Telephone News

The UK Speaking Clock

April 27, 2021

A great video on the UK Speaking Clock and its history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVeMNrwRO-A

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The Old Days -Talkable Busy Signals

April 6, 2021

Evan Doorbell is mentioned in an article about talkable busy signals back in the old days where impromptu conferences were found.

https://onezero.medium.com/the-prototype-for-clubhouse-is-40-years-old-and-it-was-built-by-phone-hackers-71389d117cad

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Fun with a Number 5 Crossbar and trouble cards!

January 16, 2021

The Connections Museum in Seattle finally got their trouble card machine on their #5XB to work again. Fun with trouble cards!

https://twitter.com/i/status/1349535360477347841

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AT&T Central Office in Downtown Nashville is bombed on Christmas Day

December 26, 2020

Domestic terrorism hits the main downtown AT&T central office in Nashville, TN - knocking out communications for a good portion of town.

Link to news article

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CenturyLink is now Lumen Technologies

September 20, 2020

More name changes and more confusion on the telecom front.

CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel, Embarq, Sprint, United Telephone, Qwest, US West, and a number of Baby Bells) is now called Lumen technologies, effective Sept. 18, 2020.

https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8524356-centurylink-rebrands-as-lumen/

They will continue to market their residential and small business services as CenturyLink, but enterprise business is now called Lumen.

 

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The Death of Sprint

August 24, 2020

The Death of Sprint - once a force to be beckoned with, is now history. A good synopsis can be found here: https://blog.telegeography.com/sprint-reaches-the-finish-line-the-rise-and-fall-of-an-american-telco

Eventually I'll get around to writing a page about this history and demise of Sprint. That may take a while. But it is on my To-Do list.

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How does MF signaling work?

August 21, 2020

The Connections Museum in Seattle released a new video today called "How does MF Signalling work".

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Ann Syrdal, Who Helped Give Computers a Female Voice, Dies at 74

August 21, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/20/technology/ann-syrdal-who-helped-give-computers-a-female-voice-dies-at-74.html

As a researcher at AT&T, she helped lay the groundwork for modern digital assistants like Siri and Alexa.

Dr. Sydral's research at Bell Labs in speech synthesis was incorporated into AT&T's Natural Voices, which in 1998 was cutting edge technology. It was later the foundation for the modern Siri and other computer voice systems.

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A very over simplification on how the old phone system used to work.

August 21, 2020

A *VERY* over simplification of how the old phone system used 2600 Hz as the key frequency for handing answer supervision and SF (single frequency) dialing. Of course discovered by accident using a "Captain Crunch" whistle that just happened to be at 2600 Hz.

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Telephone News coming soon!

August 16, 2020

This is where you'll see current events for anything telephone related that I see in the news!

 

 

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