HowTo Google Voice iPhone 4S

I recently took on some IT work to hook up a friend's business' phone system. I soon learned that this included an iPhone 4S, which I haven't much experience with - iOS that is. So after some calls to the carrier and some goggling, I obtained a direction and better yet a plan. The plan includes VoIP routing to the 4 cell phones for the business, one of which is the iPhone.

For now this is a rough draft, as in some notes that I'll eventually return to for finalization. But for now the outline follows;

Google Voice app will only work as Google voice if you have it linked to a land line or a cell phone - it has to validate that you are real so you can:
1. sign up for Google Voice
2. Go into the voice settings in Google Voice (best done on a laptop or desktop) and select a number you want to link or forward calls to.
3. Google Voice calls that number and asks you to enter the 2 digit code that appears on your screen. Do that and the "service" is active.
This Now has nothing to do with using the talkatone account on the now retired iPhone 3GS.
1 Download Talkatone to the 3GS
2. ask to link it to the 3GS (it verifies that you want to use it on that instrument as a voip calling device - it will ask for the email address and password for the google voice account you just set up.)
3. Done.I've set this up on many non iPhone apple devices and it works fine.
The Google Voice app is only for real phone line with established service - it uses your voice minutes to establish a call on a regular paid for line.Talkatone circumvents this requirement and places a true Voip SIP call.Again - I have this working on an iPod touch, iPad mini and two iPhones as a backup to the voice service.

So i researched and found an app called Talkatone. It uses your google voice account and The google chat service to route calls AND text messages over wifi for free!

Google account

I made a new one, specifically for my calls. but of course you can use an existing google account.

Activate Google Voice Service (free)

sign into your google account
go here:
scroll down choose voice under home and office
it will ask you if you want a new or to use an existing. choose new.
follow the prompts, it will help you make a new number, then it will ask for a forwarding number, you'll need to put in a legit number , then it will verify by calling that number.
after that google voice will be activated.
to get to your google voice dashboard,
https://www.google.com/voice (of course you need to be signed in)

Forward calls through the Google chat service

signed in?
at your google voice "inbox" ?
click the little gear/settings icon top right
check the box that says "google chat" under the forward calls section (part of the "phone" tab
ok done with the computer side of things.

Download Talkatone (iOS)

Download the Talkatone app. (free) I beleive they have an Android version as well.

Run Talkatone

run talkatone and the wizard will guide you through whatever needs to be done. sign into the google voice account etc...
you'll notice it will warn you about the "forwarding through google chat " thing. no worries you already did that.


Now you can make calls and text with zero signal, and it routes all over wifi. This doesn't use any minutes/texts ! If you use talkatone even when you have service it still routes calls/text over the data connection so it still doesn't use any minutes. Yes, this is a VOIP solution BUT unlike Skype or the others, you don't need the other party to have the same app for it to be free. The call quality is less than stellar but its good enough.
Also, i would imagine( i haven't done it) that by using this method, you can turn your ipad or ipod touch into a phone if you had a Bluetooth headset.
Just one thing. The google talk service lets you make free calls for 2012 "only". you see it used to be that it was only going to be free for 2011, but they added another year and now it claims free for all of 2012.
UPDATE: free for 2013
re-reading this i feel like a commercial for google and talkatone .............. but i am just honestly amazed i get this for free and wanted to share my solution for free voice/text over data/wifi.

A second option to Talkatone for VoIP app is Acrobits Softphone. I use it on my Android and it works very well. Not to mention its a one time purchase not a monthly subscription.

And I found some other material over at ZDnet for me to read up on later. 
The Ultimate Google Voice How-to Guide
And of course if all else fails there's always the manual.


Root Beer Vanilla Float Cake

My dad loves root beer floats, so for his birthday I made a Root Beer & Vanilla Float Cake!

Cake Ingredients;
1 box - Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla cake mix with pudding in the mix.
1-1/4 cups - water
1/3 cup - vegetable oil
3 - eggs

Frosting Ingredients
3 ounces - sweet cream butter, softened at room temperature for about 30 minutes
6 ounces - cream cheese, softened at room temperature for about 30 minutes
2-1/8 - cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons - root beer extract or regular root beer soda pop, not diet.

1 tablespoon - Grated chocolate, I prefer Ghirardelli milk chocolate.
1 teaspoon - Chocolate sprinkles

1. Grease and flour dust two 9" round cake pans.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
3. Mix cake batter ingredients in bowl at medium speed for 2 minutes, exactly.
4. Pour equal amount of the cake batter into the two pans.
5. Place cake pans in over for 30-35 minutes.
6. Mix all of the frosting ingredients into a bowl except the root beer. Blend with mixer until smooth.
7. Remove cakes from oven when finished, make sure they are cooked all the way through with a toothpick.
8. Let the cakes stand until warm, about 15 minutes.
9. Flip each cake, separately,  upside down onto a plate so that each has its flat side facing up on the plates.
10. Turn one of the cake pans upside down and flip one of the cakes onto it, so the is right-side up on an upside down pan.
11. With a long sharp knife, slice the top of the cake, the one thats on top of the pan, so that is level. Be cautious not to slice it down too much. Invert any pieces you slice off and use them as filler to make the top as flat as possible. Use a tiny bit of frosting to hold the pieces in place.
12. Sparingly spread some of the frosting over the sliced top cake. Use just enough to seem the pieces flat.
13. Grate a nice covering of chocolate over the frosting you just spread onto the first cake half, the one on the pan.
14. Flip the second cake, the one on the other plate, over onto the first plate, and then flip it once more onto the top of the frosted and chocolate grated half of cake. This should make it so the flat, bottom, of the second cake is face up and on top of the first cake sitting on the pan.
15. Mix in the root beer extract into the remaining frosting using a mixer.
16. Using a spatula spread some frosting around the sides so as to fill in the seem between the cakes.
17. Scoop out the remaining frosting from the bowl onto the top of the cake.
18. Spread the frosting evenly over the cake.
19. Take some grated chocolate and with a spoon dash it on the sides of the cake, being careful not to get it on the top. The idea is to make it look like root beer in the glass when you make a root beer float.
20. Sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles on top of the cake.
Optionally (as I did); use some icing to write a message on your cake.

That's it, I hope you like my Root Beer & Vanilla Float Cake!


Capital Prospecting

    The story of Capitol Prospecting

        You see Gary started his own lawn mowing company back in 2005. He had quit his job at a local liquor store, because he was ready for something of his own. The next day he bought a used lawn mower and trimmer then started knocking doors. He soon came up with the name $20 Lawns. Gary wanted to charge people a more realistic price for mowing their lawns. We weren't in any position to have employees. So Gary has busted his butt alone, most of the time occasionally I can help, to make $20 Lawns a well known name in Salem, Oregon.

        In the beginning of this year my husband Gary was coming home from work one day sore and tired; as he has done everyday. We sat outside on our porch enjoying a moment of peace; which any parent of a 3 year old can understand. Gary looked at me and said,"I don't know how much longer I can physically keep mowing lawns." As the loving,supportive wife that I am I only responded,"Then you need to figure out what you want to do and make sure it is something you like to do."

        Gary has always had a passion for prospecting since he was a kid. He has lived in gold bearing states (Oregon, Nevada, California, and Alaska) all his life. My husband has had many trips metal detecting and gold prospecting though out the years. He has the most fun taking our son out to teach him how to treasure hunt. Our son usually skunks him in finds.

        With that the gears started turning. Gary went to the Salem Fairgrounds when the Gold Show came through; which he does every year, but this time with the intent of educating himself on the dealer side of this business. We decided to sell $20 Lawns so we could start Capitol Prospecting,LLC. 

        So far we have learned alot, yet we know we still have a lot more to learn. We are dedicated to see this business succeed just like we did with our $20 Lawns company. We know that this will be a different kind of venture than we are used to, but with your support it can succeed.

 I would like to thank all who have checked out our website. 

   Have a blessed day~


Falco and the Trusty Croutons perform in the Cloud

Recently I acquired an HP Chromebook 14, known as Falco. Yep its cool quiet and white. A nice change from the black and other dark colors of the Windows era of notebooks and netbooks. And no, just because it's white, it does not look like a Mac either. I'd say a nice high-bread. However the aesthetics is not what this post is about. This post is how to compliment Falco with a guest OS called Crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment), and that guest OS will be Ubuntu who's current release is called Trusty Tahr. And now to tie that all together I call it "Falco and his Trusty Crouton".

  1. http://plus.google.com/+EdChen0/posts/doUgsKVwDn3
    1. Install the Crouton Chrome Extention from goo.gl/OVQOEt
  2. http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2014/03/how-to-install-ubuntu-and-mindcraft-on.html
    1. Backup Chromebook to USB
    2. Switch to Developer Mode and setup your chromebook with a profile.
    3. Open Chrome and let it sync your profile. This might take a few minutes.
  3. http://tomwwolf.com/chromebook-14-compendium/chromebook-crouton-cookbook/
    1. Download Crouton Install at goo.gl/fd3zc to your Download folder, in ChromeOS.
    2. Open a Chrosh Terminal via "ctrl-alt-T"
    3. Enter 'shell'
    4. Insert an 'ext2' formatted 8GB+ USB storage or SD card into the chromebook.
      1. Give the removable storage the name 'falco'.
      2. www.partition-tool.com/landing/home-download.htm is a link to PartitionMagic to format and read ext2/3/4 on Windows.
    5. Enter the following 3 seperate lines into the terminal, CASE sensitive.
      1. Enter "cd /usr/local"
      2. Enter "sudo mkdir /media/removable/falco/chroots"
      3. Enter "sudo ln -s /media/removable/falco/chroots/ chroots"
    6. Create/Install Crouton
      1. sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -r trusty -t unity,extensions,chrome,keyboard -e
      2. Enter your Chromebook password.
      3. Enter it again.
      4. Enter a pass phrase for trusty; different from your Chromebook password for added security.
      5. Enter the pass phrase again.
    7. To run chroot from your Chromebook, press "ctrl+alt+T" and type;
      1. shell
      2. sudo startunity
    8. To switch screens from Trusty to Chromebook;
      1. ctrl+alt+F1 (F1 is the key to the right of esc) 
      2. ctrl+alt+F2 (F2 is the second key to the right of esc)
    9. Ubuntu package load; Open a terminal in Ubuntu Trusty and enter the following lines one at a time.
      1. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-standard
      2. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
      3. sudo apt-get install synaptic
      4. sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
        1. To accept the license agreements press the ">" right direction key
      5. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    10. www.noobslab.com/2014/04/thinkstweaks-to-do-after-install-of.html
    11. www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWUf45ZPAQM
      1. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
      2. sudo apt-get update
      3. sudo apt-get install pipelight-multi
      4. sudo pipelight-plugin -enable silverlight
      5. sudo pipelight-plugin -enable widevine
      6. sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk
    12. www.itworld.com/open-source/402077/how-run-linux-chromebook
      1. sudo apt-get install gimp
    13. news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-a-Google-Drive-Client-on-Ubuntu-381532.shtml
      1. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:thefanclub/grive-tools
      2. sudo apt-get update
      3. sudo apt-get install -y grive-tools
    14. www.enqlu.com/2014/03/how-to-install-classic-menu-indicator.html
      1. sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload
      2. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
      3. sudo apt-get update
      4. sudo apt-gt install classicmenu-indicator
    15. www.enqlu.com/2014/03/how-to-install-skype-42-in-ubuntu-1404.html
      1. sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu trusty partner" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/canonical-partner.list'
      2. sudo apt-get update
      3. sudo apt-get install skype
    16. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/wine
      1. gksu software-center
      2. dash: Wine Configuration/Applications/WinVer
    17. www.ubuntuformus.org/showthread.php?t=1824277
      1. LTSpice for linux, just download and install the Windows version from www.linear.com
    18. www.noobslab.com/2013/10/nemo-file-manager-with-extensions-for.html
      1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/mint
      2. sudo apt-get update
      3. sudo apt-get install nemo
      4. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
      5. sudo apt-get update
      6. sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
      7. MORE in the bookmarks for noobslabs.com

Session Startup Automation
ChromeOS Keyboard Shortcuts
Chromebook formating USB drives
Chromebook & Chroot Directory Shares
Crouton Persistence
Crouton Automation Tasks
Chroot Backup/Recovery/Delete
& other terminal commands for Chroot.

IDE for Crouton;