... we also had a tacit agreement of "one paging joke per person per week".
Public paging is really useful in 1985 except when people abuse it.
This is addressed to the person or persons who find it really amusing to dial up the paging port and blast us all out with "music" (or should I say Musak) or "Speech chip test?". The ability to use dial up paging is very valuable to some of us, and very likely to be eliminated if much more of this B.S. goes on. Perhaps you never work late and need to find a co- worker, perhaps you are always in your office when anyone needs to find you. Many of us do depend on paging and found it a real hassle to live without it, as we will be again. When we first had this option, many years ago, we also had a tacit agreement of "one paging joke per person per week". As I remember it, this worked out pretty well, especially since the jokes were verbal (hence identifiable) and really poor quality jokesters got straightend out by peer pressure. Of course, since you have opted for anonymous aural grafitti, we don't know who you are (yet) and must fume in silence (so far). In short: fun is fun, but have a little class and please don't screw it up for the rest of us. Mike
I heartily concur with Mike's message on the abuse of the pager - DON'T DO IT FOLKS!
This is to lend weight to Mike's soapbox with some factual information. The phone system has been under construction for the last two months, with various details being nailed down along the way. Paging should have been nailed down well over two months ago, but there was a political debate on the merits and demerits of public access to paging. It is still underway, which is why the paging access numbers have not been published (officially). Obviously, there is a leak. It is occasions when a select few demonstrate their lack of restraint that will (I GUARANTEE) blow it for everyone. It is also conceivable that access to the page will be granted/denied on an individual basis, and that abuse will only harm oneself. To some of us (myself included) public access to the page is a valuable asset. If you disagree, do so in person, without using the page to contact me. I've never heard Jed say it, but "Thank you or else". sas
Did I miss a general outbrake of page-abuse?? or are the three previous letters all resulting from one (ONE!) page of questionable (ok, bad) taste???? And that one on a Friday!! (the traditional day for the once-a-week for those who chose to abuse the system). AND on the first week with a new toy <<<<oops I mean building. I remember as well as anyone else how annoying that day was a few years ago when KWIMP or some similar station was left on the page repeatedly, but I don't really remember that being a frequent problem. Maybe people around here need to be warned to keep their sense of play in control (at least those of us with perverse ideas of fun) BUT LETS NOT FORGET WE'RE NOT IBM!!! OKAY??? And I promise not to send a page THIS week, OK?
Nov 27, 1985