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Capitalism 101: IBM Castrates CentOS to "Improve" RHEL

Capitalism 101: IBM Castrates CentOS to "Improve" RHEL

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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If you loved the PC Jr. and New Coke, you’re going to love yesterday’s technology news. Claiming the best of intentions, IBM® cut the 8-year life span of CentOS® 8 to one year after which CentOS will become CentOS Stream, an experimental development platform sandwiched between Fedora® and Red Hat Enterprise Linus®. If you’ve spent the last year or two planning for or deploying CentOS 8, too bad. You can either pay up for RHEL licenses going forward or switch… Read More ›

Meet Acer Spin 713: A Phenomenal Computer for All Seasons

Meet Acer Spin 713: A Phenomenal Computer for All Seasons

Monday, December 7, 2020

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It’s a portable office. It’s a movie theater. It’s a LAMP server. It’s a desktop PC. It’s a tablet computer. It’s a Chrome browser. It’s an Android platform. It’s a Linux server. And it gets almost 8 years of free software and firmware updates. Meet the $629 Acer Chromebook Spin 713. And, if you hurry, it’s $80 off at Best Buy today. The checklist of superlatives is almost too lengthy to mention: a touchscreen of unrivaled quality, a 12-hour battery,… Read More ›

Cyber Monday 2020: TV Deals You Can’t & Shouldn’t Refuse

Cyber Monday 2020: TV Deals You Can’t & Shouldn’t Refuse

Sunday, November 29, 2020

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We try to leave Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals to the big boys but, hey, it’s 2020 and some of these deals may never come along again. Most of these are offerings we’ve tried for ourselves which is different than regurgitating the flyers from Amazon, WalMart, and BestBuy. Televisions. Who would have ever thought you’d be able to purchase a 75″ 4K Android TV with built-in Chromecast for under $500? TCL has you covered this year at Best Buy.… Read More ›

The Most Important Asterisk Component: It’s the Backups!

The Most Important Asterisk Component: It’s the Backups!

Monday, November 23, 2020

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You might think Backups are critical in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure. And you’d be right. But there are other equally important reasons to maintain current backups. If you decide to migrate to a new server platform, a current backup makes it a painless exercise. If you need to recover from a FreePBX® module upgrade that hosed your server, a current backup is critical. If you want to migrate to a newer release of Asterisk® or FreePBX, a… Read More ›

Revolutionary: Incredible PBX & Fax 2020 for Raspberry Pi

Revolutionary: Incredible PBX & Fax 2020 for Raspberry Pi

Sunday, November 8, 2020

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Enhancements to the Raspberry Pi 4 platform have been fast and furious this fall. Last week we introduced a $45 bootable SSD for the Raspberry Pi. And this week we’re showcasing the $70 Raspberry Pi 400 keyboard PC and a new release of the Incredible PBX 2020 image supporting both of these additions with all the latest Raspberry Pi firmware. As we’re all hunkered down hiding from the Coronavirus, it seemed a perfect time to finally tackle the project we’ve… Read More ›

Turbocharge Your Raspberry Pi 4 with a $45 Bootable SSD

Turbocharge Your Raspberry Pi 4 with a $45 Bootable SSD

Monday, November 2, 2020

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If a $45 addition to your Incredible PBX® 2020 setup on the Raspberry Pi 4 isn’t too rich for your blood, then today’s your lucky day. When we’re finished, you’ll have a perfect SOHO communications platform that boots from a 256GB drive to provide long-term reliability without having to worry about replacing worn-out microSD cards. You’ll also have ample room to implement a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution to store music or documents. With Wi-Fi in your home or office,… Read More ›

Groundwire for Android & iOS: The Best $10 You’ll Ever Spend

Groundwire for Android & iOS: The Best $10 You’ll Ever Spend

Monday, October 26, 2020

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Now we’re getting down to the tough choices in VoIP softphones. You certainly need the Linphone app to make free SIP URI calls worldwide from your mobile phone. But you also need a softphone that connects to Incredible PBX® so that you never miss a traditional call to your home or office PBX. If you want tight integration with Asterisk® and FreePBX®, Clearly Anywhere is the hands-down winner, and you’ve still got until October 31 to take advantage of the… Read More ›

Linphone Rocks: Free SIP Calling to Anybody, Anywhere

Linphone Rocks: Free SIP Calling to Anybody, Anywhere

Monday, October 19, 2020

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We’re rounding out our softphone series today with the perfect complement to Clearly Anywhere for Asterisk® and FreePBX®. Let’s face it. SIP URI dialing from extensions is not Asterisk’s strong suit which is disappointing since SIP URI calling is free. If you’ve been following Incredible PBX® 2020 developments this year, you already know that we’ve pushed everyone to move their VoIP servers to the cloud. You not only get a more flexible PUBLIC platform that lets you go virtually anywhere… Read More ›