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Bought a new phone

My new phone has arrived. I decided to buy it after the hurricane Sandy hit our area. My cell phone didn’t work. My landline phone wouldn’t operate without the electrical power, which we didn’t have. In software architecture we have a term: a single point of failure. A pre-requisite to have the power line to operate a phone is an overkill. And now this beauty has arrived. It doesn’t need the power line: one wire goes into the phone jack and this is it.

In software I love the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid. My new phone was designed just like that. The dial tone is loud and has no static noise. I’ll tell you more: it even has a lighted keypad. It’s cheaper than iPhone and doesn’t require a two year contract. Can’t go wrong for $9.99.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, the AT&T Trimline Telephone:

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Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion (https://java-champions.java.net). He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press).