Better Solutions for Voice, Data and the Internet!

Author: Greg

Can your server do this…

Our Asterisk Servers running on top of CentOS (which is actually Redhat Enterprise Linux) are some of the most reliable software combinations on the market – don’t believe me?  Check this out from a customers server we were asked to make a few changes to:
UpTime

Check Out The New Digs!

We finally have a sign up in front of the Office – in case you are looking for us, here is our address:
2703 Broadbent Parkway NE Suite A
Albuquerque, NM  87107
(505) 343-0650
Here is what it looks like:Our New Office Location

Hah! Comcast Outage map looks like Chicken Pox!

How often do they go down? Often enough for someone to take time to program this:
http://downdetector.com/status/comcast-xfinity/map/

More on Encryption

The language is a little coarse (cursing – sorry) but this synopsis is almost spot-on!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsjZ2r9Ygzw

Why we all need to use Strong Encryption

A Missive from Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation:
Hello,
We can move more people from simply consuming the Web to becoming its active citizens, but we need your help.
People like you and I know how fundamental privacy is to the open Web. There are many more who share our values and would join this movement. That’s why we made something to spotlight the importance of online privacy. We’re creating videos for you to watch and then share with friends, family, and colleagues. The videos are designed to be an introduction to the issues we care about — a way for each of us to start important conversations.
This is where you come in: will you watch this first video and then share it? It’s a great tool to start a conversation about privacy with people you know.
This new video series starts simple: it explores why privacy is so important in our everyday lives. In follow up videos we’ll send over the next few weeks, we’ll talk about encryption, and tell the story of how encryption can help enable and protect privacy.
Why do this now? We expect there are a number of significant political battles on surveillance and encryption coming down the pipe. We’re going to need to ask people like you and your friends to take a stand. Before we do this, we want to provide a solid grounding on why encryption matters.
Will you watch the video now and help spread the word?
I look forward to this and many future conversations,
Mark Surman
Executive Director
P.S. This is a new campaign strategy for us and we will learn a lot as the weeks go on. We’d love to hear your feedback — after watching the video, you can reply to this email and let us know what you think. Or send an email to askjoin@mozilla.org.

POTS is going away – and it won’t be soon enough for me!

From Fierce Telecom:
http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/att-conduct-tdm-ip-transition-tests-alabama-florida/2014-02-28
POTS is Plain Old Telephone Service – It is still used for MANY things and is a giant black hole that businesses are pouring billions per year into – Most credit card machines still use them, but an IP-Enabled Credit Card Terminal does a transaction in under a second versus 25-45 seconds over POTS.
A 10-Page FAX can take up to 10 minutes to send over POTS – The same scanned document sends in SECONDS over E-Mail.
It is well past time for Analog to go the way of the Mullet and Bell Bottoms!

RIP David Bowie

Who will love A Lad Insane?
DavidBowie-Transformation-Colour
From Wired Magazine here: This Viral GIF Is a Beautiful Homage to David Bowie

FAX – Oh how I hate thee…let me count the ways!

Yet another service call this morning out to a FAX machine that is not working correctly – if there is a technology more deserving of DYING I don’t know what it is – you take a perfectly good and readable document most likely created on a computer and reduce it to a low-resolution picture that only a human being can get any information easily off of.
And sometimes it is skewed/smeared/faded where even the Human can’t use it.
Die FAX! Die!

Linux – More Hands On, but worth it!

OK – This webpage is being hosted on my own WordPress server – I tried various Server OS’s and finally settled on one I was happy with, but it was not without it’s trials and tribulations – It is also possible that the instructions I was using were out of date – it’s sometimes hard to find the “best if used before date” on postings.
Having said that, it is worth the extra effort to use FOSS software whenever we can, contribute back in any way you can, and keep telling people about the benefits of Free and Open Source Software.
Most of the afflictions that affect Windows and OS-X are due to a very small number of people that are actually able to look at the source – you are never as clever as the people trying to hack you!

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