Speaking @ IT360, April 7th, 2010

I will be speaking again at the IT360 conference in Toronto, ON, Canada in the Asterisk & Open Telephony portion of the conference. IT360 is on April 7 this year (2010) being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I will be speaking on the Super Panel – Enterprise Use, Security, Virtual Hosting, Mobility & More along with John Todd, Kevin Fleming, Steve Sokol, and others. My primary focus will likely be on the large scale call centre implementations I’ve done, along with clustering, database integration, and distributed information. Read On →

AstriCon 2010 officially announced; What should I submit for a talk proposal?!

So AstriCon 2010 has been officially announced (although the information for where and when it was going to be held has been on the http://www.astricon.net site for a bit now – perhaps contracts have been signed now?), and they are soliciting for speaker topics due for May 1st. I’ve either attended, spoken, or assisted with every AstriCon since 2004 (the first one!) and I’m looking forward to submitting another talk for this year. Read On →

New headset thanks to e4voip.com!

Just got my new Plantronics headset from http://www.e4voip.com (or rather, the hardware store at http://www.8774e4voip.com/) and am extremely satisfied with the service. We had an issue with Purolator not wanting to deliver to the building and then not bothering to call me to let me know the address was incorrect. By the time I noticed and got the address corrected, they just decided to send back the package. So after letting the guys at e4VoIP know what happened, they just drop shipped a headset via FedEx overnight and I had it by lunch the next day! Read On →

Musings about ENUMplus and ISNs

Recently I’ve been playing around with a couple of technologies that I haven’t used in quite a while; ENUM and ISN. First, a little information on what these technologies are about. ISNs and ITADs First, lets talk about ISN (ITAD Subscriber Number) and ITAD (Internet Telephony Administrative Domain). I think the http://www.freenum.org website does a good job of succinctly describing the problem attempting to be addressed: “The Freenum/ISN system is 12-digit-keypad (telephone handset) friendly method of providing mapping between users. Read On →

Update on TFoT v3 Progress

Just another quick update on the progress of the 3rd edition of the Asterisk book. It’s been a bit slow coming, but Jim and I have renewed vigor and vigilance to be productive and get things done. Since the last update, there was a period of time where nothing got done unfortunately. We did get a lot done in the week off I took to focus on the book (I think we ended up writing about 2-3 new chapters, and updated a lot of the old ones), but then of course work got in the way. Read On →

Grammar School!

I will admit that I’m not the best at grammar (heck, I still have to make sure I type grammar instead of grammer, but that’s just a spelling issue :)), and other times, there is just some stuff that happens when I get typing fast and I’m on autopilot, thinking too far ahead of where I’m actually at in terms of typing. It gets even worse when I’m writing with good ol’ pen and paper! Read On →

Interview from Wind Mobile launch

I was interviewed at the Wind Mobile launch a couple of months ago, and was interviewed by an online publication. I didn’t remember which online publication it was, so had forgotten all about it until I noticed someone had posted a link to it in the on-asterisk mailing list. Enjoy! Wind Mobile launches with contract-free, unlimited plans Globalive’s Wind Mobile brand is officially live in Toronto and will soon be opening its doors in Calgary and other Canadian cities. Read On →

Why NDAs are Useless

Here is a post I came across from my twitter feed discussing why NDAs are essentially useless and unenforceable in the digital age. Many good points are made, and for the most part I agree with them. I’m not quite so vehemently opposed to them as the author is as I know they aren’t enforceable. The reason I sign them is a good faith gesture to my clients. I think we both know they aren’t useful, but it gives the client a nice litmus test to determine whether I’m just looking to steal ideas, or at least to say, “Hey, it’d be great if you didn’t twitter or blog about anything you learn while looking at our system. Read On →

Update: Asterisk TFoT v3 Progressing Nicely

Jim and I have been working feverishly for the past few days, and the only thing that can cure it is more cowbell! Or probably more accurately, more writing! We’ve been making some good progress on rewriting a couple of chapters so far, and tweaking a few other ones. We’re in the process of finishing up the first drafts of the new installation chapter and the initial configuration chapter, and I’ve started work on a chapter about queues. Read On →

Cisco VPN Client on Ubuntu Karmic 9.10

I have a client who I need to connect to via a Cisco VPN, and since I use Ubuntu as my primary OS on my MacBook Pro, I’ve often needed to find some information about how to get the client working. I had previously found some information about patching on Ubuntu 9.04 and it worked great, but since updating to 9.10 I had the same compile time issues I had before, which makes sense since the kernel is different now. Read On →