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The Telecom Digest for April 13, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 102 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
 Re: Toll-Free 855 Coming Soon ...                      (John Levine)
 Re: Toll-Free 855 Coming Soon ...                     (Thad Floryan)
 Re: Please do not change your password                (Thad Floryan)

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Date: 12 Apr 2010 03:38:12 -0000 From: John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Toll-Free 855 Coming Soon ... Message-ID: <20100412033812.44984.qmail@simone.iecc.com> >> I don't know why the service lasted as long as it did. Anyone know? You could get Enterprise/Zenith in very small specific areas, much smaller than 800 bands. Back when toll service was expensive, some businesses didn't see any point to paying for calls from people so far away that they'd be unlikely to become customers. The other reason it lasted so long is, of course, inertia. R's, John PS: In Philadelphia they were called WX numbers. No idea what if anything WX stood for.
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:50:13 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Toll-Free 855 Coming Soon ... Message-ID: <4BC29875.9090208@thadlabs.com> On 4/11/2010 6:35 PM, Thad Floryan wrote: > [...] > A Google search didn't turn up anything useful (the word "enterprise" > is too ubiquitous) but it did find the following article from this > group's archives dated 7-May-2007 in which "Enterprise" is attributed > to AT&T and "Zenith" to GTE: > > http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/TELECOM_Digest_Online/1186.html > > Dunno 'bout everyone else, but reading white print on a star-studded > black background is neither easy nor comfortable for me. > > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > It's a scientific fact that dark backgrounds and white (or color) > symbols, combined with proper lighting, is the most easily readable > presentation. That's why the FAA uses it on "radar" displays in > aircraft control centers. Curious, I found these three (small) examples: http://www.sjflight.com/images/RHVRadar2.jpg http://www.eddh.de/x-files/topics/atc-radar.jpg http://vision.arc.nasa.gov/personnel/al/papers/01hfes/01hfes_files/image004.gif And (professional) astronomical charts are (mostly) black text and imagery on a white background so more detail can be discerned; it's not just to save money on laser printer toner. :-) Books, too, are (normally) black text on white background. There's a difference between a reflective presentation (inks and paints on paper) and a transmittive presentation (CRTs and LCDs), but I prefer black text on white backgrounds even on my LCDs and have no problems using them that way 14+ hours/day. > [...] > But you're right about the archives, and I'm working on it. Thank you! I found an easy way to force foreground/background colors in the browser but it's a PITA to switch back and forth.
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 21:04:38 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Please do not change your password Message-ID: <4BC29BD6.5080402@thadlabs.com> On 4/11/2010 7:48 PM, Monty Solomon wrote: > Please do not change your password > You were right: It's a waste of your time. A study says much computer > security advice is not worth following. > [...] One can legitimately argue some passwords SHOULD be changed. As a good example of which, consider these cracked passwords which can be seen in the bottom page margin on page 40 of the April 2010 hardcopy issue of WIRED: Paris Hilton: TINKERBELL SARAH PALIN: WASILLA HIGH MILEY CYRUS: LOC092 SALMA HAYEK: FRIDA LINDSAY LOHAN: 1234 :-)
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