Transforming Network Infrastructure Industry News

TMCNet:  The Augusta Chronicle, Ga., Glynn Moore column

[December 30, 2012]

The Augusta Chronicle, Ga., Glynn Moore column

Dec 31, 2012 (The Augusta Chronicle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Every time my phone rings and it's a telemarketer, I raise a fist of fury at the Mayans for not doing a better job of ending this world when they had the chance.

The year 2012 will go down in history, I firmly believe, as the year telemarketers finally stormed the walls and brought down the bastion that was the Do Not Call list.

That list had served us well, but now these slimy people who work in cubicles, crawl on their bellies and lie through their teeth have found ways to bypass the law.

Just last week, for instance, I received a call on my cellphone.

"Hello " I said.

We're just following up," a fast-paced voice began, "because you expressed an interest on our online survey that you would like a job in our medical field and--" "You've got the wrong person," I said. "We're on the Do Not Call list, and anyway, we never took any surv--" Click! He was gone like the ghosts of Christmas.

Sometimes the calls would be funny if they weren't so maddening.

"Hello " No reply.

"Hello Helloooooooooo!" Disappointed, I hung up.

The same number immediately called back.

"Hi, there," I said, on the off chance that somebody wanted to talk with me.

"I see that you don't use our company as your home telephone provider." "No we don't," I said. "But why do you think I'd want phone service from someone who either doesn't know how to place a call or else whose service is so bad that we can't even connect with each other " Click! The caller hung up on me.

I dial the number that had called. I was told to press "1" to speak with a representative. I did, and waited. And waited. Ten minutes later, another recording came on that said no one was going to speak to me but that if I left my name and number, someone would eventually call me back.

I figured that was a ploy just to get more information about me, so I gave up.

The most common telemarketing call we get is from some alleged home security company.

The last time was just a few days ago.

"Hello " "Did you know that a home is broken into every 0.00007 seconds In fact, there's a guy in your backyard right now casing your home." "We're on the Do Not Call list," I said tiredly. "Which I told you last week when you called, and the week before that. And both times you said you'd take my name off your calling list. Anyway, we have a home secu--" Click! If you are one of these telemarketers, or hope to be one when you get out of prison, know this: I will never buy anything from people who break the Do Not Call law and are rude. Your call will be wasted. I hope you have a happy 2013, but, at the same time I'd like to say this: Click! ___ (c)2012 The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) Visit The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Ga.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To Transforming Network Infrastructure's Homepage ]

Featured Blog Entries

The History of Fiber in Data Centers, Part II

As I stated at the close of "The History of Data Centers, Part I," Fiber Mountain™ believes data centers must evolve from hub and spoke architecture—in which traffic is aggregated and delivered to a central hub—to a design that includes many direct connections.

Three Things Your Boss Wants—No, Needs—To Know About Glass Core

Fiber Mountain™ CEO and Founder— plus my longtime friend—M.H. Raza does a terrific job on this blog of explaining how our Glass Core™ architecture transforms the way data centers build their network infrastructure.

The History of Fiber in Data Centers, Part I: Past and Present

Fiber Mountain, as our company name suggests, believes fiber cabling must play a central role in helping data centers scale affordably as bandwidth needs continue to grow. Before I go further down the path to the future, however, I want to back up and provide a high-level history of fiber in the data center.

Four Reasons to Make the Leap to SDN in Your Data Center

I'm always fascinated by what causes a business trend to emerge, grow and sometimes expand to actually redefining the industry as a whole. Having spent years in the technology field, I've found the networking sector particularly exciting in this regard because true innovation can and does transform entire segments of our industry. Revolutionary processes and technologies make past deployments and best practices look laughable in light of recent innovations.

Reflections From the Fiber Mountain Launch

Over the past weeks and months, the Fiber Mountain team has worked hard to prepare for our company launch at this year's Interop New York. In this post, I want to share our thoughts from the days leading up to the October 1st unveiling and about the event itself at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

Featured Event

ITEXPO Miami 2015

January 27 - 30, 2015
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, Florida

9:30 - Wed. January 28
M. H. Raza
Fiber Mountain™
Founder & CEO

Video Showcase