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29998Re: [midatlanticretro] Semi-OT: history of phone phreaking

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  • B. Degnan
    Mar 31, 2013
      -------- Original Message --------
      > From: "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...>
      > Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:53 PM
      > To: "MARCH Yahoo Midatlanticretro" <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Semi-OT: history of phone phreaking
      >
      > Oops, I clicked "send" too soon. Full message follows:
      >
      > >>> Whoa, I just found a significant factual mistake in the book.
      >
      > On page 233, Lapsley discusses Bell Labs' transition from relay-based
      switching stations to transistor-based ones. He wrote that by summer/fall
      1955, the decision was made to build a computerized system. However, there
      was an obstacle: "Bell Labs had never built a computer before and its
      engineers had never written a line of computer code."
      >
      > That's wrong. Bell Labs developed TRADIC (Transistorized Digital
      Computer) starting in 1954 and announced it to the public on March 14,
      1955: http://thisdayintechhistory.com/03/14/bell-labs-announces-tradic/.
      >
      >

      What about the 1944 Bell Labs Model 3? Assuming that the Model I, II, III,
      IV, V wereanalog computers that one did not program with coded input, he
      should clarify that he was talking about an electronic/digital computer.
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