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The Telecom Digest for Sep 27, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 178 : "text" Format
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Re: Any details about the Verizon outage in Raleigh NC (Harold Hallikainen)
Motherhood, Screened Off (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:18:31 -0700 From: "Harold Hallikainen" <harold@hallikainen.org> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Any details about the Verizon outage in Raleigh NC Message-ID: <0be4826c0ccf02c67f4375cea6d9603b.squirrel@www.hallikainen.org> > Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 22:22:22 -0400 > From: Julian Thomas <jt@jt-mj.net> > To: telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org. > Subject: Re: Any details about the Verizon outage in Raleigh NC > yesterday? > Message-ID: <AAA08E24-CB2E-490D-8A3D-CF690C497DBB@jt-mj.net> > >> On Sep 23, 2015, at 08:51, Bob Goudreau <BobGoudreau@nc.rr.com> wrote: >> >> The outage was caused by a construction >> crew inadvertently severing a Time-Warner Cable fiber line. That line >> was also used to provide backhaul service for various local Verizon >> towers. > > Deja vu all over again - back in the 1970's, the IBM internal > telephone network timeline from Poughkeepsie to Raleigh was wiped out > for about a day by a backhoe! > In television, we used to call that a "backhoe fade." Harold -- FCC Rules Updated Daily at http://www.hallikainen.com Not sent from an iPhone.
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:06:04 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Motherhood, Screened Off Message-ID: <91BB52E5-9B82-4301-8D1B-AFB0BB54CF00@roscom.com> Motherhood, Screened Off by Susan Dominus The problem with smartphones isn't their ubiquity. It's their opacity. My mother's address book is one of the small visual details of my childhood that I can perfectly conjure, although I am sure no photograph of it exists. Fake-leather-bound, filled with her formal, spidery script, it was, to me, barely legible, with addresses crossed out and replaced with new ones as friends' lives shifted. I often was dispatched to grab it for her from a kitchen drawer. I knew when she was looking for someone's phone number, which seems unremarkable, except that my own children do not know when I am searching for a phone number, because all they see is me, on my iPhone, intently focused on something mysterious and decidedly not them. It is that loss of transparency, more than anything, that makes me nostalgic for the pre-iPhone life. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/magazine/motherhood-screened-off.html

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