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14
APR 2009

Posted by OnSIP Employee at 02:50 PM EDT

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A comprehensive list about how to not use 911...

Top 5 most inappropriate uses for 911, in no particular order.

5. On a dare. If someone dares you to call 911, wait and check to see if you are no longer in junior high. If not, then find new friends - aren't you a little old for pranking?

4. Reporting fake crimes or exaggerating smaller ones. Your cat Fluffy is stuck in a tree! While this is definitely not an ideal situation, try a can of tuna or some treats before declaring an emergency. Fluffy might not be stuck at all, he/she might just be a little lazy, in a bad mood or stubborn.

3. Calling to ask the 911 operator or police officer on a date. While he or she is probably a great catch, there are probably better methods to asking someone on a date.

23
MAR 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 03:18 PM EDT

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Top 5 Observations for SMBs Considering Skype for SIP

The big news today is the Skype announcement about supporting SIP for business users. With this launch, it appears Skype will have a product similar to the Junction Networks PSTN Gateway service. With a single Skype ID, an owner of a SIP-capable IP PBX will be able to leverage Skype's In and Out services, making and receiving calls to and from landlines and mobile phones. Calls to Skype users seem to be out of scope. As a long-time proponent of open standards, it is great to see Skype recognizing SIP as the de facto VoIP standard.

09
MAR 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 11:01 AM EDT

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No Predictions Required

The LA Times is reporting that cell phone users are being charged, on average, $3.02 per MINUTE of cell phone use. They arrive at that figure by taking the number of minutes charged vs. the number of minutes actually used. Basically, it comes down to an issue of trying to predict something that is nearly unpredictable - the exact number of cell phone minutes you will use NEXT month. This number seemed high to me, so I looked at my own cell phone bill over the last two months. I'm not at $3 per minute, but I'm no where near even 10 cents per minute. I'm at just over a quarter ($0.26) per minute. And that's just taking the cost of my minutes divided by my minutes used. When you look at my entire phone bill, it's over 50 cents ($0.55) per minute.

04
MAR 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 04:54 PM EST

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Broadband Stimulus

TMC's blog pans the broadband stimulus package. Yes, Junction Networks is a technology company and yes, we would, in theory, benefit from comprehensive broadband access. However, I think that the post misses the point. The post states: "I just don't think broadband is that vital that we need to spend billions of tax payer dollars when we are a fiscal crisis, the stock market is imploding, and the deficit is shooting through the roof." He goes on to say that only a few companies will be helped by spending on broadband. I disagree. Not only will a very wide range of existing companies be directly helped by widely available broadband, but a whole set of products and services run by new companies that don't even exist today will be created which will, in turn, create more jobs and opportunities for US citizens.

25
FEB 2009

Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 11:10 AM EST

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18
FEB 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 02:45 PM EST

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Junction Networks' OnSIP VoIP Services Named Winner of Coveted Small Business Computing Magazine Award

Thank you. To our customers, friends and fans: Thank you. The Small Business Computing Magazine's 'Excellence in Technology 2008' award was selected entirely by its readers, and Junction Networks and our OnSIP Hosted PBX won in the VoIP category. Thank you for voting for us. Winning an award like this when faced with such incredible competition from the likes of Microsoft and others shows that a small, highly-focused group of people can make a great product at a great price that absolutely fills a business need. In business, you rarely get the Big Game feeling of hoisting the trophy over your head in victory, but wins like this are pretty close. Our press release is here.

11
FEB 2009

Posted by Charlotte Oliver at 12:23 PM EST

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Open Source Saves Cows

Okay, not really, but Tina Gasperson is claiming at LinuxPlanet (with her tongue firmly in cheek) that Open Source software saves the lives of cows, since it can be developed at home. You see, you'll buy fewer shoes. But is open source really greener? Gasperson makes her most serious argument in that open source tends to be developed to require less in hardware resources, while proprietary software frequently isn't. Some Linux distributions, like Knoppix, can be stored and run off a USB key fob. That is pretty cool, but I don't really hear a lot of people rushing to the store for computers without hard drives as a result. So, is it really greener? One of the big problems I have with "greenness" is that it's such a vague concept, without a lot of concrete metrics.

09
FEB 2009

Posted by Tim Cleves at 02:13 PM EST

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867-5309

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.

27
JAN 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 09:46 AM EST

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With Sincerest Apologies to Lewis Carroll

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.

19
JAN 2009

Posted by Mike Oeth at 01:30 PM EST

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Junction Networks on Facebook and Twitter

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.

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