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  1. Except passwords are not file names. Mixed-case is a necessity in passwords for security. Comparing the two concepts is like comparing bananas to coconuts just because both grow in Hawai'i. http://toastytech.com/guis/ubuntu103.html In the real world, file.txt, File.txt, FILE.TXT, FiLe.TxT etc. are all the same single file in a directory. There is only one file in any given directory with that file name and that's that. When somebody calls you on the fone and tells you "send me file.txt" and you see several different files withthat same name, only different capitalization, which one are you going to send them? "file.txt" which contains your personal E-mail cache or "File.Txt" which contains the details for the Hoigy & Spymler Amalgamated Widgets account? File system case sensitivity is a disease. Unix-like platforms in general have made tremendous advances in the way people operate computers but in some ways is still has its head stuck so far up its ass with stubborn traditionalism (cough cough ESR cough cough) that there are severe limitations that have yet to be overcome, yet could be overcome easily. @Avaya - you do know it's possible to run Winshits software on Linsux, right? Don't know if anybody's gotten OS suX compatibility going yet. I guess it probably falls into the "why even bother" category.
  2. The 3-octothorpe sticky posts in Nubie HQ are required reading for all new accounts.

  3. The number you have dialed is a party on your line. Please hang up for a moment to allow sufficient time for the called party to answer, then lift your receiver. This is a recording.

  4. 7zip (in WINE, makes it basically a Linux program all the same) Firefox GFTP Konsole Konversation Kwrite Open Office ssh Pcmanfm Wireshark (duh) WINSCP (because fuck GFTP and all its 10-year old bugs) VLC I use it as mainly a desktop system, don't have much use for development/programming tools since I'm mainly a hardware hacker. ...and sol.exe (NT 5.1.2600) in WINE, can't live without sol, right?
  5. "I spent three hours last year convincing the AT&T call center that they needed to get their line back on a replaced pole. They refused to believe that a line labeled Western Electric was theirs. Kept saying it was the electric company's line." (jackalope48; http://www.city-data.com/forum/texas/2772893-end-era.html#post48383373)

    1. tekio

      tekio

      I spent one year telling an ex boss we needed to secure RDP WAN access.  Then explaining why accounts like his kept getting locked out, "This is a flaw in Windows Domains with RDP on the WAN". We can: - get a VPN - give separate RDP accounts for remote access and take the RDP server off the corp. domain, or get a Gateway UTM device, or even change the port to stop the script kiddies scanning comcast business ranges".

       

      After I finally got frustrated and quit he paid a highly priced security person to do EXACTLY WHAT I TOLD WE NEEDED to DO!

  6. A few years ago I was discussing with some other people on IRC (don't remember if it was Binrev or some other system, probably not important) the USPS network and how similar it is, structurally, to the phone company. Both serve customers through routing/sorting centers (COs) connected through intermediate points (tandem offices), they both have trunks (wire/road; air/radio), they interconnect with third-party long distance companies (UPS, FE, DHL etc.) along with their own, your mailbox (phone) is connected to your local routing center (CO) which may home on another larger sectional and regional center for inter-local routing (like my office in Vancouver which homes on the big postal center in Portland since Vancouver is a tributary of Portland) et cetera, et cetera. Postal COs were once all manual switching (hand sorting) then evolved into semi-manual exchanges (LSM) and eventually a fully automated network (MLOCR, BCS and whatever's replaced those by now). You do still deal with local and rate & route operators (postal clerks) occasionally. We concluded the networks are so similar it's possible to describe each CO, tandem, business office and such in the postal network with a standardized common language similar if not identical to that used by the phone company. Suddenly the idea of lamp posts having CLLI codes doesn't seem so CLLI.
  7. This one plays the recording you described plus gives an MCI CBCAD (2BM) afterward that sounds like it was done by their own "noht lady" imitator. Her accent isn't as strong as NT's lady but you can hear it.
  8. Not a phone number, but I believe the only CO in the nation that had a singing group named after one of its exchanges: https://www.telcodata.us/view-switch-detail-by-clli?clli=OLYMWA02DS0 360-35x - FLeetwood 2 & 7 The Fleetwoods are a popular doo-wop group of the late 50s that formed in Olympia. Originally called "Two Girls and a Guy" but changed to their current name after their agent's exchange because he figured it would be more memorable and quicker for DJs to say on the air. You may have heard them if you listen to oldies or "nostalgia" stations, especially their biggest hits "Come Softly To Me" and "Mr. Blue". They also supposedly recorded a cover of The Browns' "Old Lamplighter" but it didn't chart and I don't believe it was ever released as a single. "The call you made requires a 25 cent deposit. Please consult your instruction card [*toilet flushes*] and... now I told you I was gonna be recording in here!"
  9. Please tell me they run these VOIP links over their existing physical trunk network and not the greater public Internet... Why "N4E"/"New 4ESS"? Wouldn't "4AESS" have better followed convention?
  10. "Filler" noise to jam the trunk so kids can't make a party line on it by yelling through the crosstalk? "Dig this timely announcement for the 2010s!" I duno. Something about these modern-sounding announcers doing old-fashioned announcements like that just seems.... really wrong.
  11. Maybe. Got time and CPU cycles for 360-25x (ORCHWA01) and 69x (VANCWA01DS0)? All I know is now this stupid mandatory "having to dial the NPA code locally" bullshit just adds an unnecessary number of repetitive keystrokes and layer of complexity in scanning. I still say the phone company completely blew it with the area codes. I wonder if there were ever scans of my COs in Bell's Mind. I regrettably found out about that site too late as it had just gone ttys up by the time I first had heard about it. (and the ones stored on Wayback Machine don't seem to actually do anything useful.)
  12. I remember turning in my final 286 assembly program to my high school programming teacher on a single 360KB 5 1/4" floppy, with a tag containing my name and a description of the program stapled (gasp!) to the upper-left corner (arrrrgh!) of the disk jacket (A BIG FUCKING NO-NO ANYPLACE ELSE!!!!!!). That was around 1993 or 1994 (it was when Workgroups 3.11 and MessyDOS 6.22 were considered current) and the last time I ever touched any form of assembly language. I might actually still have it somewhere but Allah only knows if it's still readable (probably not). I remember they had an XT in the corner of th lab with external 8" drive that nobody ever used. You could tell the computer hadn't been switched on in at least a decade from the layer of dust. I wonder what ever happened to that machine.
  13. Well. That was fun.

  14. Recently seen on Quora:
    "Why are DVDs nostalgic?...(2017)"

    Jerome Jackson
    Answered 6w ago
    I dont believe that this question would occur to anyone but someone that has gone all the way to ?streaming? or ?smallscreenin? for their movie watching needs.

    Nostagia is (my description) a way to fondly remember a good time. At times placed on material things like cars, vcrs or dvd?s. Although ?I? dont see optical discs as ready for the nostalgia bin, if you do so its because you remember how it was when they served a bigger part in your life. Maybe every Friday you went out and bought a few discs but no longer do. Now years later, you remember the good times when you did so, maybe having a conversation with the cute cashier with the crooked smile. Or when on the way back, you drove a few blocks with the headlights off - dumb but its what you did. Or it became a part of a ritual where you got a 2 litre pepsi, 2 slices of pizza and always played the horror movie first.

    DVD?s can become nostalgic because now that you have put them down and gone the way of the ?stream?, there is no longer the cute cashier with the crooked smile, the headlights off, the 2 litre pepsi or the first horror movie. You miss the good times.

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    I don't miss CDs much, because I still regularly use them, but I do miss popping the headlights off on the way home from the Sam Goody's after work (out of business), the 2-liter pepsi, the large Hawaiian from Round Table and stacks of them blaring on the changer with the christmas lights strung across the ceiling on, or the lava lamp (or both).

    But then there's nothing saying you can't be 19 again and relive those times. Goody got it years ago but there are others around if you look for them, cute cashiers with crooked smiles still exist (though maybe they're too young for you now (but what the fuck man, 40's the new 20)) Pepsi and large Hawaiian takeaway pizzas from Round Table aren't going anywhere either.

    "There's no point to growing up if you can't be childish sometimes." -Doctor Who

    1. tekio

      tekio

      All I know is that I can pick up some decent movies at WalMart on DVD or now even 1080p for 5.99 - 9.99. Recently got all three Matrix releases for 9.99 on 1080p blueray. Maybe the best 9.99 I've ever spent. 

  15. I've heard about these things a small few times on the Doorbell tapes and Alan's tape apparently even has him calling through one on his BT line in England. I know he's explained them but I barely understand what he's talking about. Maybe somebody can dumb it down for a braindead phreak show like me? And why are they called that anyways? For some reason when Evan mentions fiddles I always seem to envision this weird electromechanical device at the CO shaped like a string instrument with a bunch of wires coming out of it.