Saturday, November 29, 2008

Open Source VoIP

There hasn't been a post for quite a while (3 weeks qualifies as quite a while) but I have been pretty busy. Also, I wasn't sure what to write about. The week before Thanksgiving was spent in Barrow working mostly on telephones. They now have a full-featured voice mail system on their VoIP phones. I'm using Openser (now Kamailio) as the SIP proxy, a Cisco router for the PSTN gateway, Polycom handsets and Asterisk to provide media services such as voice mail. All of the software is open source but are feature rich. I wish we had some of the features available on the phone system in Fairbanks such as emailed voice mail or web access to your voicemail box. On the other hand, there are some features that we take for granted that I haven't got working yet. (haven't figured how to do it yet). Last Wednesday, I finally got rudimentary CDR (call detail recording) set up. It has been a very challenging couple of weeks and very satisfying for me. I really enjoy learning something new.

No one at home was very enthusiastic about a traditional turkey dinner so I made a seafood paella. It came out okay but I overcooked the seafood which really just needed to be thawed and warmed up. I used a seafood mix from Sam's Club that contained shrimp, muscles, octopus, squid & fake crab. The octopus and squid were a bit tough and the fake crab was tasteless. The rice also came out mushy. Now that I know what goes in, I have a much better recipe developing in my head. I usually always follow the recipe closely the first time I make something. Maybe next weekend I'll try out my new, improved recipe. I always wanted to make something that needed saffron. I was pleasantly surprised when I found the expensive spice at Fred Meyers on sale.

Not much walking these days. On Wednesday, I ran instead of walked on three short walks. My WIN goal is still 45 minutes 3 times per week. So far, no problem meeting the goals. The lack of a UA walking program means no external motivation for more activity. I'm working on getting my 1000 mile virtual trophy on the Nike+ site but not actively engaged in any of the challenges. I received a one month pass to the Alaska Club for showing up to three WIN health sessions so I can play with some of their resistance equipment. I did use the equipment in Barrow at the college gym but I never feel like I get much exercise.

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