telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Canada's Do Not Call List --- The Pressure's On

This week has been simply filthy with telemarketers. New Windows? Charity? Save the planet?
Are we down to the last week of *grace* before the big dawgs come and cart all the evil telemarketers to telephone jail? Is it the last attempt before the doors shut to telemarketers. On Nov 1, in theory, the worst of the worst will be shut down. Or so the Canadian government thinks.

(insert evil laugh here)

Well, funny story for you. Telemarketers are already going off shore. 3 of the 4 calls this week were folks who were not located in Canada. One group left a message in Spanish. With VoIP and cheap canadian termination minutes, telemarketing firms can be safely ensconced away from the *short* arms of the Canadian Government.

It’s easy to shut down someone who’s in Canada. Slightly more tricky to find them and shut them down if they’re outside of Canada. Or outside of North America. Or outside of our hemisphere.

My confidence in the Do-Not-Call list is a measly 2 out of 10. If you are looking to stike back and take telemarketers into your own hands, check out walkonmypath.com - some good ideas, and ways to trace where and who the telemarketers really are.