"By day, Paul Timmins is a networking a security engineer for a
small- to mid-sized software company (150 employees). But when he
goes home, he enters the mysterious universe of telco language.
Isn't that like work too?
"No. Not for someone whose hobbies include Ham radio and open
"Timmins runs the Telcodata website, which contains data on
switches, COs, and rate centers (and much more). 'I needed the
information one day and found it was there, but it was damned near
impossible to get it for free,' he explains. He obtained the data,
put it in a database—and a friend asked for access to the
"'The next thing you know, I'm getting 12,000 hits a day,' he