Really our end of the AT&T universe was all the online stuff, I never dealt with the phone people except to laugh at them that they thought their business would last for ever.
The reason you see a lot of business in rural areas that centers around a large volume of incoming calls is because of a practice known as "traffic pumping." It's built around regulations that the Big ILEC's originally bought during the early years of equal access and deregulation, which require the originating LEC to pay a small "settlement" to the terminating LEC in order to cover their costs. In the dense rate centers it's a fraction of a cent per minute, but in rural areas it could be a dime or more.
The original traffic pumpers simply set up shop in these rural areas and allowed calls to terminate there and then they rerouted them to other destinations (often international) via cheap transport, and pocketed the difference.
The newer business models eliminate the expense of sending the call back out over the PSTN. Many of them are "free conference call" services such as http://freeconferencecall.com/ in which everyone dials in, the conference call hoster just bridges everyone together via cheap hardware, and they pocket the settlement fees. There are also some carriers such as http://www.ipkall.com/ which offer you a free telephone number with free unlimited incoming calls, and they send the calls out over the Internet to the SIP server of your choice. I've got two of these numbers. I use one of them to call home from my cell phone, so it doesn't tie up our phone line (or ... I can still get through when the line is busy). The number is in Washington state, but who cares about that when there's no extra charge for long distance on a wireless plan? I use the other number to go straight into the Asterisk IVR.
Now those same ILEC's are whining about those very same regulations, the ones they paid for 15-20 years ago. They're required to terminate *all* calls, even if the settlements are expensive. CLEC's aren't.
That's why when Google or Vonage or other non-traditional CLEC's block access to traffic pumpers, AT&T and Verizon start whining like a bunch of hypocrites about how horrible it all is.
except of course that it ends up costing us money.
people to use.
Only non stupid people can use it.
We can even layer it on top of the existing internet until we can actually pay for our own separate network.
no one could figure out Mbone or 6bone so maybe the progression:
Ig, any interest? Is there going to be a UCG Gopher site? :)
Now that I think about it, Gopher protocol would have been the perfect way to deploy low-bandwidth, small-screen applications to mobile phones.
1. Part LOGO
2. Part Gopher
3. Part Unix
... in an object-oriented fashion.
This is pretty cool:
Someone created a 'secret knock' door mechanism to unlock a door when it hears the secret knock.
Now that's some geek action there.
Perfect for clubs.. or just someone who forgets their keys a lot.
The only bad thing is if your neighbors hear that without you knowing. But how would they know that you have the knock detector?
Definately someting to look into.
I wonder which came first...
The classic (1979) Remco "Sound FX Machine."
I had one of these. We must have spent hundreds of hours screwing around with this thing. I added a line-out jack to mine so I wouldn't have to be limited to the two inch speaker.
It was based on the Texas Instruments SN76477 chip. A few years later I bought one of those chips (back when Radio Shack was still useful for that kind of thing) and built a better quality unit. That was fun.
Picked up a bluetooth headset. $20 at target.
Pairs up OK, I can use it for phone calls, but that's not why i bought
Can't fucking listen to music through it. That's all I want to do.
Anyone know of any tricks (preferably free) to get this to work? I've
tried a utility called "Freedom" that supposedly lets you do this, but
that only switched between speaker/handset/wired headset.