I am not a number – I am a presence !

By Paul Tingey

It came as somewhat of a surprise to me but I’ve recently realized
that, between my wife and myself, we have six phone numbers; two mobile
phones (one for work and one for personal use), three landlines (a home
office number, a fax number and a personal number) and a desk phone at
a Wind River office. This situation seems unsatisfactory in a number of
ways:

  • these numbers represent six potential "points of presence" for me and my wife
  • the numbers are, in themselves, random collections of digits and are not representative of me as a person
  • either my employer or myself is paying for replicated services
  • it just seems overly complicated

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