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  1. Yeah Verizon also eliminated its weather dialup numbers as well a few years back. I remember when I was a kid I always used to like to call the weather. To this day, I remember some of the wording. "Good morning, this is Judy, your C and P [local phone company at the time] weather girl, bringing you the National Weather Service forecast for the Hampton Roads area. 7AM temperature is 68 degrees. Relative humidity, 93 percent. Winds east, northeast, at 14 miles per hour. Barometric pressure 30 and 18 hundredths inches and falling. " Then, at the end of the recording, would be something like: "If the number you need is not in your directory, please have a pencil ready to write it down when you dial 411. Thankyou, and have a nice day." When I was in junior high school [middle school], I would always parody that as: "If you forget your phone number, please have a pencil ready to write it down when you dial 311." [anac] I agree that they don't really serve much purpose anymore. It is much faster to get the information off the internet. Most airports do actually have a dialup number for current weather, but it is geared to pilots and uses a synthesized voice to read information that comes over the internet. pppPhrank
  2. Here is what I see when I go to the "Add Services" page: http://www.binrev.com/forums/uploads_galle...54_90_23933.jpg When I check the Call Fowarding box and go to the next page to confirm, this is what I see: http://www.binrev.com/forums/uploads_galle...54_90_35345.jpg Anyway, I now have my Asterisk server programmed to forward calls from my Verizon line out through my SipPhone VOIP connection. It forwards after the 2nd ring, and only forwards calls with caller ID (the rest it leaves alone and lets my answering machine answer) so I will not have to deal with telemarketing calls on my my cell phone. pppPhrank
  3. Recently I attempted to add call forwarding to my home phone number. I went to Verizon's web site where it lists the features and their cost. It said call forwarding is $2 a month. So I went to add the service and it asked me to confirm call forwarding at $4.75 a month. WTF? I looked and there was a $2 a month option, but this is not the call forwarding - this is the ability to change the call forwarding number remotely. It is not applicable without paying the $4.75 (for a total of $6.75 a month) for regular call forwarding. Sounds like deceptive advertizing to me. Do they think people aren't going to notice that $2 changed to $4.75? I decided I don't really need call forwarding that bad, given the cost and the way it was presented. I was going to forward my home number to my cell at various times, but people who want to talk to me right away are going to have to dial my cell separately. I only pay $4 a month for my own VOIP dial-in number! $4.75 for call forwarding is a rip-off. Do people with other companies besides Verizon have to pay so much? pppPhrank
  4. I hate erraticism. Just tried dialing with the switchhook (ANAC at 958, the shortest number I can think of other than 911) and it went through immediately. I hope its not just my phone or something (it is a speakerphone and automatically hangs up at the end of the call so it does have some degree of intelligence). I never tried pulse dialing before I had FIOS. I don't have a dial phone I can try. I'll have to dig up a modem at some point and use ATDP. You get ANAC just dialing 958? From what area code (if you don't mind saying)? I have to dial 9580 from 5ESS in 716. pppPhrank
  5. Yeah, there was a lot of BS. I recall reading a text file from some BBS that talked about a "shit box" (I swear). It basically involved finding a public restroom with phone lines running nearby and tapping into them for free calls while (supposedly) taking a shit. pppPhrank
  6. When I got FIOS, the installer told me that the calls were now being routed through a different office. So things could definitely change. The only thing I've noticed, though, is that I can't (at least not reliably) dial by pulsing the switchhook. I tend to keep dial tone if I try. If I make the pulse long enough, it does kill the dial tone, but I'm not certain it takes this as a "1". I have gotten a recording that said something to the effect of "the number you are calling cannot be reached using this method" when I try to append touch tones after that. I'm thinking that there is a little bit of a delay as the box in your closet translates on/off hook. But I've never noticed anything of the magnitude you describe. pppPhrank
  7. Yeah, I remember hearing him refer to his "playgroup" on one of his radio shows. I feel that there are many positive qualities of children which he tried to recapture. A natural curiosity about how things work and an openness to learning "for fun" are of course the first things that come to mind. There are adults who retain childlike qualities such as this, but the average "9 to 5 job working adult" does not. I think that is what he was trying to make people realize. You've got to figure he was already very "different" due to being blind so the extra "weirdness" was probably a lot more minor than it would be for most people. Probably more people would follow his philosophy if they didn't have so much to lose from a social/weirdness standpoint. pppPhrank
  8. Its been a few years since I have messed with scanners, but I believe all the encrypted stuff you could pick up on a scanner has a high enough baud rate to sound like bursts of static. If you are hearing something that sounds like a printer, it just may be a printer! Computers, printers, and other embedded devices (which nowdays is just about any applicance including a simple answering machine) gererate a lot of RFI (radio-frequency interference) that can mess up scanner reception. If you take the scanner outside away from everything and see if you still hear it that would tell you if this is a real signal or local interference. You can try listening to cordless phone calls (if legal in your country). Many cordless phones are now digital but a few are still analog so you can hear these. You can listen to various wireless microphones from nearby entertainment establishments, schools, clubs, churches, etc. Search Google for "Frequently Asked Frequencies". You might be able to hear your local police and fire departments as well. Also check out www.strongsignals.net for more info on scanning (not my site, but I have used it quite a bit in the past). pppPhrank
  9. Good job! pppPhrank
  10. Thanks. I was looking all over for ANAC lists and eventually concluded that they were all created in the late 1980's, or earlier. It would be great if you can uncover something more recent. pppPhrank
  11. Thanks for posting. That's got to be a pretty old list, though, because if you look at the area codes you don't see many new ones. pppPhrank
  12. How do we know that the provider is trustworthy? I'm not saying they are not, but what prevents just anyone from setting up something like this and then monitoring calls, using numbers collected for SMS spam, etc? pppPhrank
  13. I realized I never posted an update on how this went. Unfortunately, I didn't learn a whole lot new about phones. The Verizon guy who did the installation did not have much to say about phone systems. I don't think he was trying to withhold information, its just that he works as an installer and probably does not know much about the phone system itself. He said he has done nothing but fiber installs for over a year. I did have a bit of fun messing with the guy, though. The whole time he was doing the installation, I kept expecting to lose my DSL (which was still connected) and even my phone line. But it kept working. I expressed my amazement to the guy and he said yes, they don't disconnect the old circuits until everything is ready with the new circuit. So here is where my first little joke came in. He said "Okay, now I bet your phone service is no longer working!" when he started the switch over. Well, I have an Asterisk server, and a Sipura box connected to a cordless phone with speakerphone. So I picked up this speakerphone and of course there was a dialtone (from my box). He was amazed and said something like "How could this be?". Well, I also have some phone company recordings on my Asterisk server that I can dial directly. So I dialed one of them and.... "bee bom beep - We're sorry, it is not necessary to dial....". The guy was even more surprised. Then I told him I have my own PBX and that was an internal call and did he want me to try the outside line.... After the new service was set up and the computer working over fiber, he asked me to check my phone service. I said "My phone number shouldn't have changed, should it?" He said of course not. So I put the speakerphone on and dialed the ANAC number. Sure enough, it was the same. The guy didn't say anything, but gave me a dirty look. There is a box in my closet that converts the fiber optic signal to the standard electrical signal needed by regular phones. From there, two ordinary wires run alongside the fiber optic cable. These two wires run back to the old phone box on the building outside. Initially they were actually just running along the ground, but they came back and burried them a few days later. I was told that the box in my closet "generates the dial tone". Upon experimenting, I don't think this is correct. If I leave my phone off the hook for about 30 seconds, I get the standard ring and intercept recording. I would think if the box was generating its own dial tone, I would not hear the standard "please hang up" recording. It would be easier just to have the box generate that too. I guess in a way it is correct that the box is "generating" the dial tone. But it is also "generating" all the other sounds heard over the phone, including the party being called, using the signal from the fiber optic cable. I'm sure the actual circuitry that makes the tone is still at the central office. pppPhrank
  14. When I read "Records" I was thinking recordings. Darn.... pppPhrank
  15. I had Sprint PCS from 1998 through 2004. During that time I had to make changes to my phone service several times and their hold times were unbelievably long (like close to an hour). Maybe they are better now, but I used to dread having to call them. They used to have a robot called "Claire" that answered your calls and tried to keep you from talking to a human for as long as possible. The only reason I kept Sprint PCS was because I was grandfathered into a plan that allowed me to have both voice and data (using a special cable that connected from the phone to the serial port of my PC) count against the same set of minutes without extra charges. I had broadband at home, but this was handy when traveling. When Sprint discontinued this "dialup" service, I dropped them and went with a prepaid phone from a company called Virgin since I like having a cell phone for emergencies but don't typically talk much on it. I pay $7 a month (plus sales tax) and get something like 30 minutes of time. This time rolls over from month to month, and in fact I have hundreds of minutes available presently. As it turns out, this company is apparently re-selling Sprint circuits. I know that because the exchange I ended up with for my new phone is listed as a Sprint PCS exchange. But I don't really care - I've never had any problems and I pay less than $8 each month instead of the close to $60 I was paying before (granted for more minutes). pppPhrank