MAY 2011

Posted by OnSIP Employee at 03:42 PM EDT

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Drupal 7 and SEO Module

Recently, I started working on our new side project, getonsip.com and since we already use Drupal 5 on onsip.com, I thought, why not try the newest version - Drupal 7?

Overall, Drupal 7 has improved a lot in terms of core and UI. It is a lot nicer to navigate around the administration area and easier to find what you need. It has a bit of WordPress feeling to it.

From the development aspect, Drupal 7 is better organized and simplified with a few great additions. For example, one core addition is the out-of-the-box jQuery library, hence, the fancy overlay administration interface added in D6. Another cool addition is having the CCK Fields module included.

MAY 2011

Posted by rob@junctionnetworks.com at 10:52 AM EDT

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State of SIP development – an intensive three-year study.

Three years running now, I’ve taken family trips to Grand Cayman. As you can imagine, it’s hard for me to “shut off” work while on vacation, especially since we’re selling the tools to help people work anywhere, anytime!

As I sipped mojitos last week (while watching my three children chase iguanas), I couldn’t help but smile as my in-laws passed my iPhone around to one another making calls to US phone numbers for 2.9 cents per minute using none of my outrageously priced international cell phone minutes. Instead, they were using my OnSIP account, the hotel WiFi and a superb software client on the iPhone, Bria.

APR 2011

Posted by John Riordan at 12:35 PM EDT

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APR 2011

Posted by Nicole at 04:35 PM EDT

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APR 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 03:14 PM EDT

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In light of the recent Amazon EC2 outage: let's talk clouds

The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud or EC2 provides a scalable application deployment service by allowing users to create virtual machines (VMs) or ‘instances’ containing the software they want to distribute. Server instances can be launched or terminated as needed (customers pay by the hour), and users are given geographical control of their VMs to minimize latency and improve redundancy.

Now redundant servers and the system’s internal checks and balances are usually enough to minimize instances of noticeable downtime for customers hosting on EC2, but that was not the case yesterday. Big names like Reddit, Hootsuite, Quora, Foursquare, and many more startups / websites were all affected in one way or another by a massive Amazon cloud outage. Reddit is still in ‘emergency mode’ as I write this.

APR 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 02:16 PM EDT

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President Obama Missing Out On Cool Phones

This past week President Obama made some candid remarks about the not-so-modern tech in the Oval Office at a fundraiser in Chicago.

“The Oval Office, I always thought I was going to have really cool phones and stuff. I'm like, c'mon guys, I'm the president of the United States. Where's the fancy buttons and stuff and the big screen comes up? It doesn't happen."

According to this article, Obama was responding to a question pertaining to bottlenecks in technological innovation, and was using his Oval Office phone as an off-the-cuff example. In President Obama’s example, the ‘bottleneck’ is likely security; that is, security requirements hinder the advancement of communications equipment in his office.

APR 2011

Posted by Nicole at 02:22 PM EDT

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VoIP Services Almost a $50 Billion Industry. But, Who Knows About SIP?

The State of VoIP Services

In the past few months, we’ve blogged a good bit about the SIP adoption - from our increase in customers and registered SIP phones to our shortly-lived discovery of Google Voice SIP addresses. Recently, a company called Infonetics Research published findings that the VoIP services industry has grown to a $50 billion industry. Here are some highlights from the press release:

APR 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 01:35 AM EDT

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APR 2011

Posted by Leo Zheng at 11:56 AM EDT

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The most important announcements of the year-no, the decade. No wait, the century!

Here at Junction Networks, we thrive on positive feedback from our customers. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and best of all, we get to post the positive feedback here and get more users to sign up. GIMME YOUR $!!!! Wait a second, am I being too transparent?

We've been getting many videos from customers and I thought it would be fantastic to share them with you. After all, our customers are what matter the most to us.

Our first video comes from Bob, a customer who didn't just need a phone system but also a way to get people to take him seriously.

MAR 2011

Posted by Larry at 09:19 AM EDT

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Password Explanation, Security, and Tips for OnSIP Users

Security means different things to different people. To a system administrator, it can be the difference between a relaxing weekend and weeks of hell that never end. To end users, it's a trade-off between convenience and using something other than 'abc123' or '123456' as their passwords. Here’s a metric many can understand: security is the opposite of convenience.

SIP Passwords

We have very secure SIP passwords for OnSIP. We get all kinds of comments on the complexity. We are proud of that complexity; it keeps all of us secure and allows us to give you a great service at a bottom-line price. If we let everyone make their own SIP passwords, we’d be getting hacked all the time, which would be costly. NO ONE wants that! Our SIP password security keeps our CTO smiling. I think.