[nycbug-talk] UNIGROUP Meeting 16-OCT-2008 (Thu): Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony System

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Tue Oct 14 16:07:01 EDT 2008

NOTE: Unigroup's October 2008 meeting is this Thursday.



     When:  THURSDAY, October 16th, 2008    (** 3rd Thursday **)

    Where:  ** New Location **
            The Cooper Union  <http://www.cooper.edu>
            School of Engineering
            51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
            East Village, Manhattan
            New York City
            Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)
            ** Please RSVP **

     Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
            6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                               Answers and Current Events
            6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
            7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

    Topic:  The Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony System:
            From The Ground Up!

  Speaker:  Paul Charles Leddy



  The Asterisk web site says: Asterisk is the world's leading open
  source telephony engine and tool kit.  This month, our speaker
  will give us a hands-on demonstration of setting up a free PBX
  (Phone System) and IVR (Interactive Voice Response) system,
  using VoIP (Voice over IP) phones and a VoIP provider (Internet
  Phone Service).

  Previously (back in the year 2000), Unigroup had presented
  the "Bayonne" Open Source Telephony Project.



  To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
  Registration Page:

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  Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

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  Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
  prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
  RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

  Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
        will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
        properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
        seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
        If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
        still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
        we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
        you are "not on the list".



  Topic: The Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony System:
         From The Ground Up!

  We'll compile the code and start up the asterisk server.  Then
  hook up a couple of phones so we can make an internal PBX call.
  From there, we'll register with a VoIP provider and make
  a real call to someone in the audience.  Last, we can also build
  a basic voice response system to make a virtual "haunted house"
  for this coming October 31st.

  Outline for the Talk:

   - About The Asterisk Project
   - Getting the code and compiling it
   - Basic configuration
   - Setting up phone extensions
   - Registering a SIP phone
   - Making an internal call
   - Registering with a VoIP service
   - Calling an outside line, receiving a call from an outside line
   - Basic call routing and IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
   - (Helping people get a system up and running on their laptops)

  Web Resources:



  Speaker Biography:

  Paul Charles Leddy has been a Linux Systems Administrator for about
  10 years.  The story of how he got involved with computer telephony
  is: "Dreaming of voice over the Internet since circa '96, when
  Paul heard about Mark Spencer's Asterisk, he just had to get it up
  and running.  He downloaded the code onto his Mac laptop and had a
  dial tone within minutes: Wow!  Since then, he has gone on to
  implement a few phone extensions, Interactive Voice Response
  playhouses, hooked up to a real live VoIP service or two, like
  Junction Networks and VoipJet, and helped friends and family
  discover the wonderful world of cheap talk, walking the walk."


  Company Biography:

  Paul Charles Leddy is available for help and consultations.



  Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
  enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
  continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

  O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
  books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

  Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
  provided by their User Group programs.

  Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
  our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
  (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

  As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
  start of the meeting.


  Fee Schedule:

  Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
  and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
  there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
  their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
  meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

      Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
      Student Yearly Membership (with current ID):    $ 25.00
      Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
      Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00

    * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

  NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does NOT
        indicate membership in Unigroup.



  Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This
  includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna
  and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato,
  tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and
  assorted SOFT beverages.

  ** Note: We will be using our normal caterer for this meeting.



     The Cooper Union  <http://www.cooper.edu>
     School of Engineering
     51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
     East Village, Manhattan
     New York City
     Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)

  Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between
    3rd & 4th Avenues.

  Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
  Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
    directions to The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)...  From the
    main entrance, keep going straight beyond the guard till the
    end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on your
    left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right.

  Nearest mass transit stations are:
    '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
    'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
    '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
    'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

  We believe free street parking becomes available at 6pm.


  Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
  Please tell your friends about Unigroup!



  ** Formal Thank You's to our previous speakers will appear
     in an upcoming announcement.



  We have a series of meetings in the works:

  - 16-OCT-2008: The Asterisk Open Source PBX/Telephony System
  - 20-NOV-2008: Solaris (with OpenSolaris) Launch Meeting (Field Trip: Sun)
  - 15-JAN-2009: Linux Real-Time Messaging (Tervela)
  -        2009: The FreeBSD Networking Stack (George Neville-Neil)
  -    MAR-2009: SuSE Linux Real-Time Kernel (Field Trip: Novell/SuSE)
  - Planning: IPsec and IPv6 and VPNs  (possibly 3 meetings)
  - Planning: NO SPAM!
  - Planning: Embedded Linux Development
  - Planning: Unix/Linux/BSD Distribution Round Table Discussions
  - Unix/Linux/BSD Clusters and Clustered Databases
  - The latest on *BSD (NetBSD/OpenBSD)
  - Crypto / PKI / GPG-PGP
  - Patching and Updating Unix/Linux/BSD (rpm. yum, yast, etc.)
  - Building Custom Kernels Unix/Linux/BSD
  - Are there too many Linux Distributions?
  - Linux Clustering Part 3: Beowulf
  - Building a Firewall using FreeBSD and Linux
  - LAMP Part 2 - PHP
  - Field Trip to HP
  - Unix 35th Birthday Celebration (Sun has offered to host this!)
  - Samba
  - DNS
  - High Performance Internet Servers / Web Acceleration
  - Unix Office Tools: Word Processors, Spreadsheets, Accounting Packages.
  - GNU Development Environments
  - iSCSI, Serial ATA, and other new peripheral technologies
  - Java and/or JavaScript Programming

  ** Unigroup Needs Speakers!!
  Please let us know about any other meeting topics that you may be
  interested in.  Potential speakers on Unix/Linux/BSD related
  technology topics should please contact the Unigroup Board.



  Unigroup is one of the oldest and largest Unix User's Groups serving
  the Greater New York City Regional Area since the early 1980s.
  Unigroup is a not-for-profit, vendor-neutral and member funded
  volunteer organization.  Unigroup holds regular and special event
  meetings throughout the year on technical topics relating to Unix
  and the Unix/Linux/BSD User Community.

  Unigroup holds regular meetings planned for (at a minimum) the Third
  THURSDAY of Odd Months.  We generally try to hold Field Trip or
  Vendor Specific Meetings on the Even Months, although we do have the
  ability to hold monthly meetings at our new downtown meeting location.

  Planned regular meeting dates are (usually 3rd Thursdays):
    10/16/2008, 11/20/2008 (Field Trip), 1/15/2009, 3/19/2009 (Field
  Watch for our Special Event meetings at the various trade shows in NYC
  as well as "Field Trips" to the facilities of local hardware and
  software vendors.

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  meeting topics and speakers.  Unigroup welcomes contributions and
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  organization and we need your assistance!  Please let us know if you
  can help!


-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (-a_t-) unigroup.org
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