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An ever-expanding telephone system

In the year and a half since I wrote IP04 Progress, I've expanded my simple telephone system into something a little more comprehensive. I had three goals in mind; to provide that "complete accounting" of incoming and outgoing calls that my provider wouldn't supply, to manage the incoming calls so that I would be less bothered by telemarketers and other annoying callers, and to position the IP04 as a part of a much larger home automation project.

I've slowly worked my way towards all that, in fits and starts, and am ready to share some of my progress.

NFS Micro-HOWTO

The "Network Filesystem" (NFS) is not difficult to set up. Here's a micro-howto that I use as a guide for my NFS setup.

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IP04 Progress

Since I wrote my "IP04 and Me" blog post, I've made remarkable progress. My home phones now run completely under the control of the IP04, and I have that virtual receptionist I've been working towards.

PogoPlug

A couple of weeks ago, I bought myself a Pogoplug (V2, gray) to try out. The PogoPlug comes with an embedded linux system, and is set up to externalize (through my.pogoplug.com) any USB storage device you connect to it. I wasn't as much interested in the services of my.pogoplug.com as I was in using the device as a general-purpose linux system.

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Virtual Hosts

In my blog article "Websites in Minutes", I talk about the steps I used to put together a memorial website for a recently-passed friend. I volunteered to create that site in part because I knew that I could construct it and eventually release it to the internet in minutes. Such is the power of an internet-exposed Linux system running an Apache webserver.


But, to build and release the site took some preparation and configuration of that system. I'd like to tell you how I did it.
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