[Telecom] Re: Telephones and dorm rooms

It's funny looking at my college yearbook and seeing pictures of the

> faculty offices. All had a black rotary 6 button keyset. The rent > for all those key systems must have been enormous.


In those days the professors' offices were in clusters. The line buttons on the phone was for their own line, nearby lines, and a local INT with the secretary. If a phone kept ringing unanswered, either the dept secretary or another prof would answer it and take a message.

This was very common in offices everywhere back then.

But I suspect much of that has been eliminated through voice mail. If the prof isn't there, the voice mail takes the message automatically. There may be fewer secretaries (I suspect so, my employer has fewer). Also, email has eliminated the need for calls.

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Ha - in my former job we had a Prologix G3iv11 with 6408 stations everywhere.

In the I.T. unit we all had voice mail but every now and then someone would pickup someone elses line. It got so bad I disable call pickup on our lines.

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