More VOIP: YakForFree, PC2PC SIP and Video Conferencing

“In a crowded and competitive VoIP marketplace, yakForFree is distinguished by its free video capabilities and ease-of-use. By downloading the free Virtual VideoPhone, which takes less than a minute, users can make free calls over the Internet using a high-speed connection.”

Slashdot | Yak Launches Free Video and Voice Service

This has been in the making for most of the year with CounterPath (formerly XTen) providing the eyeBeam softphone that handles SIP and video.  The feature set offered in the various Yak products suggests an Asterisk backend.  There is at least one report of configuring Asterisk to use the Yak service.  I’m going to try this out, so if anyone wants to test, drop me a note.

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UntitledLinux Clustering Made Cheap and Easy

So you need a lot of computing power but don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a commercial cluster? Or maybe you just have a lot of machines sitting idle that you would like to put to good use? You can build a powerful and scalable Linux cluster using only free software and off-the-shelf components. Here’s how. | Condor: Building a Linux cluster on a budget

Step by step guide for building a Linux cluster suing Fedora, DRBL, and Condor.  Uses commodity parts, so this won’t cost a fortune.

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The Ultimate Disposable PDA

The PocketMod is a small book with guides on each page. These guides or templates, combined with a unique folding style, enable a normal piece of paper to become the ultimate note card. It is hard to describe just how incredibly useful the PocketMod is. It’s best that you just dive in and create one.

PocketMod: The Free Disposable Personal Organizer

This is wild.  And it works.  I’m forever making lists of stuff, so this sort of thing is just what  I need. There’s even an offline version for you to download.  Via MAKE

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Google Base Launched

As announced on the Google Blog, Google Base has finally launched. According to Google, Google Base enables content owners to easily make their information searchable online. Anyone, from large companies to website owners and individuals, can use it to submit their content in the form of data items. We’ll host the items and make them searchable for free.”

Slashdot | Google Base Launches

I’ve got an idea for throwing something in here to see what happens.  I’ll update this later after I give it a try.

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