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Topic # 12723 2-Apr-2007 11:54
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Probably showing my age ... I don't even know if Wrigley's still exists, let alone whether they still make spearmint gum!

But to the point ...

I am reliably informed that you can run Asterisk on these computers:

http://gumstix.com/store/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=167

They are literally the size of a packet of Wrigley's.

Here's the goss about putting Asterisk on one:

http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS7497964764.html

I want to create a proof of concept for a client ... but here's the rub. The things are so popular, they're constantly out of stock.

Is there anyone here who knows a source for these devices?

(Anyone tried this?)

My plan is to gut an old dead bakelite phone and mount this thing inside, with an ethernet cable coming out where the old phone cable was.

Rob


(Edit: yes Wrigley's Spearmint Gum does still exist: http://www.wrigley.com/wrigley/products/products_spearmint.asp)

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Reply # 65969 2-Apr-2007 12:40
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The things we remember...

I recently read that the chewing gum market in the UK is worth something like £220m per year and Wrigleys have a 95% market share.

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  Reply # 65997 2-Apr-2007 17:23
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Way cool, It could do much more than just be an ATA too. You could actually run a simple asterisk multi- line pabx from this!

dunno about G.729 though



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  Reply # 65998 2-Apr-2007 17:31
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Exactly! The possibilities are endless for this device!

Yes, it would have to be G711.

I have started imagining how you could cluster these ...

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  Reply # 66004 2-Apr-2007 18:54

a quick search for Linux SoC turns up a few vendors
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=linux+soc&btnG=Search+Froogle
there are also WISP router-platforms with great dev kits, WRT54GLs, HTC devices, AMD Geode, etc. gumstix is one of many products.




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  Reply # 66008 2-Apr-2007 19:16
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Sadly, no gumstixes show up on Froogle, and it's them I want!

They're as rare as hen's teeth!

The only thing that comes up is a Gumstix car sticker ... I'd have to be the saddest geek in the world to have a bumper sticker that 'lets everyone know you're part of the gumstix revolution' when I can't even get hold of the frigging thing!

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  Reply # 66466 5-Apr-2007 18:45
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If you could get the thing powering of the ethernet, you could whack it in a telephone and run a softphone on it, connect the keypad to the gpios on it and there you have it, a IP phone in your old novelty harly davidson telephone or whatever ;)




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  Reply # 66473 5-Apr-2007 21:20
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I've managed to order this, sort of, but it wasn't easy ...

First, I ordered a Netstix, on the basis of 'shipped when back in stock'. But their shipper, UPS, seems to have problems shipping to NZ.

So, I tried to order it using a UK address of a friend. It turns out that they can't ship the Netstix to EU countries because the unit does not comply with environmental regulations (RoHS).

So I started looking at the individual components that make up the Netstix. Each individually complies with RoHS, but the aggregate device doesn't!

Then I discovered that the only component not in stock was the netCF board. No problem -- I can use the netMMC board instead. I'm not bothered whether I use Compact Flash or MMC.

So ... finally, I can order a Netstix, but only if I order the unassembled components and have it go via London, and use an MMC card instead of a CF card!

I asked about the RoHS and was told that the assembled Netstix was a 'computer' and therefore comes under tighter regulations than the component parts. There must be something dodgy about the glue they use to stick the case together ...

As for Power over Ethernet, no, it doesn't support that, unfortunately ... so it won't be a complete innard for a Harley Davidson phone ...

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  Reply # 66478 5-Apr-2007 22:41
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my flatmate has ordered some gumstix parts to NZ just fine, so I dont know why there would be issues with getting stuff shipped to the house. Authough they do you some company that ends up using PBT in NZ so they are bloody useless about actually getting a signature.




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  Reply # 66479 5-Apr-2007 22:44
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Odd -- this is what the gumstix guy said:


there is an integration problem between UPS and New Zealand that we cannot solve.

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  Reply # 66685 10-Apr-2007 02:15
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robscovell: Odd -- this is what the gumstix guy said:


there is an integration problem between UPS and New Zealand that we cannot solve.


I checked, and he ordered them from gumstix.com and the last order was about 3 weeks ago.






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  Reply # 66702 10-Apr-2007 10:35
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Very odd indeed. I'll contact Don at gumstix and try to find out what the problem is.

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  Reply # 66706 10-Apr-2007 11:00
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OK, got a very quick reply from Don at gumstix. (Their customer service is superb.)

They use an automated UPS quoting system and it seems that this has been failing to give proper quotes for NZ addresses. Some kind of API problem, I guess.

Rob

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