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Ancient Trivia: +++ath0
From: Luke Scharf <lscharf () aoe vt edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 20:42:55 -0500

This is a bit of ancient trivia that came up over lunch today.  I
thought maybe y'all could offer some insight.

As the old BBS'ers and even older folks know, the string "+++ath0" will
disconnect a modem.  Once upon a time, I had this string in my e-mail
signature.  Some folks using Windows and a dialup line couldn't respond
to my e-mail, even though the e-mail was being sent via PPP and all that
good stuff.  Everyone could receive the mail, though, so I'm assuming
that the ISP was was running a decent implementation of PPP -- although
since I haven't used modems in years, I can't rule out that the ISP was
using some sort of non-Hayes modem.

Does anyone know what versions of windows had this particular bug in the
PPP implementation?  Were any other systems affected?


P.S. Oh, yeah, just for laughs:

Luke Scharf, Systems Administrator
Virginia Tech Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

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