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November 25, 2016



Congratulations! On to the 30th anniversary!


Bah! 15 years galavantin' all over the world tellin' people how to use a telephone! All you do is pick up that funnel shaped part with the wire on it, hold it up to your ear, listen a bit and if no other party is usin' the line at the time you just stick your finger in the hole with the "0", yank the dial around clockwise until it stops at the little hook thing, let it go and listen for "Operator!". Then you talk into the other funnel shaped part and tell the young missy there who you want to talk to. She'll do the connectin' for you.

Now, where's my consultin fee?!

Congrats, Tomi! Thanks for sharing!

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Winter & grouch

Thank you (very funny grouch, your check is in the mail..)

Tomi Ahonen :-)




Congratulations, Tomi! Is there a country you haven't visited yet?



You had a wire? In MY day we had to use string! And we liked it!


Here is another thing that you should explore: self-promotion workshops. I am sure there is money there.


Congrats and thanks a lot for your thoughtful analysis on your blog.



They claimed it was a wire; I had my doubts. Five telephone companies have owned the telephone wires coming to my house in the nearly 40 years I've lived here. Only the first one made significant improvements: elimination of the party line and burying the lines underground so the service didn't go out with every breeze, sprinkle, or snowfall.

Each successive owner did as little as necessary to keep billing. The last one finally did offer DSL (I'd had to explain what that meant to the previous telco), but their service and customer service was so lousy I dumped the landline for mobile access.

I still have a couple of old 'phones with the "Pulse - Tone" switch. Looking forward to the day when the grandchildren ask, "Did you have pockets that big? There's no screen! Where do you put the battery?"

Tomi T Ahonen

Hi sgtrock & grouch

On wired telecoms - gosh, I STARTED there... it was huge business once :-) Oh, before the dark side got to me, those were the days

About wires. We may well move past wiring houses (at least private houses). Telephone wires are pretty useless now. Yes, we can get fast broadband yes, that way, but mobile is stealing ever more of that business and its a slowly declining client base, where increasingly households go all-mobile and do their mobile (laptops, tablets, and the household broadband connection also) via cellular mobile 4G (and soon 5G) instead.

The electricity still needs to come in by wires, probably for the foreseeable future. Cable TV? Used to be certain, now no longer so. It may be that the cable wiring becomes a quaint old idea too. Lets see. What may happen is that the wiring is like old railroad tracks. Once they were everywhere, when so much of the old industrialized countries first built their steam-powered land connections. The other ways came like cars and airplanes and the railroads lost much of their unique offering and were slow to respond and plenty of the 'peak railroad' connectivity is long gone. Many railroads still obviously exist and are used, but mostly used for cargo carrying not humans.

I was struck by two recent news items of flying cars (and and also jetpacks). If we get to self-driving cars, and then we also get drones and eventually flying cars and/or drone-taxi services, we may find that traditional ROADS will suffer a similar fate to the railroads.

And the home wiring? Goes maybe the same way. We are probably around now at peak home wired capacity (give or take a decade) and soon they start to build homes where the telephone wiring is not inserted anymore as not worth installing.

It is interesting to see how something goes from new, to pervasive, to suddenly the dominant form that starts to kill off its rivals. Like mobile telephony is gradually killing off fixed landline telephony. And we see for example with airline mobile check-in, it is now killing off human check-in. I learned that in Malaysia at KLIA-2 the airport of the discount airlines for Kuala Lumpur's giant airport complex, the discount airline Air Asia has already abandoned all human check-in counters and only do automated check ins, either via mobile or via internet or via kiosks at the airport. They phased out the human check-in counters at one of Air Asia's largest hub airports! And this is less than 15 years from when the world's first mobile check-in was introduced by Finnair half a world away in Finland.

I think we will see more of this, kind of the 'fax' stage of what was once a new technology, which we had seen rise to prominence and then peak, and then gradually decline into oblivion.

Tomi Ahonen :-)


Congrats Tomi! Are you still taking those James Bond pics ?

Kirill Zelenski

congrats! and thanks! always pleasure to work and even speak with you.


Tomi, this must be a project to your hearth. Have you heard of it?

This is by Ross Anderson (one of the most famous security researchers):
"Last week I gave a keynote talk at CCS about DigiTally, a project we’ve been working on to extend mobile payments to areas where the network is intermittent, congested or non-existent."

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