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06
OCT 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:04 PM EDT

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SEP 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:04 PM EDT

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Philosophical Reasoning for Open Source by Steven Johnson

As a whole, we've been pretty transparent about our support for open source technologies. OnSIP is built on open source, including Asterisk, FreeSWITCH, OpenSIPS, and others. And, we regularly contribute back to the open source community, as recently described in a NetworkWorld article: "Doing so is ultimately rewarding for us because we don't need to carry our changes to new versions, and the open source applications we depend upon will prosper," said our CTO, John Riordan. Of course, this reasoning is shared by several other members in the open source community. But, it's nice to see these principles explained beyond the context of software development... and then brought right back to shun software patents in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

15
SEP 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 01:00 PM EDT

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Thoughts on Skype Connect, SIP Trunking Alternative

Say the words ‘VoIP’ or ‘video call’ and chances are that 9 out of 10 people will think Skype. Skype has become so popular over the years that the volume of international traffic routed using the service makes it the largest international voice carrier in the world. Needless to say, we were curious when it was announced this month that the VoIP giant was getting more serious about their business offerings. Skype’s main business products include: Skype for Business and Skype Manager, an admin portal of sorts that lets users create and manage multiple Skype accounts. The business version has all the things you’ve come to expect from Skype, including free Skype-to-Skype and video calls. It also comes with paid features such as voicemail boxes and number forwarding—some of the very basic features a business would need.

07
SEP 2010

Posted by rob@junctionnetworks.com at 10:08 AM EDT

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Free Calling From GMAIL: Ringin’ The Register For Google?

Many people have speculated why Google is giving away free voice calls from Gmail. “SKYPE killer!” “A shot across the bow of Facebook!” “The beginning of the end of every non-Google social anything!”

But maybe it’s just more of the same from Google.

According to Google's First Quarter 2010 10-Q, 97% of revenue comes from advertising. No matter how you slice it, Google is in the advertising business, not the telephone business, or any other business for that matter.

By allowing people to make phone calls out of Gmail, is it possible Google is simply trying to get people to stare at their open Gmail web pages, filled with ads? Consider this:

03
SEP 2010

Posted by Nicole at 01:07 PM EDT

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It's Friday Before Labor Day Weekend. We Know Where Your Mind Is

Yes, let's face it. It's Friday before a long weekend. This means you may have some trouble focusing on work while you're plotting your 5 PM exit strategy, pondering whether Hurricane Earl will bother your trip, dreading the traffic to the beach, or planning your BBQ grocery list.

If you thought this was going to lead up to a helpful tip to get your focus back, think again.

Check out this mechanical snake from Carnegie Mellon students:

01
SEP 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 02:52 PM EDT

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Google Voice in Gmail: What Could This Mean?!

When Google does anything, it’s big news. First it was Google Voice, then it was Google Wave, and last week it was the new Gmail upgrade that allows users to call out to the PSTN. Let’s quickly go over some of Google’s existing ‘voice chat’ tools.

Google Chat/Talk is probably more commonly known as the built-in IM client in Gmail. It allows voice and video chats but is limited to PC-to-PC only.

Google Voice is more or less a fancy call forwarding service. Each user is given a US phone number, and inbound calls to that number are then forwarded to other numbers owned by that user. Outbound calls can be placed by dialing the Google Voice number or by using the provided web interface.

30
AUG 2010

Posted by Mike Oeth at 03:48 PM EDT

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What a CEO Does

I’ve thought long and hard about the proper role for a CEO. At Junction Networks specifically, the main focus of that role has changed over the years, but I like how Fred Wilson puts it at the AVC.com blog:

30
AUG 2010

Posted by Nicole at 09:33 AM EDT

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Monday Pick-Me-Up: Attendant Recording for Australian School [VIDEO]

It's back to school time around here, a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and teachers do just the opposite. In the back to school spirit, here is an entertaining auto-attendant message for a high school in Australia. Supposedly, this message is a statement to the community parents who had put the school under fire for their attendance policy. Some say that this message is a hoax. (Example: See this Australian website.) Either way, it's a pretty good Monday pick-me-up. Plus, it got me thinking on how easily this can be set up in OnSIP. If you'd like to create a cranky auto attendant, too, simply:

27
AUG 2010

Posted by Mike Oeth at 01:54 PM EDT

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Overfunding a Business: Good Way To Stifle Talent and Innovation

This post is by Mike, CEO of Junction Networks Over at the American Express OpenForum site, Guy Kawasaki wrote an excellent post about how too much money can be a bad thing for startup companies. Ed Sim who runs the Beyond VC blog wrote a similar article back in 2006, which I've kept bookmarked. Guy Kawasaki takes the argument one step farther than Ed Sim; Kawasaki outlines specific examples of what too much funding can do to a company. He makes many great points, but I'd like to focus on those regarding human resources:

18
AUG 2010

Posted by Leo Zheng at 05:37 PM EDT

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Counterpath Upgrades Bria For iPhone

Counterpath recently added support for iOS 4 multitasking and multiple SIP accounts to their mobile Bria application. We currently have multiple people in the office extensively running the app on their phones, and it's been working great—definitely something we will mention to our customers looking for a mobile solution. Check out our update to our review of the Bria SIP app for more information.

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