While the East Coast is still sweltering with 90° heat for this week into next, summer isn’t going away anytime soon. (Sucks for the haters of hot weather.) School may not be out for summer for much longer, but if you are a working adult, you still have time to cool down at the beach with a wifi connection and check out some must reads for the remainder of the season.
Guest Thoughts: Avaya Strikes Out with SIP
An interesting read from a follower of mine who lives in a remote area of the country were SIP trunking is not the norm yet, and some still like their TDM trunking (and telephone sets)
Avaya: Hip Outside; Still Old Fashioned Inside
This refers to a recent run-in with Avaya techs (and unintentionally brought lawyers) into this story. This narrative is different from my “relationship status” blaming Avaya for being marketing-heavy of a company. The experience confirmed the stubbornness of an old fashioned company. (Not saying its right or wrong ether.)
Setting up Cisco IPT At Home
If you got a Cisco Voice-enabled IOS router, you could have the ability to run Call Manager Express (CME) on your network. By doing this you can run voice over IP and other telephony applications on your router. The directions for the initial setup are shown here, but DHCP discussions is still a work in progress.
Versions of CME 4.1 and under didn’t support ring groups or hunt groups the way other systems did it. To get an analog trunk to ring all sets, I found out creating a dummy extension was the way to do it. I documented it here on my personal/professional site.
Books: The Idea Machine: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
I’m in the process of reading this book, but in the first couple of chapters, the book describes the history of the telephone, a little on the Bell System and mostly on the history of Bell Labs. What was one of the most innovative research and development labs of any American company, the unique funding source was on the monopoly. From early reading, the book focuses on the people who took Bell Labs into it’s different directions. You can get this book at Barnes and Noble Amazon, Borders (wait they are gone), Books a Million, etc.