And now SBC is hiding behind the AT&T logo to get away from _their_
recent record of poor customer support. They've also sucked in
BellSouth, the local Baby Bell, which doesn't have the best of
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When I was still in corporat IT, we had to go to the regional VP level to
get some things taken care of with BellSouth. They all have their ups and
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in 1984 judge Green spoke and divestiture of AT&T happened.
now AT&T seems to be recollecting their baby bells..
other than being called in on occasion to resolve automated
messaging & accounting [AMA] issues with what they thought were
lost billing records I never had direct dealings with the bell
south account as far as implementing any of the new features or
technologies offered to their integrated business networks. there
was not a lot happening in their area back in those days.
SBC and PacTel were hot beds for meridian digital centrex. Dallas
and Los Angeles implemented enormous IBN networks. of course, you
well know all that stuff predates voice over IP.
telecommunications is one area which evolved faster than people
could actually consume by firmly grasping an understanding for
the usefulness of a new feature. I still LOL thinking about
the day we took remote call forwarding to the VP. we implemented
our code in the PBX to place a forward on his desk DN to his bag
phone and then told him to go and play golf. he had the cutest
little silly look on his tech-zero face as he said this could be
useful in the best of ways. today the same feature has been refined
so as to provide an offering allowing people to merge their residential
DN with their cell DN. :)
AT&T Corporation basically no longer exists, at least not in the
same sense it once did. In the mid-1990's, it spun off Bell Labs
and called it Lucent. It then spun off AT&T Wireless (cell phone
division). The company that remained was still AT&T (and they
still sold cable television service and long distance service,
and even local phone service in some markets), but in 2006,
SBC purchased AT&T Corp. The company now calling itself "AT&T"
is really the same company that was SBC Corp.
To put this in terms of NYSE stock symbols, T spun off two things,
then SBC bought the remaining part of T, then SBC changed its name
to 'T' since it now had the rights to use that name.
So, AT&T is not recollecting the baby bells. One of the baby
bells collected AT&T.
Yep- one of the surviving baby bells ate mama bell, and then ate one of its
siblings. They had all been eating each other for years. I used to have
ameritech for an ISP, until SBC ate them and the service went to hell, so I
jumped to the ATT-branded ISP. Now SBC ate that, and the service is again on
a downward slope.
I think Qwest is the only surviving intact baby bell, IIRC. Once sbc->att
eats them, we are back where we started, plus several of the larger
independents and numerous ma'n'pa carriers have also been assimilated.
Maybe the 'new' att's logo should be a be a borg cube, not that modified
Especially in Brown county, IN, where the roads often follow the old deer
paths along the creeks in the valleys. Very pretty county, but 'as the crow
flies' doesn't mean much there. Sometimes it is a five mile drive to get to
the house on the next ridge. The rich people from Indianapolis that build
new 'weekend' places on previously undeveloped land, are often shocked at
the cost of placing several additional poles to get power back to their new
house. Clusters of fancy houses 100 yards apart, and the end of a new road,
are pretty common, so they can share the utility and road plowing costs.
But having said that- ATT is also shy about the distances that they will
connect to, due to quality-of-service guarantees. Here in SW MI, they use
12,000 cable-feet, IIRC. I had to go with a more expensive 3rd-party DSL,
since ATT won't connect out here, half a mile beyond their coverage radius.
Not a reseller, someone who has there own server farm next to ATTs CO
downtown. ATT hooked up the second pair on my service drop as a dedicated
pair between me and the DSL company. Good thing I'll never need a second
In Brown County, you don't need broadband. Too much fun available just
outside the door. I'm from the counties just on either side of there, so I
have spent a lot of time on or near 46- I'd trade this brand new DSL line
here in SW MI, for a Brown County address, in a heartbeat.
It IS beautiful here.
My regret is that we didn't move here 10 years ago.
Yes, I spend quite a bit of time outdoors.
Very few people here (15,000 in the whole county) but lots of wild animals.
I'm watching 2 squirrels race around a big snow covered cedar right outside
my office window right now.
Isn't there anywhere to relocate the dishes? My satellite dishes are
installed below the windows on the south side of the house, just above
the posies in the flower beds. When it snows, I just walk outside and
brush the snow off.
There's still a bunch of prejudice left over from TV antenna days -
people think their dish has to be installed on the roof. I had a friend
with a perfect location, on the legs of a second floor wooden deck,
where all the feeds could be installed in a false ceiling between floors
in his house. Instead, he drilled holes in a steel roof to mount the
dish, and butchered the finish in a closet to get the feed to the first
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We're surrounded by tall trees and the dish has to face south.
I was told the 2 way internet dishes are more sensitive than the 1 way TV
dishes and after having both for almost a year now I agree.
Our internet will go out much more frequently than the TV.
That's because satellite TV is KU band, and satellite internet is KA
band. Both of them get absorbed by water, but KA band is absorbed at a
much faster rate. Clouds get in the way.
Too bad about the trees. Putting a dish on the roof makes maintenance a
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You know it.
2 weeks ago during the ice storm the dish was covered in ice and wouldn't
No way in hell I was gonna get on that ice covered roof to chip the ice off.
So I tried spraying it with the water hose.
The temp was so low the water froze as soon as it hit creating 3' long
The first thing to do is to decide what you need to have (light, heat,
refrigerator, television, airconditioning...) and what you are prepared to
pay for it.
22 hours is a little baby outage; you can get by perfectly well without
doing anything special. (unless it is below zero, or something odd like
I'm not entirely sure how I'd do an extended outage. The one I had in
Seattle this year was tiny compared to my co-workers many of whom were out
for 5+ days. There were lots of people sleeping at work, taking showers at
the workplace and sending the wife and kids to go see grandma. If I
remember right the entire town of Issaquah was out for 3 or 4 days and that
town has about 30,000 people.
I've got warm coats, a fireplace, gas heat. So while the furnace might not
work as advertised, I'd still have hot water, a source of warmth, and if I
needed to keep something cool I'd just put it outside (in the winter of
Television? "Need"? I've never owned one.
Well, OK, I am tempted to buy the smallest, cheapest
black-and-white TeeVee that can run on torch batteries. Like six
"C" size or whatever. Just to get updates if there is an
The only other use for a TeeVee I can imagine is to check out the
local broadcast news, to compare their spin to the wider Google
DVDs would just need a computer without broadcast reception
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