Home Automation

The Poor Wise Man’s Burglar Alarm System with Asterisk: Under $10/month

The Poor Wise Man’s Burglar Alarm System with Asterisk: Under $10/month

Monday, July 14, 2014

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If you’re like us, spending $50 a month or more on a home security system is a bit like pouring money down the toilet. Add to that the complications of getting one to work reliably with VoIP without spending another $50 a month on a Ma Bell vintage telephone line just adds insult to injury. So perhaps you can share our elation when an email arrived last week announcing Straight Talk’s new Remote Alert System, a $10/month cellular-based system that… Read More ›

The Ultimate Android Tablet: Meet the Microsoft Surface Pro

The Ultimate Android Tablet: Meet the Microsoft Surface Pro

Monday, February 18, 2013

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We were fully prepared to hate the Microsoft Surface Pro. After all, it was designed and produced by Microsoft, and we haven’t seen many flashes of brilliance from Redmond since the XBox. That was more than eleven years ago! Yes, Microsoft has new smartphones, but they’re too little, too late in our opinion. So why is the Surface Pro different? For openers, it runs pure Windows 8, not the Windows RT crippleware. While we’re not much of a Windows cheerleader… Read More ›

Paradise Found: The Holy Grail of Mobile Communications » Meet the OBi202

Paradise Found: The Holy Grail of Mobile Communications » Meet the OBi202

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Much has been written about the quest for Unified Communications where all real-time communications services are transparently accessible by phone, by email, or via the web using multiple devices and various media types. But the Holy Grail of Business Communications is a bit different from our perspective. For the modern business person, business telecommunications comes down to a 3-way time slice between a home or home office, a real office with a real phone, and a cellphone whenever the person… Read More ›

Android 3 Deal of the Year: Acer Tab for Under $300

Android 3 Deal of the Year: Acer Tab for Under $300

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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You’re not going to find a better deal on an Android 3 tablet probably ever. So run, don’t walk, to your nearest Target store to buy the best dual-core Android tablet on the market. Here’s why…

How Good Can a $298 Android Tablet Be?

How Good Can a $298 Android Tablet Be?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Here’s the best tablet deal on the planet. The feature set and performance are surprisingly good.

Orgasmatron 5.2: The Secure Swiss Army Knife for Asterisk

Orgasmatron 5.2: The Secure Swiss Army Knife for Asterisk

Monday, March 15, 2010

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Introducing the ultimate, secure Swiss Army Knife for Asterisk: a turnkey PBX in a Flash system with free inbound and outbound calling throughout the United States plus dozens of free Asterisk applications to handle every imaginable PBX task. Rock-solid security and new support for those outside the U.S.A.

Introducing PogoPlug: Cloud Computing for $100 per Terabyte

Introducing PogoPlug: Cloud Computing for $100 per Terabyte

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Today we’ll show you how to build your own Homemade Cloud Computing Center for $100 per terabyte with NO RECURRING COSTS.

Tweaking Asterisk for Free Google Voice Calling

Tweaking Asterisk for Free Google Voice Calling

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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With fingers crossed, here’s hoping that the Fifth Time’s a Charm. Introducing the latest and greatest tutorial for transparently integrating Google Voice into Asterisk for free calling throughout the United States.