Get Ready for Astricon 2018

This October, smart people throughout the globe will gather in Orlando, Florida —not for Disney World, Universal, or Sea World… but rather something much more exciting… open source telecom.

October means AstriCon; the longest-running event devoted to all-things Asterisk. AstriCon celebrates one of the most influential open source telecommunication projects in history and also its future impact on the communications industry. 

AstriCon 2016
AstriCon 2016

At AstriCon, you get to learn from great speakers… Daniel Mierla will be talking about using the right storage engine with Kamailio, Alex Balashov will be discussing the changing winds of ITSPs in the cloud, and I will certainly not be attending Sean McCord’s talk on containing Asterisk inside of Kubernetes.

Nothing personal against Sean here… I really like Sean, and in fact I really want to see his talk. Unfortunately, scheduling of his talk conflicts with an amazing presentation titled When should you use Kamailio? by yours truly.

Fred and Allison at AstriCon 2017
Fred and Allison at AstriCon 2017

There’s incredible speakers throughout the convention, such as Simon Woodhead, Allison Smith, Matt Jordan, Matt Fredrickson, Dan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mangani, Jöran Vinzens, Nir Simionovich, Anthony Minessale, Eric Klein, Lorenzo Emilitri, Joshua Colp, Dan Bogos, and too many more names to list.

could list all the great people that will be at AstriCon, but instead I’d love to simply mention that attending AstriCon helps cement you as part of this incredible community.

Kamailians at AstriCon 2017
Kamailians at AstriCon 2017

It’s great to listen and learn from experts in the field. It’s even great to have a drink with them. What’s even better than that? Becoming members of the same community and calling them friends.

Come hang out with some of my great friends this October 9th through the 11th, in Orlando, Florida. We’re friendly, we’re sometimes fun… and yes, I’m bringing cookies.

Have Cookie, Will Travel
Have Cookie, Will Travel

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love being part of the open source community. This community reminds you that supportive, smart people exist in this world and I’m honored to call community members my friends.

The nicest part? We’re always looking for more friends.

See you in October!

Mr. Rogers

You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are. — Fred Rogers

Been in a Mr. Rogers mood lately… reading some of his quotes, watching old videos, and watching Won’t You Be My Neighbor? with Yeni…

There’s all types of people in this world; none of them perfect. Mr. Rogers seems like an incredibly kind man and watching how he deals with people, especially children, leaves me in awe.

No real articulable thoughts here… just thinking how to be more like Mr. Rogers in listening, empathy, and patience.

Of course, Mr. Rogers likes me just the way I am.

Headed to ClueCon 2018

It’s summer-time, very hot, very humid, and this means… it’s time for ClueCon! I’m losing track, but this year will be my fourth or fifth time attending this conference in “beautiful” Chicago.

ClueCon is a conference for developers by developers: an annual technology conference held every summer hosted by the team behind the FreeSWITCH open-source project.

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Kamailio World Presentation: Open Source Software Myths

Just returned from an incredible trip to Berlin for Kamailio World 2018, the 6th annual meeting of all things Kamailio.

As expected, I had a wonderful time meeting new Kamailians from across the globe as well as catching up with friends from years past.

I was honored to present at Kamailio World regarding Open Source Software Myths and combatting FUD. Thanks to Pascom, you can catch my presentation on YouTube: