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The Telecom Digest for August 01, 2011
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Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 09:48:53 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Wider-range cordless phones? Message-ID: <email@example.com> Per AES: >My spouse and I are just realizing that rather than attempting to >clean up the incredible rat's nest of ancient telephone wiring that >runs all through our elderly and sprawling house, we might just >install (or leave in place) a single solid line to a convenient >central point; put a heavy duty cordless phone base station there; and >stick a lot of cordless phones in charger bases all around the house. > >Can anyone suggest any particularly good extended-coverage cordless >phone models for this purpose? We were in the same situation - only a good part of the rat's nest was my own doing, wiring the house 30 years ago. Eventually I stumbled in to the same decision: wireless phones. I do keep a hard-wired wall phone in the kitchen just on GPs, but it never gets used. My brand of choice is Uniden on 5.8 GHz. The base station is in the same room as my PC and server closet - and close to the VOIP box that outgoing calls go through. There is a handset in almost every room. They get addictive after awhile. When I the same system in each of my daughters' houses, the #2 daughter said something like "Why on earth would I want a phone in the garage?" Now, about twice a year, the subject comes up in the context of her volunteering how handy it is to have a phone in the garage....-) -- PeteCresswell ***** Moderator's Note ***** I've had bad luck with Uniden: the handsets are too light and fall over easily, and they break easily as well. YMMV. BTW, be careful about putting ANY electronic device in an attic or garage if temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F: they'll bake very quickly. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 16:42:20 +0000 (UTC) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Greenberg) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Wider-range cordless phones? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, Pete Cresswell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: [...] >When I the same system in each of my daughters' houses, the #2 >daughter said something like "Why on earth would I want a phone >in the garage?" > >Now, about twice a year, the subject comes up in the context of >her volunteering how handy it is to have a phone in the >garage....-) Before I married, I always had a phone in the primary bathroom, within reach of the throne. Only used occasionally, but glad to have it then. Currently, my wife has asked me not to install one there. -- Rich Greenberg Sarasota, FL, USA richgr atsign panix.com + 1 941 378 2097 Eastern time. N6LRT I speak for myself & my dogs only. VM'er since CP-67 Canines: Val, Red, Shasta, Zero & Casey (At the bridge) Owner:Chinook-L Canines: Red & Cinnar (Siberians) Retired at the beach Asst Owner:Sibernet-L ***** Moderator's Note ***** It starts with the bathroom phone ... Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:17:30 -0400 From: T <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Google Search problems Message-ID: <MPG.email@example.com> In article <net-news69-47DD33.firstname.lastname@example.org>, net-news69 @jmatt.net says... > > In article <siegman-6CAB7D.email@example.com>, > AES <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > Today's equivalent in my view is: > > > > "Dependence on advertising tends to corrupt. Total > > dependence on advertising corrupts totally." > > > > Google is of course, like so many other areas in our society, > > totally dependent on advertising. > > > > The CEO of the Clear Channel radio network recently said "We're not in > the music or entertainment business. We're in the advertising business." > > I'm afraid there's a shift in thinking that affects ad-supported > businesses as they grow. Many of them begin with the philosophy that > advertising is a necessary evil to bring in the dollars to enable them > to provide a service (music, search, email, etc.) > > Eventually advertising drives the business, and the "service" becomes a > necessary evil that delivers eyeballs to their ads. > > I think Google reached that point long ago. > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > In a previous life, I was a Broadcast Engineer at various stations on > both coasts. I always warn people who have any romantic notions about > that industry that "When the lights go off, so do the smiles". > > Any online entity that sells advertising is, ipso facto, in the > advertising business, and it would be foolish for any business to > start any effort that didn't have a profit model in place at the > start. Whatever stary-eyed ideals an individual might have when > starting a career in journalism, broadcasting, or online media, the > corporations who employ those individuals have to be pragmatic. > > Long story short: the public can't handle the truth, which is that > *everything* they see on TV or read in a newspaper or find at a portal > site is approved for viewing by that entity's advertisers in one way > or another. > > Bill Horne > Moderator And then there are those of us who aggresively block all ads. I mean ALL of them. I do so at the router/firewall level and utilizing AdBlock+ in Firefox. Only the really egregious ad severs get put into the router blacklist. Everything else gets an AdBlock+ rule. When watching hulu I never see ads, all I see are black screens with white text saying "Please disable ad blocking". Not gonna do it. I pay for the net connection, not you. Take your ads and stuff em'.
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:00:14 -0400 From: Michael Muderick <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Wide Range cordless phones Message-ID: <CAGhQzTrGecgvTOUsVBhoNWzCNZY4h87QKv578FHjZ5O9=JKp-A@mail.gmail.com> Make sure you have at least one POTS type phone, that isn't dependent on mains power for operation. This will keep your access to your landline in the event of power failure. mm
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