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Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:46:35 +0000 (UTC) From: Koos van den Hout <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: multi-base DECT or options Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> David Lesher <email@example.com> wrote in <firstname.lastname@example.org>: > A friend has a house too long for his DECT phones to reach into > the garage. I was thinking someone made a system with multiple > base stations, interconnected via wire-pair. Does such exist? Only in the "business" market for as far as I know, with matching prices for having larger numbers of cordless phones all over a larger building using multiple base stations. Maybe some business is selling them secondhand. > Alternately, I see "DECT repeaters" mentioned various > places. ("DRX100") Any experience with those? Not for me. > I seem to recall one promise of DECT was cross-brand > interoperability. Is that really true? Yes.. but. There are DECT base stations and handsets with GAP (Generic Access Profile) which means they can at least send and receive calls between brands. Specialized features like centrally stored phone books or configuring base station options from the handset will not be supported with mixed brands. Koos van den Hout -- Koos van den Hout Homepage: http://idefix.net/ PGP keyid DSS/1024 0xF0D7C263 Webprojects: Camp Wireless http://www.camp-wireless.org/ The Virtual Bookcase http://www.virtualbookcase.com/
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:24:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: A Practical Guide to Buying and Selling Smartphones That Last / A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer Message-ID: <email@example.com> A Practical Guide to Buying and Selling Smartphones That Last By FARHAD MANJOO MARCH 13, 2014 In my column today, I wrote about buying smartphones with an eye to longevity - not just using them for two years and then leaving them forgotten in the desk drawer. Several readers have asked me for more specific details. Below are more ideas, including advice on how to choose the right carrier, some ins and outs of buying used phones instead of new ones, and tactics for selling or trading in old devices when buying new ones. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/a-practical-guide-to-buying-and-selling-smartphones-that-last/ A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/technology/personaltech/the-radical-concept-of-longevity-in-a-smartphone.html -or- http://goo.gl/x2Flgx
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:20:45 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Target Missed Signs of a Data Breach Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Target Missed Signs of a Data Breach By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS and NICOLE PERLROTH MARCH 13, 2014 Target acknowledged on Thursday that its computer security system had alerted it to suspicious activity after hackers infiltrated its network last year, but the company ultimately decided to ignore it, allowing what would become one of the largest data breaches ever recorded to proceed without a hitch. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/target-missed-signs-of-a-data-breach.html
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 02:31:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: After Online Dating, Online Making Up Message-ID: <email@example.com> After Online Dating, Online Making Up By ABBY ELLIN MARCH 10, 2014 Here is what Steve S. and Sarah B. do when they fight: They take a breath, go to their smartphones, and click on Couple Counseling & Chatting, a free app created by their real-life therapist, Marigrace Randazzo-Ratliff. Unlike Samantha, the husky-voiced operating system in the movie "Her" who had an intense personal relationships with the protagonist, the app does not organize their desktops or schedule their meetings. Nor, for that matter, does it engage in erotic activities. Rather, it helps the couple, who have been married 10 years and have two small children, figure out why they're arguing. "When you're feeling good about each other, you work together and discuss solutions even over the most difficult challenges," said Steve, 44, a brand development manager in Ann Arbor, Mich., who asked that his last name not be used so he could speak more freely about the relationship. "When you're not feeling good about each other, you fight, even over the most irrelevant things. "We use the app to help us learn what's really causing us to be in a place where we're going to rely on conflict." People have long used technology to find partners. But now technology is playing a growing role in relationships, according to a new report from the Pew Research Internet Project. ... http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/after-online-dating-online-making-up/ Couples, the Internet, and Social Media How American couples use digital technology to manage life, logistics, and emotional intimacy within their relationships http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/11/couples-the-internet-and-social-media/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** Emacs still has ELIZA's DOCTOR app. What's new? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:21:12 -0400 From: James Cloos <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: multi-base DECT or options Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>>> "DL" == David Lesher <email@example.com> writes: DL> A friend has a house too long for his DECT phones to reach into DL> the garage. I was thinking someone made a system with multiple DL> base stations, interconnected via wire-pair. Does such exist? As Koos wrote, they are expensive. The one I've looked at is: http://www.aastrausa.com/sip-dect.htm http://www.aastrausa.com/ip-detc-base-station.htm http://www.aastrausa.com/rfp-l32-ip_rfp-l34-ip.htm and see here for some decent US pricing: http://www.voipsupply.com/manufacturer/aastra/sip-dect They use dect over ethernet to communicate between the master base- station and the satellite stations. OTOH, you can have two residential pstn basestations on the same line, one on each side of the house. I would not expect them to do handoff (each basestation would have its own set of handhelds) but it ought to work. And cost less than a dual basestation Aastra setup. -JimC -- James Cloos <firstname.lastname@example.org> OpenPGP: 1024D/ED7DAEA6
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