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Sangoma Beefs Up FreePBX Security… For a Price

Sangoma Beefs Up FreePBX Security… For a Price

Monday, December 5, 2022

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We’ve lost count of the number of FreePBX® security breaches that were directly attributable to vulnerabilities in the FreePBX web interface. Suffice it to say, it was the reason that PBX in a Flash and Incredible PBX instituted the Travelin’ Man 3 firewall a decade ago hiding the FreePBX GUI from everyone except those on a whitelist controlled by the PBX administrator. More than a decade later, Sangoma® finally introduces Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) with two major gotchas. First, you have… Read More ›

Adiós Twitter: Introducing Mastodon for the VoIP Community

Adiós Twitter: Introducing Mastodon for the VoIP Community

Friday, November 18, 2022

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#FollowFriday seemed an appropriate day to introduce Mastodon, our decentralized solution to the Twitter meltdown. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, here’s a quick snapshot. Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion. Elon fires half of existing Twitter staff. Elon bans Twitter employees from working at home. Elon, the Free Speech champion, fires Twitter employees that criticize his misleading tweeets. Elon gives remaining Twitter employees an ultimatum to sign a pledge to work under… Read More ›

Black Friday Tip: August Door Locks Have No Competition

Black Friday Tip: August Door Locks Have No Competition

Monday, November 14, 2022

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We do a considerable amount of traveling so electronic door locks are a must if you want the flexibility of sharing your home or letting a neighbor in when something comes unglued… or leaks. There’s no shortage of options if you do a quick scan of Amazon’s offerings. But, if you already have a deadbolt on your door, there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the competition. The August Smartlock + WiFi Bridge checks all the must-have’s. It’s an… Read More ›

SpeechGen.io: A Near Perfect TTS Offering for Asterisk

SpeechGen.io: A Near Perfect TTS Offering for Asterisk

Monday, October 31, 2022

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Over the years, we’ve covered numerous commercial and free text-to-speech (TTS) offerings for Asterisk® including gTTS, PicoTTS, Amazon’s Polly TTS, IBM TTS, Google TTS, FLITE, and Festival. But SpeechGen’s commercial offering sets it apart both in terms of quality and cost. At a $9.99 price point for 100,000 characters with an easy-to-deploy AGI interface, SpeechGen is almost a perfect fit for Asterisk TTS applications. If you decide to deploy SpeechGen after trying out our demo, we hope you’ll consider using… Read More ›

VirtualBox Sandbox: Meet Incredible PBX for AlmaLinux 9

VirtualBox Sandbox: Meet Incredible PBX for AlmaLinux 9

Monday, October 24, 2022

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Don’t ask me why, but sometimes you just get the urge to try something new even though you expect to encounter a few land mines. Boy, did we. After Red Hat dropped support for the CentOS clone we all knew and loved, Rocky and AlmaLinux sprung to the rescue. While our Rocky 8 release has been well received, we never explored AlmaLinux until they announced the release of AlmaLinux 9, a clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 introduced in… Read More ›

The All-Purpose Device for Home or College-Bound Students

The All-Purpose Device for Home or College-Bound Students

Monday, October 10, 2022

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We won’t attempt to educate you on the feature set of Alexa devices other than to note that, in the words of Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin’." What was once a device to provide a weather forecast, turn on your lights, lock your front door, and start your car can now function as a full-featured HD TV with an Echo Show 15 and one of your favorite streaming providers including Netflix, Sling, Hulu, and YouTube TV. And, if… Read More ›

VirtualBox Wonder: It’s Incredible PBX for Debian 11

VirtualBox Wonder: It’s Incredible PBX for Debian 11

Monday, September 19, 2022

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If you’re new to the VoIP world and want to kick the tires to see what you’re missing, then today’s one minute setup is for you. You’ll get a $10 credit to try out some penny-a-minute calls and to purchase a $1 a month phone number in your choice of area codes. If you decide VoIP is not for you, you don’t have to buy anything ever. And you can use almost any desktop computer you already own to bring… Read More ›

Incredible PBX for Debian 11: The Flexible Asterisk Solution

Incredible PBX for Debian 11: The Flexible Asterisk Solution

Monday, September 5, 2022

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We enjoy some infrequent entertainment reading the latest Reddit posts about Incredible PBX®. The comments range from "stealing FreePBX®" to "they move too fast" to "there are too many add-ons, only some of which I use." Most of the naysayers, of course, post anonymously. From the general tenor, it’s pretty simple to conclude that most of these folks have little clue about how open source development works much less any understanding of GPL licensing. Others are probably affiliated with competitors.… Read More ›