From: Chris Watkins
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Subject: Re: Tone generator to connect to phone line.
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NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 13:08:52 EST
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2002 13:21:13 -0500
"Marc P. Gregoire" wrote:
> > I've simply been letting the phone ring off the hook... though now that my
> > 7 month old is showing an interest in gurgling on the phone, I think I may
> > start handing all the "UNKNOWN NAME" calls to her. She'll love it.
> I'd do it if I could get caller ID that would be fully functional.
> On 2/3 of the calls I got when I had it, it didn't work.
Possibly a bad unit. My Bellsouth unit ID's, or says "unknown name",
by the second ring, almost every time. Always by the third ring.
It could just be the service in your area, too. I know it doesn't work
perfectly, "everywhere" you go.
> > I wish someone would just come up with something that was able to detect
> > "UNKNOWN NAME" in the caller ID stream, and immediately pickup/hangup.
> > That doesn't work for everyone, obvviously... as some friend's phone may
> > popup that way... but it'd be fine for most of us, I'm positive :-)
> > (Any of my affected friends would just have to get over it.)
> IIRC, Bell South has that.
I wish. They're the ones who told me that it isn't possible with current
technology. Some day, I may find the initiative to take the inputs to the
LCD circuit, find a way to interface it with one of my *nix boxen, turn
the bits into text, grep for UNKNOWN, and use a relay setup to terminate
those calls. It's all just a matter of finding the time to do the needed
experimentation. Spare time is in pretty short supply, as usual.
It shouldn't be _that_ hard a project to undertake, though.
I feel like it would be far better than the units that send the tones
on the beginning of each pickup. Those can be ignored in the calling
software, and that's exactly what's happening, from what I gather.
Maybe some enterprising person will read this, and design a self-
contained system that can do exactly what I describe. I'm sure they'd
sell like hotcakes... I'd definitely be on the long list of buyers :-)