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Jr. Skulker Stuart Russell told us about yet another free voicemail service, ThinkLink. Sign up on their web site and they will give you two unique phone numbers for free, one being a regular phone number (they have numbers in many parts of the U.S. so hopefully one local to you) and the second being a toll-free number. The first time you call one of the numbers, you can record your name and custom greeting so that people calling your numbers will get a greeting in your voice just like any other voicemail system. You can retrieve messages by dialing in to one of your numbers, or from their web site.
registration process, they want your credit card number because they
have some paid services that you can use at any time. Your two
voicemail phone numbers are free of any monthly charges and there is
no charge for you or others calling the local number, but there is a
charge any time you or others dial the toll-free number. The
numbers can be used for outgoing calls: you dial into one of your
numbers, enter your password, then you can instruct it to make
outgoing calls and there is a charge for these. You can be paged
when voicemail messages arrive and there is a charge for that. A
description of all charges is here:
WebSkulker was a little disappointed with the sound quality of ThinkLink. The voicemail outgoing greeting and system prompts sound like cheap Internet telephony, but everything could be understood.
Jr. Skulker Christopher Baldwin is much too young to be interested in this stuff, yet he is fascinated with the old electro-mechanical telephone switching systems from the last century and put together this web site devoted to the old Bell System and the history of telephone switching. It is very much under construction at this point, but he has some interesting pictures, sounds, and other material.
WebSkulker (operating under another of his aliases) gave Chris an article on the history of panel and rotary switches (the second link above) obtained from the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum. In case you are curious, that article is presented as four pictures of pages printed by an old teletype at the museum. WebSkulker has no idea where the article came from, but one of the museum volunteers typed it in and they use it and other articles to demonstrate the teletype mechanisms to visitors. It is very important reading for jr. skulkers interested in phone history, especially because it is about the only thing WebSkulker has seen about rotary, or motor-driven, switching that was used primarily in Europe, but surprisingly was developed by Western Electric.
The third link shows some pictures that WebSkulker took inside the Boulder City central office near Las Vegas in 1969 showing this rare rotary equipment. WebSkulker is not aware of it ever being used in the U.S. except in the Las Vegas area.
This article describes a free resource that comes on Windows 98 CD's, but that few jr. skulkers ever heard of: the Windows 98 Resource Kit. Microsoft sells a large book and CD with that name which has a lot more, but the free Resource Kit that you already have on your CD is worth skulking through and this will tell you all about how to install and use it.
One of WebSkulker's favorite activities at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco is their big pool of bubble solution and large hoops that let you create soap bubbles several feet in diameter. A physicist at Ohio State University has this beat: he makes soap bubbles, or at least sheets of soap film, four stories high! The first link above is an article from Scientific American Magazine about his work. The second and third links show more details and pictures.
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