Category Archive: Review

Oct 27 2014

Link: Discourse [forum software review]

….. Although forum software often is reasonable, it doesn’t make me go, “wow”.  …..  So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when Jeff Atwood, cofounder of Stack Exchange and the author of the famous “Coding Horror” blog, announced he was going to make better Web-based forum software, I personally reacted with a shrug. After …

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Dec 21 2013

An interesting, but perplexing expansion board for the Raspberry Pi

This afternoon our Twitter stream informed us of the existence of this thing: An Expansion Board Made for Raspberry Pi made by a company called SupTronics, which appears to be headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It can be purchased from this site, and the specifications can be found here. Quoting from that page:  Introduction The X100 …

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Aug 11 2013

Avoid Bluestacks until they fix their nasty bug!

This started out as a simple link to an installation tutorial that we found: Now days Android is leading mobile operating system , there are wide range of app and games in android , If you are really fond of using android applications but unfortunately you don’t have any android supported Phone. Then don’t worry …

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May 02 2012

Review of FreeSWITCH Cookbook by Anthony Minessale, Michael S Collins, Darren Schreiber, Raymond Chandler (Packt Publishing)

The FreeSWITCH Cookbook is the second book from Packt Publishing on the subject of FreeSWITCH, which in my opinion may someday soon be the “telephony software engine” that replaces Asterisk in popularity. I’ve previously reviewed the earlier book, FreeSWITCH 1.0.6, and this book builds on that one. If you know nothing at all about FreeSWITCH, …

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Aug 08 2010

Review of FreeSWITCH 1.0.6 by Anthony Minessale, Darren Schreiber, Michael S. Collins (Packt Publishing)

In case you’ve never heard of FreeSWITCH, it is a “telephony software engine”, which means it’s in the same category as Asterisk. Over the years I’ve noticed that some Asterisk users have become frustrated with Asterisk due to unfixed bugs and design flaws that mean that the software doesn’t always work as it should. So, …

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Jun 04 2010

Mini-review of Sangoma U100 USBfxo device

This article was originally posted in June, 2010. I recently had the experience of trying to help someone make a Sangoma USBfxo device (model U100) work on a server that runs FreePBX and Asterisk. The advertised features of this device are as follows: Dual FXO ports Easy installation, no need to open up computer to …

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Feb 11 2010

Mini-review of Beginning OpenVPN 2.0.9 by Markus Feilner and Norbert Graf (Packt Publishing)

I have previously reviewed the title, “Review of OpenVPN: Building and Integrating Virtual Private Networks by Markus Feilner“, and this is the updated and expanded version of that book. The publisher says that all examples in the book work with version 2.0.9 and 2.1 of OpenVPN. Since the original book was released in 2006, it …

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Dec 21 2009

Review of Building Enterprise Ready Telephony Systems with sipXecs 4.0 by Michael W. Picher (Packt Publishing)

Cover of Building Enterprise Ready Telephony Systems with sipXecs 4.0

This article was originally published in December, 2009. Regular readers of this blog may recall that I recently reviewed another Packt Publishing book, FreePBX 2.5 Powerful Telephony Solutions by Alex Robar, and that my review was generally positive.  However, I have wondered for a while if there was going to be any serious competition for …

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Sep 23 2009

Review of FreePBX 2.5 Powerful Telephony Solutions by Alex Robar (Packt Publishing)

This article was originally published in September, 2009. FreePBX 2.5 Powerful Telephony Solutions by Alex Robar (Packt Publishing) explains how to set up, configure, and maintain a powerful VoIP PBX using FreePBX.  For those not familiar with FreePBX, it’s a “front end” for the Asterisk PBX software. Asterisk can be thought of as the “engine” …

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Jun 16 2009

Review of OpenVPN: Building and Integrating Virtual Private Networks by Markus Feilner (Packt Publishing)

Before I start, let me give you a brief description of what’s in each chapter (this is taken directly from the Packt Publishing web site): Chapter 1 looks at what VPNs are, how they evolved during the last decade, why it is necessary to modern enterprises, how typical VPNs work. The chapter also covers some …

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