“Six years ago, Mark Spencer started his own Linux technical support business. Unlike other tech startups at the time, he spent his money frugally. Spencer had to; he didn’t even have enough to pay for an office PBX system, which can cost up to several thousands of dollars. ‘I had about $4000 [EUR 3300] to start it out with, and I wasn’t about to buy a phone system, so I figured I’d just make one,’ he says.”
Interview: Mark Spencer of Asterisk
Submitted by Steve 2006-01-16 Internet 4 Comments
I’m wondering if there’s any company who builds a little of this functionality into cordless, landline phones? For example, why can’t I find a phone on the consumer market that will send all calls from my boss automatically to voicemail after 9pm without ringing the phone?
Or allow me to set up different ring tones depending on who’s calling? Or a button I could press for a ‘do not disturb’ message that tells callers I’m busy and to leave a voicemail, or else press 1 if it’s an emergency to ring the phone. Also, have it automatically answer the phone and tell everyone but telemarketers to press 1 to ring my phone, but be flexible enough so that I could include a ‘whitelist’ of phone numbers to bypass this message.
You know, the kind of stuff that should’ve been available 10 years ago!
Edited 2006-01-16 23:36