The Telecom Digest for June 10, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 156 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Going through Modems (danny burstein)
Re: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price (David Clayton)
Do landlines have a future with Generation Y? (John Mayson)
Re: Going through Modems (tlvp)
New iPhone spins and shoots (Monty Solomon)
Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview (Monty Solomon)
Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed (Monty Solomon)
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Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 01:39:19 +0000 (UTC)
From: danny burstein <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Going through Modems
In <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Scott Dorsey) writes:
>firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
>>I have been going through dial-up modems every couple of months, when
>>the modem goes, I can connect to Internet, however none of the other
>>phones get dial-tone unless, I physically remove phone cable from the
>>I am thinking there is a bad ground somewhere, but not sure how to
>>correct. What say the telcom oracles?
>The modem is not going off-hook and is pulling down the line so the line
For the modem to turn off, so to speak, the computer's connection
to the phone line, wouldn't the modem need to go "on hook"?
(if I'm wrong, please be gentle).
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
[to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:45:47 +1000
From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price
On Tue, 08 Jun 2010 16:17:53 -0400, T wrote:
> In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>> SAN FRANCISCO - When one of the most important e-mail messages of his
>> life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it.
>> Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting
>> through old messages: a big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up.
>> "I stood up from my desk and said, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,' "
>> Mr. Campbell said. "It's kind of hard to miss an e-mail like that, but I
> If you want to be an effective email person you need to do the following.
> Keep a clear inbox. Create folders for things you wish to keep, things to
> be acted on, etc. And handle appropriately.
> Took me many years to move to that scheme.
I believe it is a discipline called organisation, those that exhibit such
traits are called "Nerds" last time I looked up a similar definition
(on-line, of course).
In the era of "give me more" it is inconvenient to expect people to know
what to do with all the "more" they receive.
All those TV channels and still nothing to watch, all those e-mails and
still little worthwhile to read, all those web sites and still not enough
time to get past the first page.......
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a
measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:37:14 -0500
From: John Mayson <email@example.com>
Subject: Do landlines have a future with Generation Y?
I don't know how digest-worthy this is, but I think it's relevant.
Like so many Americans I've had to take a part-time job in retail
because I can't find another job in manufacturing where I worked for
nearly 20 years. I sell technology products at a well-known national
chain. A lot of people come in to look at landline telephones. I
have noticed customers fall into two camps. Older people who think
the phones are far too complicated. And younger people who simply
don't understand how landline phones work.
A customer came in needing a phone. I had to let her win the argument
that she could only use an AT&T branded phone because she had AT&T
service. Obviously a Panasonic, Uniden, or RCA wouldn't be compatible
with her AT&T service. Another customer was very suspicious when I
told him the same thing that the modular jack was universal. But he
did buy a non-AT&T phone.
About a week ago a customer returned phones I had sold him that
morning. He was quite irate. He bought a cordless unit that included
four handsets. He was furious that he could be on one handset and
someone else in his house could pick up another handset and hear his
conversation. I explained to him they were merely extensions of his
home phone number. He thought he was buying a family plan of cordless
phones each with its own number. But by his reaction you'd have
thought I was the crazy one. How could a single phone number work on
It seems to me cellular phones and service are the new normal and
landline phones are now considered strange and weird. Knowing this
I'm not as thrown off by customer questions.
John Mayson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Austin, Texas, USA
***** Moderator's Note *****
Sounds more like Generation "Y did we bother?"
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2010 23:51:43 -0400
From: tlvp <tPlOvUBpErLeLsEs@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Going through Modems
> On 6/7/2010 5:14 PM, email@example.com wrote:
>> I have been going through dial-up modems every couple of months, when
>> the modem goes, I can connect to Internet, however none of the other
>> phones get dial-tone unless, I physically remove phone cable from the
>> I am thinking there is a bad ground somewhere, but not sure how to
>> correct. What say the telcom oracles?
> From my BBS days I vaguely remember an optional command that could be
> used in the modem command string. It was used to force modems to
> terminate a call on lines that would not drop loop current properly at a
> call termination. Symptom is just what you describe, the modem ends a
> connection but the phone line is not released for use by others. The
> modem is not detecting the loop current drop when the modem call ends
> and so stays "off hook" regardless of what the other end does.
> The actual command eludes my memory but it would force the modem to
> release the line regardless of the loop current condition ...
Wouldn't a +++ escape followed a second later by an ATH[Enter]
(or an ATH0[Enter]) take the modem on-hook and thus release the line?
Cheers, -- tlvp
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 01:57:27 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: New iPhone spins and shoots
New iPhone spins and shoots
By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff
June 7, 2010
The newest version of Apple Inc.'s hugely popular iPhone features a
built-in videoconferencing feature - the most eye-catching of several
major upgrades unveiled today, as Apple tries to stay a step ahead of
rival smartphones powered by Google Inc.'s Android operating system.
Speaking at the company's annual conference for software developers
in San Francisco, Apple chief executive Jobs called the new iPhone 4
"the biggest leap since the original iPhone." Set to go on sale in
the US on June 24, the new iPhone will include a camera on the front
of the device as well as on the back, allowing the user to capture
and send self-portraits in stills or video. The phone will also
include FaceTime, a free videoconference program that will work over
home or office WiFi wireless networks, and eventually, over cellular
Jobs said that Apple is still working with cellular carrier AT&T
Inc., the exclusive US provider of the iPhone, to allow
videoconferencing over the carrier's phone network, but ABI Research
senior analyst Michael Morgan doubts that AT&T's data network has the
capacity to handle millions of FaceTime users. "Right now, with a 3G
network, it's not going to be a very good signal," Morgan said.
Cellular videoconferencing won't catch on until carriers launch
faster data networks. AT&T plans to offer the next generation of
network service, called 4G, in 2011.
The iPhone 4 will also feature an upgraded screen with sharper
resolution; a new processor chip similar to the one in Apple's
popular iPad tablet computer; and a built-in gyroscope that measures
rotary motion, allowing for more sophisticated video games.
Jobs also previewed the iPhone's upgraded operating system software,
called iOS 4. Users will be able to run several software applications
at the same time, a feature long available on other smartphones.
Buyers will also be able to purchase a new version of Apple's iMovie
video editing software for $4.99 program, allowing users to shoot,
edit, and send video right in the device.
Another new Apple offering, iAds, will make it easier for application
developers to embed advertising in their software. Ken Dulaney, an
analyst with Gartner Inc. in San Jose, Calif., said that including
ads with many iPhone apps will pay off big for Apple. "They're going
to make a lot of money off of those," Dulaney said.
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 02:18:56 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview
Steve Jobs at D8: The Full, Uncut Interview
by Peter Kafka
Posted on June 7, 2010 at 5:14 AM PT
Here's the entirety of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' D8 interview with Kara
Swisher and Walt Mossberg. Google, Flash, iPad and everything else,
for more than 90 minutes.
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 21:35:17 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed
Apple's Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed
Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has
exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and
top politicians. They-and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled
tablet-could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.
The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an
iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on
the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that
includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from
New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to
film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even
appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's information
It doesn't stop there. According to the data we were given by the web
security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we
believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it's
possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in
the U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have
yet to hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. A call to
Rahm Emanuel's office at the White House has not been returned.
The specific information exposed in the breach included subscribers'
email addresses, coupled with an associated ID used to authenticate
the subscriber on AT&T's network, known as the ICC-ID. ICC-ID stands
for integrated circuit card identifier and is used to identify the
SIM cards that associate a mobile device with a particular subscriber.
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