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ENUM Revisited

Over at Ars Technica Rudolf van der Berg has a nice story called, “ENUM: Dragging telephone numbers into the Internet Age.” The story includes a some nice background on the history of phone numbers and the possibilities presented by ENUM.

To get a little more into ENUM you need to go back in time just a bit. IT Conversations offers a podcast version of an Etel 2007 presentation by John Todd about ENUM. The slides from John’s presentation are also available.

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On Being Incredibly Bright & Being LED Astray

Back in the 1970’s when I was a kid my parents eventually succumb to my pleading and bought me one of those nice 100-In-1 kits that were found at every Radio Shack. It was a blast. However, the components that held the greatest interest were those that could actually been seen to do something…especially the LEDs.

LEDs are simply amazing. They produce a bright visible light while using very little power. In the 30+ years since then LEDs have moved into all kinds of applications that were once dominated by incandescent or fluorescent light sources.

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Review: Polycom SoundPoint IP335 Entry Level HDVoice IP Phone

True to their promise Polycom has introduced a new low-end model in the SoundPoint range, the IP335. A sample unit arrived here just before the Christmas holidays and I’ve been using it as my principle desk phone for about a week.

The primary raison d’etre for this new model is extending the reach of their HDVoice offering into the lower-priced, entry level models. Yes, the IP335 is HDVoice capable, supporting the G.722 wideband codec.

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FWD Nova vs Chevy Nova

Not long ago I mentioned the Nova project being launched by Dan Berninger and FWD. I was curious at what kind of uptake he was seeing at the FWD web site (http://www.siptosip.net) Dan responded that he's had around 400 people…

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FSCOMM: A New Open Source Soft Phone Based Upon FreeSwitch

A little over a year ago I lamented the sad state of the telecom realm with respect to soft phones, and specifically wideband audio support in soft phones. In the passing year considerable progress has been made.

Counterpath, true to their word, released retail versions of Eyebeam & Bria that support G.722…at least on Windows. Similar wideband support on the Mac platform is now in beta, or so we’ve heard.

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