Saturday Oct 22, 2005

Where is my five rings?

Quoted from Asterisk: The Future of Telephony:
...The most successful key telephone system in the world has a design limitation... when you determine the number of times your phone will ring before it forwards to voicemail, you can choose from 2, 3, 4, 6, or 10 ring cycles. Have you any idea how many times people ask for five rings? Yet the manufacturers absolutely cannot get their heads around the idea that this is a problem. That's the way it works, they say, and users need to get over it.
And another story:
...the name you program on your set can only be seven characters in length. Back in the late 1980s, when this particular system was built, RAM was pretty dear, and storing those seven characters for dozens of sets represented a huge hardware expense. So what's the excuse today? None. Are there any plans to change it? Hardly—the issue is not even officially acknowledged as a problem.
Funny. Comparing to that situation, customers today are a little spoiled \^_\^

Friday Oct 14, 2005

NIS auth and Ubuntu group

Trying to build the whole java workspace on Ubuntu 5.10 now. The first step is to get Ubuntu work smoothly inside SWAN of course. So far everything works fine, e.g. autofs, except one small issue. It seems that a NIS user has limited privileges locally. He can't access audio device, for example. It's quite annoying.

It turns out to be a known issue, though. Check this tip out. It's cool, Guillaume.

Monday Oct 10, 2005

Andy Bechtolsheim on podcast

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