I took my first ever trip to Russia in 1993, working for telecom giant U S WEST (now QWEST) on rolling out a series of join-venture telecom startups. Our partners in these new venture companies were a combination of European equipment providers and local newly privatized Russian service providers. I got to spend quite a bit of time in local offices of these Russian telecom companies, which had until recently been branch offices of the Soviet national telecom service provider. (This was the early days of post-Soviet Russia.)
One of our regional managers, who was attempting to bring digital wireless service online in the city of Nizhni Novgorod, told me about an interesting experience he had in one such office.
As I often point out, one of the hallmarks of rapidly advancing technologies is how capabilities that once required massive infrastructure such as would only be available to a large corporation or government agency a few years ago are rapidly passing into the hands of individuals. This is cool when it means that regular people can now produce music or movies that would have once required a large record company or film studio to produce. But it also means that regular people can much more easily engage in activities like “checking for line noise.”
With that caveat in mind, I’m still very excited to read the following over at Workplace Learning Today:
Here’s an application I’ll likely try this week. Recordable is a free online service that allows you to record phone calls. It’s simple to use:
- Dial a specific phone number
- Follow the prompts and dial the phone number of the person you’re trying to reach
- Receive a session code you can use to retrieve the recording
Speaking as a podcaster, I am delighted to see that the clumsy workarounds we had to use to make a decent recording of a phone call even three or four years ago are no longer necessary. But speaking as an advocate of organizational (and other varieties of) transparency who has recently been issuing warnings about the nasty habit information has of not going away, I want to point out that such advances require caution.
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Obviously, applicants would need to be notified that this is being done. I wonder how that knowledge would impact the applicant’s behavior?