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The Resource Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley ; [foreword by Steve Wozniak]

Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley ; [foreword by Steve Wozniak]

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Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell
Title
Exploding the phone
Title remainder
the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell
Statement of responsibility
Phil Lapsley ; [foreword by Steve Wozniak]
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Language
eng
Summary
"Before smartphones, before the Internet and before the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world's largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell's revolutionary 'harmonic telegraph, ' by the middle of the twentieth century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. Unfortunately for the telephone company, the network has a billion-dollar flaw. And once people discovered it, things would never the be the same. Phil Lapsley's Exploding the phone tells this story in full for the first time. It traces the birth of long distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T's monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell's Achilles' heel. Lapsley expertly weaves together the clandestine underground of 'phone phreaks' who turned the network into the electronic playground, the mobsters who exploited its flaws to avoid the feds, and the counterculture movement that argued you should rip off the phone company to fight against the war in Vietnam... AT&T responded with 'Greenstar'... The FBI fought back, too... Phone phreaking exploded into the popular culture, with famous actors, musicians, and investors caught with 'blue boxes, ' many of them built by two young phone phreaks named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak... The product of extensive original research, including exclusive interviews and declassified government documents, Exploding the phone is a captivating, ground-breaking work about an important part of our cultural and technological history"--
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1965-
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Lapsley, Phil
Dewey number
384.06573
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HE8846.A44
LC item number
L37 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1950-
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Wozniak, Steve
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  • American Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • AT & T (Firm)
  • Telecommunication systems
  • Telephone companies
  • Telephone systems
  • Computer engineers
  • Counterculture
Label
Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley ; [foreword by Steve Wozniak]
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-392) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Little Jojo learns to whistle
  • Bill Acker learns to play the flute
  • The phone freaks of America
  • The law of unintended consequences
  • Counterculture
  • Busted
  • Pranks
  • The story of a war
  • A little bit stupid
  • Snitch
  • Fine arts 13
  • Crunched
  • Twilight
  • Nightfall
  • Birth of a playground
  • Cat and canary
  • The largest machine in the world
  • Blue box
  • "Some people collect stamps"
  • Headache
  • Blue box bookies
Control code
1552964
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiv, 414 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802122285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1552964
  • (Sirsi) 1552964
  • (OCoLC)873954169
Label
Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley ; [foreword by Steve Wozniak]
Publication
Copyright
Note
Maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-392) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Little Jojo learns to whistle
  • Bill Acker learns to play the flute
  • The phone freaks of America
  • The law of unintended consequences
  • Counterculture
  • Busted
  • Pranks
  • The story of a war
  • A little bit stupid
  • Snitch
  • Fine arts 13
  • Crunched
  • Twilight
  • Nightfall
  • Birth of a playground
  • Cat and canary
  • The largest machine in the world
  • Blue box
  • "Some people collect stamps"
  • Headache
  • Blue box bookies
Control code
1552964
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xiv, 414 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802122285
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1552964
  • (Sirsi) 1552964
  • (OCoLC)873954169

Library Locations

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      94 State Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950, US
      42.808951 -70.8711658
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