Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,
I hope you all had a good Christmas holiday with friends and family. I certainly did. At the tender young age of 70, I am learning to be grateful for life as it is, and to not waste time wishing things were different.
Every year during December it seems like news about wireless messaging and related topics, dries up. Then in January when everyone goes back to work and finds their desk piled high with papers, the news starts to flow again. New products come out and new marketing projects are implemented.
I read an article about paging the other day that went on and on about how paging is buried in history, that no one uses pagers anymore, and that many young people don't even know what a pager is.
Well I am not going to re-publish the article because I (obviously) don't agree with the author's premise that paging is dead. Wireless text messaging, which began as alphanumeric paging, is alive and well. Granted, a lot of it goes over cell phones and tablets, but lots of people use still pagers because they are much more reliable than cell phones. I usually like to publish both sides of issues but this one would just contribute to the already negative bias against paging. (But . . . if you must read it, here it is.)
The sad fact is that these many "wonderful" gadgets that operate on cellular networks, won't work when there is any sort of major emergency — be it caused by nature, accident, or acts of violence.
Of course I have a cell phone. It is an Apple iPhone and it does many real cool things. Like my friend Alan Angus once told me, most of what I do with it has nothing related to it being a telephone.
We used to promote the advantage paging service because it had much better coverage than cell phones. That is no longer true. Cell phones, in my experience anyway, work flawlessly just about everywhere I go. That is part of the problem. We grow to trust them because they work so well, but woe is the day when we need them the most and they won't work at all.
(For new readers, I am referring to the fact that any time there is a major public safety event like 9/11, a hurricane, a tornado, or a plane crash, cell phone networks are so overloaded that most calls don't go through. All shared resource communications systems are designed, from their inception, to only process calls from a small fraction of the total number of users. When they all try to use a system at the same time it is utter chaos. A paging system can send a common message to an unlimited number of recipients at practically the same time. For more info on this, click on Pagerman on your right.)
Oh yes . . . we had a snow storm here, like many areas of the country. The following photo was taken on December 26th. The house on the extreme right is the one my father had built during WWII and where we went to live after I left the hospital at three days old. It was a cool house. It looks like it is made of bricks, but they are cut-pieces of white Indiana limestone (now painted).
Over ten inches of snow fell, which is a lot for this area, and a winter weather advisory was just issued for tonight.
Now on to more news.
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