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VoIP

ITEXPO 2020

Had a great time visiting with members of the open source VoIP community in Fort Lauderdale for open source world / itexpo 2020.

I was excited to discuss Kamailio and other aspects of communication as well as get some important hardware discussions in person… it’s an interesting time as hardware and software vendors seem to be merging left and right.

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Rant

Goodbye Citibank

In 1990, while a freshman at UF (Go Gators!), I applied for and received my first credit card. The card, from Citibank, was a “college special” with a whopping credit limit of $600.00 and fees/penalties as high as the Federal Government would allow.

This said, there was no yearly fee and I knew at the ripe age of 18 that if I paid my balance on time, my cost was 0.00. Granted, I didn’t have much money (like generally a bank account of 200.00 or so) and got the card in case I needed food and didn’t have the cash.

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VoIP

Coming Soon: ITEXPO

From February 11th through 15th, 2020, Open Source World (or open source summit?) will be colocated at ITEXPO 2020 in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This year, I will be speaking the gospel of Kamailio with a presentation entitled, “Using Kamailio to Secure Your Communications” (currently scheduled for February 13th at 3pm).

What previously had been Asterisk World has been replaced with Open Source World… and has attracted an incredible array of speakers from the open source RTC community; including Dan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mangani, Anthony Minessale, Nir Simionovich, Jared Smith, James Body, David Duffett, Allison Smith, Eric Klein, and more! (see full speaker list)

A great group of people in a great location for sure. And, yes… there will be Kamailio cookies.

I look forward to meeting you in Fort Lauderdale and talking about Kamailio, open source RTC, and more.

Kamailio branded cookie
Have Cookie, Will Travel
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VoIP

Go vs Node

I’m not a programmer. Never tried to pass myself off as one — which made for a really, really awkward interview once… but that’s another story.

Anyway, I’ve been creating “APIs” in Perl for a while using Perl CGI on NGINX. It’s not a REST API whatsoever, but I enjoy scripting in Perl and (1) got the job done, (2) was fast, and (3) no learning curve.

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VoIP

Astricon 2019 Thoughts

TL;DR A few weeks ago, I had some strong concerns over Sangoma’s stewardship of Asterisk and FreePBX. Since that post, Astricon showed that Sangoma definitely appreciates the open source VoIP community and I’m optimistic for the future.

I, along with 300+ others, attended Astricon 2019 during the last week of October in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Astricon differed dramatically from others — there was no expo hall, fewer presentations, fewer tracks.

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VoIP

Fred and Dan on ClueCon Weekly

A special spooky episode of ClueCon Weekly with guests Fred Posner and Dan Jenkins! When Open Source is under attack gasp.

Fred Posner and Dan Jenkins on ClueCon Weekly
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VoIP

Kamailio on FLOSS Weekly

Did you catch Fred Posner on FLOSS Weekly discussing Kamailio?

Fred discusses Kamailio on FLOSS Weekly

FLOSS all about Free Libre Open Source Software. Hosted by Randal Schwartz and his rotating panel of co-hosts every Wednesday as they talk with the most interesting and important people in the Open Source and Free Software community.

Fred was honored to discuss Kamailio with this group and would join them again in a heartbeat.

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Rant

Kindness and Weakness

Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.

Al Capone
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VoIP

Sangoma Doesn’t Get Open Source

So, earlier today (2019-09-24), Sangoma tweeted the following:

If you don’t know, just over a year ago, Sangoma acquired Digium, the creators of Asterisk (which Sangoma called “the most widely used open source communication software in the world”). Sangoma is also the owner of FreePBX, “the most widely deployed open source PBX platform in use across the world.”

I found it interesting that a company owning arguably two of the most widely used open source telephony projects in the world would discuss “outgrowing” open source…

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VoIP

Automation: Quality In / Quality Out

The high cost of poor automation? Recently, an automated call from my utility department served as a great example of automation gone wrong.