Asterisk installed at home. Looking for cool ideas

Hans Fugal hans at
Fri Mar 16 23:47:14 MDT 2007

On Fri, 16 Mar 2007 at 19:39 -0600, Chris Carey wrote:
> I've finally got a working Asterisk install at home, and I'm trying to
> think of how to add some pizzazz. Any suggestions?
> The setup is basic. Inbound/outbound calls are working. Two extensions
> (one cisco phone, one sipura).
> Some things I'm planning on:
> IVR - Press 1 for front room, Press 2 for the office
> Voice Changer
> Forwarding to Cell Phones

- Distinctive ring
- Mother-in-law logic (aka ex-girlfriend logic)
    - e.g. different messages or behavior depending on who's calling
    - or even change the CID name for incoming calls to something more
      hip, for a finite set of numbers (or a match of numbers)
    - ring only one of the phones depending on who's calling
- room-to-room calls
- Set up a meetme conference that you can use at the drop of a hat, e.g.
  to get a bunch of people together to sing happy birthday to your cat
- TTS announcing who's calling. aka couch potato caller ID
- caller ID pops up on the screen of your laptop/desktop/whatever - aka
  computer geek caller ID
- system access, e.g. uptime, load, memory, run a script (might want to
  password-protect that)
- call in and secretly monitor your cat in the living room using the
- call in and scare the cat with the console (aka paging or intercom)
- zapateller
- make up a wacky answering machine message with Audacity
- dial-a-song
- dial-a-madlib (markov chain)
- math game for the cat
- horoscope
- dictation machine
- control your rhoomba
- jukebox control
- place an automatic call to yourself when some event occurs (using the
  manager API)
    - new PLUG email
    - SCO stock drops further
    - alarm clock
- get a motion sensor and combine the intercom and call placing ideas,
  to scare the cat (burglars)
- time-of-day logic (fewer rings at night, or no rings)
- write a script to place a crank call
    - places call
    - with spoofed CID (Jason Hall <801-555-4956>)
    - playback(tt-monkeys)
- Use that crank call script automatically from a spam filter, but use
  the FBI's CID this time. Or maybe Bill Gates.
- Don't abuse caller ID too much and ruin it for the rest of us who want
  to use it for legitimate purposes (look like we called from a business
  phone even though we're at home)
- voicemail to email
- time and temperature (and other weather)
- speed dial
- gambling IVR (blackjack hand - if you win your call will be completed.
  if you lose you will be disconnected)
- Allow extended family to place calls in your local area over VOIP
- Set up family voicemail (press 1 for Chris, 2 for the wife, 3 for the
- music on hold that reflects what you're currently listening to

Hope that gets the creative juices flowing!

Hans Fugal ;
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the 
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach
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