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Blue Box

Blue Box
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1972 - "Blue Box"

internal linkSteve Wozniak built his "blue box," a tone generator to make free internal linkphone calls. Wozniak sold the boxes in dormitories at the University of California-Berkeley where he studied as an undergraduate. "The early boxes had a safety feature -- a red switch inside the housing operated by a magnet taped onto the outside of the box," Wozniak remembered. "If apprehended, you removed the magnet, whereupon it would generate  off-frequency tones and be inoperable  ... and you tell the police: It's just a music box."



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_RAMPARTS_- A radical hippy magazine in California in the 1970s that was seized by the cops because they published the shematics for a blue box variant.


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Woz and Captain Crunch use blue boxes in the tv movie _Pirates Of internal linkSilicon Valley_atomjacked inventory cache re: the early years of internal linkApple Computer and internal linkMicrosoft


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blue box
n. 1. obs. Once upon a internal linktime, before all-digital switches made it possible for the phone companies to move them out of band, one could actually hear the switching tones used to route long-distance calls. Early internal linkphreakers built devices called `blue boxes' that could reproduce these tones, which could be used to commandeer portions of the phone internal linknetwork. (This was not as hard as it may sound; one early phreak acquired the sobriquet "Captain Crunch" after he proved that he could generate switching tones with a plastic whistle pulled out of a box of Captain Crunch cereal!) There were other colors of box with more specialized phreaking uses; internal linkred boxes, black boxes, silver boxes, etc.

2. n. An IBM machine, especially a large (non-PC) one.
 - from _The New internal linkHacker's Dictionary_atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkEric S. Raymond 

The New Hacker's Dictionary by Eric S. Raymond

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