Asterisk for Activism

I’ve been reading and learning about Asterisk like crazy. Asterisk is a Open Source software PBX (Private branch exchange). It’s basically a digital telephone switch that runs on Linux.

The Huntsville, Alabama company Digium is mostly responsible for it’s development. They also sell hardware to use with Asterisk. Like the TDM400p which is part of a Developer kit I just bought and installed. Here are all the bookmarks I have for Asterisk. My favorite site so far is There is so MUCH knowledge there it’s amazing!

Lots of folks discussing now how Asterisk could be used for creating mobile podcasts aka mobcasting. EXCITING!

Mobilecast:Making podcasts work on Cell Phones

I just ran across this neat piece of software called Mobilecast that helps you listen to podcasts on your phone. It basically automates the conversion and shortening of podcast mp3s into (MMS) AMR files. Many cell phones can’t play mp3s (but they seem to play AMR files), plus they don’t have rewind and fast-forward functions. This little app appears to convert the podcast right after you download it with iPodder and then chops them up into small 10 minute segments. This way if you get a call or are interrupted you don’t have to start listening to a whole 30 minute podcast all over again. [Note: I haven’t tried this software yet. My phone is sooooooo OLD.]

Here is my favorite part about this software. It works with Open Source software (iPodder) leveraging it’s power and is a piece of client software. (As apposed to a server side application that hides behind a fee wall.) I really believe that if you help empower individuals to use software themselves in the manner they choose and can afford you’ll unleashed a whole lot of good!

via: Podcasting News