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  1. So I've been lurking around in a hotel for a little while, and they have a Rolm here of all things! There's a few more things to record, but the meantime, I thought I'd throw this up. rolm_weirdness.flac The night I was messing around with the modem in the satellite receiver in my room, I hooked a phone patch up to the line to hear what it was dialing - and transmitting to the other end. For some reason, when the hotel phone (which on a possibly unrelated note is a total piece of garbage. Thankfully, the Rolm is cool with my 500 set) is hooked up to the line, the music on hold port on the PBX starts to bleed through when the phone is on-hook. Why this is I have no idea, but I thought I'd share it. Also, every so often - only at night, the crosstalk on other pairs terminating to the PBX tends to get really, really loud. We made a recording of this via the Dialogic machine while I was on the bridge. Sorry about the AGC. Chuck and foner00t's reactions should give you a good idea of how loud it actually is, though. message54.wav
  2. Granite Telecommunications is one of the big resellers; usually retail chains and such get their phone lines through them. You'd think that would work - and to your credit, it very well could, but it seems like a lot of the incumbent LECs - and certainly the cable companies would rather see their network burnt to ashes around them than even acknowledge phrases like "competitive pricing" or "making a service more appealing". This trend is reaching to cable TV, and even beginning to affect wired internet; if I remember right, a fifth of the US no longer has a wired internet connection. It doesn't make sense to me (and I assume the rest of this forum) unless you're just using your internet for Facebook/only browsing at work or something, but I've seen people do it. Likewise for POTS unless you're spending like, thirty minutes on the phone every month. Windstream is also an incumbent carrier with their own outside plant, though; that's what makes this whole situation so weird. Anything is possible, but I've never seen territory overlap like that.
  3. Yeow, $75 for one line? You could look around for competitive long distance; MCI is still a thing (though it's under Verizon's corporate umbrella, they've done next to nothing with them), and if you call for a rate quote, they'll very aggressively try to sell you long distance a-la 20 years ago. So if you call for a rate quote, I'd divert (208-364-0151 will work nicely since it's an 800 number. They'll also will ask you for a callback number, so have your favorite test number ready). The upside to this is they're willing to throw in irresponsible extras like a toll-free number that shares minutes on your unlimited plan for free. That, and the technical quality of the MCI network is actually quite high; there's a few routes you'll want to avoid, like their one to Omaha however. AT&T is similarly good, but they're less enthusiastic about selling it to you. If what they're trying to sell you doesn't sound particularly attractive, one thing you can do for the conference is use three-way from your cell phone or call forwarding; that way, you can still get a decent toll route (You should be fine with VZW. T-Mobile and possibly AT&T not so much, Sprint is hit and miss) and not have to settle with Google Voice or the, er, wonderful sound you usually get from cell phones. I think as far as residences go, real POTS is all they offer. My experience with them was mostly okay when I lived near Portland (it's different from one region to the next, but I was definitely paying less than $75 back when I only had one line), but one thing you've got to watch out for is their least cost routing list if you get their long distance service. When I played with their stuff, it seemed like what I was able to call was sorta defined by whether or not they had a half-decent route to the destination. Any terminating switch they own should be great sounding. Anything they don't...well, it's hit and miss. To their credit, they usually will fix anything really bad if you call repair, but it's still annoying to say the least. As far as local service goes, a DMS-100 can be really interesting or kinda boring; it all depends on how they have it set up. Ex-United Tel is usually fairly interesting though, and if I remember right, you found a couple payphones in your town you can check out the switch from. The switchid article I worked on should mention some of the things to look at; .
  4. So as I usually do, I set up a Dialogic doohickey on my phone line since I'll be away from it for a good while. This time, one of the Shadytel Toorcamp boxes! One I'll need to rework a little; it was something I finished up in sort of a mad rush, and it'll occasionally show, but it's still pretty usable. For the moment I've got a Google Voice pointing to it (lemme know if you're aware of any better forwarding services, though; it keeps docs out of the equation for both me and whomever touches it, but quality-wise, it sort of negates the advantages of using a real phone line). If you'd like to mess around with it, the number is 434-406-4147. When the voicemail greeting comes on, provided you don't get the Google voicemail when it's busy, press *. At the tone, you can press any of these: 1110 - Here's a thing that lets you play and record a bunch of sounds. If you want to fuck with it, the valid categories on there right now are #, 1, 1#, 2, 247, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. If you want to record anything of your own, just specify another one and it'll create it for you. As the categories would suggest, # actually counts as a digit - it isn't used to confirm an entry right now. Once you're playing something, you can press 7/8/9 for lower/normal/higher volume, 4/5/6 for rewind/return to menu/fast forward, 1/3 to go between recordings. If you hit something wrong, it'll give you a help menu. There's some audiobooks on here, some Phonetrips, some Twilight Zone Radio, some random shit left over from some projects, and some even more random stuff the Toorcamp people stuck on there. Let me know how it sounds; I tried to make sure it all sounds great over the phone. 1111 - Early version of the same thing without categories. There's a few different recordings on there, and things are laid out slightly differently. 1112 - Gregory Evans robot. Someday I'd like to create another one of these, but nobody else makes rants that span hours. None that sound funny out of context, anyway. 1337 - News headlines. Updates at ~25 minutes after every hour. Some of these are sort of quiet; the reason for that is the machine wasn't designed to deal with loop loss. Since it had a T1 card when all the Toorcamp stuff happened, there wasn't any to speak of, and the DSP in the Definity could be used to adjust for that anyway. The loss plan on my local switch is a bit beyond my control, though. The volume control thingie on the category player should at least help make that a little less of an issue though. On the technical side, this is all done in event-driven C code. Not especially pleasant to write, but it's super efficient; with a couple calls, it usually peaks at 0.3% CPU usage on a 1.2 GHz Celeron machine and uses 5 MB of RAM, more than half of which is for library functions. Pretty much anything could probably run this - maybe even all the way down to a 386. It kinda makes me wonder if there's any picoITX boards that accept full length PCI cards.
  5. I hear ya, I've had an uncomfortably busy schedule myself in the past few weeks. I'm currently holed up in a hotel (with a Rolm! Definitely getting some recordings of this one), and have been trying to work out a good way to scan. I've got one of two things that're possibly in the works at the moment. Either one of them should do just fine with some time. In the meantime though, courtesy of the satellite receiver in my room, the Dish modem doohickey - 866-366-8634. This is the number it uses to phone home with usage metrics, bill for pay per view stuff, and what have you. While it sounds like it'll probably connect at any speed, the Dish receiver in question does it at 1200 baud. Hmm! So one of those MCIMetro ATS 0xx codes still works? I'll definitely have to get a look at that. If you whistle a 1050 hertz tone (the fax presence tone), that thing will hang up on you .
  6. Yeah, the topic came up because we were discussing PBXes where you might be relegated to dialing just a couple of digits. The rotary dial stuff sounds good in theory, but if you dial, say, 9+1167, there's a lot of scenarios where that'll be interpreted as 911. A couple years ago, I think the FCC actually asked around to make sure the room phones in hotels would do exactly this.
  7. So if you've looked around a while, you've probably seen some places that talk about dialing *72 as 72#. During a conversation, a friend on the bridge brought up that you can dial *67 as just 67 and wait on his switch. So whenever I get a chance now, I do check and see whether or not I'm dialing from will actually allow this. As far as I can tell, it seems to be somewhat rare, but also a very workable thing in some places. So have you ever seen this?
  8. Actually, they shut down the GSM network too; only T-Mobile provides large-scale GSM service in the US now. I'd argue that probably has more to do with AT&T's corporate politics than general obsolescence, but if T-Mobile follows suit, we'll definitely talk. But yeah - as others have said, by 2008, basically nobody made new stuff that spoke AMPS, and it used up a considerable amount of spectrum to boot. I don't think surveillance is a huge issue to most consumers judging by how the Snowden leaks have gone down, but A5/1, the encryption standard used in GSM, has been considered insecure for quite some time now. I dunno about UMTS and LTE, but you do hear about people devising attacks against them occasionally. To what degree though, I'm not quite sure. EDIT: That being said, I think CDMA has been facing the axe as well. From what I understand, that has a lot to do with Qualcomm doing licensing on an annual (or monthly, I forget which) basis. Once they end of life the base station equipment, unless you can find some way to bypass the licensing (which would probably be a serious breach of contract. No established carrier would dare upsetting a big manufacturer like that), it's basically a paperweight; end of story. Someone who works with that sort of thing has remarked that a lot of recent carrier-side infrastructure is no longer made with the idea of longevity in mind. Hmmmm! I wonder if I should start carrying something that searches for AMPS signals on long trips. Could you flip through FCC licenses to get an idea of who might be doing this?
  9. So not too long ago, Ramsaso brought to my attention that Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent didn't EoL the 1AESS because they didn't want to support it anymore, but because AT&T cancelled their maintenance contract. Since they were the last 1A support customer, they dismantled the last lab 1AESS in Naperville, Illinois. That got me thinking about a lot of things, but most importantly, if they had a 1AESS lab in Naperville, what else do they have there? The answer? I have no idea, but they have two whole exchanges - 630-713 and 630-979 assigned to them. This might be one of those cases where having a thing that isn't a person dial numbers for you might actually be a good idea. Even for a group project, 20,000 numbers is a bit much. Especially here; if you look around, you'll discover it's, er, a little underwhelming for a place where there's switch labs. But given the potential reward for finding something fun here, I thought I might mention it anyway. Never know; sometimes if you just dial around for patterns like x000, x999 or whatever (though maybe not those specific ones here, sadly), you'll find stuff. Anyway, 630-979-4000 is probably the most useful number of the bunch - this doohickey is the custom voicemail platform someone came up with. It sounds like an engineer farted it out in a day or two, but it has a working name directory if nothing else. The system has a weird way of arranging phone numbers. For example, 630-713-1744 maps out to 2-873-1744 internally. 630-979-9599, likewise, is 2-879-9599.
  10. Sure, but some end offices have them too: 971-230-0019, 503-416-1124, 208-364-0120. For what it's worth, Washougal is a DMS-10. As far as I know, the EDRAM cards with the Noot Lady only work on DMS-100 family switches. The DMS-10 manual mentions some kind of equivalent though, so I could definitely be wrong. For whatever it's worth, RBOC lines coming into that building are from PTLDOR69, so it's also possible it's just something from the Capitol DMS-100. I could swear they put Pat Fleet stuff on that switch though.
  11. The way I did mine was a bit weird; the server in question doesn't have a VGA card, so I did the first installation stage on a VMWare instance, loaded it onto a hard drive with another OS, SSHed in, and then simply used dd to copy it to yet another drive. That was just the OS installation though; all the RPMs were installed just the same as everybody else's. At the end of the day though, I installed it onto an old 20 GB (from that same Dell when a bigger drive was put in, actually) IDE drive I don't have much use for otherwise. There's nothing particularly special about it. Anyway, sorry this has taken so long. I do actually plan on uploading an image with this at some point so we can get to the bottom of what's going on. Aside from the hardware concerns though, I would like to shuffle around some data (mostly voicemails; the passwords on a machine like this are obviously throwaways) before giving it out. I did have it answering my phone for a while when I wasn't around.
  12. Dimension L1000R
  13. If memory serves me right, that rules out McLeodUSA, TW and XO; only the Integra and MCI DMSes have no trailer code. My money is on Integra.
  14. Sure, could you? Sorry it took me so long to respond; it's been a weird month. The PSU in question is a Dell HP-P1457F3.
  15. Yup! Every night.