Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Overgrown and Outgrown

The need to communicate may be timeless, but the means of doing so have changed with the years. This picture is several years old, but from the looks of the untrampled greenery, it is apparent that the phone booth hadn't been used for quite some time.   The advent of the cell phone certainly foreshadowed its eventual decline and, perhaps in the near future, it’s total demise.  I resisted buying a cell phone for several years, but purchased one after trying to make a call and using up all my spare change on pay phones that didn't work.  Once I owned one, however, I was sold on them.

Things have changed on the home and business front as well.  I still remember the days of 8-party lines, where the ring sequence identified whether the call was for me or one of the neighbors who shared the line.  Some seniors, including myself, still remember when one spoke with an operator to be connected with a neighbor in the same town.  That wasn't all bad, since you didn't have to remember any phone numbers.  “Hi Madge, I need to talk with Nancy” would get you connected almost as quickly as any speed dial.

Gone are days of harried receptionists frantically trying to cope with sudden influxes of calls.  Sophisticated systems manage call traffic. Integrate telecommunication equipment and allow corporate workers to access all of a company’s voice and data capabilities from home or the road.    If may not be surprising to find these capabilities in NEC phone systems in Fort Lauderdale, but it is now available in many rural areas where cell phones wouldn't function ten years ago.

1 comment :

  1. Time stops for no one. Ever changing our environment, life, and the culture we live in. Seeing things of the past is nostalgic.