Archive for August 12, 2008
I am pleased to announce the beta release of the Purple Oranges Event Ticketing System.
There is not a lot to look at right now, because we don’t really have any events in there. For those that are interested – it is based on the FusionTicket engine.
FusionTicket is a resurection of the phpMyTicket system which ended life quite a while ago.
As we are only beta testing this at the moment, it is not available for productions that are not being managed by Purple Oranges. Once the system is ready to be hammererd, I will make another update and hopefully include some pricing information.
Please feel free to comment here with any feedback about the site (tickets.purpleoranges.com), and importantly – please don’t buy tickets to test it out. It has gone through testing – and the site is launched… you will be charged.
Today Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan announced a major upgrade to the Optus coverage network. In light of some recent network features being added that may have affected several customers in a small unpopulated area of the country, Optus has released a new coverage map detailing it’s new improved 3G coverage.
Having committed $AU315 million to upgrade the network to better service their priority markets by December 2009, Mr O’Sullivan said “Decisions were made after a recent major outage to fast track the development of the new network coverage plan that will better service the customers that we feel are critical”.
Fending off claims that there are major issues with the Optus network that have caused over a million customers to have little or no mobile telephone service since Friday last week Mr O’Sullivan said “Obviously with the new coverage target this is no longer an issue”.
It is yet to be seen if the ongoing network issues that has been plaging the telco can be resolved with their new solution to adapt their network coverage. After releasing a statement today that they were working closly with the vendor of their 3G network (Nokia Siemens Networks) to resolve issues, when asked why the issues were still ongoing 7 days since detection and after obviously affecting both 2G and 3G customers an Optus spokesperson waved his had in my face and said “There is no network outage… everything is resolved.”
We are happy to report that there is no longer a network outage, and everything is resolved. However, please don’t try and call or txt my mobile phone – for some reason it’s not working.
Executive Summery: VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol.
Voice over Internet Protocol is also known as Voice over IP, or Internet Telephony. What ever you want to call it – it generally means getting a phone call to go over a computer network.
VoIP struggles against two major misconceptions – firstly, it’s not actually free and the other major misbelief is that it is of poor quality.
The latter of these two is a legacy of people using poor quality services like Skype or MSN Voice Chat, or even some of the residential VoIP services. These almost zero cost services are great for saving a few dollars to chat to your friends, but they are not a business grade solution. The reality of VoIP is that it can deliver better then normal phone quality when configured correctly.
On the financial side – VoIP does cost money. Like any phone service, you will normally pay to be connected and then you will also pay for your calls. Principally the chief benefit of VoIP over PSTN or ISDN connectivity is by using a proper VoIP carrier, your international and domestic calls should be routed over the least expensive path. What this means is – if you make a call to the United States from Australia, your call will travel over an IP network (normally the Internet) all the way until it gets to the local area you are calling. This is a lot cheaper then going over the incumbent carriers network all the way.
One important thing to remember is that almost every call made (particularly in Australia) has a VoIP component to it. Most exchanges are digital now, and they use VoIP to get your phone call from exchange to exchange. It is much cheaper and easier to manage an IP network versus managing thousands of pieces of copper carrying analogue voice signals. When you switch to using VoIP, you simply make the choice to use your own network instead of the incumbent carriers to make and receive your calls.
Installing VoIP in your office doesn’t mean you have to rip out your existing phone system, and put those sexy new phones in that you see in the movies. If your current phone system works for you – you simply need to put something in front of it to allow it to connect to the VoIP network. Some people connect to VoIP and maintain their land line connections, others go fully VoIP. Your circumstances and requirements will dictate that decision for you.
[UPDATE: Please see response from Trevor Johns in comments]
I decided that seeing as we were shutting down one of our older servers, one that has housed my blog for a few years… I would spend a bit of time upgrading it. Hopefully give my self more motivation to post again.
The problem that I have though – is I have an existing blog. Not a super prolific one, but I get a couple of hundred uniques a day. I would like to keep my content that, for whatever reason, seems of interested to some people.
Blogger.com currently has no way of importing data. Of course, there is an import in the Draft version of blogger, but that is useless – as it is only intended to import other blogger blogs XML backups.
There are a heap of scripts out there that can help push your posts back in to your blog via the blogger api – again, whilst the work that the coders have done on them is fantastic – bloggers api is… crap.
As part of their measures to fight spam, or whatever… The api allows your code to post about 22 blog entries in any given 24 hour period. It then silently drops the other posts. It responds with an affirmative response code for each call to the api – giving your application the impression that it has posted. The reality however is that the words that you have poured out of your heart and into the keyboard have simply been forwarded to /dev/null.
All of this has essentially prompted me to upgrade properly and move across to the new server. So, here my new blog sits… using a generic template until I have time. On a shiny new hosting slot on our server. And there blogger sits – listed on WhatShitsMe.com.