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Sat, Nov. 10th, 2007, 10:43 am
There's no one home to call

I was having a conversation about answering phones the other night because, you know, that's just the kind of crazy rock-n-roll kinda lifestyle I lead.

Answer phones kind of suck in much the same way that 1980's era Walkmans (Walkmen?) suck compared to MP3 players.

You've got to wonder how hard it would be to have something the size of a cigarette packet containing a Gumstix and some sort of solid state memory card running Linux and Asterisk that replicated the same sort of voice mail functionality you have on your mobile phone but for home. No tapes, no rewinding and the ability to archive messages.

Then from there, sell a more advanced version - multiple inboxes for different members of the family or remote access or something.

Finally the super-combo mega-deluxe royale with cheese version with Ethernet. It could do transcription of the message and email or SMS it to you. Or just email you with the MP3. Or allow you to access your messages via the web and play the messages back using an embedded Flash player. It could redirect calls or route people to Skype. You could set it up so that only certain incoming numbers or those with a PIN code could phone you during certain times.

I'm not sure if thinking about stuff like this means I should get out more or less.

Sat, Nov. 10th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
pocketnovel

Or you can just use GrandCentral and then all your messages are available as voicemail via phone or MP3s online...

Sat, Nov. 10th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
deflatermouse

All fine and dandy if you live in the states, can get on the beta, trust Grand Central (well, Google now) and don't mind changing your number :)

But yes, Grand Central does looks nifty.

Sun, Nov. 11th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
pocketnovel

Pfft. Details, details! Grand Central worked out perfectly for me in that way at least, because the whole point was that I wanted a different number in a different area code. I'm guessing that's not the same for most people, though.

Sun, Nov. 11th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
hollyp: You could set it up so that only certain incoming numbers or those with a PIN code could phone you d

But then you might miss long lost friends that you actually do want to hear from who try to call you....there's something to be said for allowing for the fortuitous (sp?) possibility...

Tue, Nov. 13th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
deflatermouse: Re: You could set it up so that only certain incoming numbers or those with a PIN code could phone y

Fortuitous calls at 2am I can do without :)