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Friday September 06, 2002
04:07 PM

Build Your Own Answering Machine

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So, I finally got around to running the phone line from my office into the living room. I then unpacked our answering machine and plugged it in, only to find that it died in the move. Now, I had a choice in front of me: break down and spend another $20 on a piece of 1980s technology that will surely break in a month or build my own.

I chose to build my own. I dug up my trusty old external modem which I remembered as having some sort of voice capability. Then I started searching the web for details on Linux telephony.

Several hours later I'd found my tools: vgetty to handle the modem and VOCP to provide the UI (both DTMF and web). VOCP is written in Perl and looks very nice. Unfortunately, I can't say anything nice about vgetty. It's basically undocumented, seemingly unmaintained and I had to actually hack C code to get it to recognize my modem! But, by 4am I had Cartman calling me a bitch out of my modem speakers. Ah, the sounds of success...


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