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The Telecom Digest for August 02, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 192 : "text" Format
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Re: Wider-range cordless phones?(Joseph Singer)
Re: Wider-range cordless phones?(Adam H. Kerman)
Re: L.A. County starting over on emergency communications system(Tom Horne)

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Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:33:08 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Wider-range cordless phones? Message-ID: <1312169588.81289.YahooMailClassic@web161509.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:28:42 -0700 AES <siegman@stanford.edu> wrote: > Can anyone suggest any particularly good extended-coverage cordless > phone models for this purpose? Single line models are all we really > need, though a dual or even quad-line model could be of some use. > Models where you can exert a fair amount of control over the base > station from the cordless handset keyboards would be handy. Consider getting a DECT (used to stand for Digital European Cordless Telephone but now stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) type phone see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DECT
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 20:13:41 +0000 (UTC) From: "Adam H. Kerman" <ahk@chinet.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Wider-range cordless phones? Message-ID: <j171dl$ob8$1@news.albasani.net> Rich Greenberg <richgr@panix.com> wrote: >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. Your wife doesn't understand. When you're in the bathroom, somehow, the people who are difficult to get hold of who won't leave complete messages in voice mail or email just know that's when to call with important information that you need that you aren't in position to act on nor take notes. If you have a phone in there with you, it defeats them. You want the phone in there so it never rings when you use the terlet.
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:31:03 -0400 From: Tom Horne <hornetd@verizon.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: L.A. County starting over on emergency communications system Message-ID: <4E34BE67.9010001@verizon.net> Some of the readers may wonder how a big company like Raytheon was brought up short at the last moment: carefully read the last part of this LA Times article and you have the answer. The pending deal with Raytheon has been roiled by allegations of impropriety for months. Motorola Co., which also bid on the project, filed a formal protest over the way in which the two companies' proposals were evaluated. Company executives again vigorously protested when a member of the county's negotiation team gave Raytheon staffers classified technical information from Motorola's proposal. Motorola threatened legal action if the deal with Raytheon went through. Because the board's deliberations were made in private, it was not immediately clear how much, if at all, the prospect of a protracted legal battle played into the decision by the project board to walk away from contract talks. Motorola officials declined to be interviewed, but made clear they plan to compete with Raytheon once again for the project. "We support the Board's action today and look forward to responding to their revised solicitation as soon as it is released," the company said in a prepared statement. Copyright 2011, Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/ I think that about say's it all. Motorola is the undisputed king of hardball in large contract awards. Raytheon undoubtedly was working as an "Integrator", rather than taking a "Sole Contractor" approach. As far as I know, Raytheon is not in the mobile radio business directly. It is absolutely critical to the Motorola business model to get these large contracts as a sole source provider so that after the competitive process is over they have successfully wedded the buyer to Motorola as the only practical source for expansions, replacements, and spares. When Motorola is not the original provider they have no practical way to charge five thousand dollars for each portable radio in the out years of the project. Open source, standards based systems are deadly to the Motorola business model. Think of Motorola as the Microsoft of Radio. For Microsoft, Open Office is the worst thing to ever happen in "Their" industry. Keep in mind that mantra that Microsoft first introduced us to: "Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt." And likewise "Nobody ever gets fired for specifying Microsoft - er, Motorola." -- Tom
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