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Larry the phone guy

    I currently work by day for Dobson Fiber. Dobson provides Fiber internet services and hosted phones. Dobson is based in Oklahoma.

    Dobson acquired Pinnacle Telecommunications in 2021 to extend their reach into Arkansas. Before that, I was a part of Pinnacle.

    Many of the old telephone systems are hardly being supported any more. I have been a Toshiba phone tech for over 10 years. So, part of what I am doing on the side is keeping them running a while longer until they can be replaced.

    Once the move is made, I then offer cabling services to get businesses ready for the new Internet based phones.

What happened to Toshiba?

    They actually quit the phone business. The Surprise announcement was made early 2017 they were shutting down their business phone division. Financial reasons involving project not related to phone system was sited. Mitel bought out parts of it to continue supporting their systems for a limited time. As of October 2019, Toshiba systems officially reached EOL (End of Life).

    It is still possible to get replacement hardware through refurbishing companies to keep most systems running. Expansion is be very limited. There is no way to obtain required licenses to grow the system or use any of it's IP based features.

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Don't mind the laughing


    This quiz consists of four questions that tell whether or not you are qualified to be a professional. The answers are below. The questions are not that difficult. You just need to think like a professional. Do not read the answer until after you've answered it your self!

How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

    Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put the giraffe in and close the door. This question tests whether or not you are doing simple things in a complicated manner.

How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

    Incorrect Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and shut the refrigerator.

    Correct answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This question tests your foresight.

The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

    Correct answer: The elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. This question tests if you are capable of comprehensive thinking.

    OK, if you did not answer the last three questions correctly, this one may be your last chance to test your qualifications to be a professional.

There is a river filled with crocodiles. How do you cross it?

    Correct answer: Simply swim across. There cannot be any crocodiles in the river as they are all attending the animal conference. The question tests your reasoning ability.

    According to Price Waterhouse, around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers got several correct answers. Price Waterhouse further says this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.

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