Daily Giz Wiz 540: Phonemate Just In Case Beeper

Episode 540 of the podcast

Subject: Review of Phonemate Just In Case Beeper
Released:Friday 4 April 2008
Length:about 12 minutes
Download file:dgw0540.mp3 (5.7 MB)

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From the Gadget Warehouse: Phonemate Just In Case Beeper.

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Dating all the way to 1982, Dick could not then go boating without this gadget, Phone-Mate's Just In Case Beeper.  Although most telephones had tone dialing by then, there was still the odd payphone which was still a rotary phone using pulse dialling.  Dick would put this beeper at the mouthpiece and punch the numbers to generate the touch tones required to access his answering machine.

Area Codes

A bit of trivia from Leo.  When area codes were first assigned (in 1947), bigger cities in the States got lower numbers (212 for Manhattan, 213 for LA), whereas smaller towns got the larger numbers (including zeros) - which in the days of pulse dialling, took longer to dial.


Caleb writes in to recommend a railroad modelling layout design software, called the RailModeller.  Mac only.

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