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  1. I walked into Diesel Bookstore in Oakland on Thursday and was pleasantly surprised to find they actually had copies of Exploding The Phone on display. (Proof: http://bit.ly/XZQt9R) And people are sending me emails most every day saying that they are receiving copies from Amazon.
    I guess that means it's real! :-)
    In other news:
    For those of you who don't care for paper, Grove/Atlantic informs me that the Kindle and Nook editions will be out February 5.
    I'm delighted to report that IEEE Spectrum will be running an excerpt from the book in their February issue. It's already up on their web site at http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/standards/phreaking-out-ma-bell.
    As a reminder, here's a quick summary of the book tour dates and places:

    Los Angeles, CA 2/11 at Skylight Books, 7 pm
    Menlo Park, CA 2/13 at Kepler's, 7:30 pm
    Oakland, CA 2/15 at Diesel, 7 pm
    Portland, OR 2/19 at Powell's Burnside, 7:30 pm
    Seattle, WA 2/20 at Town Hall, 6 pm
    Bellingham, WA 2/22 at Village Books, 7 pm
    San Francisco 2/25 at Book Passage (Ferry Building), 6 pm
    Washington, DC 2/27 at Politics and Prose, 7 pm
    Cambridge, MA 2/28 at Harvard Book Store, 7 pm
    Denver, CO 3/6 at Tattered Cover, 7:30 pm

    We continue to work on a venue in NYC and will post something here when we have it nailed down. The most up-to-date details on the book tour can always be found at http://explodingthephone.com/tour.php.
    Finally, a favor: once you've read the book, if you liked it, I would be grateful if you would post a brief review on amazon.com. Just visit the amazon web page (http://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Phone-Untold-Teenagers-Outlaws/dp/080212061X) and scroll down to the "Write a customer review" button.
    As always, thank you for your support!

  2. just got this email from Phil Lapsley

    I am delighted to announce that Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell will be published by Grove/Atlantic in February 2013. It will be available in both hardback and ebook form at that time. The official web site is at http://www.explodingthephone.com.

    Steve Wozniak was kind enough to contribute a really cool foreword and early reviews of the book have been wonderful. I'm particularly proud of this one:

    "The definitive account of the first generation of network hackers … At turns a technological love story, a counter cultural history and a generation-spanning epic, Exploding the Phone is obsessively researched and told with wit and clarity. It captures a moment in time that might otherwise have been lost forever."—Kevin Poulsen, Wired news editor and author of Kingpin

    As we ramp up to the book release in February, here are a couple of things you can do:

    Pre-order it from either Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, or ask your local bookseller (maybe via Indiebound) to pre-order it for you.

    Spread the word however you like – like us on Facebook (I'd very much appreciate it if you'd click "like" on that page), follow us on Twitter, post something about the book on your blog, forward this note to somebody you think might like it, or talk it up the old fashioned way, face to face over coffee or a beer.

    I will be doing a nationwide book tour in February and will update this email list and my blog when I have dates and places.


  3. This is open forum so I think it's good to remind what phreaking is really about


    narrated by Decoder

    phreaking/hacking etc. is like car tuning; if you want to be a tuner first you have to understand car mechanics better than average car mechanic and then with many tries and errors you can find out new methods, techniques and other stuff to explore the system so shortly speaking start learning telecom basics and how exactly phone system work


  4. I've visited 5ESS, EWSD and S12J during my school lessons however the best ever experience was to work on ARF102 which was hungarian partly electronic and covered the whole floor; I have been 'working' there for few weeks and the supervisor was super cool, I had many questions and he never stopped talking.

    Until the end of the '60s, the Hungarian network of automatic exchanges consisted of practically obsolete rotary automated exchanges of a small spectrum (7A and 7D), and it could be expanded only with the same types. In the Hungarian network, the occurrence of the AR crossbar system of the Swedish LM Ericsson represented a great development. The indirect controlled AR exchange system (with register) consisted of electromechanical elements (crossbar switches as crossbar machines, relays) but already contained - although in a small quantity (not in the switching field and not in the control system, only in the signalling system) - analogue electronic elements as well. Practically, it was a stored program controlled (SPC) (fix-wired) system. The AR exchanges did not contain parts subject to considerable wear already (as e.g. the rotary machines of the rotary exchange). Already during the domestication, matching of AR system to the existing (manual and rotary automated) exchanges was provided for. The additional advantage of the AR system was that it had and has telephone exchange of proper type for each plane of the telephone network as follows (the switching diagrams are attached): - ARF 102 town local exchange (capacity of max. 100,000 stations from stages 1,000) and connected to this, ARM 201 large traffic transit exchange (cross-point capacity of max. 8,000 from stages 200), also as domestic and international long-distance exchange. - Rural systems ARK 522 (stages 100, with a capacity of max. 2,000 stations) and ARK 511 (stages 30, with a capacity of max. 90 stations), and connected to this, ARM 503 low traffic transit exchange (cross-point capacity of max. 2,000). The procurement took place by purchasing license (BHG) and by purchasing goods (Hungarian Post). In the first phase the exchanges procured in the course of purchase of goods were installed. Thus, the Lágymányos ARF 102 crossbar exchange was put in operation at first (1970) then Vác (ARF +ARM) and Pécs (ARF + ARM), etc., then in the second phase, the AR exchanges produced based on BHG license; at first Cegléd ARF and ARM, Miskolc-Diósgyőr ARF 102, moreover the Budapest Belváros ARF 102 exchange. The planned replacement of the AR exchange system for the more advanced digital SPC exchanges - that can provide considerably more services and meet higher standards - is currently underway.