Thursday, January 10, 2013
Pictured here is the somewhat awesome and, as you can see, high-tech catboxx communications center. All of my equipment is in the photo except my lappy 486, which couldn't be pictured because I need it to type this.
The centerpiece and primo instrument in this array is, of course, my beige Western Electric brand rotary phone, probably made during the 60's or 70's. The big technical advantage of this instrument over newer ones is that this one will work even during a power outage, if plugged directly into a wall jack.
Next to the phone is a fully-digital model 1739 answering machine, sold by the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, and manufactured by God or Bog knows whom. It's newer than what I wanted but it works well, and is simple and easy to use.
The black rectangle behind them is the wireless modem I lease from Century Link, and which connects me with the magic of the internet. Fortunate indeed is the reporter who has access to such powerful communications capacity, for he is able to have his fingers always on the pulse of the nation and the world.