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We stream sports/films: no comments please about the morality of all this - it is not illegal in Switzerland as I understand the law here. Totally frustrated by Netflix's and Sky's geographical limitations and offers.
To be fair it's the licensing and copyright laws across the various countries and jurisdictions that cause the problem.

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Switzerland does not have power cuts
Not often, but it does happen. Like 14th January when Binningen lost power for 90 minutes, due to a short circuit in a medium tension line. https://telebasel.ch/2019/01/14/binn...all-betroffen/

We did what any sensible British family would do. Went for a walk to establish the extent. The only other people we met were also British. It was quite surreal walking through the town with houses lit only by candle light or mobile phones.

Finally got to Margarethen overlooking Basel and Binningen, and then all the lights came on in Binningen - accompanied by a faint cheer.

Our mobile phones didn't work either - the nearest base stations had all been taken out!
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Old 29.01.2019, 09:27
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Our mobile phones didn't work either - the nearest base stations had all been taken out!
Really? What happened? They are supposed to come with some decent batteries (for short power breaks) and a diesel generator.
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Switzerland does not have power cuts
Nonsense. I went over 10 years here without one, I'll give you that. But we've had 4 in the past 5 years.
It depends, as with so many things, on where you are.
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Old 29.01.2019, 10:34
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Another problem is that landlines often don't work now when there is a power cut as they also require electricity whereas previously when there was an outage the phone at least continued to work.
Back in my student days I once rigged up a small LED light that worked off the phone voltage. It's amazing how robust that supply is, especioally considering the comparatively low voltage and thin wires.
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Re: Only mobile phones, no more landline phones

Does anybody remember the good old days when you applied for a telephone at the post office and after your request was processed you got a registered letter (on paper mind you) telling that after the background checks your telephone request has been approved and that the telephone man will be around to install it in two months?
A week before the telephone man came a little round table has been prepared with a knitted table cloth for the telephone and a comfy chair made ready for the telephone calls that were sure to be coming.
Then on the big day, dad stayed at home from work so that mom won´t be overwhelmed by the challenges presented by having a stranger in the house installing the telephone, she had cleaned the house to perfection and was fussing and fretting that the telephone man would like her baked cake and that the coffee would still be hot. There was also a Schapps ready for after he was finished.
Everything had to be perfect for the telephone.
Then the man himself came, loaded with all sorts of cables, instruments, wires, and strange looking tools. First thing after introducing himself was to stuff his face with coffee and cake and only then when the feeding ritual had been completed was he allowed to continue doing things indistinguishable from magic
Oh my, we had our telephone, it was moss green and it had a dial.
Now I challenge you to find an old telephone with a rotary dial and use muscle memory to speed dial a number that you remember, see if you can do it at the same “ziiit-wirrrrrr, ziiit-ziiiit-wirrrrrrrrrrrrrr, zit wirr, ziiit-wirrrrrr, ziiit-ziiiit-zit-wirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, ziiiit wirr ” speed.
Our telephone was green as I mentioned but there were other exciting colors, ash grey, blood red and if you wanted to be really hip and with-it you got one in orange, fitting to the orange and green patterned wallpaper.
From that day on it sat there on it´s round table in the corner like an idol on a pedestal for many years.
It was almost a week before the first call came, relatives from the UK called for a short natter…:
Of course, it had to be a shouted conversation because of the distance.
“How are you, how´s the kids?”
“Fine, and you?
“Fine”
And then the big question:
“What´s the weather like?”
The little round table is still there in the corner, only the telephone has changed, it´s got buttons now.
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Old 29.01.2019, 10:56
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Back in my student days I once rigged up a small LED light that worked off the phone voltage. It's amazing how robust that supply is, especioally considering the comparatively low voltage and thin wires.
48VDC (nominal).

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Re: Only mobile phones, no more landline phones

There were of course things called telephone books. In fact there were more. One night, about 1998, coming home late we saw a car parked with its lights full on. Noting the plate number I looked through my Auto-Index (a book similar to a telephone book - and I still have it - listing all car numbers and their owners in Kanton Zürich) to see who the car belonged to, then took out the telephone book to find his name and rang the number to tell him about his lights. All I did was give him my name and that was it.


The next day he turned up on my doorstep with a bottle of wine having found my name in the TB.


How to do that today - I'd like to know.
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Old 29.01.2019, 11:11
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Re: Only mobile phones, no more landline phones

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There were of course things called telephone books. In fact there were more. One night, about 1998, coming home late we saw a car parked with its lights full on. Noting the plate number I looked through my Auto-Index (a book similar to a telephone book - and I still have it - listing all car numbers and their owners in Kanton Zürich) to see who the car belonged to, then took out the telephone book to find his name and rang the number to tell him about his lights. All I did was give him my name and that was it.


The next day he turned up on my doorstep with a bottle of wine having found my name in the TB.


How to do that today - I'd like to know.

Easy peasy:
http://www.fahrzeugindex.ch/
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Switzerland does not have power cuts
Well, it does so seldom that when it happened a while ago I first searched the fault within my doings. Then called the landlord who told me the whole hamlet was off the net.
It was an interesting experience to notice at every turn how much in our lives is dependent on electricity.
Not even a cup of tea - the English solution to every problem - was possible.

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I don't personally but I can well imagine that's how my grandparents got their first phone. You described that very nicely, thanks.

We did have a rotary dial phone though and it was orange! It was my then BF's favourite colour and it was blooming everywhere (the colour - as the phone was on a - looooooong - cable.)

I also remember the days being glued to the landline-phone, expecting that one, deeply longed for phone-call.
Now I keep the landline-no. to keep the scum off my handy.
The times they are a changing.
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How to do that today - I'd like to know.
Internet.

A couple years a go, I lost a license plate. That evening, I got a phone call from some guy who found the plate near his house.

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Not quite so easy peasy as there are no more telephone books where mobile numbers are available to all and sundry. As there once were...
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48VDC (nominal).

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and I think a shade more than that when the phone is ringing. 60 or 70 V DC.

the ringing signal was 25 Hz if i remember correctly, and either double or half that if you happened to be on a very old exchange. Which meant you had to reconfigure something on the phone.
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Internet.

A couple years a go, I lost a license plate. That evening, I got a phone call from some guy who found the plate near his house.

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sounds like some pretty wild driving
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There were of course things called telephone books. In fact there were more. One night, about 1998, coming home late we saw a car parked with its lights full on. Noting the plate number I looked through my Auto-Index (a book similar to a telephone book - and I still have it - listing all car numbers and their owners in Kanton Zürich) to see who the car belonged to, then took out the telephone book to find his name and rang the number to tell him about his lights. All I did was give him my name and that was it.


The next day he turned up on my doorstep with a bottle of wine having found my name in the TB.


How to do that today - I'd like to know.
Use modern energy efficient lights that don't drain the battery.
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Not quite so easy peasy as there are no more telephone books where mobile numbers are available to all and sundry. As there once were...
But the contact details including address are for all to see.
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Wrong.
One can register a mobile number with Swisscom in the case that the internet goes down. Its automatically is redirected to the registered mobile number if the internet goes down
That assumes you have a mobile - which I don't. Hubby does - but we get very poor to zilch coverage here so that mostly doesn't work in the house either. So much for so called progress.
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Not quite so easy peasy as there are no more telephone books where mobile numbers are available to all and sundry. As there once were...
local.ch still lists them.

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and I think a shade more than that when the phone is ringing. 60 or 70 V DC.
Up to 130VAC while ringing, not DC.

Nominal voltage is still 48VDC.

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we get very poor to zilch coverage here so that mostly doesn't work in the house either. So much for so called progress.
Same with my daughter who lives in darkest AG.

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Nonsense. I went over 10 years here without one, I'll give you that. But we've had 4 in the past 5 years.
It depends, as with so many things, on where you are.
Maybe in Tessin yes where they have bad infrastructure and less spending.
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