Google, Wikipedia directly on ASCII terminal?

Fred Cisin cisin at
Tue Jan 16 17:19:38 CST 2018

>> The tightwad fix is to bodge a PP3 battery onto a line splitter, which is 
>> often enough to convince modems that there is a phone line. There is no 
>> dial tone nor ring signal, so you need to turn off dial tone detection on 
>> the calling modem ("ATX1", IIRC) and somehow tell the answering computer to 
>> send "ATA" to answer at the right time.
On Tue, 16 Jan 2018, Grant Taylor via cctalk wrote:
> Sounds like an interesting hack.  But should probably be good enough for most 
> of what is desired.
> I'm going to have to look into this.

If you don't need the "handshake" for dialtone, ring, caller-ID, etc., 
then all you need is some electric power.

For MAXIMUM realism, then the "answer" end should also get occasional 
random "wrong number", incoming fax, "I'm calling to offer you a great 
deal on" (I don't listen past that).

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