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The Telecom Digest for February 03, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 30 : "text" Format
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"Video phone booth" in North Lake Tahoe area? (AES) Re: "Video phone booth" in North Lake Tahoe area? (John Levine) New numbering rules for phones in Australia (David Clayton) Re: Sounds like ... (Robert Bonomi)
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Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:47:16 -0800 From: AES <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: "Video phone booth" in North Lake Tahoe area? Message-ID: <siegman-D480CD.email@example.com> Just wondering if anyone is aware of any kind of Internet-based "video phone booth" service in the North Tahoe/Truckee area -- that is, a place where I can go, sit before a video screen (maybe with keyboard also) and have a video conference with 3 or 4 individuals in a large business firm on the East Coast -- they can see me, I can see them, we can talk -- at some modest hourly rate? (I'd call $200/hour adequately modest; the East Coast firm will have its own facilities in house.) I've contacted local upper-end resorts, hotels, conference centers: a couple of them offer to "set up a conference room" to do this, starting at $2000 up; the rest have no services. I have two MacBooks, a residential LAN, and a decent Internet connection (maybe 2 MB each way) in my condo here, so I might be able to cobble up a home-brew setup -- but I've never done this, and don't want to invest time in learning how. Thanks for any pointers. (Reno, maybe? -- but I'd rather not make the drive.)
Date: 2 Feb 2011 17:08:00 -0000 From: John Levine <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: "Video phone booth" in North Lake Tahoe area? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >I have two MacBooks, a residential LAN, and a decent Internet connection >(maybe 2 MB each way) in my condo here, so I might be able to cobble up >a home-brew setup -- but I've never done this, and don't want to invest >time in learning how. You have all the pieces you need to do a video conference with Skype or iChat. I can report from experience that Skype is very easy to set up on a Macbook and do video chat. My daughter uses it all the time. We've also used it in a situation like yours, most of the people are in a conference room, there's a Macbook at one end of the table so the remote person can see and be seen. Different versions of Skype interoperate well, so any computer with a camera running Skype on Mac, Windows, or Linux will work at their end. Even if someone has a video studio, the hassle to set up a conference is surprisingly large since there are so many slightly different ways to do it. If you can arrange for both ends to do Skype or both ends to do iChat, it's much easier. R's, John
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:55:09 +1100 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: New numbering rules for phones in Australia Message-ID: <email@example.com> To sum up, VoIP services can have numbers from any local area in the whole country (which they did anyway in a lot of cases, but now it is official policy). http://www.theage.com.au/national/new-numbering-rules-for-phones-20110201-1acfv.html New numbering rules for phones Lucy Battersby February 2, 2011 FIXED-LINE telephone numbers can now be taken outside geographic areas following a decision by the regulator to accommodate the increasing use of internet-based phones. The decision recognises that area codes are becoming irrelevant to millions of people taking up internet-based phone services with flat national pricing, but also affects emergency services, which rely on geographic information in phone numbers to locate callers. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) changed the Numbering Plan earlier this week as part of a wider review prompted by changing technology and consumer habits. Currently, about 2 per cent of calls are made on voice over internet protocol (VOIP) phones, but all fixed-line phones in Australia will eventually operate over the internet as the national broadband network replaces the underground copper line network. The new rules allow a number to be taken across a state, or to another state, as long as the customer is aware it could affect the cost of calls to and from their phone and their new telephone company agrees. ''In practice, the number is still in the place that it belongs,'' general manager of regulatory and corporate affairs at Internode, John Lindsay, told The Age. ''It's just now it is legitimate to use that number somewhere other than the geographic region it belongs to.'' Calls made through VOIP services are generally a flat price regardless of the distance, but calls from the copper network would be charged as if the number were in the original location. ''I don't think that people using numbers actually care about where the numbers are any more, what they care about is whether they pay a fixed price to call it,'' Mr Lindsay said. However, Inspector Peter Ferguson, from Victoria Police Communications Centre, said emergency services sometimes relied on the geographic information in telephone numbers. "We want as accurate information as possibleŽ about the location [of the caller] because that assists us to send the right people to the right location in an emergency," he said. "Every clue that you have available to you, you would use to try to locate them." ACMA is expected to make further changes to numbering rules this year. It recognises that consumers want flexibility in numbering and many were already taking VOIP numbers across local boundaries, manager of telecommunications, licensing, numbering and submarine cables section at ACMA Robert Johnston said. "VOIP, convergence and the NBN are changing technology and the sorts of services that can be offered," he said. "The use of internet protocol for service addressing is increasing and it is possible that this addressing scheme could replace traditional numbering in the future."
Date: Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:05:16 -0600 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Sounds like ... Message-ID: <_oSdnQQpCPqRWtTQnZ2dnUVZ_gadnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications> In article <hudsonl-C89794.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Hudson Leighton <email@example.com> wrote: >In article ><GfydnS7RT4A0Od3QnZ2dnUVZ_q6dnZ2d@posted.nuvoxcommunications>, > firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Bonomi) wrote: > >> In article <hudsonl-D1B022.email@example.com>, >> Hudson Leighton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> > >> >Pare a pair of pears with a pareing knife >> >> AHA!! I know the answer to that one: The au pair did it! > >Sorry, not allowed, thats french. > Au jus because it's a bilingual homophone, you're going to discrimmnate against it? <le gross sourire> Parish the thought that one would parallax parity in the parietal lobe, for this ths pair-ticular parochial parade of parabolic parimutuel paranymic parody. Although some may be paranoid by the "im-pair-ative" language used here, the paradox, rather than parachute the authhor, gave him a cheap paratrophy -- they only cost a paradigm, each. ***** Moderator's Note ***** This is just funny enough to be the last post in this thread. Fini. Bill Horne Moderator
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