April
28
Filed Under (Geekspeak, Stuff) by Justin on 2006-04-28

Thanks to Skippy for linking to LiveATC and FlightAware. Two cool sites for monitoring air traffic control. I know that nerds like myself and Matt will really enjoy wasting time listening.

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April
26
Filed Under (Life, Music) by Justin on 2006-04-26

So, me and a few friends have tickets to go see Hootie and the Blowfish on Friday night at the Bi-Lo Center and I’m getting pretty excited. Oddly enough, Friday will mark five years exactly since the last time that I saw them live @ Center City Fest in Charlotte. I went and dug up the story from my old LiveJournal days:

2001.04.28 @ 20:31
Last night was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. Practically dead center, less than 10 feet away from the stage (only a few feet from the safety rail) and Hootie and the Blowfish were on stage. One word. WOW! H&BF put on a really awesome show. They rocked Center CityFest in Charlotte. It was over around 12:30 last night and there is still a slight ringing in my ears now. My hall mate Nick has turned out to be a party animal. Who knew he could break it down like he did last night? Anyway, Hootie and the gang performed all the great ones. Time, Tuckerstown, Hold M Hand, Let Her Cry, and my personal fav Only Wanna Be With You. I think the best performance as far as crowd enjoyment goes was Runnin’ From an Angel. If you like Hootie you should definitely see them live sometime.

It’s really funny to go back and read some of that old stuff. I was so young and immature. Not that I’m much different now – just old and immature I guess.

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April
26
Filed Under (Asterisk, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-04-26

Aspect Software, “the world’s largest company solely focused on the contact center industry” announced yesterday that they will be selling and supporting Asterisk Business Edition as well as complementing products such as SIP phones and the servers which will power the PBX. Their press release has more information, but the fact that the industry leader in the market is now adding Asterisk to their lineup says that either (a) Asterisk is good, or (b) they’ve been losing customers to Asterisk-based solutions and want to be able to regain some market share. Actually, it’s probably a mixture of both those reasons. Honestly, I’d never heard of Aspect before this morning, but if they’re as good as they’re made to look (“10 out of the Top 10 Airlines rely on Aspect”), then they know how to recognize a good thing when they see it.

“We recognized that organizations desire greater transport choices and our new open source IP PBX offering is one example of Aspect Software developing viable solutions to meet customer demands,” said Gary Barnett, chief technology officer and executive vice president of technical services at Aspect Software. “Asterisk Business Edition provides the capabilities and scalability required to address the needs of the dynamic contact center and when packaged with Aspect Software products, companies can now invest their limited resources in application innovation.”

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April
25
Filed Under (Life, Love) by Justin on 2006-04-25

Pardon the interruption of my typical, useless blog rubble, but I actually have something spiritually profound to talk about for a change…

If any of you read my wife’s blog on a daily basis, you’ve probably already read about some amazing prayers that have been answered regarding our friends in Moscow, Russia recently. If you haven’t, go read it now, or my next few sentences won’t make a bit of sense to you. My mind really just was blown away. Often times, we want to see such drastic and tangible answers to our prayers, but it doesn’t always happen that way. God has truly blessed Genady and Vica for continuing to remain faithful, even when they had no place to call home. I have a feeling that if you were to approach some random Muscovites on the street and tell them Genady’s story about being evicted (for no apparent reason), they’d tell you that “he got what he deserved” for being a (former) member of the mafia/black market and for turning his back on the Orthodox church and choosing Christianity instead. Then, finish his story. Tell them how after a year of faithful prayer from him, his fellow Russian Christian friends, as well as many of us Christians back here in the United states – God gave them a place to live. And, a job. How can they explain that?

Well, after a conversation with a good friend earlier today – I know just the word to explain it: grace. God’s grace is sufficient for everything. Webster defines grace as:


5. A favor rendered by one who need not do so; indulgence.

8. a) Divine love and protection bestowed freely on people b) The state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God. c) An excellence or power granted by God.

Personally, I really struggle with the thought of “grace” – it’s a hard subject for me to wrap my mind around. I know for a fact that I make it more complicated than it is. Webster does a pretty good job though, especially with the number five definition. It’s also easy for me to confuse grace with worth. I often don’t feel worthy to receive everything that God has blessed me with: wonderful wife, a home, great family, a job that I love… I could go on and on. But that’s just the thing. Grace doesn’t require me to deserve it. It’s a gift – given out of God’s love for me, and for you no matter what we’ve did, what we’re doing, or what we’re going to do in the future.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled, meaningless blogging…

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April
23
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-04-23

Matt Cutts, famous Google employee, has linked to an old post of mine related to search engine crawling and bandwidth usage. Welcome to all the visitors stopping by.

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April
21
Filed Under (Asterisk, Geekspeak) by Justin on 2006-04-21

Holy moly! Dreams do come true. I just happened to pop over to atacomm and saw that they are pre-selling theipVolution TDM60 – a dual-port T1/E1/PRI with on-board echo cancellation for under $1,000. Hopefully, VoIPSupply will be getting these as well, as Cory dropped by here a few days ago and sent me quite a nice message. Nice folks, those VoIPSupply.com people. If anyone happens to get their hands on one of these TDM60 cards for testing with Asterisk, please contact me and let know how it goes.

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April
21
Filed Under (Humor, Stuff) by Justin on 2006-04-21

So, the media just keeps spewing out crap about the birth of the the “TomKat” lovechild. For instance:

“We were hugging each other like we always do,” he told “20/20’s” Deborah Roberts. “It was everything that we wanted it to be. … It was spiritual. It was powerful. It was indescribable. What words can you use? It’s still something that I’m processing and keep reliving,” Cruise said.

Yeah, I’ve had conversations in the past year or two with several first-time mothers after giving birth, and I think most of them would say something similar to “It’s still something that I’m processing and keep reliving” – except quite possibly in a more negative conotation.

I say that, so that I can say this: I’ve yet to see a quote or interview of any sorts with Katie Holmes and how she feels right now. Come to think of it, I don’t remember hearing much out of Holmes at all since she has gotten involved with Mr. Cruise. I have the image in my head of him keeping her locked in his basement, until that one or two times a week they need to make a PR appearance. So there you have my conspiracy theory – Katie Holmes: Slave to Tom Cruise.

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April
19
Filed Under (Asterisk, Geekspeak, Humor) by Justin on 2006-04-19

I confess that I’ve had some wierd dreams before, and don’t even get me started on some of the odd things that Bonnie cooks up while she is sleeping. Often times, I will wake up in the middle of the night, sit straight up in bed, and the solution to a computer (or other technical) problem that I was working on during the previous day will pop into my head. It’s very strange and random, but if I could draw a cartoon, I’d draw a groggy-looking stick figure sitting straight up in bed with a big, bright light bulb over my head with Bonnie waking up next to me saying, “Turn that stupid light bulb off and go back to sleep!” But instead, I normally have to get up, go to the computer and test/fix the problem or just find the nearest sheet of paper and scribble down enough information to help me remember the next morning.

As you devoted readers will know, I’ve been starting to work with Asterisk a little and something I’ve been a little concerned about is far-end echo when we have our local exchange service at my office ported over to a snazzy PRI from the current analog telephone lines we have. You see, both Digium and Sangoma make quad-span interface cards that offer on-board echo cancellation (roughly $2,500 each), but as of today, no vendor offers a single or dual-span interface with echo cancellation. Well, last night (I think it was last night, but I was just reminded of it this morning when SSH’ing into my * test box…) I had a dream that Sangoma had announced a dual-port T-1 interface card for under $1,000 that had on-board echo cancellation. Sadly, after checking into it this morning, this was only a dream.

So just to wrap up, while my crazy wife has visions of bathroom stalls dancing in her head while sleeping, it appears I’m running some sort of R&D facility in mine. Very, very weird.

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