Archive for the ‘telecommunications’ Category

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Another cool free phone call thingy

July 15, 2007

Hey, it’s Sunday, I didn’t feel like thinking of a better title.

I came across this website from another blog, again, I don’t remember, it might have been Lifehacker or Digg.

There is no sign-up required, users simply go to www.viatalkfree.com and enter their phone number, then the phone number they wish to call. Once they have done that, they wait just a few seconds for a call to their phone line. As they answer that call, the service then dials the number they are trying to reach. Since the call is through ViaTalk Free Connect, no charges apply to the user’s phone line.

Users are encouraged to leave feedback or suggestions once they’ve utilized the ViaTalk Free Connect.

How about that?

Now go call your Grandma.

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iPhone Reviews

June 28, 2007

Haven’t heard about the iPhone yet? Or just haven’t had the time to keep up with all the hype? The iPhone will be released this Friday. Here’s some reviews to fill you in on what some people are thinking about this revolutionary device!

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An amazing wireless headset

June 9, 2007

I use this at work. I’m almost on it all day, except when I step out. It’s the Plantronics CS70N Professional Wireless Headset.

This headset kicks ass. It’s not Bluetooth (however, there is a Bluetooth model) but who needs Bluetooth. It’s the most comfortable wireless headset I have ever worn. It is geared towards small to medium sized business (just like I work for) but if you’re interested in picking up a very clear, comfortable headset… check this out!

It retails for about $400. It’s a bit pricey, yes… but if you’re on the phone all day and like to walk around the office when on the phone (like me), I’d really suggest you checking this out.

Plantronics specializes in headsets. They don’t make crap!

Product Features:
  • Top-performing Noise-Canceling microphone
  • Discreet, stylized design
  • Lightweight and comfortable all day
  • Optimized for performance with IP desk phones
  • Recommended for all environments, even those with loud noise levels
  • Included lifter automatically lifts handset and returns it to the cradle
  • Enables remote or one touch call answer/end with your Plantronics headset
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Google is now offering FREE 411 Services

May 23, 2007

Google is now offering “Goog 411” – an experimental, beta local voice search. So, instead of dialing 411 on your cell when you’re looking to be connected to a business (and paying way too much money), just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 and be connected for FREE. Also, you don’t even have to know the name of the business. Here is all the info, courtesy of the Google Voice Local Search site:

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

  • search for a local business by name or category.
    You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza”.
  • get connected to the business, free of charge.
  • get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
    Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

I tried this and got connected right away to the company I used to work for in Arizona. It’s pretty neat. Check it out. Hey, it beats paying money! Google does it again!

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Update: The Direct Push deployment went very smooth

May 2, 2007

I have successfully delployed Direct Push on my boss’s Treo 700wx. This is what I had:

1) SBS 2003
2) Exchange 2003 SP2
3) GoDaddy SSL Certificate
4) A Treo 700/wx

And these resources:

Deploying Windows Mobile 5.0 with Windows Small Business Server 2003 (from Microsoft)
How to install a cheap GoDaddy.Com Certificate into SBS Premium (from ABC-Solutions.org)

If you follow the Microsoft article and the GoDaddy third-party certificate process PDF, it should work fine.

NOTE: Buying a third-party SSL Certificate from GoDaddy is the way to go.
1) It’s cheap!
2) You will not have any issues! (well, hopefully)

I am setting this up for a client tomorrow in downtown Phoenix and then for another one in Goodyear, AZ on Friday. Looking forward to it!

If anyone has any questions or comments on setting up Direct Push, please email me or comment to this post.

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Setting up Direct Push for the first time

April 28, 2007

One of my last projects at my current place of employment is to deploy Direct Push technology with a Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone my boss just purchased from Verizon, the Treo 700wx.

I’ve never done this before. But I’ve got some great resources on where to start. It doesn’t seem that hard at all. You have to have a few things in place, obviously.

First thing I did was find a wonderful step-by-step guide on SearchExchange.com. This guide really explains the whole process very well. You should check this out if you’re a newbie to Direct Push technology.

One of the things I got mixed answers was on the whole self-signed cert or Trusted authority cert that needs to be in place on the SBS (in my case we’re using SBS 2003). But the way to do it with no headaches is to just purchase a third-party SSL certificate and IT WILL WORK. GoDaddy has a cheap certificate (only $19.99 a year) or there are some others out there, but the GoDaddy will be the cheapest and easiest way to go. Microsoft has a comparison on their partner page.

So this week I will hopefully have this in place. My boss is purchasing the certificate today so I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

Does anyone else have any good step by step guides or good resources on setting up Direct Push on Exchange 2003 Sp2?

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Microsoft unveils “Response Point” IP Phone System for Small Businesses

March 19, 2007

My boss just sent me a link on a small business VoIP solution from Microsoft called “Response Point”. Apparently, they are partnering with D-Link, Uniden, and and Quanta. Currently still in beta, there will be three models to choose from, each from their respective partners listed above.

What could this mean for the VoIP market?

I myself am really interested in the Asterisk/AsteriskNOW system, but after reading this, I’d really like to see what Response Point can do. Apparently, any basic tech can set up one of these systems in minutes.

There is not much information available yet, but it seems promising. As more and more companies are switching to VoIP, this may be the perfect time for Microsoft to jump in the VoIP game.

We’ll just have to see what happens.

Microsoft has always come along later when new technologies are introduced, and have known to work things so that administering and maintaining such technology will be easier with the Microsoft way. At least that is how I see it.

What are your thoughts?

Read the Microsoft Press Release here on “Response Point”.