Asterisk Tech Tips – Thursdays At Noon

By Steve Sokol
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Get your geek on and join us this Thursday (March 24, 12:00 PM CDT) for Asterisk Tech Tips, a new webinar series that gets down and dirty with Asterisk.  Each Tech Tips episode starts out with an in-depth tutorial covering one of the many awesome features of Asterisk.  After the tutorial we open up the floor for general Q&A.  You’re welcome to ask about the topic of the week or any other Asterisk-related questions you might have.  We’ll have a number of Asterisk experts available to answer questions.

This week we’ve got Malcolm Davenport, Senior Product Manager for Asterisk and Asterisk SCF in the house teaching you how to use Asterisk with Google Chat and Google Voice.  He will take you step-by-step through the process of connecting to Google, making and receiving calls, and even integrating Google Chat with your system.  Best features: a FREE DID and FREE calls in the US and Canada through the end of the year!

Tech Tips is scheduled to take place every two weeks. To suggest a topic or if you’re interested in presenting a Tech Tip, email me at: [email protected]

Register to attend our inaugural episode at:

[Disclaimer: The presentation will be done using GoToMeeting’s GoToWebinar service which, as of today, does not support Linux.  Sorry folks.  If you happen to know anyone who works for GTM please apply pressure for Linux support.]

There Are 8 Comments

  • Tim Kramer says:

    Will the session be recorded?

  • Julie says:

    Yes, the Asterisk Tech Tips will be recorded.

  • Ethan Case says:

    I can’t believe I just missed it!!! I had my reminder set to the wrong time zone!!!
    Will there be anything available for the lame like me who missed the meeting? Even if it’s only an audio file – I really want/need it!

  • Julie says:

    The Asterisk Tech Tip recording will be available shortly on Meanwhile, feel free to check out the presentation on

  • Trent says:

    What is “shortly”?

    I was hoping to see if they addressed why Asterisk 1.8.x is now failing with Gvoice, and how to resolve it.

  • “Shortly” was on March 25th. “Now failing” is pretty non-specific. If you’re speaking to inbound calling from Google Voice having issues relative to the passing of the DTMF 1 event, that’s covered. If you’re talking about something else, then we’ll need some more details. The best places for that kind of discussion are either on the asterisk-users mailing list or on the Forums.

  • Ethan Case says:

    Google Glitch #5084451846208 (just kidding on the number)
    that disrupted inbound calls has been completely resolved. Search the Asterisk, FreePBX, or PBXinaFlash forums, respectively, for further assistance.
    Might I add that the “Inbound Call Disruption of Google Voice” was publicly reported around 03-21-11, 04:53 PM, and it was publicly resolved (at least for PIAF users) by wardmundy : 03-22-11 at 10:31 AM. (Ward may or may not have been the sole party responsible – chances are, it was the work of several people, from several sites and companies, all collaborating together for the common good of all)
    I feel your frustration with Google Voice – believe me, I do. You may want to spend $30-$40 a month for a backup service to use when Google’s free service runs into problems. Just in the past 4 months – from 12/2010, there have been weekly or bi-weekly drastic changes made by Google that has required many people (who for the most part, work for free) to brainstorm and innovate to keep things functional.
    These people are heros…
    Where was I? Oh yes – so there was a glitch from Google, and it was fixed by the open-community in just over 17 hours.
    Not bad, considering it was all for free 😉
    If you need your problems addressed faster than 17 hours, an example of this would be for commercial purposes, then I can recommend an honest, knowledgeable IT expert that answered my request for help last week and within a few hours completely turned my Asterisk experience around for me. He is a Guru on and his user name is Atsat. If you don’t have an account for the forums, just quickly create one and send him a PM. His reply’s are very prompt. I’d post his email address but I’m not sure if that would be appropriate – anyways – good luck!

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Steve Sokol

Steven Sokol is co-founder and product lead for Respoke, Digium's real-time communications (WebRTC) platform and continues to serve as the director of strategic programs at Digium (aka entrepreneur in residence), identifying and capitalizing on emerging technologies.. He has previously served as the Asterisk marketing director and as a product manager. He joined Digium in the summer of 2007 when his startup was acquired. Steve co-founded both AstriCon, the annual Asterisk user conference, and the Asterisk Bootcamp training program. He lives in Kansas City.

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