Apr. 3rd, 2015

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I remember the machine that was the San Ramon central switching office for the Pacific Bell Telephone Company. I remember it was a magical place. It was an old electromechanical computer, and it whispered to you when you went into it. It was an enormous building filled floor to roof, from one end to the other, in bays of relays and tubes. A mechanical computer for routing calls. And these relays were constantly whispering their little clicky sounds. It felt like a sleeping dragon. Dad would work there one Saturday a month. He'd go home for lunch and bring the 4 of us back to the office for the afternoon so mom could get a break. As I got older, I'd actually help dad out with the work he was doing.

It's now called a "Serving Wire Center", and houses modern digital equiptment. It's address is 9768 Broadmoor Drive. San Ramon, CA.

Sounded like this times 100: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Ln7IP2Y9Q
This is about the machine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Five_Crossbar_Switching_System

The memory of this sound is a comforting one for me

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