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Operator. How may I direct your call?

Asterisk is an open source system for creating your own PBX. That's "private branch exchange" in telco talk, and it means that you could set up your home and home office with multiple extensions, conferencing, music-on-hold, voice mail, and all the features that you'd normally associate with an expensive telecomm system.

But as you might expect, it's a bit complex. So far, the best article I've found for getting an idea of what's involved, and what you might want to do is Kerry Garrison - Building your own PBX

I picked this tip up from the ever-helpful XTension discussion list, by the way.

Hallowe'en Automations

Of all the "home automation" folks that I've met, I've found that most of them are big Hallowe'en enthusiasts, too. It's certainly one of my favorite holidays, and using home automation equipment for spooky purposes is a lot of fun.

I guess Smarthome has noticed the intersection of interests, too. They have a special Hallowe'en store that is stocked with several interesting items. The glowing footprints look pretty cool (and you can control them with the addition of an X10 module) and I'd like to sample a few tracks from the Haunted Circus CD.