GrandCentral, Faith and Web 2.0

April 13, 2008

GrandCentral is down right now, to much gnashing of teeth [techcrunch].

I’ve been a big fan of GrandCentral since the beginning, and I still am. But I didn’t trust them back when they were a plucky startup, and that didn’t change with their acquisition by Google.

One of their original promises was “a free phone number for life”. Unfortunately, “life” on the internet is usually 3-5 years, less time off for bad behavior or poor market estimation.
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How-To run VoIP over existing phone wiring

September 27, 2005

I’ve been a Vonage customer for going on two years now, and I have to say that Voice Over IP (VOIP) is an exceedingly cool and (for the most part) simple-to-use technology.

You get a box from the VOIP provider, plug it into your broadband router, and plug your phone into the box. Instant dialtone — what could be easier?

But what if you don’t want your phone right next to the router?
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Hawking Broadband Booster – Improving VOIP Quality

July 15, 2005

Hawking Broadband BoosterThis looks like it’s going to seriously rock. Tom’s Networking has a review up for the Hawking Technologies Broadband Booster.

I abandoned my local telco about a year and a half ago, and went with VOIP from Vonage. It’s saved me a pile of cash over that time, and I seriously like the features and the call quality — most of the time.
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