Aliph Jawbone II Bluetooth Headset

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

A couple of years ago I was given an aliph jawbone bluetooth headset. It was really convenient for using the phone without having to hold your cell phone up to your ear. Unfortunately it was stolen and when I went to replace it I found that the only available from the company was the jawbone [...]

Frustrations with Verizon Landline

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

As you may know we had a good size snow storm here in the mountains of western North Carolina. It’s not unusual, but we will many times go a few years between these big storms. This one brought a tree down on the phone line just before it branches to our house and one other. [...]

SlyDial – Drop your call Straight to VoiceMail

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

We’ve all been there… 2 minutes to return a call with a “quick” answer. There’s not enough time for a real conversation. You HAVE to start a meeting in 2 minutes. Times like this, making a call can be like a roll of the dice, do they pick up? If they do, how can I [...]

GrandCentral – One Ring to rule them ALL?

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Has Google gone too far with the purchase of GrandCentral? “One number that rings all your phones” (and in the darkness binds them?) There are already great privacy concerns with google. This new acquisition I am SURE will lead to more worries. The idea with grandcentral is that you have a unified inbox for voicemail. [...]

Voiceshot – Easy Way to Get a Message Out – Automated Message Calling

Monday, March 24th, 2008

We’ve all received them…. “robocalls”. Usually they fall into a couple categories…. 1) doctors appointment reminders and 2) political campaign ads and 3) telemarketers. Items 2 and three annoy me to no end. In hotly contested elections we have easily received several robocalls a day from each side for a decent stretch. These types of [...]

Home Asterisk system VOIP adding phone lines

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I’m tempted many times to setup an asterisk system at the house – and use VOIP for additional lines. Here’s an article on asterisk the easy way., telaisp has good deals on residential voip service.    Send article as PDF   

Using DNS servers other than your ISP’s

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

As I mentioned earlier, Bellsouth seemed to be in the midst of a big DNS meltdown when I got up this morning. I spent some time getting various bellsouth customers “worked around” the issue by setting up an alternate DNS server for them. For starters…. DNS translates addresses like into numbers (like Think [...]

Verizon emails a customer spreadsheet by mistake….

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Verizon Wireless accidentally attached the wrong file to an email and wound up broadcasting an Excel spreadsheet with the details of some 5210 customers to about 1800 people. Apparently, they were sending out a promotional email to some of their customers and instead of the electronic order form they intended to send. The promotional email [...]

Skype and linux audio issues

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

One of the things I didn’t mention in my first skype post was the “getting skype to work with linux” bit… The version available via urpmi in Mandrake was 1.2, so I installed it (before I had the usb audio phone) and gave a try. It gave consistent errors trying to access the audio device [...]

Skype and USB phones….

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I’ve seen skype I just haven’t used it personally until very recently. In fact there was a place (dialpad?) that I had used once upon a time for a few free long distance calls online. It was neat, but had some limitations (delay). It quickly became non-free and frankly the microphone I have hooked up [...]


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