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Gaming the Bell System

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Long distance rates used to be based upon three things: The time of day you were calling, the distance you were calling, and whether you were dialing yourself or needed…

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Welcome to TalkingPointz

This site provides opinion and research on various Enterprise Communications topics. The site started by Dave Michels as the PinDropSoup blog, but today features multiple authors. Note that TalkingPointz has no ads or sponsors – just informed opinions about what’s new, great, and not so great in modern communications. In addition to regular posts, there’s interviews, podcasts, and independent research. There’s no editors, so you might also find a few typos and perhaps some political incorrectness.

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The Case Against Net Neutrality

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I am a strong believer in Net Neutrality. That is, I believe that Comcast is a common carrier and they should be colorblind as to the traffic that they carry….

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How Will You Communicate in an Emergency

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I have been pondering for some time how to communicate in the event of a true emergency. I don’t have a good answer. Today’s Internet has very little headroom. A…

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ThinkingPhones Rebrands to Fuze

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“ThinkingPhones…announced that it has rebranded the organization as Fuze, the name of the company it acquired in November 2015.” What else do you need to know? My POV: The change makes…

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Tough Week due to Redmond

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Obviously this didn’t happen all happen in the same week, but it hit me all in the same week – last week. Before I start shitting on Microsoft – let’s be clear…

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Analog was Faster

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This may surprise you, but analog central offices could from the outset and up to their demise transmit data faster than digital ones. There is a reason that the original…

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NEC Advances, Rebrands UCaaS Offer

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NEC advances and rebrands its unified communications as-a-service (UCaaS) offering as UNIVERGE BLUE Business Cloud Services. First launched in March 2013 as NEC UNIVERGE Cloud Services, the updated and rebranded…

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PureCloud FY2015

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I’ve said before that Interactive PureCloud is the sleeper among these new workstream communications and collaboration (WCC) services. That’s because of Interactive’s willingness to think outside its box. Interactive is one of…

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Does The Truth Matter Anymore?

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The type of discussion that I find most tiring is the endless, constant spin of reality. There is an acceptance that truth is malleable. I think truth is rigid. This…

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Latest Podcast

UCStrategies Reviews Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications

In this Industry Buzz podcast, Marty Parker moderates a discussion about the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications (2015). UCStrategies Experts participating include Art Rosenberg, Dr. Joseph Williams, Kevin Kieller, Phil Edholm, Michael Finneran, Jon Arnold, Dave Michels, Steve Leaden, Roberta Fox, and J.R. Simmons.

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Reflecting on the Bell Labs Era

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Bell Laboratories was the greatest of all research laboratories, in an era of great laboratories. Any description of Bell Labs of the 1970s would necessarily seem impossible, or a fantasy….

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Books Jan 2016

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Books I completed this month. Under the Banner of Heaven: This is my second Krakauer book. The first was “Into Thin Air” which retells a disastrous year on Everest. “Under the…

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The Stupid Debate Over Encryption

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There is a lot of unnecessary debate about encryption and national security. This is a silly, useless debate. I think we have seen in the Paris bombings and in many…

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Revertive Dialing – History

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We all know about pulse dialing and DTMF (Touch-Tone) dialing. Both of these are used between Central Offices to place calls. In addition, inter-Central Office calls would use SF and…

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Unify is Back #UnifyCO16

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In the classic Animal Crackers movie by the Marx Brothers Groucho sings: “Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going. I’m glad…

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Toshiba Updates IPedge with 1.7 Release

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Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division introduces new software for its IPedge IP-based communications solution that targets organizations with as few as four users to as many as…

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Let’s Nationalize Cellular Airwaves

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If I were to suggest we privatize and sell off Yellowstone Park there would be mass outrage. If I suggested selling off the national highway system, or selling rivers, or…

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Would You Like to Go Out With Me?

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I’m not looking for a date, just a reason to go out. I don’t get out much anymore – at least when I’m not traveling. Going out was something that…

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Talkz Show #2

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Kevin and I continue discussing current news and opinions. In this recording we discuss: Endpoints and Security by Ranjeet Vidwans on No Jitter. Confessions of a Casual Collaborator  byBrian Riggs…

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The First Cordless Phone

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The first cordless phone ever built and publicly demonstrated wasn’t developed by Bell Laboratories. It was a fun little side project done by Pacific Northwest Bell (PNB) for the 1962…

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The Unknown Early IVR

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I built one of the first phone menu systems ever. The year was 1976 and as a college sophomore project I built a system that would let callers dial extensions…

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Latest Interview

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Cisco’s Rowan Trollope Makes ‘Spark’ Fly

[this interview originally appeared on NoJitter on November 19, 2015 though without the bonus content at the end] Three years ago Cisco appointed Rowan Trollope as the new leader of its Collaboration…

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