Malcolm Davenport September 14th, 2007
Okay, this is sort of product related, but it’s also a bit on the fun side.
(this posting inspired by the shoutout Russell gave me on the commit list, detailed in this comment)
I like to listen to music, a lot (frequently), and a lot (quantity) of it. I even started a Last.fm group that’s populated with some other Digium-ites including Josh Colp, Jason Parker, Russell Bryant, Matt Robinson, Mr. Kevin P. Fleming, and more. Apparently our favorite artists right now are The Doors, Tool, The Cranberries and Kansas. Myself, I’m apparently really into Peter Gabriel, Hed Kandi, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Michael Jackson, Eels, ZZ Top, Paul Simon, and RATM. Last.fm’s great. And now, back to the point of this posting.
Having this great love of music, and having spent a number of years in the Sales department before I moved over to Marketing, I was constantly having to mute the music playing on my PC before I took or made a customer call. Most of the time, I didn’t fail to mute the music. Most of the time…
To remedy my oopsies, Mark wrote a little program for me called muted. Muted can presently be found in the Asterisk source directory under the “utils” subdirectory.
What’s it do?
It connects across the Asterisk Management Interface (AMI), watches for any calls that get directed to my Polycom phone, and then mutes the main ALSA channel on my PC.
The music stops, I sound professional on the telephone, I hang up, and…the music returns. Bliss.