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VoIP Drupal reaches out to the developing world

By Andy Oram
November 21, 2011

The VoIP modules form a door through which Drupal can move into a vast world of touch tone telephones, smart telephones, and text messaging, and therefore toward integrating a huge range of users in developing regions who use those technologies instead of desktop or laptop computers.

Four short links: 18 October 2011

By Nat Torkington
October 18, 2011

Web Search Education (Google) -- lesson plans and materials for teaching people how to use search, from operators to critically evaluating sites. This latter area is the weakest: when I teach innocents about the web, I show them organic vs paid results, discuss why people advertise, how people pay for their sites, noticing domain names and organizations, etc. I...

Four short links: 16 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 16, 2011

Entering the Minority Report Era -- a survey of technology inspired by or reminiscent of Minority Report, which came out ten years ago. (via Hacker News) Sally -- a tool for embedding strings in matrices, as used in machine learning. (via Matt Biddulph) GNU SIP Witch Released -- can be used to deploy private secure calling networks, whether stand-alone...

Four short links: 28 March 2011

By Nat Torkington
March 28, 2011

Anatomy of a Y Combinator Demo Day Pitch (Bryce Roberts) -- lovely deconstruction of the basic six slide show, demonstrating exactly how to give a talk with your audience in mind. Who Says What to Whom on Twitter (Yahoo! Research) -- we find a striking concentration of attention on Twitter---roughly 50% of tweets consumed are generated by just 20K...

One hundred eighty degrees of freedom: signs of how open platforms are spreading

By Andy Oram
February 5, 2010

Visualize open networks--and remember how far we've already come from the days before flat-rate long distance phone calls (much less app stores for cell phones).

Four short links: 19 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 19, 2009

YouTube's Bandwidth Bill is Zero (Wired) -- they buy dark fibre and peer with the major ISPs. Immaterials: The Ghost in the Text (Vimeo) -- visualising RFID fields. See also the blog post about the work by Timo Arnall from Touch and Jack Schulze from BERG. The Commercial Speech Arms Race (Bruce Schneier) -- Whenever you build a security...

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts

MySQL 2009 conference wrap-up: news flash about Flash and other notes from the experts
By Andy Oram
April 24, 2009

MySQL conference wrap-up: Flash, cloud computing, managing large installations, the value of community, and how to fumble your way to winning the presidency.

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone

Google Voice Set to Transform the Phone
By Kurt Cagle
March 12, 2009

In 2007, Google acquired the Grand Central Service, a VOIP based service that let users take advantage of a single phone number that could be used to forward to other phones, to record conversations and so forth. This service has been under the radar for some time, but today Google announced the new Google Voice, a free service based upon Grand Central that will debut in the next several weeks to new users.

Four short links: 4 Mar 2009

By Nat Torkington
March 4, 2009

Wall Street on the Tundra -- Michael Lewis's long but fascinating glimpse into Iceland's rise and fall as hubris-filled banker to the world. One of the many lessons is not to believe the post-hoc explanations for success: "Icelanders—or at any rate Icelandic men—had their own explanations for why, when they leapt into global finance, they broke world records: the...

Four short links: 16 Feb 2009

By Nat Torkington
February 16, 2009

A lot of Python and databases today, with some hardware and Twitter pranking/security worries to taste: Free Telephony Project, Open Telephony Hardware -- professionally-designed mass-manufactured hardware for telephony projects. E.g., IP04 runs Asterisk and has four phone jacks and removable Flash storage. Software, schematics, and PCB files released under GPL v2 or later. Don't Click Prank Explained -- inside the...

Ribbit is Acquired by British Telecom

By Andre Charland
July 29, 2008

Big news for one of the shining lights in the VOIP, Flex and AIR world this morning. Ribbit was acquired by BT. Ribbit has been acquired by BT one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services. This marks the most important day yet in Ribbit’s history. As part of BT will be able to more quickly extend our vision beyond Silicon Valley and bring our products and technology to the entire world. We couldn’t be more excited than to announce this new partnership.

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