Google, I Hate You Because You Are Awesome

When Google isn’t alienating us by pushing social experiments down our throats, and doing evil, they are often awesome. Nevertheless, I started thinking this month how I will take my Google Apps domain and start hosting it myself: mail, chat, calendar, contacts, etc.

Today they integrated Google Voice with Google Talk in GMail. I still don’t know how they are doing it, are they connecting to PSTN through XMPP? In any case, I feel all excited and giggly about it. Maybe I will keep my Google Apps account after all..

It’s always been another one of my personal technological gaps. How do I travel and remain reachable on my US number? I could spend months on end in Israel, and it’s always nice to have seamless access to my US number and voice mail. SIM cards are so cheap abroad, the phone numbers assigned to them are arbitrary, I should be able to punch them in to Google Voice and just have people reach me with my usual number (this feature is yet to come). In short, unify and clean up the mess that is telephony and voice mail. Hopefully, if all this magic is through XMPP, we will have sexy integration in Empathy as well.

So at this point, not only has this delayed my disengagement from Google, it has brought me a step closer to getting an Android phone (Apple, stay classy and ignore Google Voice).

This isn’t conclusive, I don’t welcome our new overlords with open hands. My trust is being eroded with age, I just need to hear another horror story about political repression or Google evil doing to decide on personally hosting encrypted everything. Even if it means I will have to spend a few years of my life setting up Asterisk.

Google, I Hate You Because You Are Awesome

7 thoughts on “Google, I Hate You Because You Are Awesome

  1. Edward Hervey says:

    Having a portable worldwide number has been possible for ages with decent SIP telcos.

    For a few bucks a month, they give you a phone number (the good ones allow you to chose in which country/area) which will call your SIP phone and you can configure the service so that it calls a pre-defined number (like… your mobile phone in your current location) when your SIP phone is offline or not responding.

    Oh, did I mention I’m using it with the N900 and telepathy already ? 🙂

  2. For xmpp to PSTN, you can simply use asterisk to convert jingle to sip, and then sip to anything you want, provided you have the proper hardware. I assume that others sip servers can do it ( callweaver, opensip, etc ), since both sip, jingle and the regular telephone are standardized features.

  3. imran ahmed says:

    hi there, is this feature accessible? I have looked everywhere but can’t seem to enable this feature. any tips/suggestions?

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