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1972 - "Blue Box"
Wozniak built his "blue box," a tone generator to make free phone
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."
_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.
Woz and Captain Crunch use
blue boxes in the tv movie _Pirates Of Silicon
re: the early years of Apple
Computer and Microsoft
n. 1. obs. Once upon a time,
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 phreakers
built devices called `blue boxes' that could reproduce these tones, which
could be used to commandeer portions of the phone network.
(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; red
boxes, black boxes, silver boxes, etc.
2. n. An IBM machine, especially a large (non-PC)
- from _The New Hacker's