Wednesday, January 31, 2007
The catalog is generated in HTML format using information provided by Amazon WS. In general the information for each book will contain a picture of its cover, editor review and Amazon.com customer reviews.
For a limited time (1 week) you can download it from here. If happened to land on this page at a later time, and found the link expired, drop me a comment and I’ll send you the tool.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
After Skype terminated last year its promotion of free calls to US, a lot of small companies started to offer free calls to US and other popular destinations. While reliability cannot yet be verified with all of these companies, is still worth using them for occasional or test purpose calls.
Free calls to US:
Encouraged by the success of Mini-ITX and Nano-ITX series, VIA announce recently pico-ITX. The new pico-ITX form-factor will reportedly measure 3.9 x 2.8 inches (10 x 7.2 cm) -- exactly half the surface area of Via's already small 4.7 x 4.7-inch (12 x 12cm) Nano-ITX standard, and considerably smaller than the original 6.7-inch square (17 x 17cm) mini-ITX standard.
If you are already using your PC only for a few dedicated tasks (VoIP, Media Center, etc) consider turning it into an appliance using one of the above motherboards. The tremendous benefits will include: low power consumption, no moving parts (most of these motherboards/processors can be used with a passive heat-sink and the HDD can be replaced with a flash memory), cool appearance … not to mention the personal satisfaction. A good place to start with such project is mini-itx.com
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Although embedding Windows may not be for you as fun as embedding Linux, the site WindowsForDevices.com is still a good web destination.
Note: Alternatively you can use Skype for Mobile and a compatible PocketPC PDA.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
* This table was published by snappymultimedia, and so may contain subjective information.
Note: According to user reviews it appears that (at least with current firmwares) Slingbox is better suited for remote connections while Hava for local connections. On remote connections Hava seems to drop frames while on the LAN has exceptional quality, much greater than Slingbox.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Although it is marketed as a mobile to VoIP bridge service, you can use it with almost any classical phone. All you have to do is dial a local access number (or a toll-free number), and after the system recognize your CallerId, type your abroad number.
The interesting part is that you choose the rates by registering your preferred VoIP providers with this service. All your calls will be routed through one of your registered providers according to a dial plan you define.
This is the registration page for you providers. For maximum convenience, you can register more than one account with the same provider. Note that the service doesn’t actually register with SIP proxies because most people have also ATAs at home that use the same service.
The following screen is the one where you define you dialing plan. You basically need to specify just a prefix for each account that you want to use. While on the road, call a local PSTN access number, then your destination number beginning with the prefix for the appropriate account.
For even a simpler way to call abroad family and friends, the service offer the ability to define personal local numbers for those contacts. Just add these numbers to your phone’s address book and you are ready to call. For the other contacts (that you don’t call that often) just dial a generic local PSTN access number.
At this moment the service offers local PSTN access numbers in 40 countries including United States (numbers in 48 states), most western and eastern European countries, Israel and a few others from Asia and Africa.
While in beta the service will be FREE for all users. After that, the service owner announced that will introduce several plans: a free one targeting individuals (ad-supported) and some commercial plans targeting mobile corporate users. The free accounts will not have the possibility to define personal local access numbers. The users of free accounts will have to dial a generic local PSTN access number or the toll free number.
For more information about this service please drop me a comment.