The business model (or scam, if you prefer, but it's currently legal) is for CLEC's to set up shop in some rate center where the settlement micropayments for terminating calls is relatively high, and then offer services that center around receiving a high volume of calls. The most well-known are free conference call services. IPKall is another; they simply complete the incoming call by sending it back out over a SIP trunk.
Ekiga is a VoIP client, but you have to remember that with SIP there really isn't any such thing as a client. SIP is peer to peer.
When you "set it up as a client" all you're really doing is registering with a switch somewhere, telling it "when someone dials my extension, hey look I'm over here at this IP address." But if the address is static, you can easily route calls directly to it.
Which is why I'm not rich. :( And the SIP thing makes sense too. Somewhere someone must have written a simple SIP gateway, easier than asterisk, so that you can use your wifi sip handset behind NAT...
As for the business model, it definitely depends on being able to work with razor-thin margins. They offer absolutely no support of any kind, and they probably already had all of the equipment already in place from whatever lines of business they were already conducting.
That's true too. And easier to configure than the way I suggested. :)
Those fancy credit cards with the chips in them are not all that secure:
I've often thought about how these RFID chips are unsafe. I'm carrying in my wallet 4 individual RFID enabled cards that someone could probably very easily steal just by brushing up against me. When I pay for stuff using the contactless payment system thing, it doesn't ask you to sign it, enter your PIN, or anything at all. It's just ....... Approved!
put tinfoil in your wallet, or put the cards in a tinfoil closure.
But then.... I came home one day and noticed the vm rebooted, and not cleanly. So it didn't start up again. I had to poke it to restart.
I was on a call for work (best test I can think of) and the vm crashed again.
Ok, so much for that.
So I just installed the latest virtualbox, installed xp and installed magicjack.
Hopefully vbox will fare better.
I hope there's some way to get this working....
Reverse engineer your magic jack software, grab your SIP credentials, and discard the hardware. It's tougher than it used to be but you have exactly the right kind of brain to do it.
Asterisk can be tough to set up but you can at least run it on your bare metal Linux OS alongside VMware or whatever hypervisor you're using. And if you need help setting it up, all the assistance you need is right here :)
His data isn't THAT important.
If he only wrote over the directory tree, then he should start learning about how filesystems work and try and piece it together himself.
Do they still make sector editors anymore?
From the point of view of a unix system, there's no difference between a sector editor and an ordinary hex editor designed to work on files.
or are you saying mount the device as a file and do it that way...
why not? everything is a file. block devices are random access.
All it takes is a bootable CD with a hex editor loaded, and a knowledge of the device you're trying to reconstruct.
This is of course assuming that the device is not physically malfunctioning.