"What we have here is one of the great comeback stories in the history of competitive punctuation" according to Robert Fulford writing about the octothorpe in a column in the opinion section of the National Post on 30 November 2010.
Since # is the MTS Command Prefix character, the MTS Community has a special fondness for the octothorpe (or pound-sign, number-sign, hash, sharp, ...) and I am happy to see it making a comeback.
The audio response unit at the University of Michigan said "pound sign" when it came across the # character.
Octothorpe, another name for the telephone handset symbol # in World Wide Words.
From Wikipedia or Wiktionary: Octothorpe, Pound sign, and Number sign.
Number sign is the preferred name in Unicode (U+0023), ASCII (35 or 0x23), and EBCDIC (123 or x'7B').
In HTML the character is represented using the character entities
In ASCII there is a footnote that says "In applications where there is no requirement for the symbol #, the symbol £ (Pounds Sterling) may be used in position 2/3".
In EBCDIC code x'7B" is defined as a "Data Processing National Use position" and as such the character displayed on printers and displays may differ from one language or one country to another.
Hashtags on Twitter have changed the way we think, communicate, process information. # for president!
by Lindy West, December 13, 2010
#-sign in Oslo, Norway
And these photos have nothing to do with MTS or computing. They were taken in Oslo Norway in 2011 when Jeff Ogden, Shifrah Nenner, Mike and Suzan Alexander, Kathy Wurster, and Andy Goodrich were on their way to a cruse in the Arctic.