It’s time for me to jump on the VoIP bandwagon..
This was the post I made to the CLUG list the other day. Why? Mendy is moving back to Australia permanently in December (yay!) and in the mean time I want to be able to call her at reasonable rates. Currently this means calling her Macau mobile at a hefty price through Telstra. Once she is back I also want for her to be able to call her parents in Hong Kong for cheap.
I knew about VoIP and had played a little with Ekiga (the open source VoIP client for GNOME), but that was about it. Looking into it seemed pretty complex, with a myriad of providers, software and hardware. I wasn’t quite sure which provider to go with, what hardware I needed and what was the best way to set it all up. What traps were there? As usual, my fellow CLUG’ers came through with great advice, so thanks!
It appeared that the general consensus were things like:
Make sure your router supports QoS (Quality of Service), so that the quality of your call doesn’t drop when someone is downloading
Get a provider in Australia (preferably your ISP) to reduce latency and help with billing
Get an ATA (Analogue Terminal Adapter), so I could use my current analogue phone
This is how I got it working..
Continue reading ‘Taking a SIP of VoIP’
UPDATE: No sooner had I finished publishing this post I got a message on the IRC channel saying this feature has been commited to the main trunk. Yay!
These days I mostly use GNOME as my desktop. My home computer has it, my work computer has it. It’s great.
The default mail client for GNOME is called Evolution and it’s pretty good too. It has lots of icons around the place for things like new mail, read mail, replied mail, etc, but wait.. there’s no icon for forwarded email. Huh?
I came across this when porting KDE’s Oxygen icon set to GNOME – my father actually mentioned it was missing. I dug around and searched here there and everywhere but I just couldn’t get an icon to show up. I ran strace and there were two opens on mail-forward.png but these only appear on the action, not the status.
Jumping on IRC (#firstname.lastname@example.org) I was lead to Evolution’s bugzilla where I found this feature request from 2001:
Now, if only I was a programmer..