Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 25 2013

Useful SSH How-Tos

These are from an interesting site called Make Tech Easier, listed in order from oldest to newest: How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps 2 Useful SSH Tricks to Improve Your System Security How to Secure Your Internet Connection via SSH How To Take Secure Remote Backups Using SSH How to Generate A …

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May 25 2013

Link: MythTV: Use All Buttons of Your Remote Control – Without LIRC

It can be really frustrating to get a remote control to work properly under Linux with LIRC and programs like MythTV, mplayer or XMBC. This article shows how to avoid using LIRC altogether: Treat the remote like any other keyboard, then change the keyboard mapping to use the application’s key shortcuts. Because we do this …

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May 22 2013

Link: Sikuli (Automation Tool Using Images) 1.0.0 Released

Sikuli is a tool available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X which automates tasks using images: you take a screenshot of what you want to click, right click, hover, drag and drop and so on and Sikuli performs those actions automatically, when you need it, either by using the GUI or running it via …

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May 21 2013

Do-it-yourselfers: Raspberry Pi with Asterisk installed to act as a door entry system

This is for those that are really into building their own hardware, in addition to being familiar with Asterisk. From Reddit’s Asterisk section comes this post: I’m working on using a Raspberry Pi with Asterisk installed on it to act as a door entry system integrated with my home phone system (also running Asterisk). The …

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May 21 2013

Link: Google Voice: a step-by-step primer on ditching your land line while keeping your number

Note that this process may not work in certain areas of the country. All told, using the mechanism I’m going to describe below, it’ll cost you about $45 per phone line ported. Google Voice: a step-by-step primer on ditching your land line while keeping your number (ZDNet)

May 16 2013

How it used to be done: How to use Google Voice for free outgoing calls on an Asterisk/FreePBX system (the no-XMPP way)

It appears that some people are getting upset because Google is dropping the use of its XMPP protocol with Google Hangouts, and there is much speculation that they might drop XMPP support altogether, which could break the method used by PBX software (such as Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, or Yate) and even some hardware to connect to …

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May 15 2013

Link: Asterisk – Voicemail with Speech Recognition using Google API

This is probably a somewhat advanced level project, but for those who might enjoy a challenge, all the steps are laid out for you. In a previous article I published a solution to convert Asterisk voicemail attachments from WAV to MP3 on the fly. This is done by catching the mails sent by Asterisk just …

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May 13 2013

Link and Video: Drastically Speed up your Linux System with Preload (and other speed-ups)

Preload is an “adaptive readahead daemon” that runs in the background of your system, and observes what programs you use most often, caching them in order to speed up application load time. By using Preload, you can put unused RAM to good work, and improve the overall performance of your desktop system. Most Linux users …

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May 09 2013

Links: Secure Deletion of Data in Linux

From Linuxaria: Secure Deletion of Data in Linux Secure Deletion of Data in Linux – part 2

May 06 2013

Link: The SIPaholic’s Dream Come True: Introducing Anveo Direct SIP Trunking

We’re incredibly happy with the current list of providers that we recommend to PBX in a Flash™ users for VoIP trunking. At the top of our list is Vitelity, a leading VoIP provider that has been a major contributor to the Nerd Vittles and PBX in a Flash projects for many years. But, as often …

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