Use the badly named Tglo
to call any phone in the USA for free, and to SMS anyone in the world (maybe) for free.
posted by riotgrrl69
on Aug 6, 2006 -
"For years people laughed at me. But my dream reoccured so often that I was sure that one day the yellow gnomes would visit our planet with a very special message for us. Now I am not alone anymore." These yellow gnomes
have apparently appeared all over NW Europe. Today a fresh batch was discovered in Abcoude, Netherlands (in Dutch)
. And yes, of course there is a forum
. Art or crazy?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Apr 25, 2006 -
An early VoIP casualty.
Think VoIP is a new phenomenon, and talking to people with Skype
or Free World Dialup
is incredible? Ten years ago, Onlive! put the Onlive! Traveler
-- a collaborative VoIP product that's amazing even today -- into beta. With Traveler, a Windows95 (!) PC, a decent graphics card, a SoundBlaster and a dial-up Internet connection, you could not only chat with a friend, but participate in collaborative chats with the avatars of multiple friends in various 3-D rendered worlds
. The avatars' lips even moved with your voice
(.mpg movie). You could talk worldwide, for free. But even though Onlive! was around well before the boom, they were an unfortunate dot-com casualty, as Traveler never quite took off.
Perhaps Traveler was doomed by the limited connectivity available in the mid 90's, or perhaps it was doomed by its occasionally creepy, fantastic 3-D designs
-- but due to a number of collaborators
, the Traveler still lives on today on a series of servers
, and the (free) software
still works on modern Windows PCs.
posted by eschatfische
on Oct 7, 2005 -
1968: The Year That Changed The Future. The roots of the VoIP insurrection trace back to four synchronistic events in 1968. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled MCI could compete with AT&T using microwave transport on the Chicago to St. Louis route. The same year, the FCC's Carterfone decision forced AT&T to allow customers to attach non-Western Electric equipment, such as new telephones, and modems, to the telephone network. The Department of Defense's Advanced Research Project Agency issued a contract to Bolt Beranek and Newman for a precursor to the Internet. And in July 1968, Andrew Grove and Gordon Moore founded Intel. Innovation in the communication sector remained the proprietary right of AT&T for most the 20th century, but events in 1968 breached the barriers that kept the telecom and information technology industries apart. For the first two-thirds of the 20th century, AT&T had manned Berlin Wall separating telecommunications and computing, but eventually, these two enormous technology tracks would be unified.
Absolutely fascinating - and admittedly long! - article, by Daniel Berninger on VoIP, on Om Malik's blog. Read the whole thing
, as they say.
posted by dash_slot-
on Oct 5, 2004 -
a new P2P Telephony service from the people who created KaZaA. [more inside]
posted by davehat
on Sep 23, 2003 -
the so-called Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act
, will do exactly the opposite of what its name implies, reducing Internet freedom and broadband deployment by eliminating many regulations designed to force the Bells into being more competitive, and also by outlawing voice over IP.
From the article: "This bill ... does nothing more than strip-mine the remaining competitive safeguards of the current law, green-lighting the Bells to bludgeon any remaining competitors into oblivion."
posted by donkeymon
on May 8, 2001 -