Strange Phone Calls

A couple of days ago I received a phone call from a good friend and co-worker of mine but I wasn’t fast enough and the call ended up being a missed call.  When he called back, I answered my phone but to my surprise, he wasn’t on the other end.  Instead of his voice, I heard ringing and then a computerized time and temperature voice came on the line and began telling me the weather for some place I’d never heard of.  I ended the call and we eventually ended up talking.

I thought the above incident was a fluke and an isolated incident, but then it happened again.  My dad called me and when I answered all I heard was ringing and then a strange voice on the other end saying hello as if I’d called them.  I simply told the lady that I had the wrong number and hung up.  Again thinking, wow, this is odd and that it was another fluke of nature, until…

I was driving home last night when another friend of mine called me.  I answered my cell phone and again heard ringing and then a BBQ restaurant answered.  I again told the nice lady that I had the wrong number and hung up.

After the second incident I posted a tweet on twitter about my odd experience.  AT&T Customer Care quickly responded and could only offer simple steps to hopefully fix the problem.  In all honesty, they had no idea what they were doing and were simply trying to appease me and hope that the problem went away.  A few of my friends replied to my tweet and Facebook post as well.  They too had experienced this strange issue.

At first I thought the problem was an AT&T problem, but then one of my friends who has Verizon said it had happened to them.  I then quickly thought, oh, it must be an iPhone or Apple problem until a Samsung Galaxy user told me that they too had experienced this.

I’m not exactly sure whats happening.  I am sure that its a cell phone routing problem that’s probably happening at the data center level, but how it’s effecting cellular users across various providers baffles me.  I could understand it if it were only happening to AT&T or Verizon, but for it to be happening across multiple platforms and companies really makes me think there is something more going on.

Hopefully this post will find it’s way into someone’s reader or on Google so that my friends and I get some answers.

Thanks for reading…


Several years ago my parents bought me an iPod. Thus began my love for iTunes and the iPod/iPhone revolution. One of the very first things I found on iTunes was this section called Podcast. I remember listening to a few of them and thinking they were pretty neat.

Fast forward a few years to just a couple of years ago (it’s currently 2013) when I happened upon a little show called This Week In Google (TWiG).  I was sitting in my car and was killing time by browsing through the list of podcasts on my iPhone and for whatever reason I clicked on the TWiG podcast.  I loved it.  Since then I’ve been listening to and watching a lot of the content on the TWiT network and it’s made me want to start producing my own content.  Leo often talks about the fact that we should be producing and not just consuming content.  I want my voice to be heard.

There’s just one problem, the two areas that I know well, the Navy and law enforcement, are places I work and anything I produce could be interpreted as me making official statements for those two agencies.

The one area that I would really like to focus on is my time in the Navy Reserves.  I’ve written (here) in another post about some of my Navy adventures so it’s no secret that I’m in the Navy.  I really want to focus on making transition into the reserves as easy as possible.  The one thing I have found is that the Navy Reserves has a ton of opportunities and twice as many challenges and I want to identify each of those to make life a little easier.  I would also like to teach to an active audience.  Evaluations, orders, drills, authorized verses unauthorized absences from drill, uniforms, rate conversion and annual training are just a few areas I want to hone in on.

So with all that said, I think I am going to launch a podcast about my experiences in the Navy Reserves.  I don’t have much equipment, but I think I have just enough to get started.

I do need some suggestions on a name for my podcast though.  So, feel free to comment with your suggestion. 🙂

Stay tuned for Episode 1.

MobileMe Calendar Beta

For a while now I have been using MobileMe to sync my contacts and calendar events across all of my electronic devices.  I currently have two desktops, two laptops and two iOS devices that are being sync’ed using MobileMe.

For the most part I really enjoy adding a calendar event from my iPhone and having it show up on my desktop within a few minutes.  It’s really handy.  The one thing that I don’t like is that, for some reason, I sometimes get either a duplicate calendar event or I get a duplicate calendar on Microsoft Outlook.

All I ask from MobileMe is to sync my calendar and my contacts.  Please make it easier and don’t duplicate my events and contacts with every upgrade you make.  Before I upgraded my MobileMe calendar to the new beta I had one calendar.  Now, I have one calendar on MobileMe and I have two calendars in Outlook.  My Outlook calendar has a “calendar” and a “calendar from mobileme”.

I’m not happy with it and If Google would come out with a way to sync contacts over the air I would switch to Google and would save myself $99 a year.


I just completed a “downgrade” of MobileMe Calendar Beta and all is back to normal.  If you do the same I recommend closing Microsoft Outlook while doing the downgrade and then restart your computer afterward.