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Google Crisis Response

Many of my friends may not know about this. I hope now they will and be better informed now and in the future. I feel the more you know, the more you can extend a helping hand to others. Google seems to have done just that by making critical information more accessible in times of disaster.

Google Crisis Response provides critical information and develops tools to support disaster relief. Some examples are:

  • Google Public Alerts disseminates relevant emergency alerts to users when and where they’re searching for them
  • Google Person Finder allows people to locate loved ones who have been impacted by a crisis
  • Google Crisis Maps was created to show damage and resources following emergency events.

Stop by and get informed and help if you can.

For more Google related projects head over to

How to remove Google+ hangout apps

Log into your Google account and find your way to your Google+

Next click on settings (gear icon), which take you into the accounts area

Click on security, then click edit on Authorizing applications and sites

Locate the Google+ hangout app you would like to remove (revoke access)
Click Revoke Access

The application should now be removed.

I wish this was a bit simpler, but it works for me; I hope this helps you out.

Shortcut to Authorizing applications and sites

Google Tasks, Ad Free

Google I/O is over and now a QR Code revealing a link and the ability to generate a code to unlock the Task Free Application for your phone. They are keeping it active for a few days, so be quick and spread the word about this.

Adding Google Voice to FreePBX

I followed the following steps to setup my new FreePBX Server with Google Voice.
I am happy to say it works for the most part, however inbound calls are not making it.  All in all this was a good learning experience:

*UPDATE*  I have made a follow up with my working configuration files


How To Add Google Voice To FreePBX

Part 1: In the shell

  1. Refer to the Asterisk Wiki: Calling Using Google. We’ll be following that as our guide.
  2. From the command line, as user root or asterisk, verify that the res_jabber and chan_gtalk modules are loaded.
    • [root@asterisk18 ~]# asterisk -rx "module show" | grep res_jabber                  AJI - Asterisk Jabber Interface          0
      [root@asterisk18 ~]# asterisk -rx "module show" | grep chan_gtalk                  Gtalk Channel Driver                     0
    • If one or both of those grep commands returns nothing, you need to build the modules (don’t forget to have OpenSSL development libraries installed) and make sure they are loading at Asterisk startup (autoload=yesOR load => and load=> in /etc/asterisk/modules.conf).
  3. There are three config files in /etc/asterisk to edit by hand (use vinanoemacs or whatever you like): jabber.conf, gtalk.conf, and extensions_custom.conf.
    • jabber.conf – Edit or replace jabber.conf to follow what is listed in Calling Using Google, and which I am pasting almost verbatim here. (I removed debug=yes.) This establishes the XMPP connection.[general]
      statusmessage=”I am an Asterisk Server”
    • gtalk.conf – Again referring to the Asterisk wiki, edit gtalk.conf thus:[general]
      ;externip= ; if you know your external ip addr ; use STUN if you're on dynamic IP and NAT
      connection=asteriskSome notes about gtalk.conf:

      • Use context from-google, which we will set up in the extensions_custom.conf.
      • connection=asterisk must match the connection definition (in square brackets) in jabber.conf.
      • Use externip or stunaddr to get your external IP address if you’re behind a NAT.
    • extensions_custom.conf – Make a section like this:[from-google]
      exten => s,1,Answer()
      exten => s,n,Wait(2)
      exten => s,n,SendDTMF(1)
      exten => s,n,Set(CALLERID(num)=${CUT(CALLERID(name),@,1)})
      exten => s,n,Set(CALLERID(name)=${CUT(CALLERID(name),/,1)})
      exten => s,n,Goto(from-trunk,YOUR-GV-NUMBER,1)
      exten => s,h,Hangup

      • Replace YOUR-GV-NUMBER with your Google Voice DID.
      • The Set commands fix up the caller ID to get rid of the long XMPP ID that is passed on an inbound call.
  4. Once these files are in place, restart Asterisk (amportal restart).
  5. Issue the following command to see that the XMPP connection to Google Talk has been established:# asterisk -rx "jabber show connections"
    Jabber Users and their status:
    User:     - Connected
    Number of users: 1
  6. Now you’re ready to set up a Google Voice trunk and inbound and outbound routes in FreePBX.

Part 2: FreePBX

  1. Add a new Custom Trunk.
    • Trunk name: Google Voice
    • Outbound Caller ID: put your Google Voice DID, even though this will be ignored (GV always uses your GV number for the outbound Caller ID)
    • Dialed Number Manipulation Rules: Google Voice requires that the number be a full 11 digits, starting with 1. Either here or in your outbound route (or both), make sure you are sending a full 11-digit number.
    • Custom Dial String: This is the most important part. Entergtalk/asterisk/+$OUTNUM$ where asterisk matches the client definition in your jabber.conf (in square brackets). If you’ve followed this how-to exactly, then this line is correct.
    • Submit changes.
  2. Add a new Outbound Route.
    • You can send any US domestic calls through Google Voice. Just configure an appropriate outbound route and select Google Voice as the trunk. I configured 11-, 10-, and 7-digit dialing within my own area code.
  3. Add a new Inbound Route.
    • Refer back to this line you entered in extensions_custom.conf: exten => s,n,Goto(from-trunk,YOUR-GV-NUMBER,1) Whatever you entered for YOUR-GV-NUMBER will be the DID you use for your inbound route.
    • Description: Google Voice (or whatever you want)
    • DID Number: YOUR-GV-NUMBER
    • Other stuff: defaults
    • Destination: wherever you want the incoming call to go.
  4. Submit all changes and apply configuration. Done! You have added a Google Voice two-way trunk to FreePBX and can use it in your inbound and outbound routing. Don’t forget to log in to Google Voice and select Google Chat (… as the phone to which your incoming calls are forwarded!


A big thanks and all credit to the guys over at PSU VoIP

Android Market Reboot

Whoa, did you see that…

Well it wasn’t necessarily the black cat in the Matrix movie but something noticeable.