Tuesday, July 28, 2009

how to use Google Voice from abroad

Remember how to watch Hulu from abroad?

It gets even better, now with Google's Voice :-)

This how-to requires of bit more work, energy and maybe commitment ($$), but I'll keep it short, I don't want to bother you with the technical details (sic).

You'll need:

+ Google's invitation to the service (it helps if you enroll :-)
+ the "Hulu setup" (Opera, SecureConnect, SSH access)

(then it gets interestingly harder)

+ US DID number (googling "free DID" should help)
+ Asterisk setup to hook the DID into and pass the call to...
+ your VoIP client (the free X-Lite comes to mind)

Then type your DID in Google's Voice,
answer the incoming test call,
key in the test PIN and you're set

PS. many thanks to my * friend (you know who you are :-)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

how to watch Hulu from abroad

Well, it might not be that easy & cheap to do it, but lets march / dream on :-)

You'll need

+ VPS or better in the USA (or just SSH access :-)
+ a bit of luck to get the evaluation for SSH Tectia ConnectSecure
+ decent browser (that's easy, isn't it? :-)

The ConnectSecure evaluation will expire after 45 days, but if you're reading this I'm sure you have enough money to fork / buy your own copy. The magic is worth the investment since ConnectSecure will allow you to transparently tunnel any of your applications (Windows or Linux :-) across the water so that they'll feel "at home" over there.

Enough talking, lets jump to the meat of the problem - the configuration

create a new profile, you'll need a hostname and an SSH account

go to Filter Rules and select the application to be "teleported"

optionally you can disable the small security popup shown during operation

then you can Get Happy :-)