Re: [midatlanticretro] Semi-OT: history of phone phreaking
>>> Whoa, I just found a significant factual mistake in the book.Finished reading the book. I still highly recommend it, despite the mistake about Bell Labs computer experience, and despite some storytelling repetition in a few of the middle chapters.
I emailed Lapsley to compliment him, politely inform him of the error (and offer to put him in contact with some TRADIC people, re: were they consulted by the telephone network engineers?) and invite him to next year's VCF East (he's already done VCF West and HOPE).
> The hackerspace is a whole other deal. Basically I funded anything thatDid Jen/polishsputnik et al ever get anything off the ground in Blacksburg? Last time I talked to her, VT's CS department was interested in helping fund it.
> wasn't paid by members, members didn't pay that often, my employer has
> only been cutting partial paychecks for the past 3+ years, and others are
> trying to claw into the membership and hackerspace idea for their
> for-profit places. So the whole thing is a huge mess, and I'm kind of
> burned out on it all for a bit. There is some thoughts about taking it
> private and just really driving towards making new things.
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> From: "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...>switching stations to transistor-based ones. He wrote that by summer/fall
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> 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
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."
>Computer) starting in 1954 and announced it to the public on March 14,
> That's wrong. Bell Labs developed TRADIC (Transistorized Digital
>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.
>> he should clarify that he was talking about an electronic/digital computer.He did. Specifically he meant a transistor computer, which TRADIC was, and which the new signaling system was.
- Phil responded to me this morning and acknowledged the mistake. He said
he'll add it to the errata list at http://explodingthephone.com/errata.php.
He also said he's glad to speak at VCF East 9.1 next spring, pending
Related: I found this two-part article about Bell Labs' earlier
electromechanical computers: http://tinyurl.com/cjmh9fp.