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OBi110 Voice Service Bridge: Making Google Voice (or any other VoIP) Dial-Out Default (i.e., Primary).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Unless you have POTS landline there is no point getting the OBi110.

If you don’t have a landline just get the OBi100.

IF you get an OBi110 and want to make Google Voice, or another VoIP, your default for outgoing calls, don’t bother wading through the reams of documentation and the hundreds of online posts.

It is actually very simple to do — as it should be. The trick is knowing WHERE you do it.

The option is SET on the Service Provider (SP) entries.

So, in my case SP1 Google Voice. That is where you enable this capability.

Just click on SP1, hit accept on the 911 disclaimer and BINGO … you will see a screen that says right at the top … make this Primary. That is it.

Takes about 9 seconds in total.

Very simple. Works. I have tried it out.

Yes, **1 still works and gets you Google Voice (if that was SP1), if you are a masochist and want to punch those numbers in.

**8 gets you POTS. Pretty neat.

 

OBi110 Voice Service Bridge: Works And Works Well. Pretty Neat. Setting Google Voice As Default Drive Me To Distraction, Though.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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As I stated in this post, I am redoing our whole entire phone infrastructure now that we ditched ‘U.S. Cellular‘ and went with ‘Consumer Cellular‘.

Since everybody has been raving about it I decided to look at Google Voice. I had never heard of it! Though we had a Magic Jack a few years ago, I don’t really pay much attention to VoIP mainly because I don’t really like to use the phone — unless I am having trouble with something. But, I tried Google Voice, and as with most things from Google (e.g. Google Drive), was BLOWN AWAY. They really do make things simple, but powerful. Talk about ‘click-and-play’.

Given that Google Voice (GV) gives you VoIP for ‘free’ in the U.S. and Canada, and I already had it just by the virtue of being a ‘Google’ user, I decided to get a BOX that would let me use GV over my home phone system. Found the OBi110 Voice Service Bridge fairly quickly on Amazon. It is exactly what I wanted. It aggregates, i.e., bonds, my existing TDS landline and GV1. So using the same handsets I can make and receive calls to/from landline and GV1. Pretty neat.

Had a OBi110 delivered today.

Basic setup was ‘OK’ and fairly simple. Had to redo some of the Web stuff multiple times before it worked.

But, when it said it was all done, IT WORKED,
and worked well.
Good sound quality. Clear calls.

I can make calls out on TDS or GV1. To select TDS I have to dial **8<number>. For GV1 I have to dial **1<number>.

Calls made either to our TDS number of GV1 number (with a Portland, ME prefix (as was also the case with Magic Jack)) rings on the handsets — transparently.

All of that was GOOD and worked as promised and as it should.

The only thing I don’t like is having to DIAL **1 to select GV1. I want it to be the DEFAULT, i.e., if I don’t dial **n, it dials out via GV1.

I know it can be done. Obi documentation says it can be done. But, couldn’t find HOW to do it or where to do it. Drove me nuts.

Online Chat was offline! Couldn’t find telephone support. When I finally did and called they were ‘offline’ too. I went on their forum and in desperation did a post offering to PAY someone, via PayPal, if they told me how to do it. It was up there for nearly 90 minutes. 45 people read it, BUT I didn’t get a single call.

Then I called up their Sales number. Got a very nice gentleman. Told him my problem. It was EASY to fix! But, he admitted that it was non-intuitive and is NOT documented. You make the change in the GV1 service NOT against the line option. But, took about 15 seconds to achieve once I was told where I had to make the change. So I am happy.

Good Box (so far).

Documentation, especially for the Obi110 which is the only device that supports a land line, could be better.

I will keep you posted.

Now that I can dial out, on GV1, without hitting any keys in front — I am happy.
Not orgasmic. Not even close. But, maybe happy as a clam (and I am not sure whether clams get orgasmic).

My new 5-handset Panasonic is here too. But, that is for tomorrow. One technology at a time.

Deanna Insists On Getting The Whole Story Out About The E-mail That Was Never Sent To Me.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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On page A4 of the Thursday, November 14, 2013 issue of ‘The Baysider‘.

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I am very glad and proud that Deanna is refusing to let this matter go uncommented. 

She knows that I am too busy frying other fish. So, I am grateful that she can take care of this stuff without me having to expend any bandwidth.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

 Notice my e-mail or even name does NOT APPEAR on that e-mail.

Sri Lanka CHOGM 2013: Prince Charles (Of Wales) And Camilla Arrive In Sri Lanka For CHOGM — The Video.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access YouTube video.


I could be wrong but I don’t see the Sri Lanka president with his easy-to-spot white ‘national’ — always augmented with a flashy red papal stole.

I was aghast to realize that I could no longer remember the diplomatic protocol for such visits! Given that I spent 28 years of my life in diplomatic circles I used to know all of the airport protocols — who had to meet who when they arrived.

From what I can see Charles was not met by the President because he is NOT a head-of-state. So, I think, in terms of the strict rules of International diplomacy this was ‘OK’ — and the Palace would have known this too.

Aaahh! But, rules are to be broken, especially at this level. I think it would have been COOL if the President had been there to see them off the (very understated) plane. That would have given CHOGM some positive coverage overseas. [It is possible that the President’s wife, a staunch Catholic, was not keen on welcoming this openly adulterous, previously divorced couple. This is the beauty of Sri Lanka and what it was always like. A country that is now claiming to be a Buddhist nation with a 1st Lady who is Catholic.]

Just watching the males that greeted the dapper ol’ Prince I was delighted to see that there were plenty of our trademark ‘rice and dahl‘ pot bellies proudly on display — pushing out those white shirts with pride; our way of daily proclaiming, pictures of malnourished kids be damned, we are a country of plenty when it comes to rice and dahl.

Will Bush Try To Be Pontifical And Say ‘Perfidious’ Tonight Or Will He Basically Stick With Benedict XVI’s 2008 Revision?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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In case YOU are too YOUNG to remember ‘perfidious’ here is a good explanation …


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The history of the ‘Good Friday Prayer for Jews’ from Wikipedia. Quite good. Read if you are not familiar with this ol’ religious chestnut. Click …


As I pointed out earlier today, this organization ‘The Bush‘ is schooming with tonight is not doing anything that popes haven’t been trying to do for 1,900 years.

If ‘The Bush’ is actually going to touch this thorny, obviously emotive (and controversial) issue, he will be well served IF he sticks, strictly, to the Benedict XVI (#266) 2008 version of the  ‘Good Friday Prayer for Jews‘  — as shown directly above. Though even that is not universally liked it is considerably more flaccid than the original Tridentine version used for centuries. It was Good Pope John XXIII (#262) that had it removed in 1959. Then by mistake it was said during the Mass of 1963. The pope stopped the priest who was reciting the prayer, in mid-stream, in front of thousands, at St. Peter’s, and told him to redo it without THAT word.

So, what will ‘The Bush’ do? I hope he follows John XXIII’s words …

Though I was familiar with all of this for a number of years, I am revelling in it all over again since I am 44% through a new book on the deeds of John XXIII — my 10th book this year.

I Have An Explanation As To Why “The ‘smoldering’ Bush” Is Doing This. Having Been Papabile He Must Think He Is Doing The Pope’s Work.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to read story if you are NOT familiar with it.

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Given that I was the clearing house for ‘Next Pope‘ candidate suggestions, I did receive a number of e-mails earlier this year, from the U.S. and Europe, putting forward the notion that the ex-president was papabile. In theory, any man (willing to convert to Catholicism) can be elected pope! It is possible that he could have made a good pope — at least the only troops he could order around would have been the Swiss Guard.

All popes prior to Good Pope, soon to be Sainted, John XXIII (#262), really believed in this cause. So it is possible that the ex-president feels he is giving the Vatican a hand now that the ex-governor of Alaska is disillusioned with the pope.

I am only trying to shed additional light given my unique expertise in many things papal, especially Americans considered papabili.

I Create A 2nd Yola Website, This Time For ‘A Pup Is NOT A Toy’, In About 20 Minutes.



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I had cancelled the ‘A Pup Is NOT A Toy‘ hosting with GoDaddy, in a huff, a few months ago — given that I wasn’t in the mood to pay $108 for a Website that was basically inactive. Of course, I still held the domain name — just no hosting.

Now that I signed up with Yola, today, my basic $5/month service gives me FIVE (5) Websites with Yola. That was why I went with them. Main priority was Teischan’s Website. GoDaddy hosting was coming up for renewal on the 24th of this month and I wanted her Website up and running, without interruption, before that. She has had an active Website EVERY DAY of her life. How many folks can claim that?

Did that this afternoon. While messing with her DNS records I also updated the ‘Pup’ DNS records as well. Tonight, actually this morning, around mid-night I wanted a break. Writing about Pope John XXIII and Tsar Boris III. Heavy and heady stuff. So thought I would take a diversion and dash off a quick-and-dirty, singe-page Website to see how a 2nd directed (i.e., DNS at GoDaddy) site Yola will work. Worked quite well. I was pretty damn impressed and chuffed. 20 minutes is par for the course for a Website like that. As I said before they could do with my expertise on Healthcare.gov.

So, overall, kind of ‘pleased’ with Yola. They don’t give me a warm-and-fuzzy yet. Their support is VERY iffy. Shame that. Well, I still have 3 Website left with Yola. I might down the road upgrade to SILVER. 25 Websites for $9/month! 


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