and out. I have done mock news productions with Lego minifigures with Final Cut just fine, just when I do things on telephones, does FCP just want to flake out…I may need to be retrained on it anyways, or find the notes from my former cable access center to figure out why it’s doing what it does.)

Lorraine Nelson – The Lady Behind AUDIX!

Thanks to Jason who gave me this link a while back but took me a while to catch up on emails.

In the mid 1990s, the Lorraine Nelson was featured in a The Wall Street Journal Report (that syndicated weekend show) on the subject of voice prompts. (Don’t let the cheesy visual effects in the intro mistake you from the 1980s!)

This video came from her own profile on YouTube, but I’d suspect this was recorded in the mid 90s. In the shortened video, the report stated that she worked for AT&T and a decade before, came up with the idea for the voice of AUDIX. (So with that, it would indicate AUDIX was released sometime between 1986 to 1987 – there is no official record of a specific date or year when the system actually came out to market in 2015.)

Nelson came up with a vision of being the “nicest secretary” for others to hear and provided all the voice prompts for AUDIX (and later Merlin Mail, Merlin [Magix] Messaging, and Partner Messaging.) All of her voiceovers had “a smile” to them.

Years gone by, she lives in Connecticut, and according to list-serves a few years back she does the announcing for the Connecticut Lottery, and 7 years ago she mimicked an AUDIX like prompt for a promo at CNBC when they pre-empted Larry Kudlow’s show during the 2008 Bejing Olympics. The promo ended almost like an AUDIX with the signature “Please Wait.”

While you can still hear her in other places, Avaya seems to be doing what Nelson didn’t want the voice to be. Again I’ve read comments in the list-serve in the past, and there was an indication that her voice was being mimicked with a synthesizer instead of finding her number (or find her profile on YouTube) so she could provide new prompts.

If you ever heard of IP Office’s voice mail system, one would suspect that was roboticily produced. Unless some disease hit Nelson, I can’t get why it’s so robotic!