Categories
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.

Categories
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…

Categories
VoIP

Asterisk World 2018

Friends, this Valentine’s day you will find me in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the 2018 Asterisk World!

Sure, I could have chosen to help out at the bakery during this time… or even to spend Valentine’s Day with the Mrs… but this was an easy decision. 

Categories
VoIP

Receiving SMS from Flowroute with Perl

Flowroute, a SIP service provider, recently enabled SMS on all of their phone numbers (DIDs). This means that if you have a DID from Flowroute, your phone number can now be used to send and receive SMS messages.

This article will show you how you can receive those SMS messages with Perl. (You can skip the background to get to that part quicker.)

Background

I first learned about Flowroute at Astricon 2008 (Phoenix, AZ). At the time, I was working for a Residential VoIP carrier and we were always looking for new service providers.

Flowroute immediately distanced themselves from the other providers by (1) sending engineers instead of sales staff and (2) offering Asterisk prompts from Pat Fleet.

Categories
VoIP

Join Me in Fort Lauderdale for Asterisk World

Asterisk World will be held in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 25th — 28th, 2016. I am very honored to be speaking at this event and would love to see you in Fort Lauderdale.

Categories
VoIP

AstriCon Comes to the Sunshine State

First, some history.

I attended my first AstriCon back in 2008 and somewhere, I still have my Skype for Asterisk button. At the close of the conference Digium asked for comments—I suggested that the convention look at Orlando, Florida.

Back then, I traveled from Michigan (the dating Yeni period), yet I still maintained a strong bias for Florida. I thought (with the exception of Australia/Asia) Florida could provide both a convenient travel point (for both International and domestic travelers) as well as combine the possibility of a family vacation in the Sunshine State.

Seven years later, AstriCon 2015 granted my wish and I attended Astricon2015 in beautiful Orlando, Florida.

Categories
VoIP

Asterisk (The Definitive Guide) 4th Edition Review

Asterisk Definitive Guide
Asterisk Book

Ah, the power of Twitter. When I posted a review of the new FreeSWITCH book, a got a tweet from Leif Madsen (@leifmadsen) asking if I wanted to review the new Asterisk book. Absolutely!

Of course, if you remember my FTC disclosure

If I get something for free and I write about it, I guarantee it will not influence my opinion. I’ll write my true opinion.

Categories
VoIP

OpenCNAM for Asterisk cidnam lookup

Long ago, in a world much different from today, one could check 411.com, anywho, and even google for Caller ID names. Those days are gone my friends. It’s slowly becoming a pay to play world…

I just played with a solution from OpenCNAM that was pretty freaking simple. There’s a negativeit ain’t free. The cost is nominal… $0.004/lookup. That means that $10 will get you 2500 lookups.

Categories
Miscellaneous

Astricon, here I come!

Fred Posner @ Astricon 2009
Fred Posner @ Astricon 2009

It’s October and that means I’m going to Phoenix!

Astricon, the meet-up of Asterisk users / developers / fans / etc, starts October 13th, and this year I received the honor of presenting. My talk, Asterisk Applications: Unexpected Hurdles, showcases the Ann Arbor Parking “Smackdown” earlier this year.

As an added benefit… my Wife will be joining me 🙂

Categories
Rant

Telemarketers Schmelemarketers

GRRRRR Telemarketers!
GRRRRR Telemarketers!

Today I posted some recordings I made using something I like to call the “Annoyatron.” Basically, using Asterisk (the open source Internet Telephony software) allows me to handle incoming calls based on a variety of issues.

Bottom Line: If I know you’re a telemarketer, you get the annoyatron.

The full article is posted on VoIP Tech Chat.

You know… while you’re checking out the link above, try other articles on VoIP Tech Chat… lots of great things to read. Some are even… dare I say… entertaining?

Take for example that link above… it has audio of the annoyatron in action. And not just one example. Please, that would be amateur. Friends, I say friends, we here have for your listening pleasure not 1 but 2, I say TWO great examples of the FIS Annoyatron. Come one, come all, welcome to the show!