Confessions of an Outlier–and that is NOT “liar”

July 16th, 2009 |

About

I started out working with troubled children and families running residential facilities and crisis management teams. I have been a professional writer and spent ten years creating and managing social media. If that makes no sense to you, think how I feel. Want to know more? MarcScribe.com

I am finding myself in an interesting position. I just got off the phone with a 21-year-old college student who called me to get advice on how to set up a cheap VOIP phone system she could use to send and receive calls over her dormitory network. This is not how it is supposed to be. I get this kind of thing all the time–kids asking ME how to use the new social media and technology. And then I get fellow aging boomers asking the same sort of questions–most of them are just interested in pictures of the grandkids at this point.

I guess that the premise of this blog may, in fact, be wrong–and that is not the kind of admission that you hear from a guy like me without using waterboarding. There may, indeed, be a digital divide between the old and the young, but, when you get right down to it, only a crazy few keep up with the leading edge.

I think that Google Voice may be an example of that. I have looked at what they are doing, though I do not have access yet. They keep promising to open it up. I already have the phone system I want, using Skype. I have a phone number and a fax number–uh, some of my clients still use this ancient technology. It is already printed on my business card, so there is not much chance that I will change it any time soon. It all costs me about $70 a year.

It took me about 3 days to set that up and, from what I can tell, Google Voice will do it out of the box. Oh well.

By the way, I am pretty sure that Google Voice will end up changing the whole way that we use the system. I will leave it to all of you to. uh, google this new technology and see if you agree. It is okay with me if you bing or yahoo it, by the way. Tell me what you think. I think that this is going to make a very marked change in the use of the telephone system.

In the words of Mr. Yeats, “What rough beast slouches to Bethelehem to be born?”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/formsofplato formsofplato

    Hey Mark;

    What do you suppose Yeats meant by the line: “What rough beast slouches to Bethelehem to be born?”

    I can normally interpret poetry I haven’t encountered before but this one is lost on me. Edification welcome. Thanks!

    -@formsofplato

  • http://www.twitter.com/formsofplato formsofplato

    Hey Mark;

    What do you suppose Yeats meant by the line: “What rough beast slouches to Bethelehem to be born?”

    I can normally interpret poetry I haven't encountered before but this one is lost on me. Edification welcome. Thanks!

    -@formsofplato