I’m in England. Saint Albans to be precise, trying to get some work done in one of the shops of Olio & Farina. Will be back Wednesday though. Gotta go, David is taking me to get a pint 🙂
Come in Francia, anche in Italia, grande mobilitazione dei cittadini contro il Cambiamento Climatico. Non è un’azione impegnativa e non ci costa nulla!
La data? 1 febbraio 2007
L’ALLEANZA PER IL PIANETA TERRA (gruppo francese di associazioni ambientaliste) lancia un appello semplice a tutti i cittadini del pianeta:
spegnete la luce il 1° febbraio 2007 ore 19.55 – 20.00
5 minuti per il nostro pianeta!
Non si tratta di economizzare l’elettricità, ma di attirare l’attenzione dei cittadini e dei media, sullo spreco di energia e l’urgenza di mettere nelle agende dei nostri politici le questioni ambientali. Il cambiamento climatico ci riguarda tutti, ma é un argomento purtroppo che sembra non importare molto !
Perché proprio il 1 febbraio?
E’ il giorno in cui verrà pubblicato il nuovo rapporto del gruppo di esperti climatici delle nazioni unite.
Questo evento avrà luogo in Francia: non bisogna lasciare passare questa occasione! Se riuscissimo veramente a partecipare tutti, questa azione avrà un reale peso mediatico e politico !
Fate circolare il più possibile questo appello intorno a voi !!
The Dial Plan Wizard is a Windows software application that assists in creating new dial plans, verifying existing dial plans and testing the plans. It is also an excellent tool for learning how to construct dial plans. The wiz greatly automates the otherwise difficult and confusing tasks of dial plan crafting and testing.
A dial plan is a string of characters that is entered into Sipura VoIP devices to control the device’s dialing behaviors. It is only relevant to Sipura devices.
This is the first beta of the wiz. I believe it to have suprising and considerable functionality, well worth the download/setup/learning-curve efforts — if you are a dial plan person.
The wiz is written in VB.Net 2003. The download is quite large (8MB) due to the large database and perhaps .Net stuff. The zip file probably contains the .Net framework installation. Installation is quite simple and fast on systems that already have .Net. I don’t know the experience for systems that do not. XP is certainly recommended but I believe that 98+ will work too. XGA or better resolution recommended. Feedback needed.
Please download a copy of the wizard here.
Instructions, release notes, screen shots to follow. More testing is needed on:
1. Timeout handling especially P delay
2. Situations where there are multiple matches.
3. Handling of extra dialing digits.
When the wiz encounters a text bounded by plus signs (+), it will attempt to resolve the contents according the macro processing rules. First, it tries to resolve using the builtin macro list. The values for builtin macros come from the user’s selections in the lines grid. There are four builtin macros:
1. +modelcode+ resolves to the Sipura device code (SPA3000)
2. +line code+ resolves to the devices line name (line1, gw0, etc.)
3. +line type+ resolves to the type of line (FXO, FXS)
4. +provider+ resolves to the VoIP provdiers name (BroadVoice)
5. +country name+ resolves to the selected country name
6. +country code+ resolves to the selected country code (1 for US)
7. +area code+ resolves to the selected area code
If the macro is not one of the above, it will next try to resolve the macro using the Macro table in the database (Dial Plan Wizard.mdb). There are 25 macros currently in the database such as (+Fire+, +Police+, +City Code+, +6d+). The substitution for the macro name can be either a substitute string from the Substitution column, which can also contain macros. If the substitution string is null (empty), the Query column is used. The Query column must either be null or contain a valid SQL SELECT statement. The SELECT will then be invoked. If successful, the returned result will be scaned for additional macros. If the macro still cannot be resolved, the wiz will assume it really isn’t a macro and the string will be passed on to the parser unchanged.
Here’s a dial plan that uses macro substitution:
( 011,xx. | *xx | +directory assistance+ | +fire+ | +police+ | 0 | 00 | < : 1+area code+>[2-9]+6d | 1[2-9]xx[2-9]+6d )
+area code+ is a builtin macro that resolves to, say 312 (Chicago)
+directory assistance+ is 411
+fire+ is 911
+police+ is 911
+6d is xxxxxx
Note that +6d is not terminated by a trailing +. The rules permit the omission of a trailing + if the next character would be invalid as a macro name. A macro name consists of the letters A-Z, a-z, 0-9, spaces or an underscore.
Thus, the above dial plan would resolve to:
( 011,xx. | *xx | 411 | 911 | 0 | 00 | < : 1312 >[2-9]xxxxxx | 1[2-9]xx[2-9]xxxxxx )
+fire+ and +police+ macros are resolved by the SQL SELECT statements such as:
SELECT Fire FROM Countries WHERE [Country Name] = “+Country Name+”
This SQL statement says to look in the table named Countries, in the column named Country Name for the string “United States” and return the entry under the column “Fire”. Thus 911 is retrieved for the United States but perhaps 18 or something else for other countries.
The macro feature permits generalized default dial plans such as (+fire+ | +police+ | 1[2-9]+2d[2-9]+6d | [2-9]xx.) which perhaps will resolve to a usable dial plan for many countries. Macros are also used to specify selections for the database.
All of this macro stuff is very powerful provided the database is well contructed.
Default Dial Plan/Element Selection
The wiz grabs default data elements from the Data Element table and supplies them to the data element grid according to a simple rule. If an entry is blank or matches the user’s selected value, then that dial element will be included in the plan and thus will appear in the grid. Relevant columns are Line Type, Provider, Country Code, and Area Code. For example, if a row has a Country Code of 1 (United States) and an area code of 312 (Chicago), and that matches the user’s selection, then that dial element will be included. Examining the various tables in the database will make this all clearer.
This feature, along with the macro processor, and a well stocked database, can provide a user with a smartly choosen default dial plan immediately upon his selection of his provider, country and area code.
A must-have if your happy enough to own an Apple Intel machine. Look at the goodies:
There are a lot of features and enhancements introduced in this Release Candidate, such as:
I’ve just got an anonymous tip from a source that indicates that Apple is planning a special event on February 20 to introduce Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), iLife ‘07 and iWork ‘07 as well as updated Mac Pros. Mac Pros will be available immediately with a free upgrade to 10.5 when it ships, and the ship date for 10.5 will be confirmed for 3/24/07 as they have been predicting for quite some time now. There is some speculation that we may see a week earlier or later for this event, depending on the status of Leopard, but this is the most likely date which is being planned (by this time, Leopard’s new interface will be complete and the OS will be finishing up testing). What better way to demo Leopard than with a brand new 8-core Mac Pro?
Many will remember that last year, not long after Macworld, Apple had a special event on February 28, 2006, to introduce new Intel Mac Minis and iPod HiFi.
The real question on everyone’s mind, however, is…
… will we see anything unexpected? Like an updated touchscreen iPod? Or perhaps a 12″ultra-portable Mac Book Pro? I continue to believe that it’s still going to be a little bit longer before we see either of those… NAB is coming up in April (the 14th-19th) and I’d peg updated Mac Book Pros at this event.
And then when will we see the full screen iPod and updated Mac Minis, iMacs, etc.? I don’t have any recon on that, so I’m not just going to make up something like some of the other guys would…if you have any ideas, sound off in the comments section below!