From: Ethan Dicks (ethan.dicks_at_gmail.com)
Date: 2007-01-11 09:50:07
On 1/11/07, Marko Mäkelä <email@example.com> wrote: > On Thu, Jan 11, 2007 at 02:01:56AM -0500, Ethan Dicks wrote: > > >But I hope you don't mind me not calling, I'm afraid that it won't do any > > >good to my telephone bill :) > > > > I think it'd be fun to call just to check it out, but I don't have a > > landline anymore. :-/ > > On the Antarctic? Wouldn't that be an iceline if you had one? Well... I happen to have gotten home nearly two weeks ago, but I don't have one here in the States - I get my 'net feed via Cable Modem (TV, not telco, in case that's not obvious to foreign readers), and my only phone is a mobile. If I were still on the Ice, I still wouldn't be able to call out via modem. We have a satellite link, but we can't make or accept analog phone calls - it's all VoIP for voice, mixed in with our regular internet packet traffic. Someone did try to send down an industrial control box with a modem for the vendor to call in for troubleshooting, but the installation didn't go as expected. ;-) > Hmm, given that local calls might still be free (flat rate) in the US, > could someone in the same area perhaps set up a Telnet gateway for > dialing up that BBS? :-) Local calls _are_ still free in the US, _if_ you pay for a certain level of service - you can elect to pay less and pay per minute or based on time and distance for local calls - handy if you almost never call out locally, but for folks with ordinary usage patterns it turns out to be better to stick with flat rate. If such a thing were set up, I might be able to try to set up an analog phone gateway at home (I have a small box that pretends to be a 2-line telephone network for testing modems and telecom dialer software) and attach the outbound side of that to a modem to a UNIX box set up with PPP, etc... then I could pull out the old VIC MODEM and give it all a go. :-D -ethan Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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