The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 September 2005

You can always telecom

But you sure can't tell it much.

Five questions, swiped from ms7168:

1. Who is your mobile phone provider, and how many minutes are in your plan?

T-Mobile; 575 minutes. (I think the most I have ever used has been 206.)

2. What program do you primarily use for instant messaging?

Usually AIM, with an occasional foray into ICQ.

3. Who do you send and receive text messages from most?

I get maybe two text messages a year, so "most" is not meaningful. (Fifty are included with the wireless plan.) IMs are another matter.

4. What area code do you live in?

405. (This is one of only a handful of codes that dates back to the establishment of NPAs in 1949, though its size has been much diminished; 918 and later 580 were carved out of it.)

5. What year did you first get an e-mail address and do you still use it?

1985. It was from MCI Mail, the first independent commercial email service: you could use it anywhere you could find a dialup. The estimable Vint Cerf, inventor (with Bob Kahn) of TCP/IP, was the lead engineer on the project. It cost $35 a year to maintain a mailbox (I had two), and half a buck to send a message to another user. (Reading one cost you nothing, and yes, you could send mail to a non-user if you had his postal address: MCI would print it and drop it into snailmail for you.) In 1989, MCI Mail was ported over to the Internet and given @ addresses; I had dropped my account by then, inasmuch as CompuServe was setting up a mail gateway of its own.

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I thought it was a good Five for a change.
I haven't even posted some of them lately because they have been so silly :(

Posted by: ms7168 at 11:06 AM on 19 September 2005