The sales call started of normal enough. Me: "Junction Networks this is Tim, how can I help you?" Caller: "What do you do? Can you get me a phone number?" Me: "Mmm...I guess. We provide phone services and phone numbers are a part of that" Caller: "I don't care what the area code is, just the next seven numbers." Me (light bulb going off): "I don't suppose those seven digits might start with an 867 by any chance?" Caller: "Yes. Can you get the number?" Me: "Sorry, I'm afraid we can't search for the last seven digits." Caller: "Do you know who can?" Me: "Sorry, I don't. Goodbye" So after I hung up I started thinking. Maybe I can find my own version of 867-5309 to sell on eBay (for those of you who don't know the background story this is posted on the NPR website: "Tommy Tutone was a one-hit-wonder in 1982 with the song "867-5309 (Jenny)". Now a New Jersey DJ is selling his phone number — that number — on eBay.
Posted by Tim Cleves at 02:13 PM EST
Posted by Mike Oeth at 09:46 AM EST
1/27/2009 - Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll 'Twas billing, and the DTMF tones Did ping and poke in the net All mimsy were the landline phones And those iLEC customers upset. "Beware the iLEC, my son! The dinosaur with rates so high! Beware the H323 and shun The codec near to neigh. He took his SIP phone in hand; Long time the LandLine foe he sought-- So rested he by the INVITE tree, And stood awhile in thought. And as in uffish thought he stood The iLEC, with bills so long Came dialing through the wire-strewn wood, And pulse dialed as it came! One, two! One, two! and through and through The OnSIP blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went un-SUBSCRIBING back. "And has thou slain the iLEC? Come to my network, my SIPish boy! O frabjous day! U-law and A-!" He chortled in his joy. 'Twas billing, and the DTMF tones Did ping and poke in the net All mimsy were the landline phones And those iLEC customers upset.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 01:30 PM EST
It took us a while, but Junction Networks is finally on both Facebook and Twitter. Click on either or both of the above links to see the Junction Networks' OnSIP Hosted PBX site on Facebook and Twitter feed to join as a fan or to follow our feed. Enjoy. If you're not on Facebook or Twitter, never fear, we will always update our blog posts, especially network alerts, as well as update our social networks whenever there are issues, or when we have something important to convey. (Added 2/16/2009) Just so it's all in once place - how to get our RSS feeds is found here.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 07:46 AM EST
VoIP Calling on the iPod Touch with Junction Networks and TruPhone
On Saturday, a group of kids burst into my house looking for me. They were led by my 12 year old son telling the rest of the group that I could 'hook them up.' So far, the scenario sounds like a bad after-school-special. As it was, Maddie handed over her new iPod Touch that she had just received for Christmas. The active application was TruPhone. She stated that she could make phone calls with it and proceeded to call our home phone. The phone rang, I answered the call, but there was no audio. There is no external speaker or microphone on the iPod Touch like on the iPhone. I thought for a second and then grabbed my iPhone headphones and plugged them in. They have four segments on the connection; ground, right channel, left channel and microphone. Worst case, I thought, was at least I could hear the person talk on the other end.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 12:27 PM EST
It's a dirty little secret that most company blogs are not written by the employees themselves, but by the marketing/PR folks behind the scenes or by the SEO people trying to obtain more 'organic' search results. By the not-entirely-frequent updates and the equally way-too-nerdy content, I bet you can guess that the Junction Networks blogs do not fall into this category.
Posted by Mike Oeth at 07:59 AM EST
This article is 100% spot on. It's been impossible to hire an engineer (software, network, etc.) in NYC in the last 20 years. Wall Street gobbled them all up. Now we're bailing out Wall Street. Let's get back to actually building things. We have smart people, let's put them to work making this country better, not just making money.
Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 09:11 AM EST
We've been so busy lately here in the engineering department that it's difficult not to feel a little bit like an elf, what with the holiday lights and snow outside. We have some exciting new projects that we're hard at work on that will make being a Junction Networks customer even better, but nothing that's ready to announce quite yet. In the meantime, we were mentioned in Voip News, in a nice article that covers the A to Zs of getting involved with a hosted VoIP provider. It's an excellent checklist for anyone considering the jump to a hosted VoIP PBX, like our OnSIP Hosted PBX.
Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 10:46 AM EST
Junction Networks is pleased to announce that we've been nominated as a finalist for Small Business Computing's Excellence in Technology Award in the VoIP category. The focus of the Excellence in Technology Award is to acknowledge companies that have assisted small business owners in running their own business more productively. If you'd like to vote for us (and we hope you do), you can do so by visiting Small Business Computing and clicking on the Choose the Winners link. There are a number of products to vote on, with categories in hardware, software, security and e-commerce. I personally can't wait to see the results!
Posted by John Riordan at 08:22 PM EST
I was sad to hear today that Tanta, a blogger at the finance and economics blog Calculated Risk, passed away. For me, the world will always divided into pre-Tanta and post-Tanta. She will forever mark a change in my reading habits. Outside of my narrow professional field, traditional media and journalism had always made up my primary source of information when trying to make sense of current events in the world around me. But that was before I stumbling onto one of Tanta's posts which shown bright and clear against the murky and frustrating background of noise being spewed forth by the usual suspects. From that day forward, I've looked for and found that the best signal to noise ratio on just about any topic can be had in the blogosphere. Thank you Tanta. RIP Tanta.
Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 02:27 PM EST
Andy Abramson just posted an article discussing SIP vs the calling card. I found it particularly apropos, as I've just returned from a two week vacation in Europe. It's been a few years since I've been in Europe, but what I've always done in the past is get myself to a local newspaper store and purchase a calling card in order to call home and tell my friends what an awesome time I'm having without them. I tried to do this on this vacation, except that I discovered that calling cards seem to have become obsolete, at least in the stores of Aberdeen, Scotland. However, what I did discover in the local chain supermarket was that I could buy a pay as you go (practically) disposable cell phone. In the supermarket! I could also buy minutes to charge my phone with, for not too much more (including the phone) than I would have previously have spent on a calling card.