Date: 2 Nov 2018 14:16:25 -0700
From: HAncock4 <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Verizon building causing power outages in Lynbrook LI
On Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:56:32 AM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote:
> By Michael Smollins
> Many business owners near Merrick Road in Lynbrook have complained
> about power outages in the area that were caused by the Verizon
> services communication building on Washington Avenue.
> "It's disruptive to business," said Jeffrey Greenfield, a partner at
> the NGL Insurance Group at 112 Merrick Road, of the outages. "We're in
> the customer service business. Our computers went down, our phones
> went down. It takes time to get reestablished, so virtually every time
> it goes down it puts us out of business."
The article is from a newspaper and is rather vague as to
the cause. It seems strange that a customer could do something
to the electric grid and foul up other customers.
The power company seems to blame Verizon, but maybe it is really
their fault? I'm not sure Long Island has a very good power
company. They used to have LILCO which had problems.
As a computer user, when I get an intermittent power outage
at home--which are too frequent--it is disruptive to me. At
work it was a real pain.
But in the reality of today's heavy dependence on electronics
(computers and other devices), I wonder if commercial users
should have some UPS protection against the intermittent
disruptions and surges. They would also provide for an orderly
shutdown in case the outage is more than brief.
Sadly, these days, many home owners are buying rather expensive
backup generators for their entire home due to frequent and
extended power outages. In my opinion, it is ridiculous that
people have to do this (and people who live in apartments are
screwed). We really need to take a hard look at the electric
utility situation and improve its low reliability.
In my opinion, recent efforts at 'deregulation' or other
power reforms only made things worse for ordinary consumers.
Telephone note: I am bombarded at home with calls from
alternative energy suppliers. Many of these calls are
clearly fraudulent scams.
Date: 3 Nov 2018 11:18:29 -0700
From: HAncock4 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: 50 years ago--Timesharing, WU SICOM
50 years ago, the Oct 1968 issue of Computers & Automation was
devoted to timesharing.
SELECTING A VENDOR OF TIME-SHARED COMPUTER SERVICES
Specific suggestions on how a non-user should go about selecting a
time-sharing or remote-batch computer service, and how a current user
should evaluate his present service ... with some general comments on
the current state and future potential of the time-sharing industry.
MULTIPLE-ACCESS, TIME-SHARING, OPERATING SYSTEM
A case history - how the "Multiple Access Time Sharing"
(MATS) System at Northern Electric Co., ltd., Ottawa, Canada, operates.
A NEW CONCEPT IN TIME SHARING: DEDICATED SYSTEMS SHARE ONE COMPUTER
A unique type of sharing in which several discrete, real-time,
on-line information systems share a computer at a neutral site.
COMPUTER RESOURCES SHARING-SOME COMMENTS AND PREDICTIONS
Norman Doelling What do ti~e-sharing systems currently offer?
Where are present trends likely to lead?
DATA PROCESSING SERVICES: BANKING'S NEW PRODUCT
Why banks are becoming a powerful competitor in providing
data processing services.
In the Nov 1968 there was a brief mention of Western Union's
new SICOM service, a computerized message switching service
for the securities industry:
WESTERN UNION SERVICE FOR SECURITIES INDUSTRY
A computer-controlled system designed for shared use by many firms
in the securities industry - providing cross-country communication
of buy and sell orders in seconds - is now being operated by Western
Union for its first Wall Street customer I Shields & Company.
Called SICOM (Securi ties Industry Communications) Western Union's
new system serves the specialized needs of brokerage firms. The
system interconnects a subscribing brokerage firm's headquarters
wire and order rooms, its branches and correspondents, the trading
floors, of the New York and American Stock Exchanges, and other
special points desired by the subscriber. It provides for the fast
transmission of buy-sell orders, execution reports, market news
reports, administrative messages and other record information.
Western Union engineered the entire system and provides all
components, including computers, circuits, teleprinters, outstation
equipment, programming and maintenance. The only equipment located
on the premises of a SICOM subscriber is an automatic teleprinter
supplied by Western Union.
From photos from other sources, it appeared the system used the
Teletype model 28 ASR. This is surprising to me in that the model 28
was a Baudot (5 bit) machine and I would think by then an ASCII
machine would've been preferred. An average message of 80 characters
took 20 seconds to transmit. The initial capacity was 70,000 messages
per hour. Messages were switched at the Western Union computer center
at Mahwah, NJ.
By way of contrast, at that time, the interstate day telegram rate
was $2.25 for the first 15 words, and 9c each additional word. The
interstate night letter was $1.70 for the first 100 words and 1.5c
for each additional word. At that time, telegram service still
represented a good chunk of Western Union's revenues, although WU
sought to transition over to other services like SICOM that had more
of a future and profit potential.
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:40:44 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Howardsville, Va Centurylink customers complain of erratic
HOWARDSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Concerned CenturyLink customers from
southern Albemarle and Buckingham counties have been without properly
functioning telephones and are seeking a permanent fix.
For Ellyn Moore, the problem is that her landline works only some of
"It means that when we can't call out, we can't call 911 for fire, for
a health emergency," Moore said. "We all know that in
this town that this train carries liquid petroleum down the road every
single day. We know, in the 33 years we've lived in our home, there's
been two derailments that we know of. It is imperative that we be able
to call for help."
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
End of telecom Digest Sun, 04 Nov 2018