Monthly Archive: January 2012

Jan 26 2012

I no longer recommend using Asterisk’s Google Voice support — try these methods instead!

This article was originally written in January of 2012, and has been heavily edited in an attempt to update it a bit. Not that anyone probably cares what I think, but anyone who regularly reads this blog (or any of the other VoIP-related blog that cover Asterisk) may have noticed that prior to the release …

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Jan 16 2012

Why do Western Digital hard drive power supplies leak so much AC voltage?

Western Digita Power Supply #1 - 44 volts leakage

We recently changed out a case on a computer power supply.  The new case is metal whereas the old one was plastic, and as I was plugging in a USB cable from a USB hub I got a shock.  Not only that, when I accidentally touched it to the bottom of the computer’s case, the …

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Jan 15 2012

DynDNS (mostly) discontinues free DNS service

Dynamic DNS service selections in DD-WRT

Over the years, many people have used DynDNS as a way to get a free domain name that will “track” their actual IP address, even if their ISP changes it.  Apparently that free ride has all but come to an end.  If you read the instructions that How-To Geek posted in their article How To …

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Jan 13 2012

Interesting thread on integrating Speech to Text with Asterisk and PBX in a Flash

I just wanted to call your attention to this thread on the PBX in a Flash forum: Exploring Speech to Text This thread explores the possibility of adding a simple speech to text demo, and also discusses the possibility of transcribing e-mails to text.  It uses Google’s speech recognition service, and it is free to use. …

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