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  1. G What should you yell if you see a Portlander on a bike? "STOP, THIEF!" What do you call a "Portland surprise"? A car with the engine still in it. Why is a cigarette like a Portlander? They both stink, they come in packs of 20 and they're both banned from pubs all across Washington. Why are honeymooning Portlanders so sad to leave Niagara Falls? Because it's the last time they'll ever see running water. How can you tell a Portland millionaire? Because he's picking caviar out of his beard. What does the rest of Oregon call the Willamette River? The Portland sewer system.
  2. Sort of. Wardialing is related but a more specialized activity of scanning/janning, in that usually one is concerned specifically with finding carrier tones and things like that. Scanning/janning is usually more broad in scope and generally encompasses mapping all the numbers on a particular exchange or a specific thousands/hundreds group (subscriber answers, recordings, carriers, test lines, weird noises, etc.)
  3. "Auto-Janning" explained: "Janning" = older term for "exchange scanning", apparently named for a British phreak. I was a bit confused too when I first heard the term since "scanning" seemed to be the word around this part of the country since maybe time immemorial. When I heard Evan's older tape of him talking about "janning" a selector group on an old step somewhere I initially thought he was saying "jamming", as in somehow mechanically blocking the selector up! Early80s01 cleared up that confusion. It must have originally been just regional jargon on the east coast since I had been unaware of it until very recently. This. Grab an old beater laptop somewhere like a late 90s-mid-2000s laptop e.g. a Toshiba Tecra or even a Thinkpad, stick 98SE and/or 2K on it and do your thing. Remember to check the laptop manufacturer's support/downloads site first to see if the modem is supported in the OS you plan to run, if it's old enough and you're running say XP, Windows may already have drivers built-in for it which could save you a step/potential point of failure. (hint: look around locally too; try your local independent computer repair shop, they may have some ancient but serviceable beaters in the junk bin that they might let you have for free or really cheap if you ask! Try not to pay more than $30 anywhere if you can avoid it.) You might also want to think about getting an inter box and putting it between your line and modem, this lets you record the telephone audio straight off the line to an external recorder, or play audio into the line from e.g. an MP3 player. The Rat Shack #4300421 (a.k.a. #43-421) is a good starter in-line inter box, I would advise putting some ferrite chokes on the telephone and audio lines since that box will pick up inductive hum if used near mains wiring, a wall wart or an outlet.
  4. Meybe, maybe not. Depends on if it's been COCOTized or not. Has it got a little two-line greenish-blue VFD above the keypad? That's a Northern Telecom "Millennium" and those definitely cannot. (They are especially popular among sleazy COCOT companies because they're available on the open market but many telcos also replaced their old WE fortress fones with them in response to IIRC the 1996 telecoms act that stated that telcos couldn't have certain technologies for their own payfone divisions and not make them available to independent customers/competitors. For many it would have been more expensive and required extra maintenence to provide ACTS and payfone-class lines to everybody who wanted one. ACTS would have also been a pain in the ass to upgrade to charge different rates depending how sleazy or fair a COCOT company wanted to be. So as a result lots of ILECS scrapped ACTS outright and converted their own fleet to self-contained fones on standard lines. Since on units like the Nortels billing and collection is handled in the fone itself, ACTS effectively became unnecessary and redundant. While Toll phraud was part of what terminally diseased ACTS/redboxing it was the government that really gave its death blow. This isn't a universal rule. Some ILECS kept ACTS but decided to make it so expensive that no competitor in their right mind would want to use it. (This is precisely what US Worst and GTE did out here! I think ORCHWA01DS0 and (maybe) (I doubt it) CAMSWAXXDS1 might actually still have it.) Thus there are some telcos out there that do more or less support ACTS and thus it may be possible to box on them. Remember that just because a Bell logo is present or even if it's a fortress doesn't always mean it's boxable. Many older ACTS Fortress fones have long since been retrofitted with filters to block incoming totaliser signals, making redboxing difficult if not impossible (though to what extent depends how sloppy a job they did and how crappy a filter they used.) or had the totalizers ripped out altogether and were COCOTized. If you grab a dialtone on one, insert a dime and hear the sound mute briefly then it might be possible that it's boxable, but don't go on just that. The best way to know for sure is try it, program your handy-dandy ...Yamaha DX7 (?!?) as a red box then throw a couple quarter tones down the line and try making a call.
  5. For sake of completeness, I think Doorbell also once briefly analyzed a step with registers that sent RP into a panel (or maybe 1-bar?) tandem. Don't remember what tape it was on but I think it's one of the newer ones. Maybe it was that "GTE owned... senderized... step... tandem?" (No, it wasn't but it sounds like something GTE or some hole in the wall independent [*cough* United *cough*] would have done.) A really good question is do any ESS or DMS type machines still support (send/receive) PCI? I don't know how that ancient signaling system would even be used in the network today except maybe to communicate with some really really really old dinosaur PBX somewhere.
  6. G The Portland Driver's Guide: Jack up your car by installing tires that are big enough to drive over a six-story building. When you are well aware that your car might break down, drive on bridges and I-5 during peak rush hour traffic. If your car breaks down while driving, do not attempt to move to the shoulder. Stay in the middle of the road. If it is necessary to change your tire on a road shoulder, lie the flat tire in the middle of the road and make traffic drive around it. If your muffler system breaks, keep it broken as long as possible or replace it with a tomato can. If you have a motorbike, drive through residential areas between 12:30 and 4 AM as much as you can and rev the engine frequently. If your car leaks oil, and you visit friends or relatives, park in their driveway. Never replace worn tires and drive fast on wet and slippery roads. If you notice smoke coming from your exhaust pipe, allow your car to roll back at the next red light to share some of it with the driver/bike rider behind you. Tint your windows pitch black so that nobody can see you, where you're looking, or what's happening in front of you. If a window gets broken, replace it as soon as possible with a black plastic garbage bag duct taped to the door frame. Only have your oil checked and windows washed when you pull into a busy and under-staffed gas station. Do not, under any circumstance, replace burned out brake, signal, and head lights. When replacing a burned out low-beam headlamp, always use a high-beam bulb. Try to aim the lights higher than legal limit. If your car's safety fails the annual state inspection, bring it to a private inspection station and slip the mechanic $20 to pass you. If any safety parts on your car need replacing (such as burned out headlights or worn tires) wait months until inspection time to get them repaired. If the plastic tail light cover breaks, fix it with red duct tape. If the turn signal cover breaks, fix it with yellow duct tape. If the bumper or exhaust system starts to fall off, unbend an old wire hanger and use it to loosely hook it back up. Better yet, just let it drag on the road. If the radio antenna breaks, unbend a wire hanger and shove it into the antenna opening. Adjust your windshield squirters so that they squirt over the windshield, above the car, and onto the vehicles in front of and behind you. An old pill bottle is the perfect substitute for a missing gas cap. When disabled in the road, leave your car door wide open, then step into oncoming traffic as you walk around the door to re-enter your car. When you bring your car in for servicing and the mechanic asks what kind of car you have, tell him you have a blue one.
  7. G/PG, I guess. What's the best thing to come out of Portland? Interstate 205. Where was the toothbrush invented? Portland, duh. If it was invented anywhere else it would have been called a teethbrush. Did you hear that they have proposed raising the minimum drinking age in unincorporated Multnomah/Clackamas/Washington County to 35? It seems they want to keep alcohol out of the junior high schools. You might be a Portlander if: The Halloween pumpkin on your front porch has more teeth than you do. Your wife has a beer gut and you think she looks sexy. Taking a shower means waiting for the next rain storm. Your dad walks you to school because you are both in the same grade. Every socket in your house breaks a fire code. You let your twelve-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids. Your front porch collapses and kills three of your eight dogs. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk. You list your parole officer as a reference. You find the stock you bought in the Gillette Company 20 years ago when you were still halfway sober and neatly groomed is suddenly worthless. People hear your car a long time before they see it. One of your kids was born on a workbench in the shed. Your house still has the "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign on the back. Birds are attracted to your beard. There has ever been crime-scene tape on your bathroom door. The tail light covers of your car are made of red duct tape. It requires each of your twelve kids to walk a dog so you and your wife can have sex. Directions to your home include "turn off the paved road". You can't find your car, which is on blocks, through the blackberry canes/grass in the yard. You have flowers planted in a toilet in your front yard. The Blue Book value of your car fluctuates depending on how much gas it has in it. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.
  8. Managed to get the red gun in the Sony "realigned" yesterday, turns out the lens was just out of focus and needed adjustment. I'm debating if I should use it as the new bedroom TV or park it in the garage and use it as a monitor for the surveillance cameræ. What I really want to do is replace the stock plastic fresnel grating screen with a piece of matte white acrylic or (better yet) frosted glass. It's really painful to look at for long periods of time and its field of view is so narrow, so forget anything other than a perfect head-on look angle. Whoever thought that using grating as screen in rear projection TVs was a good idea must have been smoking, snorting and injecting the same substance.
  9. According to Mark Bernay, the gentleman at the payphone is famous and you probably heard of him. I know I probably should know who he is but since I don't immediately recognize him, who is he? I want to guess Steve Wozniak.
  10. Nope, Clark Penguin here. Yeah I know, community college weenie, so what. Worked ~3 years as a tech at a local high school, that was when we came up with the "CPUs-as-Cadet-heaters" thing. Around the turn of the century I had to burn a weekend supervising the cutover of most of the school from archaic slot-1 PIIs running WinDOS 98SE to socket-478 IIRC Northwoods, even with big bloated XPee the difference was like night and day. The one thing I actually did like about slot-1 was how easy it was to swap out CPUs. I could upgrade a decrepit 233 MHz CPU to a 500 MHz K6-2 (well okay, slotkets) in maybe like 30 seconds.
  11. EDIT: I have no idea why those links didn't activate, but there they are.
  12. Kinda doubtful scotthouse is still monitoring this thread, but...
  13. 8-141-057-2777 is always a good one to try. *grin*
  14. A "7-1-1" number. These things have haunted Phreak's minds for years. I don't think anybody has concluded with certainty what they are used for though I believe there have been theories that they are used to test IVR systems. They are not and are completely unrelated to "number stations" heard on shortwave. There is a whole thread about "7-1-1" numbers buried in OSP here and there have been textphiles written abou them.
  15. ...But I betcha they probably don't hold a candle to the BTU output of a decent Northwood ~15 years ago. Seriously, we actually used those as highly effective space heaters in the computer lab in winter because the school's 40+ year old HVAC never worked! Eons ago one of my coworkers/conspirators played with the idea of writing a distributed program tentatively called "Expensive Room Heater". It would have run on each PC in the fleet during idle times (i.e. not logged in) and would put an otherwise unacceptably high load on the CPU, making them function as a crude substitute for the nonexistent HVAC. Basically, the idea was to convert an incoming data stream to raw thermal energy without having to worry about things like clock speed and bandwidth getting in the way. We didn't implement it but it was a useful idea at the time. The things that enter one's mind in the middle of a southwestern Washington January.
  16. Unfortunately understandable since the "hackerspace" fad is dead/dying. Broadcast radio in general, in 2016, is also on life support so they probably lost interest in the project. It's entirely plausible the F¢¢ red tape and "administrative fees" bit them in the backside so hard it broke their spirit (because of KHLN the FAA probably had their qualms since 107.9 is so close to the lower aircraft comms band. Who knows.). Or maybe the local audience ended up being SO conservative that he had to make use of his fire/crazy life insurance policies -- let us hope not. Really nothing is more depressing than hearing that an underground broadcaster has been silenced by the self-appointed "authorities" (corporate overlords). This is as depressing as hearing about an underground broadcaster who has been silenced by lack of motivation. Sorry I have to be such a downer, but...
  17. Got the laserdisk. :grin:
  18. G An old man and an old woman were sitting in the TV room. The woman turned to the man and asked, "Harold, can you hear me?" No answer. The then stood up behind the man. "Harold, can you hear me"? Still no answer. Finally the woman pushed the newspaper out of the man's hands, looked him squarely in the face and asked firmly, "HAROLD... CAN YOU HEAR ME?" The man replies, "for the third time, yes!" Why Men Are Proud of Themselves: Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds or less. You know stuff about tanks. A two week vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. Dry cleaners and hair cutters don't rob you blind. You can go to the bathroom without a support group. You don't have to learn to spell a new last name. You can leave the motel bed unmade. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Wedding dress -- $2,000. Tuxedo rental - 75 bucks. If someone forgets to invite you to something, they can still be your friend. Your underwear is $10 for a three-pack. If you are 34 and single, nobody notices. Everything on your face stays its original color. You can quietly enjoy a car ride from the passenger's seat. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You don't have to clean your apartment if the meter reader is coming. Car mechanics tell you the truth. You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking: "He must be mad at me." Gray hair and wrinkles only add character. You don't mooch off other's desserts. You can drop by to see a friend without having to bring a little gift. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you just might become lifelong friends. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with "So, notice anything different?" You are not expected to know the names of more than five colors. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You don't have to shave below your neck. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet, one belt and one pair of boots, one color, all seasons. Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 25 relatives, on December 24th, in 45 minutes.
  19. A friend of mine asked this on Wiki years ago and still hasn't gotten any reply: In the article it mentions that Automatic Electric ringer gongs are a minor fifth apart, and I seem to remember reading that they are specifically tuned to the notes "A" and "E", apparently in reference to the Automatic Electric branding. ("A" and "E" being five notes apart from each other.) Can anybody confirm this or is it merely apocryphal? Might be worth mentioning in the article if it's actually the case. I lived in a GTE area in the 1970s and still use my old AE phone daily, but I'm profoundly tone-deaf myself. --- Well, he no longer has that old AE rotary because it got lost (stolen?) in a move a couple months later. His GTE area was CAMSWAXXSG0 (or whatever the CLLI was back then. It was a Director-XY office.) He is also not a musician really by any means and neither am I. I can sort of play the piano and that's about it.
  20. PG-13 165 years ago this year, Portland was incorporated as a city. The city had no money. The city had no electricity. The city had no functioning sewer system. There were no paved roads. Nobody spoke English. Everybody was drunk. There were gunfights in the streets. Whores were cheap and plentiful. So basically it was the same as it is today, except the women didn't grow beards and the men didn't sex each other in public.
  21. G/PG Q. How many Pokemorons does it take to change a light bulb? A. You mean they looked up from the cell phone long enough to notice the light's already been out for two weeks? Q. How many Pokemorons does it take to drive a car? A. Well, that would probably explain the series of loud "crunch" noises I just heard outside. Q. What do you call 5000 Pokemorons lying dead at the bottom of a cliff? A. A good start. I talked to a Pokemoron who recently went to an area where the flowers were all in bloom, the fresh lawn was bright green, a small waterfall flowed to a crystal-clear stream, ivy curtains hung between some tall trees, the birds were singing merrily and some blackberry brambles bore the sweetest fruit you'd ever tasted. Apparently since there was no 802.11 or 4G coverage, and Pickachu wasn't there anyways, he said it wasn't worth the effort going.
  22. Only $125 grand; no reason why we can't all pool our resources together and get this thing for a hacker conf/bridge/loop exchange is there? I mean, besides finding somewhere to put it all? Sure be a nice change from Ass-to-Risk anyways. At least around my part of 672/the country I don't think you can even buy a house that cheaply any more. Interesting; I thought M-law was supposed to be the standard in north America. Do DMS used A-law internally then convert it to M for outgoing T carrier lines?
  23. Maybe legacy compatibility for the off-chance that it might end up being interfaced to extremely old equipment that needs it, and they haven't shut it off. PBX-land is a totally different alien world from the mainstream PSTN.
  24. A brief musing about numbers that "beep": As I was recently helping Mistman clearing out his late grandmother's estate I came across an old VCR tape of a partial KATU news broadcast that she had recorded around '91 or so. In the days before the World Wide Web killed such things off, KATU had an telephone-based opinion polling system in use around that time called "Telepoll", basically the idea is they would display a slide showing the big hot-button topic of the night (e.g. "Should strippers who are abducted by UFOs be forced into weight-loss programs") then another slide gave a list of numbers to call to register your choice. I think they had a bank of maybe 4 or 5 different numbers but I remember rarely seeing any beyond one number for "yes" and another for "no". Paul Linnman would then instruct the viewer to call the particular number then "when you hear the electronic beep" it means your vote has been counted. I do recall playing with the system as a teenager and it semeed to be up all day (so you could call a number at say noon and vote for nothing, basically) and the system didn't respond to DTMF. So that's one thing to consider. If you're scanning/janning around an exchange and hit a number that just beeps once and doesn't respond to anything, and isn't a miliwatt (I think the KATU tone was somewhere around 500 Hz or so) it's possible that you've hit a maybe forgotten-about TV/radio station polling system that's still accepting votes for whatever big controversy was hot the last time anybody thought to use it. Oh yeah, about that KATU thing: The numbers were sequential in one of the 503-73x exchanges. I think they were 1001-1005 or something. The exchange might have been 737. It's been years decades since I've seen it and the taped broadcast cut to an episode of "The Nest Generation" from KPTV just as the topic slide was about to display.
  25. Okay, I was bored. First, check out the guy's backlog on here. He is obviously one very unstable dude: Also, ahem ahem, been given a couple warnings over the years regarding political flaming in N00byHQ. Or so I'm told. Don't ask me how I know this. Real name is ALAN JULES WEBERMAN. Oh what's this? Found buried in the somewhat defamatory "Off the Hook Audio" index page which you can use your favorite search engine to find: and (jesus fucking christ, this is got to be the lamest post I've ever made on here...) If you read down in a little ways in the first link it probably explains why "2600sucks" is gone. No loss to humanity. Hey Gary, ya missed one Actually you know what, fuck it. I officially have no life. And yeah, KBOO will totally and utterly annhilate your soul if you let it and it doesn't really take much. That place is worse than the Black Lodge. I attempted to volunteer there and was pretty turned off by the whole thing and after one hour never went back. I'm not gonna describe the kinds of subhuman lifeforms I saw around there but... yeah. This was back in the mid 1990s. Between the guys with the metal spikes sticking out of their heads and the "volunteer coordinator" chick with the scraggly beard (back in 2008 no less) well, I really don't need to go on. Talk about "amateur radio". There is only one show on there any more that actually sounds halfway professional, an easy listening/lounge music program called "The Tiki Chacha Club" and I actually met the guy who does it once or twice. You know if you're into easy listening/oldies and want to discover something new that Mr. Woods is the one you want to talk to because that man REALLY knows his shit. :thumbsup: But unfortunately he's the exception rather than the rule around there.