I’m still paying for a POTS telephone (land) line. Whether it’s just basic paranoia or a product of growing up in the 70s, I just can’t bring myself to get rid of my land line. For some reason, this cold war era technology gives me a certain degree of comfort. Not that it’s entirely without merit; during the last appreciable crisis in the pacific northwest (the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, a magnitude 6.8 roller), cell phones were virtually useless; all circuits were busy.
One of my (admittedly numerous) goals in developing my own HA solution is to track all inbound and outbound calls on my land line. This would allow me to actually measure usage to see if I’m actually getting my money’s worth, and opens the door to lots of potential features – automatically hanging up on known pesky callers, flashing caller ID on computers in the house, call frequency analysis, etc. Continue reading