So let's say I'm sick of my landline, and I want a skype phone.
Does there exist any hardware that allows you to hook a real phone up
to the PC to use as a skype phone?
Mixed media not getting the job done for you anymore? I think the real trick for you is going to be getting your phone number ported out from under the FiOS without cancelling your service. And didn't you agree to a two year contract a few months ago?
Anyway, as Pulse mentioned there are several brands of Skype-to-POTS adapters available. Most of them seem to be USB attached, though, so it's likely you'll need a dedicated computer (or a VM with a USB connection passed through to it) for this purpose.
Does it have to be Skype? If you're just looking for any phone service, most other VoIP services will give you an Ethernet-attached adapter that you can plug directly into your local network.
Vonage is the best known one, but if you'd rather go with someone trustworthy and local, our friends at Ace Innovative offer an *excellent* SIP service.
I used it for years before I got FiOS.
And if you're looking to go super cheap, you should also check out Magic Jack.
(And then they'll do something stupid like put a "select * from *" on every screen.)
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!
That's a need that could be eliminated, if only there were spoken news broadcasts on the radio.
Subject: Thanks for the reminder
<blink> I had so much fun </blink> with this <blink>
way back </blink> when <blink> the net first </blink> showed up
<blink>but</blink> had <blink>forgotten</blink> all about it
after <blink>participating</blink> in <blink>far too many</blink> uber-professional
discourses wherein the </blink>recurring urge</blink> to accentuate things
<blink>in the absence OF INTENTIONALLY USING ALL-CAPS! WITH #PR0FUS3 PUNCTUAT!ON</blink>
to annoy people was buried.
That is kind of interesting. It might come in handy, if I can ever get away from XP.
I played with asterisk for a few minutes when I realized how not trivial it is to set up and then thought about what I needed it for and realized it wasn't worth it.
I'll keep the ekiga thing around (hey it's free and easy) but what I really want is cheap phone and my 948 number so I'm going to see if the magic jack thing pans out.
Funny you should mention. I noticed just last night on dr. horrible's sing-along blog that when there were large areas of flat surfaces that were dimly lit, there was a bit of pixelization (large blocks actually). Still like it thoug as I am impatient and it is nice to have lots of options without having to mess around with a DVR.
I imagine you can pick up a used one pretty cheap nowadays.
or are you saying mount the device as a file and do it that way...
You go http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?q=text (where 'text' is the phrase you want it to say) and you get back an MP3. It works with any string up to 100 characters.
down-translating everything to ASCII and wrapping several layers of escaping around it seems to be a clear advance then!
there rather should be something like a corba interface to it instead, so you can query it using the commandline but can also work fast with it.
without all that wrap in/ out back and forth!
That, and sleeping on a cot in the AI Lab...
The good news: I have a three year warranty on it, which is actually still in effect for another couple of weeks!
The bad news: I bought the laptop at CompUSA.
A little Googling reveals that the warranty is still going to be honored, but I'm expecting this is going to be one hell of a bumpy ride getting my laptop fixed.