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June 14th, 2005

10:55 am - Yo
Hey. Some of you may know me from the BinRev or Informationleak boards. I go by Counterspell there. Anyway, I've been dabbling in phone exploration for a few years now. It's good to find another community to chill out in. The magazine looks 31337 by the way.

Just thought I'd say hey to you people.
Current Mood: calmI'm pretty good
Current Music: The Jam

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June 4th, 2005

11:48 pm - Blast from the past: The stuff one finds in storage
I was going through stuff in the workshop, and came across this taped-up cardboard box; unremarkable in appearance. It must have been from when I moved out of my parent's house back in the early 1990s, and somehow survived and managed to follow me through several moves since then until it came to its final resting place. I open it up, and what do I find inside? A Western Electric 216C can wrench, Bell System hard hat (one of the white ones with the blue bell logo and the blue and yellow stripes), some Consumertronics publications, a copy of Hugo Cornwall's Hacker's Handbook from the 1980s, and a collection of 2600 back issues dating from around 1987 to 1991. Volume #4, Issue #11 of 2600 was particularly interesting to look at after all these years.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic

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April 30th, 2005

06:44 pm
Annoy the fuck out of the FCC - Hack the radio

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April 18th, 2005

12:31 am - PoR Updated!

Well, we've said that the next issue will be mostly composed of stuff that's found. Well, keeping up with that spirit and theme PoR is making an exlusive release! Presenting....

Lucent Technologies' own...

"Guide Builder(tm) Software for AUDIX(r) Systems"

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April 15th, 2005

09:38 am - The Land of the Left-In Loops
A friend is moving his business a couple buildings down the road, and asked me to do his phone wiring. No problem. The building formerly had a hotel on its upper floors, and a service business on the ground level. Save for the ground floor, the building has been unoccupied for some time now and upon looking at the "phone wall", I don't think the LEC has been in there since around 1986 or so.

The "demarc" in this instance is a 100 pair (or so) Type 66 block. Typical pre-divestiture stuff. So I install my wiring, and run a cross connect over to the demarc, marking them appropriately so all the LEC technician has to do is punch it down on the appropriate space when he comes in. After this is done, I get curious and start checking pairs on the 66 block with my butt-set. I clip onto the first pair and much to my surprise get a dial-tone. I stopped after checking 10 random pairs. Every pair I checked had a dial-tone.

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April 5th, 2005

04:58 am - PoR Issue # 3 is out!

w00t! Issue 3!


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February 22nd, 2005

08:05 pm - Paris Hilton's Phone Book
Someone got her phone. Now her numbers on are on the net, as well as some other things.


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February 19th, 2005

02:31 pm - PoR Issue # 2 is out

The second issue of PoR has been released. Enjoy!

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February 11th, 2005

03:48 am - PoR Release/Issue #1

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January 1st, 2005

06:18 pm - Help request...
Ages ago, I had a schematic for a home-built mini-box that one could, conceivably, plug into a phone line, between the jack and the phone itself, to detect if there was a tap in place on the line. Some of the ideas were as simple as an LED that would activate if the voltage diff., etc. from a tap was detected. However, I no longer have the file, and try as I might to search for this online, I can only seem to find the plans for an "in-use" light: i.e., an LED that will light up when someone picks up another extension on the same line, which is lovely if you don't live alone with only one telephone jack. I promised someone I'd try and set this up for them, however my short-term memory, apparently, sucks, and while I can seem to put a computer together easily on a good day, when it comes to memorizing circuits, I'm a big fat zero.

Is anyone familiar with this? We can't/don't want to go out and buy an expensive "bug detector", nor do we have the extra cash to spend or want to spend insane amounts of cash on parts. It doesn't have to be complex, just workable. If at the very least someone knows of a website containing a schematic, that would be lovely. And, as I've said, not an "in-use" indicator...

Thanks, guys...

X-posted pretty much everywhere I think it's safe enough to do so.
Current Mood: soresore

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