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  1. WuzzBot

    WuzzBot Guest

    I'm looking for a software package and possibly hardware that allows one

    to update an answering machine daily with a new message. The message
    information is on a CD and there is a track for each day of the week. We

    would like to have a specific phone extension contain a new message each

    day. For example, the message might say, "Today's meeting will be held
    at 8 a.m in conference room 12 on the third floor." To me the software
    end seems somewhat simple in that all one would need is a PC running
    continuously 7/24 that is scheduled to load a new track onto a recording

    device each day. Anyone know of such PC software and hardware?
     
  2. hamilton

    hamilton Guest

    Whose "answering machine" is this ??

    It looks like you are trying to modify a PBX system. ( i.e. specific
    phone extension )

    It looks like a NON-trivial project.


    Let us know what you find out.
     
  3. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    That's what I would like to know. If someone builds it, then maybe we'll buy it. There's no doubt in
    my mind that someone with a reasonable knowledge of a language like VBasic could write the front end
    to capture the next track on the CD each day and have it read to download to a machine. There are in
    fact PCs that act as answering machines. I have no intentionally to personally write it if someone
    has already done it.
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  4. WuzzBot

    WuzzBot Guest

    That's what I would like to know. If someone builds it, then maybe we'll buy
    it. There's no doubt in
    my mind that someone with a reasonable knowledge of a language like VBasic
    could write the front end
    to capture the next track on the CD each day and have it read to download to a
    machine. There are in
    fact PCs that act as answering machines. I have no intentionally to personally
    write it if someone
    has already done it.

    There are some answering machine PC packages on Leo Laporte's Screen Savers
    web site. They are possible interfaces to the topic.
     
  5. Ben Weaver

    Ben Weaver Guest

    Erm... Maybe I'm missing the point here, but...

    1. Get a PC with a modem and some sort of voicemail software. Get one
    that works by playing/recording standard "wav" files from the PC.

    2. Find which wav file is being played upon answer.

    3. Use the Task Scheduler (or similar) to overwrite the wav file each
    day with a new one.

    Ta da!

    Something like that maybe?

    Ben
    ~~~
     
  6. WuzzBot

    WuzzBot Guest

    Close. I'm not familiar with voicemail, but I'll look. Not familiar with the task
    scheduler either. W2000 scheduler? How do I tell 'something' to take the next wav
    file off the CD, or a specific date file, and load it into the voicemail s/w db?
     
  7. hamilton

    hamilton Guest


    WuzzBot,

    I think I know whats wrong here.

    Are you looking to modify/program an existing "answering
    machine" or are you looking at purchasing Hw/Sw for an NEW
    answering maching.

    If you have an existing "answering machine", then my first
    statement stands "whose is it ?"

    If you are looking for a NEW answering machine, then are you
    looking for ONE incoming line to have multiple "extentions"
    each with a different message ( updated as necessary )
    or
    a NEW answering machine for a multi-line PBX to have a different
    message ( updated as necessary ).

    Voicemail is a generic term used for any phone messaging system.

    Each voicemail system has its own way of updating outgoing
    messages. How much do you want to spend ?

    Google is your friend, when you do not know what it is you
    want...

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=voicemail+system&btnG=Google+Search
     
  8. WuzzBot

    WuzzBot Guest

    Hamilton,
    This is for a museum. We have a simple machine that currently allows one to record a
    voice message (answering) when no one is able to answer the phone. I can't imagine
    that device being capable of what we want. Not knowing much about these devices, I'd
    say we want a PC that will answer the extension reserved for these changes to daily
    messages. Cost? How about less than $100.00. One line, and one msg. You call (530)
    265-XXXX and it answers with the message for the day. It either hangs up after giving
    the message or you get a chance to replay it, and a chance to tell it to hang up. We
    probably would not be interested in something other than a PC, since I think the cost
    would be considerable.

    I'm quite familiar with Google. The closest I've found on this subject is
    <xxxxx--below>, and I'm sure none of them do what I want. I do have a msg to one of
    them asking what they can recommend that will do the jobl.

    xxxxx URL is on another machine. Do a Google on "pc answering machine software" (I
    think that's it) and look for a result from TechTV. There's a review of about six s/w
    pacakges.
    For some reason there is lots of html in this message, and I'm having trouble sending
    it. Here goes again ...

    OK, I'm deleting all the original stuff...
     
  9. hamilton

    hamilton Guest


    Ok, we now know what you really want to do.

    One line, One message, PC based. So you want software. Good.

    Many voicemail capable modems come with _free_ software.

    If you do not have a voicemail capable modem, go to you local
    computer store and look at the modems. The ones with voicemail
    capability will have some sort of software included.

    This will be a start. Jot down the name of the software included
    and look then up online. There you may get ideas for inserting
    into google.

    I just tried this and came up lots of hits to sort thru.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=PC+voicemail+software&spell=1

    I am sure others may have sugestions for software you can use.
    I have never use this type of software, but I have designed PBXs.

    Good Luck.
     
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