"In the previous installments in this series we learned how to
connect legacy phone lines to an Asterisk server, how to record
custom sound files and voicemail prompts, a couple of Linux
soundcard troubleshooting tips, and how to set up a simple custom
digital receptionist. Today we'll set up a more complex digital
receptionist that answers incoming calls according to holiday and
off-time schedules, and as a special bonus create a telemarketer
tarpit that diverts unwanted calls into special contexts of their
"The nice thing about computers is they are champions at doing
boring, repetitive tasks, and Asterisk is no exception. You're
probably familiar with PBX systems that require someone to manually
turn on the after-hours or holiday greetings. Well now, in this
here 21st century that's just silly. We're going to make the
computer do the work..."
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