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Comment: Cheap phone for DIY home VOIP? (Score 1) 73

by glitch! (#49069101) Attached to: Cellphone Start-Ups Handle Calls With Wi-Fi

The other day, I saw a Droid phone on the WM web site for $20 or so and it got me thinking about getting one to play with. In particular, putting a VOIP client like 3CX or CsimpleSIP on it and connecting to my Asterisk server over Wifi. So I went off to WM to ask questions.

My big question was, can I buy a cheap Droid phone that they sell for their prepaid plans and use the apps without actually buying a plan? Or if I have to buy a plan, can I still use the apps on the phone (and Wifi) after my plan expires? I could not get a good answer for this, but they "thought" that the phone would stop working for apps when the prepaid time expires.

So, is there a really cheap way to get an Android device with Wifi that will run a VOIP client? It would be really fun to have one or two around the house to connect to my home VOIP system. Thanks.

Comment: Tucows start (Score 1) 65

by glitch! (#48614493) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

Tucows Inc., an internet company that's been around since the early 90s â" it's generally known for being in the shareware business and for registering and selling premium domain names ...

In 1997, Tucows was starting to get attention at ISPCON. Network Solutions _WAS_ the only registrar since General Atomics and ??? abandoned the domain registration game. Kim was at the top. Then the fees went from $100 to $70 and there was limited competition. Tucows was a competitor, but not a good one. I remember, because I did not choose them for my domain registrations. For those interested in Kim, she went on to ICANN and was a force to deal with when getting a /19. Those who don't know what a /19 is can just move on...

Comment: Re:Heat allergies (Score 1) 125

by glitch! (#45156199) Attached to: A Thermoelectric Bracelet To Maintain a Comfortable Body Temperature

It sounds like her immune system is pretty messed up. I would make fixing that a priority so it doesn't get worse, or allow some future infection to blossom.

Somewhere, there must be a medical doctor that can figure out the cause, and get it fixed. At the very least, I would suggest vitamin D (2 x 5000IU) and vitamin C (2-10 grams, or as much as the body will take before laxative effect.) That should be safe and may give some relief.

Comment: Re:Older Sci-Fi (Score 1) 1244

by glitch! (#39270923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

It has probably been a couple decades since I read this book, but my impression was a comparison between a "Western" capitalist society and a "commune" society (that actually worked). And these fictional observations were packaged as a story. I thought it was okay, worth reading once but not great.

Comment: Re:Orc? (Score 1) 90

by glitch! (#35913008) Attached to: Smell Like An Orc

Do you really want to smell like an orc? Okay. DMSO. The amount may vary per person, but start with one or two teaspoons per day. Increase the dose if nobody complains after a few days. At first, people might wonder, "Did someone open a can of oysters?" And if you keep at it, I guarantee that you WILL smell like rotting garbage.

Please note that while you are helping your health, you are creating a very real risk of losing whatever relationships you may have, if you make this more than a short-term experiment. The smell really IS that bad.

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