To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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Our 2/7/00 issue listed some sites about a famous Pacific Bell payphone in the middle of the Mojave desert in California. Jr. Skulker Phederal Phelony sent us the above news that this payphone has now been removed.
This is yet another phone number of a spammer that works as an ANI number, but only once a day. Call it once and it will read back your phone number, apparently to scare you into not calling it too often. Call it a second time and you will get a recording saying that this is your last call for today.
WebSkulker wants to thank Jr. Skulker Andy Kauffman for submitting the greatest telephone network information page ever published in this newsletter. Unfortunately it doesn't have any documentation so some of the information is pretty obscure. Here are some clues: "NPA" means Numbering Plan Area, which is the same as Area Code. "NXX" is the prefix, or first three digits, of a phone number. "NPANXX" is therefore the area code and prefix typed all together as a six-digit number.
means "Common Language Location Identifier", which is an 11
character code for each telephone company central office switching
machine. There are usually several CLLI codes and machines in a
particular Wire Center building. Each Wire Center has a street
address and "V & H Coordinates", which stands for
"Vertical and Horizontal". V & H coordinate
numbers show the location of a wire center based on a 1957 Bell System
grid scheme which is overlaid on a map of the U.S. and Canada at an
angle. Using location coordinates like that instead of street
addresses makes it easy to calculate the distance between wire
centers, and this is used to calculate long distance rates where
distance matters. For a picture of the V & H system, see:
"LATA" stands for "Local Access and Transport Area" which originally defined the boundaries of calls handled by local phone companies vs. long-distance carriers. There are 196 of these, identified by 3-digit codes.
With all of this in mind, let's do a sample of one of these tools. Go to the link above, press the red button at the left "LEC Switch Details", and type in an area code in the NPA field. Choose our area code, 415, as an example. Press Enter, or click on the icon that looks like a magnifying glass. You will get a report that lists the address of every wire center in that area code, with a button after each one for Details and Map It. "Map It" will pass the address on to Yahoo Maps to show where this building is located. "Details" will show the V & H coordinates, and the details of all the switching machines in that building with their CLLI id.
"With his introduction of the popular Kodak and Brownie camera systems, George Eastman revolutionized the photographic industry, transforming a complex, expensive technology used by a small professional elite into one that anyone could use. A brilliant innovator and entrepreneur, Eastman changed the way people viewed time and the world around them -- and even themselves."
This site is meant to supplement a PBS television film about "The Wizard of Photography".
Skulker George Grapman told us about this site which has a bunch of
web-based magic tricks and logic puzzles. George particularly
liked the Cave of Magic and can't figure out how it works.
WebSkulker thought it was pretty obvious and told George he would kick
himself when he learns the secret:
Cat's favorite was this one:
She figured out an ingenious use for the puzzle by running it backwards. She presses her cat food into thin strips and shapes them like the pieces in the puzzle, lays them out like the bottom picture, then rearranges them into the top picture to make herself an extra square of food!
It's been a while since WebSkulker had a contest, so let's do one now. WebSkulker knows how the Cave of Magic and the Triangle work, and will reveal the secrets in the middle of next week. If any of you jr. skulker figure them out, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the names of the winners.
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