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Voicemail Write up

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Here in the Titanium bunker we listen to a fair number of podcasts – it’s the closest that we get the the world outside.  One of my favourite podcasts is the Ubuntu UK Podcast, and I was impressed that they had set up a voice mail system for the show.  I decided to set up a similar system for the Hoo on Who podcast, so this blog post  details how we set this up, and what the implications are if you want to set something similar up yourself.

To accomplish this task we created a free VOIP account with a VOIP Provider.  I had previously attended a VOIP couse at the now defunct OpenAdvantage and spent a happy week playing with the rather excellent Open Source PBX Asterisk. Anyway as part of that course the tutor was talking about his personal favourite SIP provider – SipGate.  This document talks about how I set this up in the UK, but is possibly usable in other countries.

Here’s what I did.

  • Created an account on Sipgate.co.uk.
  • During the process it asks where I am, and allowed me to create a Local number (0845).
  • Set up the Voicemail with a passcode.
  • Set up the call rules to automatically divert all calls to Voicemail.
  • Downloaded and configured the phonerlite app to use sipgate.

The SiPGate setting under the wizard was for Germany. I selected “Manual Configuration” .

Phonerlite configuration
Server Tab
Proxy/Registrar sipgate.co.uk
Register Yes 900 seconds
STUN Server stun.sipgate.net:10000
Domain/Realm sipgate.co.uk
User Tab
username <provided by SipGate>
password <provided by SipGate>
DisplayedName PhonerLite
AuthenticationName 1033379
Mailbox number 50000
Phone number blank
Network Tab
Local port 5060
Preferred Connection Type UDP
Multicast DNS Ticked
UPnP Nat Unticked
IPv6 Unticked
QoS Ticked
Codecs Tab
G.711 A-Law 64kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
G.711 U-Law  64kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
G.726-32 32kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
GSM 13kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
iLBC 15kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
Speex 15kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
Speex WB 30kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
G.722 WB 64kbps Echo Cancellation 0ms
No Silence Detection
SRTP = No
SAVP = unavailable
G.726-16 16kbps Not selected
G.726-24 24kbps Not selected
G.726-40 40kbps Not selected
Certificate
All fields blank
Sound Tab – Receipt
AGC No
Noise Reduction Yes (15db)
Sound Tab – Transmit
AGC No
Noise Reduction Yes(15db)
  • Using that app I dialed 50000, accessing the Voicemail and was able to play my carefully crafted answer machine message down the phone, by setting the record setting under Windows Vista to be stereo mix
  • In the UK if you call 08452872833, you can leave voice feedback for the show.   That’s a local call – it should cost the same to call as a local number.  If you are a VOIP user you can call for free by calling 1033379@sipgate.co.uk.
Receipt
AGC = No
Noise Reduction = Yes (15db)
Transmit
AGC = No
Noise Reduction = Yes (15db)
AGC No
Noise Reduction Yes (15db)

60 Minutes

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I’ve just downloaded and completed episode 3 of the Dr Who games.  I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ but compared to the other titles in the series it is somewhat lacking.

The plot for this game is based on saving the Dr by completing some task, then saving Amy by building something and then performing some task, followed by some plot involving a time eating entity and then launching the TARDIS.  Yes – it certainly was enjoyable to actually pilot the TARDIS, but that is 60 seconds out of a whole game. The same subgames were there – collecting things and wiring, but in the safety of the TARDIS there was no peril.

I’ll admit that my laptop trackpad is hardly ideally suited to drag crystals around, but given that I started this post at 00:37am, and I had downloaded the file at 23:17, but taking into account my gaming ineptitude (I had to do a couple of the maze games a couple of times – trackpads aren’t exactly made for gaming) I would suggest that this game is possibly completable in 30 mins. For a game that clocks in at 265 mb, I’m stuggling to see where it’s all gone?   This game takes place in the TARDIS.  To be precise, the Main Console room, the drawing room…And that’s about it.  I understan that the TARDIS controls are all animated, and that all takes space – but we’re not talking mesh deformation here – like character deformation.  How big can an animated lever be?  The first 2 games took place in multiple locations, with props and enemies.  This takes place in a single location.  For a location as large as the TARDIS it all seemed somewhat cramped.  This was the ideal opportunity to play on that idea the the TARDIS is as big as a city – that it has a library and a swimming pool.  I liked that there were artifacts that were there, but these artifacts were so closely grouped together that it took the fun out of it.  After the immediate danger you are given the opportunity to explore as either Amy or the Dr – What they were going for here is that you would explore the console as Amy, get all “oh.. the Dr pulls this lever and the TARDIS makes a wierd noise”, and then go round as the Dr learning what all the controls actually do.  But because the user chooses which character to explore initially in, then if (like me) you choose the Dr first, then there is no point in then exploring as Amy. What they should have done is let you explore as Amy, then hand over to the Dr, and you have to check the instruments that Amy has been looking at.  You could manufacture something like..

Dr : “Amy – I’l just going to go and do a mcguffin thing here…  Can you check the instruments on the Pannel?  There’s a user guide over there”

Any : “Ok Dr…You have around a time machine as long a I have without picking up a thing or two.  Let’s not forget that I have piloted this old bird before you know..”.

You then click on each control,  Amy does her wonderful analysis, until you reach the last control, where the handle breaks or there is some sort of negative reaction from the TARDIS  it makes a funny noise…

*Dr Reappears*

Dr : “What did you do <strokes console> there there old girl..  What happened

Amy : “Oh… I see.. I’m fine by the way….  it sort of made a wierd noise”

Dr: “I’m not surprised – were you fiddling with the control – I suppose I’d better take a look”.

And then you check the controls – this time you get the Dr definition on what they do.

Despite the lack of danger now though there is still no opportunity to explore the rest of the TARDIS – just the console room and the study.  265MB for 2 (maybe 3 locations)…  Really?

I often wonder what life on the TARDIS would be like – I imagine that not every day is battling monsters saving civilisations – I’ll bet there are times where the Dr get the old hoover out and the companions have a spring clean throughout the TARDIS – or perhaps they’ll visit a very nice place, and have a nice time there, not fighting for their life, but perhaps enjoying some tea and scones. This game provides all the thrill and spill of this.

Let us know what you think about this episode.

2Entertain exclusive announcement on Hoo On Who

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Just browsing the Hoo on Who site, and there an exclusive announcement from Daniel Hall from 2Entertain that will thrill MANY Doctor Who fans!!…

I’m not going to spoil it.. so here’s the podcast – download it and listen to it yourself.  2Entertain Hoo On Who Exclusive

  • Hoo On Who Exclusive Announcement!!

    David and Marty get an exclusive announcement from Daniel Hall from 2Entertain that will thrill MANY Doctor Who fans!!

  • Episode 28 – The Dal….errr OK! The Twin Dilemma!

    David lets Marty try his hand at piloting the TARDIS and instead of 1963, our father/son podcasting team ends up in 1984 reviewing the first Colin Baker story, The Twin Dilemma! They read listener feedback email and cover DVD extras. Be sure to check out the fantastic Dave Hingley artwork in the enhanced podcast (Dave is OUR Romulus) and stay tuned at the end for an announcement about Whoovers 2 from the DWPA!

  • Episode 27 – The Invasion

    David and Marty review the Patrick Troughton story, The Invasion. Marty does his high speed review of New Who, covering the last 3 episodes of Matt Smith’s first series as the Doctor. We read a ton of listener feedback emails and interview Daniel Hall from 2 Entertain about classic series Doctor Who DVDs, fandom, and American Conventions!

  • Episode 26 – Remembrance of the Daleks

    David and Marty review the 2 Disc extended edition of Remembrance of the Daleks. Marty does a high speed review of Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, and Vincent and the Doctor in the new series. We cover listener feedback emails, DVD extras and discuss upcoming reviews.

  • Episode 25 – The Time Warrior

    David and Marty discuss The Time Warrior, the first episode of Jon Pertwee’s final season. DVD Extras, listener feedback email and Marty also does a high speed review of Vampires in Venice and Amy’s Choice!

  • Episode 24 – ESpace Trilogy: Warrior’s Gate

    Marty and David discuss the final story in the E-Space trilogy, Warrior’s Gate, and review the entire box set as a whole. They discuss upcoming changes at the Hoo On Who website, talk Thundercats and Marty gives his “High Speed Review of New Doctor Who” episodes 4 and 5, the Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone (All Spoiler Free!).

    As always, we cover Listener Feedback emails and DVD Extras!

  • Episode 23 – ESpace Trilogy: State of Decay

    David and Marty discuss the second adventure in the ESpace Trilogy box set, vampires, and their thoughts on Matt Smith’s premier as the Eleventh Doctor.

  • Episode 22 – ESpace Trilogy: Full Circle

    David and Marty discuss the first adventure in the e-space trilogy, Full Circle. Read listener feedback email, discuss DVD Extras, Chuck Norris facts and what is coming up on the show.

  • Episode 21 – The Three Doctors

    David, Marty and special guest Sean Homrig from the Tardis Tavern, discuss the Three Doctors DVD. David recounts his experience at Gallifrey 21 and the Hooie boys have a conversation about multi-doctor stories while Sean is on a potty break. DVD Extras are also covered.

  • Episode 20 – The War Games

    David and his son, Marty, discuss Patrick Troughton’s last story, sock puppets, personal boundaries, Rita Moreno’s hotness, and much much more! David also discusses the upcoming Gallifrey 21 convention in L.A. and reads listener emails!

New mac!

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The Mac is here. It’s been a strange couple of days getting used to working with the mac. But I know have a development platform running on this machine- plus there’s the added advantage that this mac has front row running on it, which makes it perfect for using as a media centre. At present though I only have one monitor and am only able to use one machine on at a time. I guess thats this weeks project . Setting up was scarily easy but installing software seems way too simple- what, just drag an icon into your apps directory? really? what about the registry?

I am, however, not a convert-I need a small cable to connect this up to a tv- which the apple store here will not order in.  My only option is to order it from their online store- a £16 cable that after VAT and postage goes up to £22?

Bad move Apple, for the same price i fond the exact same cable from Amazon and a copy of Image of the Fendahl! quite surprised how guilable Apple must think its customers are.

What’s up Pilgrim?

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Just got back from the cinema having just watched Scott Pilgrim vs the world.  At first it was scary to be outside the comfortable walls of the bunker.  The open air, flashing lights and leagues of people were overwhelming, but soon the quiet dark of the theatre was comforting – sitting illuminated by a single screen made me feel at home.

The movie is like an old friend – familiar villains, fantastic story… wonderful special effects…

in short..

GO SEE THIS FILM

Where in the world is Colin Baker Mac version – Getting Closer

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Titanium Bunker is now in the possession of a lovely Mac Mini purchased through the wonder that is Ebay. I’m writing this post using it.

The seller lived just round the corner – which is convenient, and was really helpful in talking me through setting it up.  I will say this for Apple – the Macintosh is certainly intuitive.  I’m up and running ins literally minutes.

Dave’s going to start looking at the Mac version – probably after the weekend – it may even be the weekend – I popped my head round the art studio door, and there was like a total mess of pastels and charcoal.  It looked like n explosion in a paint factory.  Apparently he was working on some Hoo on Who artwork – which is always cool.  I’m just grateful we have the service droid to clean it up, because I certainly would like to do it.

Where In the World Is Colin Baker – For Mac!

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Work has just started working on the Mac version of Where in the World is Colin Baker Hoping to have something working over the next few days

Gallifrey Android Application

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I love Linux.  There, I’ve said it.  So imagine how stoked I am about the possibility of a Linux mobile phone.  And what with Dave going off to Gallifrey next year I started thinking…..

“I wonder if it is possible to write an application for people visiting Gallifrey”.

Here’s what I’ve come up with :

I’ve come up with a new twist based on a rather old technology.  RSS feeds.  I plan to start looking at creating Syndication feeds that describe an event rather than news or rich content.  This had the advantage that the event information would be visible in existing news readers, and would be an established standard.  It also has the advantage of supplying a single file to describe an event or series of events, and potentially portable to other operating systems (for example Windows).

I envisage a system where you point your android phone at an event feed.  You can then express an interest in any of the activities identified within.  Sharing an event is as simple as sharing a URL, and if an activity changes then the feed changes.  If you compare the current version with the previous version you can determine what changed and bring that the users attention.

You’ll probably notice that I’ve used 2 terms here – events and activities.  I think it might be an idea to lay out a taxonomy or definition to prevent any confusion.

Event

Term Definition
Event Feed RSS file extended and modified to include event information
Event A event – for example Gallifrey
Activity A Smaller unit – An Event feed may expose multiple activities
Event Code QRCode of the Titanium Bunker RSS FeedThe Address of an EventFeed, expressed as a QRCode.  Qrcodes can be read mobile phones and decoded to allow feed addresses to be shared by merely taking a photo of the code.

It’s probably going to take some work, but I’ll document my findings here.

New From Titanium Bunker- Where In the World Is Colin Baker?

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Listening to the 20MB doctor who podcast episode 15 I was inspired when Adam couldn’t find his Colin Baker dolly-  Sorry I mean posable action figure into making a short game about the search for said action figure

So now after literally 3 days of development, The titanium Bunker is proud to announce its first software release.

‘Where in the World is Colin Baker’ is an action packed, high octane game with more twists and turns than a twisty-turny-thing. Well, its a lot like battleships, but its still fun to play 🙂

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Grab it here.

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