Posts tagged sms

Text to Voice Calling

This weekend me and @Bonxy spent some time adding some features to the Bonxy SMS site, that I posted about recently. My aim was to add in voice calling as well, so users could write out prank messages or reminders and send them to friends or family. To do this I used Tropo.com, they provide a cloud based SMS/call api, allowing you to make calls, receive calls, conferences and of course send text message.

text to calling

The actual integration was pretty straightforward, use their PHP library’s, set up an application and hey presto you have voice calling and answering. I’m thinking of using the service to create a cheap conference system, all users call into the local rate number, therefore using your own contract minutes.

code

I’m also hopefully going to transfer the technology to a few other sites, to provider reminders and wake up calls/alarms etc.

SMS Sending

I’ve just helped my mate finish his anonymous SMS sender, Bonxy SMS. Lets you send texts and change the name of the sender to anyone :). Hopefully have a write up of the technical stuff later.

Torrent Automation

One of the main reasons for buying a server was for the ability to leave a torrent client running 24/7, now I can. With uTorrent ( and all of its advanced options ) I can now download torrents all of the time, one of the drawbacks to this is the drain of bandwidth on the rest of the network. So I’ve set uTorrent to only download at full speed during the night, and then very limited during the daytime, this was I shouldn’t notice any impact on my network.

uTorrent Schedule

Another nice feature of uTorrent is the auto download of torrents when placed in a specific directory, so this means I can quickly add a torrent file to my NAS drive and within a few seconds the torrent is downloading. This and with addition of the RSS feed feature allows me to quickly download TV and films without much effort.

File are then automatically moved to the correct directory, based on the torrents labels, so that my Boxee Box will pick up the media without me intervening.

Another idea I had (well @Bonxy suggested) was to get twitter updates when downloads have finished. I had already dealt with twitter messages when creating my home automation system for my dissertation. So it was just a quick job of copy a bit of code and creating a simple console app that took the tweet params.

Twitter Code

I then edited my uTorrent options to ‘run a program’ when a download completes, I just simply pass the twitter message with the torrent name, and within a few seconds I get a tweet (plus email and free SMS) with my download details. I then added the same call to the status changed option in uTorrent.

tweet Image

Obviously I cancelled the above download as downloading content that isn’t freely available isn’t legal. :)