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Recover Blocked Caller-ID

July 21, 2008

Did you know Caller-ID information is still potentially being sent -- even when Called-ID is blocked? If you have an Asterisk box and use certain SIP trunking providers, you can actually recover Caller-ID information that was not supposed to be sent in the first place.

Flowroute is one SIP trunking provider which sends Caller-ID and other information with calls.




According to the video above, you need to take the call information from such a service provider, strip out the privacy bits and forward the number.

You then take the configuration information, copy it into Asterisk and make some modifications using VI or other visual editor.

You then forward the call to another phone number and voila, the private call becomes a non-private call.

Isn't telecom cool? For more information on geeky things like this and also tips on how to make money when developing telecom apps, be sure to be at the the Communications Developer Conference September 16-18, 2008 in LA. See you there.

Video Credit: Kevin Mitnick and referral thanks to phant0ms1gnal and engadget.

I should point out the sound went in and out for me on this video in both IE and Firefox so if it happens to you, you aren't going crazy.
















Buy a VAR/Interconnect in Los Angeles

July 21, 2008

Show Me the Opportunities!

July 19, 2008

This past week has had me thinking a great deal about telecom and how it is evolving. I have come to some conclusions worth sharing. The first is that customers could care less about walled gardens. Sure, we hear complaints from some about how walled gardens are bad - but consumers don't care.

The Local Starbucks is Closed

July 19, 2008

If you were wondering whether your favorite Starbucks will be one of the 600 stores the company is about to close, the entire list (PDF) of stores to be closed has been made available.

California will see just under 90 stores shut down while Florida and Texas just under 60. TMC's home state of Connecticut will lose five stores -- the closest is about ten miles away from TMC and a store I have never visited. Digium will lose one store in its home city of Huntsville, Al (Madison Square Mall), Manhattan will lose six and Southhampton is the only location in the prestigious Hamtons to be whacked. Expect stores to close early next year.

There have been petitions circulaing to save specific locations and government officials are trying to persuade the company not to shut certain stores.

What I find amazing about these incidents is that many used to complian that Starbucks killed off the local coffee shop and made coffeee a chain-like experience.





iPhone: Stand in Line, There is no Choice

July 17, 2008



What is it about the iPhone that makes it so special that people will stand in line for it for hours on end? I think I may know. I have been trying to get one of these things for about a week and I have driven over 30 minutes looking for AT&T stores that carry this gadget. For the record, this faster iPhone is being purchased for TMC Labs and as president of TMC I thought a perk would be to buy the device.

Wireless Expense Management Channel

July 17, 2008

One of the hottest areas in the communications space is wireless expense management and as entire wireless costs worldwide continue to skyrocket, companies really need to do anything and everything they can to get a handle on what they are spending and why. It is for this reason I am happy to say TMC has partnered with Rivermine Software to launch a wireless expense management channel.

The goal of this microcommunity is to have a single place online where you can come and learn about the latest in the wireless expense managment space.

I should also point out Rivermine also sponsors the telecom expense management channel on TMCnet.

Feel free to bookmark them now and visit as often as you like.





VON Shows Over

July 16, 2008

A Community Service Message

I have been pretty silent about what has happened with Pulvermedia and the VON events because frankly, everyone else seemed to be covering the fact that the events are no longer taking place.

Also, TMC used to compete head to head with thee VON events so I thought it poor taste to discuss their demise. Having said that, I was at a recent event where I heard horror stories of people showing up for VON Amsterdam -- only to find out there was no VON Amsterdam. Commenters in the blogosphere have echoed the same sentiments.

So I wanted to make sure I went on record letting people in the communications industry know that Pulvermedia is shut down.





ITEXPO Prius Giveaway

July 16, 2008

I have had a number of positive comments about the fact that we are giving away a Toyota Prius at ITEXPO in LA, September 16-18, 2008. Most of the comments are thanking me/TMC for being environmentally friendly and more importantly this car seems to be so hot right now that everyone is excited to come to the show, learn about IP communications and hopefully walk drive away with the new car.

As always, we are excited to help educate the market and as a token of appreciation, we try to do nice things for attendees like give them an energy efficient automobile.

For full details about the show check ITEXPO's website and also be sure to check out the other events taking place at the same time -- Communications Developer and Call Center 2.0.



Google's Android Plays Favorites?

July 16, 2008

It seems that if you were a finalist in the google Android Developer Challenge you have the option to sign an NDA which allows you access to SDK updates. This is all well and good unless of course you are not a finalist. So basically, the typical developer is at a disadvantage according to this Ars Technica article.

How was this discovered if the developers were under NDA? Simple -- Google employee David McLaughlin accidentally sent notification of a new SDK release to a public Android mailing list.

Expect a new interview question from the search leader which delves into mailing lists.

Suffice it to say, developers are upset by this news and Google now has a PR problem on its hands.

With the success of Apple's iPhone App Store, one wonders if Google will be able to compete with Apple for the attention of mobile developers going forward.

I am looking forward to discussing the matter further with developers at the Communications Developer Conference, September 16-18, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.









Sun, Intel Have Positive News

July 15, 2008

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