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  1. As you all know, the first switching system was created by Almon B. Strowger. Strowger was an undertaker who had a growing suspicion that calls for an "undertaker" would only go to the firm down the street from him. He created a mechanical solution named the Strowger, or step-by-step, switch. The switch connects two parties without the need for a human operator. The switch went on to be the basis for a large set of telephone switches across the globe. As it turns out, the operator was dating the undertaker down the street. Was this switch bound to happen? or was it 1 man, 1 machine, 1 moment, type of thing?
  2. hello fellow community members. for an i686 cpu, i HIGHLY recommend Arch linux. /end rant
  3. yea the ps3 gives you the option to download folding@home, which i contribute from time to time.
  4. the ps3 has the equivelant of 8 cores, though 1 is used strictly for system redundancy. When you say "GPU" i think you might be referring to the actual gpu, or graphical processing unit (acronyms may vary) but it is simply the video card. the ps3 vid card is nvidia. The ps3 has an option to install "an other OS". I have read a couple tutorials on how to do it, it seems pretty straight forward. a version of Yellow Dog linux was made specifically for the ps3, though I have heard of Gentoo being able to run on it as well. I am not completely sure, but I think the ps3 runs a very customized version of linux when it isnt playing a game (what the system boots into). Someone might have to correct me on that. I was pretty excited to find out I can install linux, I thought it would allow me to pretty much create my own dev box for trying to make video games. Sadly, the video card is locked down and cant be accessed. Plus, itd be cool, but not pratical, that is what computers are for. The point you made about the cpu is pretty much the exact reason why games such as the latest Madden run at 30 fps (if that) and not at 60 fps like on the xbox. The developers just havent had enough time to really dig into the hardware and understand how it works (360 been out a year longer). Though I would expect this to change in the coming years; the ps2 still has a shelf life whereas the xbox is completely gone from best buys/cc's/wal-marts. part of the reason why developers havent been able to dig into the hardware is because it has been so expensive to get a devkit. The hardware for ps3 is sold at a loss for Sony. Part of the reason why they are willing to do this is because they really want Blu-ray to win the format wars (blu-ray > hd-dvd in terms of specs). If that is the case, they will easily make up the difference over time.
  5. sudo apt-get install supertux
  6. My friend had this problem on his Dell laptop. It turned out the connection of the jack inside the laptop case was faulty. By jiggling the headphones while plugged in, it would sometimes cause the wires to connect and sound would work. The speakers worked perfectly fine this whole time as well.
  7. If you are burning the .iso from XP, I recommend ActiveISO It is pretty straight forward.
  8. I had the phone in my hand, and I was about to dial the first number, and then I realized..what do I say when they pick up? (please excuse my nubsauce..i catch on quick)
  9. pwn thanks a lot. My mom bought me "Asterisk: the Future of Telephony" for Christmas. From reading that, and hearing random blurbs about phones on syndicated BRR, I had some questions come up. The first place I looked, for better or worse, was wikipedia...I cant find the exact article I was looking at.. My brain is melting right now from some other stuff, but I am going to absorb this as soon as I collect my marbles again.
  10. ok I am going to need a minute to think and digest this.... part 1 and the epilogue were pretty much correct though? thanks again
  11. ------------------------------------------------ part 1: I would like to clarify this real quick... NPA = the area code (cant start with 0 or 1) NXX = the first 3 digits of a typical 7 digit number (again, cant start with 0 or 1) Station code = the last 4 digits of the number so a number like: (323)467-4466 would equate to: (NPA)NXX-StationCode Further more, the NPA is the area code, which helps to break out the phone number by region. The NXX is the code used to identify the Central Office that routes the call. the Station code represents the actual entity you are trying to call. NPA's are only relative to the North American region, hence why some phone numbers over in Europe dont seem to follow the same pattern as local numbers do. -------------------------------------------------------------- part 2: Why must I dial "1" before making a long distance call? (i.e - using the NPA code) I am speculating here a bit... In computer science, a 0 = off and a 1 = on. So when I call billy down the street, it is almost always the same area code (NPA code) and so I can omit the area code. If I want to call someone in another area code, I dial 1 first, as to say "I am going to give you a NPA code" (as speaking to the phone). Im guessing it defaults to 0, and that is why I can omit it when I call billy. -------------------------------------------------------------- epilogue: Over the course of the past month or so, I have developed a curiosity for phone systems. I wish there were some books (in print, not online) I could read that would explain this stuff. So, please correct any mistakes in my logic and point me in the direction of a good resource (preferably a printed book). thanks
  12. How exactly do you scan? ic0n, are you talking about the Columbus airport? Calland note every number from 00-99. Some people (myself included) scan via handscanning thus dialing everything by hand. Some other people like to use a wardialer to have a machine call the numbers for them. I'm planning on doing Baltimore's (BWI) airport. Altho CLE and CIN would also be good to do. cool, I wasn't sure if calling each line manually was the way to go, I guess there are better ways. One more question, how do you do this without the telco wondering what you are doing? (If I can do this with a minimal amount of getting in trouble, Id gladly like to contribute the airports in Central Ohio..mainly Columbus Int'l and possibly OSU)
  13. How exactly do you scan? ic0n, are you talking about the Columbus airport?
  14. ------------------------------------------------ part 1: I would like to clarify this real quick... NPA = the area code (cant start with 0 or 1) NXX = the first 3 digits of a typical 7 digit number (again, cant start with 0 or 1) Station code = the last 4 digits of the number so a number like: (323)467-4466 would equate to: (NPA)NXX-StationCode Further more, the NPA is the area code, which helps to break out the phone number by region. The NXX is the code used to identify the Central Office that routes the call. the Station code represents the actual entity you are trying to call. NPA's are only relative to the North American region, hence why some phone numbers over in Europe dont seem to follow the same pattern as local numbers do. -------------------------------------------------------------- part 2: Why must I dial "1" before making a long distance call? (i.e - using the NPA code) I am speculating here a bit... In computer science, a 0 = off and a 1 = on. So when I call billy down the street, it is almost always the same area code (NPA code) and so I can omit the area code. If I want to call someone in another area code, I dial 1 first, as to say "I am going to give you a NPA code" (as speaking to the phone). Im guessing it defaults to 0, and that is why I can omit it when I call billy. -------------------------------------------------------------- epilogue: Over the course of the past month or so, I have developed a curiosity for phone systems. I wish there were some books (in print, not online) I could read that would explain this stuff. So, please correct any mistakes in my logic and point me in the direction of a good resource (preferably a printed book). thanks
  15. /me wishes he could contact people in 614