FoneScript, a hacker-friendly cloud phone system
March 20, 2015 10:07 AM   Subscribe

FoneScript, a hacker-friendly cloud phone system
FoneScript is two things: a domain-specific language for defining voicemail or comapny-directory-style menus and call routing, and (eventually) a cloud platform for hosting these systems with no on-premises equipment for the users.

The idea is that this makes it less of a pain in the ass to do things like route work calls to voicemail on Saturdays, or put relatives and friends straight through, pla custom messages and route calls differently depending on the time of day, etc, without having to set up Asterisk, write a full-fledged Twilio app, or otherwise do a deep-dive into 1930s-era tech in order to do something simple with your phones.

Right now you can see that I'm primarily targeting other hackers with this, but anyone of reasonable intelligence should be able to work with it pretty easily too.

The biggest, most obvious, win is that your business or organization doesn't need a a physical office or presence in order to have a phone number You would then have the ability to expand its complexity slowly over time as needed.

I'm obviously trying to make money from this eventually, but any MeFites that would like some free credit when I launch the paid version can MeMail me (or post here, I'll be monitoring the thread) any time.
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posted by LiteOpera (2 comments total)

Dude, you totally should port Zork to voicemail.
posted by XMLicious at 3:43 PM on March 20, 2015

I'm glad you had the same thought, XMLicious! I do plan on doing some "text adventures" with this, though probably not Zork.

Feel free to try it yourself if you like, and let me know if there are any features you're missing that would make it easier.
posted by LiteOpera at 2:34 AM on March 21, 2015

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