Just an observation
jasnell 1000001XHY 1 Comment 459 Views
Here recently I've been trying to talk my wife into moving our house phone from a traditional POTS line to VoIP. Her reaction has been less than encouraging. For her, someone who is most definitely not cut from Geek Cloth, traditional is better because it feels more comfortable and has the perception of being more reliable. Her primary motivating thought: if there is an emergency, she knows that dialing 9-1-1 over a POTS line will work no matter what. On a VoIP line, you have to make sure your cable modem is working, your internet connection is up, and the VoIP connection is available. In other words: there are more "moving parts" so it must be less reliable. She is most definitely not alone in this way of thinking. Just look at the new electronic voting systems being deployed throughout the country. Personally, I can't see myself ever using one. Why? Because I know first hand that every piece of software ever written has flaws. I don't want the system to crash when I go to submit my vote. Just give me plain old paper and pen -- I'll mark my vote the old fashioned way. People are afraid of technology for the simple reason that technology is a scary thing. The more complex the technology appears, the scarier it is.