MySQL Me Harder

Yes, this was the announcement title from Ivan today as he pushed out the door the return of MySQL support in Freeside.  Now all those people who have hesitated to try out freeside from lack of PostgreSQL experience, or simply wanting unification in their MySQL infrastructure can get started.  The notes for installation from Ivan are:

You’ll need DBIx::DBSchema 0.35 from CPAN or


Gmail IMAP

It’s finally arriving, but of course I don’t have it yet.  Yes Google has announced IMAP access for it’s popular gmail and google apps accounts, currently rolling out to all users.  While it’s a cool interface, this was one of my biggest beefs with their system.  No longer will this be a problem ūüôā

And for those who want to use (my wife) here is a hint for getting your default folders to sync correctly: Map Gmail Folders to Default Folders

And for those that don’t know.  Why IMAP?  IMAP is the protocol that lets you view your mail on the server, instead of just downloading a copy.  So if you delete an email, it’s deleted on the server.  If you move it to a folder, it is on the server also.  So you can use whatever email client you want on your personal box, and still see your changes when you view it in the web interface.

GPS Recommendations

So my old GPS is finally beyond hope.  It has fallen into a state that can only be deemed useless, and I need a new one.  I’m hoping to get some recommendations from folks about what GPS models features you like the most.  Some of my requirements include:

  • Screen – not just tracking
  • Topographical Maps
  • Mac Connectivity – Preferably bluetooth

Basic Usage for me:

  • Plot waypoints before a hike
  • Use During a hike to verify location/path
  • Little geocaching
  • Exporting hike details to Google Earth, etc..

So, what models do you prefer, and why?

Astricon So Far

Two days of working the floor at Astricon, and ‘m already tired.  I’m definitely not used to talking quite so much.  I’ve been very happy with the reception we’ve had with the Asterisk community though.

Coming into the conference, Ivan and I figured we’d be able to have some good discussions with people looking at ITSP (Internet Telephony Service Providers), as we have a package that fills their needs far better than other open source solutions.  Heck, we beat out proprietary ones too :). What has been nice though is to really get a feel for the needs of other markets, such as call centers and larger enterprises.  We’ve found we can already fulfill a large part of their needs also, and can quickly extend to provide even more capabilities that no other products are fulfilling.  Many of these groups are realizing that they need to perform internal “billing”, accounting for departmental expenditures, or track individual callers usage.  Freeside’s provisioning system makes it much easier for many groups to setup users, manage inventory, and automate rollout procedures.

Many people are really seeing a future of Freeside powering a lot of their Asterisk process, and we couldn’t be happier.  Now we need to get more documentation on how to do it up on the wiki :-/

Last Minute Asterisk

As a last minute trip, I’ll be heading out Wednesday to Astricon to assist Ivan in presenting Freeside to the Asterisk community.  Hopefully we’ll be able to help a lot of people and companies understand how their billing needs are already met with open source.

Oh, and the hackathon time will be really nice too.  Thanks to jsmith and sisd for helping me out with the trip.  If you want to learn about how to bill, or even account for Asterisk calls with open source, look us up, we’ll be featured in the Open Source Showcase.

The Wheel Stops Turning

This is exactly why I will never start another “unfinished” book series.

“Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan dies”:

Yes, I am one of those who with each book release has re-read the whole Wheel of Time series, and was more than eagerly awaiting the last book. It’s long been said he’s had the end written, it’s all the stuff in the middle he’s been working on. Now hopefully we’ll get someone to finish up the last bit of work on this darn series.

Start-Up Challenge

The Amazon Start-Up Challenge has begun.  Got an idea you want to try out? Now’s your chance to play with it on the AWS cluster.  Try using their services to get your system started and you could win a bit of money.

This is pretty cool, I’ve been starting to play a little with the EC2 + S3 combination, and interested in the other fun toys like FPS and SQS.  Now, how should I use it…


Bravo to ActiveState for opening up some of their platform, and eating their own:

The OpenKomodo¬†project was just announced. ¬†They’ll be building their own tools off this same platform. ¬†Could lead to some seriously nice open tools.

OpenKomodo’s licensing will apparently be three-fold. ¬†The mozilla public license, GPL, and LGPL. ¬†This should¬†definitely¬†give plenty of freedom in extending the system to great FOSS applications. ¬†Imagine having a firefox built out where firebug-like tools became the norm of your environment. ¬†Very nifty indeed.

Keysigning/Identity Party At UTOSC

Among the many events happening at UTOSC, you can join in the BOF session and become a part of the Utah web of trust.  Yes, we’ll be having a keysigning party, and some people had mentioned also doing cert signings.  This is a great chance to join in the best geek social network of all, one that actually has value.  You should see some new posts and emails coming out soon with more information, but if you would like to join the web, send your gpg information to gpg – at – scottr dot org.

For information about what you need to send, or how to get started, follow these instructions.  Remember to upload your key to a public keyserver, and then send the key you will use to the aforementioned address.  There will then be a web page with all the attendees fingerprints, which you will be able to verify at the party.