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Friday, 8 October 2004

nobody at the door...

We have a most unusual doorbell. It's great that technology has meant one no longer needs a wire to join button to bell, and I'm most happy with the poorly synthesized "bing bong" it emanates (especially when the batteries are beginning to fade, at which point it becomes amusing to as unsophisticated a mind as mine).

However, a house somewhere along our street or nearby must either have a similar model of doorbell or - perhaps less likely - enjoy walking long the road with a near-identical push button. Whenever the conditions are right (or the japester is outside - I'm not willing to discount the possibility) the doorbell will spontaneously play the "it's half past" chime from many popular types of clock. An explanation is worth pursuiing, but I don't have the time or energy. It doesn't happen very often, which doesn't help.

They're advertising for supervisors next week (hoorah!) It would be wonderful to work in radio permanently, in spite of the opportunity to work on the fringes of telly again. We'll have to see how things go...

I've been looking at Voice Over IP - there seem to be a load of ways to do it these days. For a start, though, I'd like to be able to get my computer to call, well, someone else's. Although BT's VoBB provides a total service with some groovy kit that charges a few pence to dial anywhere in the world, I think I'll stick with the internet version - perhaps using the free Gossiptel or x-lite software. There's a handy guide to VOIP at www.netmag.co.uk. Anybody (who's got broadband) fancy giving it a go?

Posted by james at October 8, 2004 6:56 PM

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