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Fragile modern technology

In former times when we had an analog phone at home I don't recall that it ever failed, it always had been available for years and years without a single failure. It just worked.
Modern phones use voice over ip and thus need the internet to work. And internet connections turn out to be quiet unreliable these days, as I just reported recently a 1 week outage in March with my internet connection at home. Since yesterday my line is down again and also I hear that the line in the house of my mother in law doesn't work anymore since last week.
That means: no phone, unless you have a mobile, which of course almost everyone has available these days.

In former times we had an analog radio in our kitchen and it always worked. Nowadays we have an ip radio and of course it doesn't work without an internet connection. Thus: no radio this morning.

Modern technology is fascinating, but much more fragile than older technology. If I think about the Internet Of Things on one end and the increasing amount of activities of criminals on the other end to sabotage that technology, which already is kind of fragile due to its complexity, I get a bit nervous about the future.

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Agreed. I'm still on analog where I am through ADSL. The ADSL works along with a phone line. But the phone is cordless and connected to electric, so generally when the electricity goes down my phone goes down too. I could connect the phone line to an analog phone though, in which case it should work all of the time.

South Africa is a bit behind and only now installing fibre technology in the big cities. Where I live it will take a while to catch up though. Once we're on fibre we'll probably also be on digital phones.

Must say mobile phone systems are getting better and better these days. It's always working and very rarely down. Some people are even using their mobile phone systems as hot spots with Internet, although that is still very expensive in comparison with Internet.
deanhills on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:32 am
this is why companies that seriously depend on the Internet to run have to have a redundant Internet supplier, a single internet supplier can be very unreliable, especially when running down telephone lines so its good to have one coax supplier and a telephone line supplier. then when the fastest such as the coax supplier goes down the slower backup adsl line can become active.
andy26 on Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:20 pm
Oh yeah and in regards to internet enabled devices the manufactures really need to pull their fingers out of their ar** because the security is next to non existent and this is a serious problem, especially when people are using ip cameras and internet enabled alarms and door locks.
andy26 on Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:24 pm
One good EMP and we are done!
standready on Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:57 pm
Yeah, even me that I'm young have experience the toughness and strength that analog systems have is truly amazing. They can work in the most adverse conditions and be reliable.
restonpiston on Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:13 pm

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