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Family

I love my wife

Been a rough few months for the wife’s business and sadly, we had to announce the closure of Bearkery® earlier this week.

For 10 years, I’ve watched Yeni pour her heart and sole into the bakery and although we saw it coming and prepared, the end was nonetheless heartbreaking.

She’s done some amazing work… gained some incredible press (now and then)… and started the bakery from absolutely nothing. I couldn’t be more proud of my amazing wife.

For 10 years, Yeni helped countless people celebrate life’s events. Weddings, new babies, divorces, birthdays, funerals, graduations, to you name it– every celebration deserved a cake from Yeni. She’s been copied (her Batman and Places You’ll Go cakes especially), some of her cakes were turned into molds (without asking her of course), and she’s been featured on Cake Wrecks in the good way. =)

She’s dealt with gossip, bad business practices, and unfair competition… and did so with kindness and class. She remained true to her principles and never once compromised on quality.

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VoIP

Simple TLS Gateway

Well, 2020 is certainly a strange year… Some of us have been working from home for a very long time while others are now just understanding the benefits. Of course, when a drastic change in work environment becomes a forced change, the implementation can be quite daunting.

Let’s look at telephony for example.

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VoIP

Kamailio, RTPengine, Centos8

Had to install kamailio and rtpengine on centos8 recently… hopefully this saves you some time:

https://github.com/fredposner/scripts/blob/master/kamailio/centos8_install.md

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esposa Family

Happy Anniversary

Yeni and AnneMarie wearing a fake nose and glasses.
11 years and 1 branch (shown above)
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Family

Paso a Paso

Hoping that everyone is staying safe and seeing the impact to many of my friends has been nothing short of devastating. Our favorite local restaurants have resorted to take-out and if they’re lucky are getting 25% of the business they’d normally receive. (Quick shout out to Blue Water Bay here in North Florida and if you’re anywhere near Maggie Valley, NC, check out Frankie’s)

The bakery has seen all events for the rest of the year cancelled… which includes weddings, graduations, caterings, and well… everything. We’ve been very grateful for all the orders to the bakery’s online store (and Yeni literally yells “woo hoo” when an order comes in).

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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.