firstname.lastname@example.org wrote in news: email@example.com:
For "safety," and so I would not get accused of tapping, I might just twist the wires together and connect them to a good ground ... ;)
Paul[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Maybe twenty years ago, or twenty-five, I knew of this very dilapidated older-high rise building, which in its earlier lifetime of a half-century or so had had a manual switchboard for residents in the building. Switchboard was long since removed, but in the basement of the building, directly underneath where the switch- board had been was a thick cable coming down out of the basement ceiling and snaking off through the wall to somwhere. Its only identification was a small very decayed paper tag tied around the cable with a string. On the old tag was a legend: "These fifty pairs go to the switchboard at (some street address, across the street and up the block)". All written in very old fashioned script probably with a fountain pen, dated with from a date in 1908, by a telephone man long since died. Upstairs, behind the now-removed switchboard was a rather huge wooden (mind you, with no locks of any kind on it) cabinet which, when we took the doors off of it were several wooden strips with numbers marked on them, feeding phone service to wherever. This was in Chicago, in a neighborhood which had also seen its better times a half-century earlier. But the street addresses still existed, and the buildings still had people living in them, presumably with their phone service.
And you may recall in the Digest a number of years ago, I published an article from the *Chicago Tribune* about a woman whose _bedroom_ had a huge phone box in it; Illinois Bell claimed it had easement rights to her bedroom, since at one time many years before she had bought the house, that bedroom had served as a telephone answering service; that box had jillions of live pairs in it from all over her neighborhood. No one had ever said anything about it one way or the ther. She found it quite by accident when she found an unused door into a small crawl space there, many live pairs inside. Telco has quite a glorious history, to be sure! PAT]