This is quite an intresting “Swan” sculpture that seems to have recently appeared at the Turf Locks, just next to the Turf Hotel.
This hotel is really a pub, but a very good pub which has the advantage of only allowing access via foot or bicycle. The nearest main car park is about 2 miles walk from the pub, although there is a very small car park about a mile away.
I can recommend the steak & kidney pudding and a good pint of Otter Ale.
There is a nice view out over the Exe estuary as you sit drinking your well earnt pint.
From my previous post you will see that I have tried using Skype for VOIP phone calls but I got a bit fed up with Skype for a number of reasons so I have now unsubscribed from it.
Skype is probabaly one of the best known names that people associate with VOIP but I’m not so keen on being locked into a “closed” system where you have to use Skype software rather than a normal VOIP client. Also I don’t like the way that Skype force you to pay for calls before you have actually made them! They also charge quite a lot for the for an inbound phone number to receive voip calls on (about £3 per month).
Luckily my own ISP have a VOIP service http://call.me.uk/ which only charge £1 per month for a phone number which is quite a bit less than Skype and I then just pay for calls actually made at the end of each month. I have now got an 03333 STD code rather than a “boring” 01823 Taunton STD code – an advantage with an 03 prefix is that it is not linked to any specific geographic UK location, and costs exactly the same amount to call as a regular 01 or 02 landline number.
They also sell “voip hardware phones” like the Snom 300, but I’m not really a “power user” of phones so I thought I’d go for a software VOIP solution rather than a hardware phone for the time being.
There a a number of software phones (“Softphones”) and I tried out a few of them. First I tried Ekiga, but this did not seem to run at all on Ubuntu Intrepid so I gave up on it and tried Linphone, which I got working but it seemed very basic. By far the best VOIP software I have tried so far has been Twinkle which has loads of handy features and will run nicely minimised on the task bar. Installing it is very simple via the “add/remove” menu.
Once you have filled in your SIP account details (username, domain password & realm) you are pretty much set to make and recieve VOIP calls.
It took a bit of trial & error to get my audio settings just right, and at first the sound did not sound very good, but I have now got it so that its just as good as using any regular non-voip phone.