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The Resource Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley

Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley

Label
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
Creator
Subject
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 -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
384.0657/3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9697.T454
LC item number
A44 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-406) and index
Contents
Fine arts 13 -- Birth of a playground -- Cat and canary -- The largest machine in the world -- Blue box -- "Some people collect stamps" -- Headache -- Blue box bookies -- 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 -- Crunched -- Twilight -- Nightfall
Control code
ocn805055474
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 431, [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780802120618
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)805055474
Label
Exploding the phone : the untold story of the teenagers and outlaws who hacked Ma Bell, Phil Lapsley
Publication
Note
Map on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 339-406) and index
Contents
Fine arts 13 -- Birth of a playground -- Cat and canary -- The largest machine in the world -- Blue box -- "Some people collect stamps" -- Headache -- Blue box bookies -- 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 -- Crunched -- Twilight -- Nightfall
Control code
ocn805055474
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 431, [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780802120618
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)805055474

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