• Subject: Re: Area code > 4 digits???
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 19:24:51 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-11-14 15:23:59 EST, it was written:

> > Gee.  I'd heard they were going to add A B C D E F keys to all phones
>  > and change them to hexadecimal !    :-)
>  They're only adding A B C and D. E and F are mapped to * and #. (:
>  (And that's only half a joke. The tone encoding scheme as mapped has an
>  additional tone band to lay four more buttons to the right of the
traditional 3
>  x 4 pad, and that's been waiting for years. So the decoders are ready, we
>  need to build phones to do it. But I think this is getting pretty far off
>  topic....)

Gee, I seem to recall seeing the introduction of the touch-tone phone at the
"World's Fair" as a child, and being told that the star and pound (*, #)
buttons would "in the future" be used to activate our household appliances.
 Now Gates and others promise the same thing with PC's.  With a few (hardly
noticeable) exceptions, I'm still waiting...


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-Mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be
done." -- Marie Curie
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