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The Telecom Digest for May 3, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 72 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Teletypes and computers--50th anniversary of BASIC language (Bill Horne)
Two months of Ooma VoIP service and I'm still astounded (Thad Floryan)
Re: Teletypes and computers--50th anniversary of BASIC language (Mark Smith)
Usenet history and trivia, and Duke's Usenet feed now gone (Thad Floryan)
Cellphone use and texting while driving -- a wakeup call (Thad Floryan)

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Date: Fri, 02 May 2014 08:24:15 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Teletypes and computers--50th anniversary of BASIC language Message-ID: <lk02pj$ucj$1@dont-email.me> On 5/1/2014 9:31 PM, tonypo wrote: > On Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:26:56 -0700, HAncock4 wrote: > >> Dartmouth is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the development of the >> BASIC computer language in 1964. ... >> A terminal room photo: >> >> https://www.flickr.com/photos/dartmouthflickr/13566198805/in/ >> > set-72157643275728555/ >> >> (I believe the units pictured are the heavy duty model 35; along with >> the built-in dial-up modem.) I think those are Model 33 TWX machines. ... > But then my next years courses had me taking PL/I and that was batch mode > on punch cards. How I hated that. Ah, but think of how much you learned! Quick, what happens when you overpunch a digit in row 11? Bill "Kids these days, they have it easy ..." Horne -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Thu, 01 May 2014 22:10:16 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Two months of Ooma VoIP service and I'm still astounded Message-ID: <536328B8.1080705@thadlabs.com> Two months of Ooma VoIP service and I'm still astounded Over the years here in comp.dcom.telecom many VoIP providers have been discussed and some were dissed. Believe it or not, I've been tracking the progress of Ooma for almost 7 years now after I abandoned all my landlines (PacBell, now AT&T) in 2002 due to constant price increases. Now retired, I find myself needing to contact government agencies every now and then and it's frustrating to be placed on hold and having the cellphone drop the signal and/or having the battery deplete and losing my place in the telephone queue. Calling multiple vendors for service such as a water heater replacement is also tedious for many of the same reasons. Two months ago in the ba.internet group one person wrote he recently subscribed to Ooma's service and it was a no-brainer and the quality is excellent and service is free with only a monthly cost of $3.91 (in Silicon Valley) for federal and state taxes and E911 service. Note that one must buy the Ooma Telo -- it's a one-time expense and it's available at numerous retailers in the USA such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Frys, Newegg, and many more and also from Ooma itself. That was the clincher for me noting I've setup and operated PBX and Asterisk-based VoIP service for clients over the years in addition to all the IT tasks I'd also perform for the same clients -- I wanted something simple, reliable, and plug'n'play for my home system. As the person wrote in ba.internet, setup was literally a no-brainer. Plugging the Ooma Telo device into a switch on my LAN was plug'n'play with the Telo acquiring everything it needed to function via DHCP, and all I had to do next was choose a phone number, establish auto-billing, enter the E911 information, and finally Voice Mail setup (the greeting, etc.). I initially plugged a 2500 deskset into the back of the Ooma to run tests, and everything was perfect. The next step was to disconnect all the old PacBell service connects at the house demarcs so I could operate all the house phone wiring directly from the Ooma which, by the way, can supply 5.0 REN current, and I'm presently using < 2.0 with these instruments presently connected: - Plantronics SP-04 headset phone inline with a CIDCO (NOT Cisco) SA-99A-22 caller ID box with 99 number memory and backlight in my home office for handsfree use at the computer keyboard, - PacBell wallphone with Caller ID in my kitchen, and - Western Electric 2500 with backlit keys in my bedroom. I'm still researching reviews of other phones because I want one more for another room in the house. It's critical to be sure a new landline phone doesn't use expensive exotic batteries, does have a backlit LCD display, and does have a Caller ID Memory along with indication there are voice mail messages waiting. FWIW, I'll be migrating this month to Ooma's Premier service at $9.95 per month for several features I find essential after using them free with "Get Acquainted" during the initial two month's "basic" service. As someone somewhere once commented: "A luxury, once sampled, becomes a necessity." :-) Ooma is a Silicon Valley company based in Palo Alto CA per: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ooma Ooma is only 8 miles from me so I can bang on their door if there's ever any service problems. Oome's home page is here: http://www.ooma.com/ and their PureVoice(tm) HD technology is not a joke -- the call quality is excellent. Samples can be heard here: http://www.ooma.com/products Note the Ooma device ("Telo") is a stand-alone Linux-based appliance that operates 24/7/365 and only requires access to the Internet -- no other equipment is needed. The Internet connection should be broadband and there is a speed test page on Ooma's site. There are several ways to connect the Telo (and more combinations might be possible if one plays with hairpin routing or other exotica but I'm a firm believer in the KISS principle): - between one's broadband modem and one's router, - on one's security router's DMZ port, or - on one's LAN as I did. As the poster to ba.internet wrote: The only "setup" was via the OOMA website to create my account. Other than connecting the box, I did nothing to it or my router OOMA uses its own protocols. The box connects to the OOMA cloud via its own VPN. That is for control traffic and it stays connected. I only see UDP traffic when making a call. The OOMA server I am connecting to is in the Bay Area. Ping time to their server is 9ms. As far as my setup, I ignored the router function and the inside port. I just plugged its "To Internet" port into my LAN. I use the OOMA to feed into my legacy phone wiring. All the phones in the house work as before. I disconnected the landline at the box on the side of the house. That was a simple unplug of a standard modular connector. I have three conventional phones and a cordless system. I, too, setup as he wrote above. For the curious, here's my network: http://thadlabs.com/PIX/ThadLABS_network_demarc.jpg 297kB http://thadlabs.com/FILES/ThadLABS_network_demarc.txt 2kB I later used the Telo's web interface to establish a fixed LAN IP and I also added that IP to my DHCP server's database "just in case": host oomavoip { hardware ethernet 00:18:61:14:50:11; fixed-address; } Feel welcome to ask any questions about the Ooma service; I'm looking towards a l-o-n-g relationship with Ooma and saving a lot of money. Thad
Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 20:31:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Mark Smith <marklsmith@yahoo.com.INVALID> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Teletypes and computers--50th anniversary of BASIC language Message-ID: <1399001479.60938.YahooMailIosMobile@web122303.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> I started in Watfor fortran in 1966. Punch cards doing a Physics coefficient of friction problem with two masses. Basic came in college over the phone to Rome Air Force Base with the TTY and punch tape. The last time with TTY was APL language and instead of single Greek letters commands were in the form of $RO. They still made less noise than pin printers. <br/><br/>Mark<a href=" https://overview.mail.yahoo.com?.src=iOS" ;><br/><br/>Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone</a>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2014 00:21:13 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Usenet history and trivia, and Duke's Usenet feed now gone Message-ID: <53634769.80406@thadlabs.com> In another group there was a thread recently about Usenet and folks were unaware that Duke University is where Usenet began: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet I've always browsed numerous news and university sites to keep current with events and in 2010 Duke University shut down its Usenet service and I caught this news item the day it appeared on May 17, 2010: http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2010/05/usenet.html I was going to post that URL in the other group's Usenet thread but either the article is no longer available or Duke's server's are down for either a Spring or Summer break. Fortunately I've learned to NEVER trust the longevity of URL links so I always PDF articles that interest me for my archives creating as many as 100 PDFs a day. Good news for all, I did PDF that Duke URL and the article is available here at 351kB and 4 pages with pictures: http://thadlabs.com/FILES/DUKE_20100517_Duke_to_shut_Usenet_server.pdf Feel welcome to read or download the PDF. There's Usenet trivia and a quiz at the end of the article. Don't scroll past question 4 to avoid seeing the answers until you've answered all 4 questions. :-) Thad
Date: Thu, 01 May 2014 22:12:42 -0700 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Cellphone use and texting while driving -- a wakeup call Message-ID: <5363294A.1040609@thadlabs.com> One of the daughters of my best friend was recently rear-ended by a texting driver while she was stopped at a traffic light. Though both cars were totalled per the insurance companies, incredibly no one was injured. A 31-second video produced as a Public Service Announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety group is sobering and highlights what frequenctly happens when using a cellphone while driving and it was recently cited in Gary Richards' ROAD KILL, er, SHOW column in Silicon Valley's San Jose Mercury News on April 13, 2014 in this article: http://www.mercurynews.com/mr-roadshow/ci_25539737/ and here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_-6EoNhitg While doing some sleuthing on the 'Net, I encountered this article from the New England Journal of Medicine dated June 10, 2010: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp0910137 which is referenced by this article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2010/September/why-cell-phone-conversations-distract-drivers aka: http://tinyurl.com/2c4heja which in turn is referenced by this article: http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/why-talking-on-a-cell-phone-distracts-drivers aka: http://tinyurl.com/7ox4xod As a reminder of how so-called smartphones have captured and ensnared so many people, I refer you to my December 6, 2013 comp.dcom.telecom article entitled "12 reasons why society is crumbling -- smartphones" to which Bill Horne commented "The language may not be fit for young children, but the pictures are worth 12,000 words, so I'm allowing this post." I just now checked again and additional comments appear that are Not Safe For Work, so just scroll down viewing pictures and stop after viewing the 12th picture of the lady holding an iPad -- this photo essay is a very sad commentary of our times: http://dbagging.com/12-smartphone-douchebags/ Thad
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