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Sunday June 22, 2003
05:32 PM

Interesting dial-up quirk

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I only use dial-up when I need to log into the network at work from home. I learned a valuable lesson today reqarding dial-up.

You see, I have voicemail. And when you have new a voicemail message you can tell because instead of a solid dialtone you briefly get an interrupted dialtone (i.e. a beeping dialtone). However, this confused the dial-up modem on my laptop and kept returning with a "no dialtone" error message.

It also didn't help that I had muted the sound on the laptop, so it didn't occur to me originally that it might be the problem. I thought it was the phone cord or the port on the laptop itself that had gone bad.

What a shitty day.

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  • ... is where you have call-waiting or call-alert enabled on the phone line. When the incoming call is received, the additional tones sent down the line can cause the modem to disconnect unexpectedly - This can be particularly annoying if someone keeps trying to call you every 5 minutes or so, expecting you to be off the phone soon, an interval just long enough to dial back into your provider and figure out where to resume your work.