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Comment: Skype Connect works just fine (Score 1) 271

by the big v (#36242756) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Skype For Asterisk

We've been using the Skype Connect business service for several months. Works great on our Switchvox (asterisk-based phone server with nice GUI). All it takes is to connect as a standard SIP client to Skype after setting up the account with them.

It seems they are just simplifying their offerings, as you don't need any sort of plugin to asterisk to accomplish this.

Comment: Happened on my Incredible yesterday (Score 1) 274

by the big v (#32888166) Attached to: The Verizon Wireless HTC Eris 'Silent Call Bug'

I had this exact same symptom on my Droid Incredible yesterday. The microphone worked fine for a voice search (I was afraid of hardware failure), so I just rebooted and everything went back to normal. Curiously, outbound calls I could hear the other person by they could not hear me, and inbound call was dead silent.

Comment: for chat-based support, try CSLH (Score 1) 321

by the big v (#27012639) Attached to: Best FOSS Help Desk Software For Small Firms?

We offer a "live help" service to our customers. We used to use PHPLive! (paid app) until they vanished out of existence leaving us with several major security holes. We replaced that with Crafty Syntax Live Help (CSLH) which is open source and works reasonably well and seems to be pretty safe. I had it scanned by ScanAlert to test against XSS and SQL injection type attacks, and anything else that may raise alarms for "HackerSafe" certification.

The only feature we want that it doesn't have is "rate this operator" at the end of the chat session.

Comment: don't carry what they're looking for! (Score 1) 940

by the big v (#25328845) Attached to: Tips For Taking Your Laptop Into and Out of the US?

They want to find porn and/or stuff to hand over to the RIAA.

If you put movies on your laptop, delete them after you watch them or before you come home.

If you have a reasonable amount of music you should be safe.

They won't care what your pictures are unless they are pornographic.

But for absolute safety, you must save your pictures to some other device you're not carrying with you in case they decide to take it from you for whatever reason they make up. A network backup is the best bet, and using an encrypted service like JungleDisk is very smart.

Definitely image your laptop to a USB drive you leave at home before you head out, to make recovery faster.

FreeBSD 6.1 Released 227

Posted by Zonk
from the get-it-while-its-hot dept.
nbritton writes "FreeBSD 6.1 has been released! This release is the next step in the development of the 6.X branch, delivering several performance improvements, many bugfixes, and a few new features. Of note are the major improvements to the filesystem and SATA code, possibly making FreeBSD the number one choice for SATA RAID implementations. For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the release notes, errata list, Bittorrent Downloads, Mirrors, Hardware Notes, and Installation Guide."

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928