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The Telecom Digest for July 11, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 187 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
Re: How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier(tlvp)
iWatch: Is your phone spying on you? (David Clayton)
A smartphone worth lining up for (Monty Solomon)
Re: Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity (Robert Neville)
Re: How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier (Joseph Singer)
July 11th in History: 1948 Media PA #5XB, 1965 FL 305/904 NPA Split (Mark J. Cuccia)
Re: July 11th in History: 1948 Media PA #5XB, 1965 FL 305/904 NPA Split (Lisa or Jeff)

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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 03:51:42 -0400 From: tlvp <tPlOvUpBErLeLsEs@hotmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier Message-ID: <op.vfmasgk1itl47o@acer250.gateway.2wire.net> On Thu, 08 Jul 2010 23:56:23 -0400, Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> wrote, asking inter alia: > ... I'm curious why > they list Cingular Wireless and Cellular One. They may all be at&t today, but quite possibly current subscribers who originally began with one of the two companies named will still have the same SMS email addresses as when their service began. Certainly the analogous address-domain retention holds for the email addresses of folks originally using PacBell, SNET, SWBell, SBCGlobal, et al., as ISPs. There'd have been far too much user-name clobbering had they all gotten converted to *@att.net from their original *@pacbell.net, *@snet.net, etc. addresses. But don't quote me -- I'm just hazarding a guess here :-) . Cheers, then, and a large grain of salt, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:29:12 +1000 From: David Clayton <dcstar@myrealbox.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: iWatch: Is your phone spying on you? Message-ID: <pan.2010.> http://www.theage.com.au/world/iwatch-is-your-phone-spying-on-you-20100709-1043f.html iWatch: Is your phone spying on you? TOM LEONARD, NEW YORK July 10, 2010 CRIMINALS using the Apple iPhone may be unwittingly providing police with a wealth of information that could be used against them. As the communications device grows in popularity, technology experts and US law enforcement agencies are stepping up research into their potential for forensics investigators. While police have already been able to track criminals by locating their position via conventional mobile phone towers, the iPhones offer far more information, according to experts. ''There are a lot of security issues in the design of the iPhone that lend themselves to retaining more personal information than any other device,'' said Jonathan Zdziarski, a former computer hacker who now teaches US law enforcers how to retrieve data from mobile phones. ''These devices organise people's lives and, if you're doing something criminal, something about it is going to go through that phone.'' Apple has sold more than 50 million iPhones since the product was launched in 2007. Mr Zdziarski said he suspected that security had been neglected on the iPhone as it had been intended as a consumer product rather than a business one like rivals such as the BlackBerry. An example was the iPhone's keyboard logging cache, which was designed to correct spelling but meant that an expert could retrieve anything typed on the keyboard over the past three to 12 months, he said. In addition, every time an iPhone's internal mapping system is closed down, the device snaps a screenshot of the phone's last position and stores it. Investigators could access ''several hundred'' such images from the iPhone and so establish its user's whereabouts at certain times, he said. iPhone photos include ''geotags'' so that, if posted online, they indicate where a picture was taken and the serial number of the phone that took it. TELEGRAPH
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:37:17 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: A smartphone worth lining up for Message-ID: <p06240803c85da91ba27b@[]> TECH LAB A smartphone worth lining up for By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | July 8, 2010 The people at Verizon Wireless expect lines at their stores next Thursday, like the ones Apple Inc. had last month when it debuted the new iPhone. It seems hard to believe; most people don't get that excited over a new cellphone unless Apple chieftain Steve Jobs tells them to. Verizon is expecting its own brand of excitement for the new Droid X, which comes from stodgy old Motorola Inc. Motorola delivered one of last year's biggest hits, the original Droid. Based on Google Inc.'s Android operating system, the Droid became a legitimate rival to Apple's iPhone. The Droid X, which goes on sale July 15, is even better, but will carry the same price: $200 with a $100 rebate and a two-year service contract. The original Droid's worst flaw was its wretched physical keyboard. The Droid X gives up on the concept; as with an iPhone, you type by touching an on-screen virtual keyboard. The lack of a hard keyboard makes the Droid X luxuriously lean. Its structure is thickened only along the top, where Motorola has installed an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flashbulbs. The same camera also shoots good 720p, high-resolution video. But I wish Motorola had added a front-facing camera for videoconferencing. The virtual keyboard comes with Swype, a program that lets you type by dragging your finger instead of poking at the screen. To type a word, touch the first letter, then drag your finger to the next, and so on till you're done. Somehow Swype figures out the word, getting it right about 98 percent of the time. It's almost creepy how well it works. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2010/07/08/new_droid_worth_lining_up_for/
Date: Thu, 08 Jul 2010 17:28:29 -0600 From: Robert Neville <dont@bother.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity Message-ID: <4C365F1D.6020308@bother.com> wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) wrote: >The elimination of Usenet service provided by ISPs has >been an enormous boon. It has it's plusses and minuses. On the plus side, forcing people who want Usenet to actively seek out a Usenet service provider has hugely reduced what used to be the AOL crowd and the freshman fall crush. On the minus side, a great deal of Usenet's value could be derived from the network effect. That is, the more participants, the more value. Unfortunately, the noise increased at a far greater rate than the signal. The secondary loss was to Usenet redundancy and anonymity. When there were thousands upon thousands of Usenet servers, all interconnected, the loss of any one server was inconsequential. Now days, if Giganews, Newsguy or even Google Groups dropped out, there would be a noticeable loss. Couple that with how much easier it is for a "bad" government to identify and closely monitor the point of entry for a particular poster...
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:54:23 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: How to Send Email to SMS Cell Phones, By Carrier Message-ID: <667180.25736.qm@web52707.mail.re2.yahoo.com> Thu, 08 Jul 2010 20:56:23 -0700 Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> wrote: > Earlier today I came across an interesting emergency alert service > for residents of Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley), California. > http://www.blackboard.com/Alert-Notification/Connect-Platform.aspx It occurs to me that this service would be an ideal way for somebody to spam a whole lot of people very easily. > I then wanted to sign up for the service in my county and was > puzzled by the question "SMS telephone number?". A Google search on > "SMS telephone number format" revealed this URL: > http://www.appscout.com/2007/10/how_to_send_email_to_sms_cell.php > and then I recognized that was how email can be sent to a cellphone > and I had forgotten the format for my carrier, AT&T Wireless, since > it's been ages since I setup the servers at work (I'm now retired) > to call me whenever overtemp, power outage, and other problems hit > the data centers. I went to the link provided and the list of company names and addresses appears to be really old. Sprint PCS, Cingular Wireless, and AT&T PCS, haven't existed in years! > I hope the above URL will prove useful to others, but I'm curious > why they list Cingular Wireless and Cellular One. In 1992 I signed > up with Cellular One for my first cellphone account and I've kept > the account all the way through Cingular to AT&T today (with > incredible service and what seems a perpetual monthly free 5,000 > minutes among other things; no joke: no dropped calls and extremely > strong signal anywhere I travel in the SF Bay Area). As I point out this appears to be an old list with the accuracy of it questioned (at least by me.)
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 15:38:40 -0700 (PDT) From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <markjcuccia@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: July 11th in History: 1948 Media PA #5XB, 1965 FL 305/904 NPA Split Message-ID: <430933.8370.qm@web31103.mail.mud.yahoo.com> I had mentioned in previous postings about how this year, 2010, is the 45th Anniversary of the very first #1ESS switch being cut-in to full public PSTN/NANP service (as opposed to "experimental only", i.e., the Morris IL ECO of 1960-62) at Succasunna NJ on Sunday 30-May-1965, and I had also mentioned that the Florida 305/904 Area Code Split took effect as a FLASH-CUT also that year, on Sunday 11-July-1965 at 2:01am EDT. And I had also mentioned the fact that calendar year 2010 is identical to calendar year 1965 as far as how the dates fall on particular days-of-the-week. This year, 2010, follows 1965, in that 30-May and 11-July are both Sundays, in both years. ALSO, 2010 is the 62nd Anniversary of the very first #5XB switch being cut-in to full public PSTN/NANP service (as opposed to experimental "only"), also on Sunday 11-July-1948. Note that both the 305/904 Florida NPA Split and the first #5XB being cut-in at Media PA both happened on July 11th in their respective years, and both were on a Sunday, so even 1948 has the same day-of-week "mapping" as does 1965 and 2010. Regarding the first #1ESS in Succasunna NJ, I had mentioned in my earlier posting that I was unsure if it replaced a SXS office or a #5XB office. I tend to think that it replaced an earlier Step-by-Step (SXS) office. I did some digging up of info from google searches, and there was a reference that AT&T/WECO/Labs worked with NJ Bell for the cut-in of this very first #1ESS to be installed in a town that had been served by a (roughly) 4000-line SXS switch. And since the first #5XB office in Media PA was only installed 17 years ago, I doubt that anything less than 17 years old (i.e., a #5XB) would have been in service at Succasunna NJ, only to be pulled from service to be replaced with the very first #1ESS. As for the #5XB in Media PA, a suburb of Philadelphia PA, it is likely that it replaced a previously existing common-battery manual central office. The suburbs of Philadelphia had mostly been manual -- Panel had NOT yet extended into those suburbs. The first #1XB office was only ten years old, first being installed in Brooklyn NY in 1938. It seems unlikely that AT&T/Western/Labs and Bell of Pennsylvania would have pulled a #1XB that was only ten years old to replace it with the first #5XB office... Englewood/Teaneck NJ was able to dial their calls to Media PA as part of the Philadelphia PA Metro area (215) with the first public use of (limited) DDD (Direct Distance Dialing) effective November 1951, even though it would be another 2-3 years before AT&T/Bell would actually begin referring to customer "nationwide" long distance dialing as "DDD". The 1951 customer instruction booklet only lists the TOWN name of Media under Philadelphia and vicinity. It does NOT indicate the particular NNX code -- or rather 2L EXchange NAme (plus 3rd-digit) for Media PA, which would probably have been "LOwell 6-" (see below). The "ratecenter" name for Media PA is officially known as "Philadelphia Suburban Zone #12". The c.o.switch eventually had MEDIPAMEMG0 for its CLLI code, the -MG(x) extension for "Marker Group", which was the code extension used for Crossbar offices providing "local" end-office services or functions. It appears that the #5XB was still in service at Media PA as late as 1985. By 1990/91, Media PA was being served by a #5ESS (digital), MEDIPAMEDS0. It does NOT seem that Media PA had any interim period of being served by a #1ESS or #1AESS (non-digital), but was cutover from #5XB directly to a digital ESS, the #5ESS, sometime after 1985 and before 1991, but I don't have the exact date/year of that cutover. The original 2L-5N "name" would most likely have been "LOwell 6-". There was a new 215-565 added before 1974 (I do not have the year), but it seems that 215-565 was added AFTER 7D ANC (All Number Calling) format started to replace the 2L-5N "name" format. New office codes would not have been "officially" referred to by 2L-5N, although since both 565 and 566/LO.6 are both 56x codes in the same switch, one "could" unofficially refer to 565 as "LOwell 5-". Later 215-NNX codes were added later on, and the town of Media PA also fell on the new/split side of the 215/610 area code split of 1994. VeriZon/BA/B-Pa also has a new 484-NXX code added since 484 had overlaid 610 back in 1999. The ratecenter of Media PA/Philadelphia Suburban Zone #12 also has other 610-NXX and 484-NXX codes "default" assigned to wireless and CLECs as well. I don't know when the last #5XB (or any other manufacturer's crossbar) in the NANP/DDD network was replaced with (digital) ESS, but it would have been by the late 1990s-era. The last "known" US/Canada SXS office was in Nantes PQ Canada, replaced with a DMS-10 in 2002. The last Panel offices were being pulled from service in the late 1970s or maybe even as late as 1982, I don't remember the "exact" date (year) when the last "known" Panel office was removed from the PSTN/NANP/DDD network. But there are still roughly 60 remaining #1AESS offices in the PSTN/NANP/DDD network as I had mentioned in postings earlier this year. VZ/BA/C&P has three of them, one each in: Baltimore MD, Richmond VA, Norfolk VA. at&t ILEC has the rest of them -- a handful in Michigan Bell (four of them to be replaced with digital sometime this year or next year), two in Illinois Bell in Chicago Metro, and several in Southern/South Central Bell and Southwestern Bell, concentrated in certain specific metro areas. Other than the four known replacements this year or next year in Michigan, I have no idea when at&t or VZ intends on replacing the other remaining 1As. There will still be a few in Michigan even after the four currently known replacements. But as mentioned in my previous posting, Succasunna NJ #1ESS (which appears to have never been upgraded to a #1AESS) was replaced with a #5ESS in September 1991. ANYHOW, Sunday 11-July-2010 is the 45th Anniversary of the Florida 305/904 Area Code split in 1965, and it will also be the 62nd Anniversary of the very first public network use of #5XB cut-in at Media PA in 1948. 11-July-1948, 1965, and even 2010 also ALL0 happen to be on a SUNDAY as well. Mark J. Cuccia markjcuccia at yahoo dot com Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA pre-Katrina
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 18:37:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: July 11th in History: 1948 Media PA #5XB, 1965 FL 305/904 NPA Split Message-ID: <ae15345d-832a-4abc-b477-4ec0c8fa9a7a@b35g2000yqi.googlegroups.com> On Jul 10, 6:38 pm, "Mark J. Cuccia" <markjcuc...@yahoo.com> wrote: > The original 2L-5N "name" would most likely have been "LOwell 6-". > There was a new 215-565 added before 1974 (I do not have the year), > but it seems that 215-565 was added AFTER 7D ANC (All Number Calling) > format started to replace the 2L-5N "name" format. New office codes > would not have been "officially" referred to by 2L-5N, although since > both 565 and 566/LO.6 are both 56x codes in the same switch, one "could" > unofficially refer to 565 as "LOwell 5-". . . . Philadelphia was the last place to use exchange names, finally abandoning them for ANC in 1980. To this day it is not unusual to find a business with stationery or a sign referring to its telephone number by 2L-5N. Some forms mailed out by Phila govt still have MU 6- instead of 686. However, for new exchanges, they used numbers beginning in the 1960s. This would be for either one of an existing 2L series or a whole new NNX. That is, when BAldwin (22.) needed another exchange in the 1960s, it was called 221. Ini the 1960s many businesses got new exchanges when they cutover to Centrex and these were all ANC from the start (eg 448). (One exception was City Hall was which MUnicipal 6. They've since added 585 to that.) A tidbit regarding Media, PA: it is served by a trolley line that connects the town with the 69th Street transit terminal (SEPTA's Rt 101). The trolley runs down the middle of State Street in Media, then uses private right of way. Media is also served by a commuter rail station of the ex-Pennsylvania Railroad West Chester branch (now terminates at Elwyn). The crossbar in Media was also used for a trial test of push-button dialing. Modified 300 sets with buttons plucking reeds were used. I believe Philadelphia was the first installation of the No. 4 crossbar, a toll switch, circa 1944. That and the 4A became a mainstay of the postwar long distance network. Bell System history seems to greatly emphasize the No. 5 Crossbar switch as a major invention capable of so many functions, yet, they seem to minimize the contributions of the No. 1 crossbar.
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