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. ...

November 18, 2019 2 min Fred Posner

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)....

March 18, 2016 5 min Fred Posner

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 negative — it ain’t free. The cost is nominal… $0.004/lookup. That means that $10 will get you 2500 lookups. ...

July 16, 2013 2 min Fred Posner

Ann Arbor Blocks My Parking App

Ann Arbor DDA, you massively fail. If you were a ship, you’d be the titanic… Can you believe in today’s world that a government agency would conspire and discuss the control of public information? What if that information was a top secret as… parking space availability? I’ve posted an article on VoIP Tech Chat detailing the Ann Arbor DDA doing just that. My response to them is at the end… Please enjoy....

March 13, 2009 1 min Fred Posner

Fred Posner in the News

Some of the local papers / sites picked up the Parking Space story… check it out: Ann Arbor Chronicle HD Teeter Talk Ann Arbor News Arbor Update 🙂

January 16, 2009 1 min Fred Posner

Geeky Item of the Day – Free CNAM

Ok, if you use Asterisk (or a Do It Yourself type VoIP service), you sometimes do not receive the CNAM (think Caller ID with Name data) from your carrier. Well, since geeks like information and anything “free,” there’s a simple way to use the internet to do a reverse number lookup query. So, if you’re a technical type, keep reading… otherwise, non-geek posts will return very soon. ...

January 5, 2009 5 min Fred Posner

Geeky Item of the Day

[][1]Yeni Weather Script I have a new phone on my desk (or as Yeni calls it, the mesk). Why mesk? Combines messy and desk… but I digress (as usual). As I was saying, I recently purchased a Polycom Soundpoint IP 450 phone. The phone is great — small foot print, clean, great speakerphone, and enables HD Voice. HD Voice is going to change the way we think of how phone calls sound....

January 3, 2009 2 min Fred Posner