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

Author: Phil Lapsley
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, New york : Grove, [2014] 2014. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes how "phone phreaks" learned how to make illicit but technologically innovative free phone calls and shared the technique, and places the process in the development of telecommunications and the behavior of the telephone monopoly.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Lapsley
ISBN: 9780802122285 0802122280
OCLC Number: 875353732
Description: xvi, 414 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Fine Arts 13 --
ch. 2 Birth Of A Playground --
ch. 3 Cat And Canary --
ch. 4 The Largest Machine In The World --
ch. 5 Blue Box --
ch. 6 "Some People Collect Stamps" --
ch. 7 Headache --
ch. 8 Blue Box Bookies --
ch. 9 Little Jojo Learns To Whistle --
ch. 10 Bill Acker Learns To Play The Flute --
ch. 11 The Phone Freaks Of America --
ch. 12 The Law Of Unintended Consequences --
ch. 13 Counterculture --
ch. 14 Busted --
ch. 15 Pranks --
ch. 16 The Story Of A War --
ch. 17 A Little Bit Stupid --
ch. 18 Snitch --
ch. 19 Crunched --
ch. 20 Twilight --
ch. 21 Nightfall.
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