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Blog Post: What the Biggest Telecom Companies Websites Looked Like at Launch

AT&T Website at LaunchSince its creation in 1990, the World Wide Web has undergone rapid growth and improvement. Along with that growth came website design evolvement. Original websites were not only more capably limited back in the 90’s they also looked different. Much different. A recent post on the GetVoIP.com blog uses the unique, time-traveling resourcefulness of Archive.org’s Wayback Machine to highlight just how different some of the largest telecom companies sites look now compared to when they were first launched. Some of these sites were launched in the early days of the web while others went live only a few years ago. However, each one of them has undergone its own transformation, and they are all sure to do so again and again to keep up with ever-changing internet style.

The author of the post, Reuben Yonatan, is the founder and CEO of GetVoIP, a comprehensive online VoIP shoppers guide featuring service provider comparisons, reviews, and an insightful blog aimed at offering unique guidance and insights to all VoIP shoppers. Feel free to contact them for more info on their services.

Reuben’s idea influenced me to look into the history of the PICS Telecom website. Having been here for over a decade I have seen the website transform, but it is certainly nostalgic to look back at the differences now. Take a look:

 

1999

PICS Website 1999

2006

PICS Website 2006

2010

PICS Website 2010

2014

PICS Website 2014

How has your website changed? Has it kept pace through the years? Is it due for a fresh look?

-Bill

 

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Sandy Bends, But Doesn’t Break the Internet

Rochester, NY is 6-7 hours from New York City but we still received the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Though not nearly as devastating, we were hit with wind and rain that took down power for about 48 hours.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that is still digging out from the storm.

The article below illustrates the high quality of technology equipment we are currently using and the amount of force it can withstand.  It is truly amazing the damage that was caused by this natural disaster. It is more amazing the minimal amount of damage that was done to the telecom infrastructure.

“Yesterday it was about what broke, today let it be about what didn’t. When Sandy tore through the MidAtlantic as the largest such storm on record, it could have been much, much worse for fiber, copper, wireless, cloud, and content.

With all the power outages, the only data centers we seem to have lost were the ones whose basements were filled by the storm surge in lower Manhattan and thus lost their backup generators. Of course, there were some hiccups elsewhere and we could still lose more if the diesel doesn’t get delivered soon enough or the power feeds don’t come back up. But by and large it’s amazing just how much worked the way it was supposed to.

Backbone networks appeared to be largely unaffected. Diverse routing kicked in where needed, and carriers largely prepared this one away. Of course, everyone has a PoP or two in NYC under water are under water. But hey, storm surges destroy everything. Except, apparently, landing stations. The various transatlantic cables that land on Long Island and the New Jersey coast seem to have weathered the storm without much fuss, at least that we know of yet.

On the wireless side, the media will focus on the fact that 1/4 of all towers across 10 states were knocked offline. But hey, it was a hurricane and 3/4 of all towers stayed up despite the winds, and there is more coverage than there is non-coverage.

Cable networks did fine, so long as customers had the power to use them, and landlines have held up pretty well too. 911 service has been stretched of course, but it also has largely done what it is supposed to do. The big problem really is the power infrastructure, which really got nailed.

So congrats to all the network engineers and field technicians and risk management guys and the rest out there in telecom and internet infrastructure. Given the size of the storm and the overall devastation it caused, it’s actually quite impressive how well the region’s telecommunications infrastructure has held up. Hopefully my house did as well.”

October 31st, 2012 by Robert Powell

http://www.telecomramblings.com/2012/10/sandy-bends-but-doesnt-break-the-internet/#more-18766

Link: AOL Hunts and Catches the Power Hog

This is a great article about how decommissioning and cleaning can improve your network infrastructure. AOL was able to save $5million! How much could your company save?

Thanks to Rob at Telecom Ramblings for sharing this post!