Wardialing Modems Guerrilla Network Opensource Cyberspace [re: Tim May]

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Thu Dec 27 14:43:47 PST 2018

On 12/27/18, P.J. Westerhof <Peter at isoc.nl> wrote:
> some modems caused technical
> issues with installed telephone infrastructure.

There were power level regulations in modem standards.

Sure maybe some linecards weren't well designed
and protected, or the switch was buggy, etc.

> customery flat rate for local telephone use meant that you could
> get on the Internet almost indefinitely if an Internet access point was
> within reach, f.i. university or library.

Fun to dial out from their own modem banks
once on their terminals... and so the daisy chain
went, around the world.

> wonder the phone companies were quick to change their tariffs to usage
> based.

Similarly BBS's and ISP's didn't like you tacking up
all their circuits 24x7, "nobody else could get on",
so they had kick timers, fees, even bans.

Today's ethernet packet switching just gets slow
and droppy instead.

Now people can emulate some of the old modem hardware,
and software boards and games that got preserved and
opensourced ported or cloned, over SSH over and within
encrypted anonymous overlay networks for fun.


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