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Re: Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909
John M. Fraser 1916-2009
2 phone numers on one landline? (Slightly OT)
AT&T adds thousands of jobs
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Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 17:38:38 +1100
From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Technical Demo turns political 2/26/1909
On Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:50:12 -0400, Gene S. Berkowitz wrote:
> In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>> There are also big cities with huge amounts of undocumented
>> infrastructure under the streets, where the excavation has to be done by
>> hand and the cable laid a foot at the time to prevent disturbing other
> Thank goodness that those cities should soon have a steady supply of
> bankers and stock brokers, who, with patient training, can be taught which
> end of the shovel to hold.
And who would have trouble working in an iron lung, given their previous
experience of "work".
They could be employed in an area more suited to their abilities, I
believe that Speed Humps are still in demand......
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 07:15:20 -0700
From: Jane Fraser <email@example.com>
Subject: John M. Fraser 1916-2009
The following may be of interest to readers of the Telecom Digest.
- Jane M. Fraser
John M. Fraser, 92, died in his sleep March 2, 2009, in San Diego, CA.
Mr. Fraser was born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and
resided in Whippany, NJ; Brielle, NJ; Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Ramona,
CA; and San Diego, CA.
Mr. Fraser graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and received
his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic
Institute of Brooklyn. He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and
Tau Beta Pi.
Mr. Fraser was employed for 39 years by Bell Telephone Laboratories,
where he was involved in many systems engineering projects including
the first transatlantic telephone cable, TAT-1, and one of the
earliest speech compression systems, TASI. He then joined Hughes
Aircraft, where, as Chief Scientist, he was the chief architect of the
Indonesian satellite system, Palapa. He represented AT&T and
subsequently Hughes at CCITT, the international body that establishes
standards for communication systems.
Mr. Fraser believed strongly in giving more than taxes to the
communities in which he lived. In Whippany, NJ, he served as chair of
the planning board, member of the Hanover Township Governing Board,
and mayor. In Brielle, NJ, he served as chair of the planning board
and member of the Borough Governing Council. In Ramona, CA, he served
as chair of the Environmental Control Committee of San Diego Country
Estates. In San Diego, CA, he was the first president of the Meridian
Mr. Fraser is survived by his wife, Helen E. Fraser of San Diego and
his daughter Jane M. Fraser, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of
Engineering at Colorado State University-Pueblo (and her partner Mark
A. Weber). He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean C. Fraser, and
his daughter Carol Fraser Fisk, who served as the US Commissioner on
Aging during the Reagan administration. He had recently completed his
autobiography, Muddling Through.
According to his wishes, he was cremated and there will be no service.
Donations may be sent to the John M. Fraser Engineering Scholarship,
Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO,
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:40:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 2 phone numers on one landline? (Slightly OT)
Is it possible for Ma Bell to provide me service for 2 numbers on one
phone line? The reason is that we are consolidating at one location
and would like to keep both phones.
The phone rep said the only way would be installing another line at
the new location - something the landlord does not permit.
The other option I have is to port the number to my cellphone but I
the phone rep could not guarantee me that there would be no downtime
in the dsl service if I were to do this since the cell provider is
Does anyone have any insight on how to convince ATT to configure their
switch to route 2 numbers to the same line
***** Moderator's Note *****
Here are some of your options:
1. Make the second line a "virtual" number, which forwards to your real
line. Here in Verizon territory, this is called Remote Call Forwarding.
2. Port the second line to a VoIP provider, and use your DSL
connection for it.
3. Switch to ISDN service, which can provide two separate call paths
on a single pair. It tends to be pricey, but you'll have full use of
both lines at your new location. I don't know if this will work
4. Leave the second line where it is, and forward it to your other
number. You'll need to make a deal with the old landlord and/or new
tenant at the old location.
5. Tell the new landlord you want an exception to the rule.
6. Do some midnight rewiring at your new site.
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 15:43:22 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: AT&T adds thousands of jobs
ABC News reported tonight that at&t will add a few thousand jobs in
its wireless and broadband units.
This is of course welcome news these days. But I strongly doubt the
jobs will be as good as jobs once offered in the old Bell System. I
can't help but suspect any jobs dealing with the public will be on
commission with demands for aggressive sales goals. I'm not
optimistic about the technical jobs either. Hopefully I am wrong
If anyone is familiar with the internal corporate culture at today's
at&t your comments would be appreciated.
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