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Secure Communications with OpenBSD and Asterisk

UPDATE

Since I first stat writing this article down many things changed at the telephony world inside of OpenBSD, so in order to follow it I updated this article to match these changes.

– Asterisk was updated from version 1.4.22.2 to 1.6.0.19, this meand a LOT of changes*
– app_conference is gone now. Introducing appkonference.
– chan_unistim has being integrated into asterisk

These are great news!

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Hold on, save some popcorn for later!

So it looks like AT&T wasnt expecting the entire user madness on video and audio streaming as stated on this article. From an end-user point of view this could be frustrating, as people are now used to download stuff out of the Internet without much of a hassle, but also, dont forget about the fact that nowadays Apple’s Iphone 3GS has the ability to push videos from the mobile device right into YouTube.

Now from the carrier side what can you do?  From the article it looks like some calls are being dropped down due to the humongous amount of data being pushed by these devices which according to AT&Ts head of consumer services, Ralph de la Vega:

major problems are concentrated in New York and San Francisco, which are packed with smart phone users. AT&T is the exclusive U.S. carrier for Apple’s iPhone.

Will the endless user download festival comes to an end now? In fact with Android 2.0 devices showing up more often now, will this situation get worse or are we looking for some ‘1984’ style of network management? Stay tuned.

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Santa Claus goes High Tech!

I was browsing NPR online when I spotted this funny titled: Author: Santa Claus Relies On Robots, Gadgetry. Sounds interesting hum? Well what if your high-tech child asked you about Santa Claus? Not too many kids buy the ‘he is a magical character’ these days, so Gregory Mone came up with this book which seems quite fun (and smart). Gregory was able to put up some cutting edge science and technology magic into his book.

The NPR story you can find out here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121247367

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Truth-about-Santa-Wormholes-Christmas/dp/1596916184

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