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If you have ever wanted to build an automated dialer or text messaging system but dont want to sink a lot of time or money into it you have to try the services of Twilio.com. There are all sorts of neat things you can do with it, and if know a bit of SQL I can get you started in about five minutes using twiSQL. twiSQL is a set of user defined functions that are enabled through .net CLR which add significant functionality to your SQL server.  In short this library will make your SQL server place phone calls and send text messages in a single line of code. Thanks to the generous con...


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Posted in: Twilio
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I am at it again with the updates to QCSync. If you have no idea what QCSync is you may want to have a look here for the details of how it works. The short story is that if you work for a transportation company and are a Qualcomm Enterprise customer you likely use a set of web based tools to manage your drivers and vehicles. This tool is designed to automate the push/pull relationship between your dispatch & maintenance software and the services offered by Qualcomm (vehicle tracking, critical event reporting, hours of service, etc). I should begin by saying I am not affiliated with any&...


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Posted in: Adoption, QCSync
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Hello Farm Bureau & Hello Friends – Do me a favor and share this post to help this move. I wanted to take a moment to share my experiences as a 12 year customer for all my insurance needs. Last year I was faced with three claims on my home owners insurance. My car was broken into, my sink messed up and the tornado did damage. All these claims totaled less than about $9K. A few weeks ago I was told by FB that my insurance will not renew. For those that do not know this is the scarlet letter in the insurance world. I am now faced with the struggle of finding a non-standard insurance ca...


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Posted in: Rants
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So I have a new project - the project is probably a very odd thing to most anyone who finds this blog because the market for this project is pretty small. The giant company Qualcomm has a bunch of smaller groups of the company. One of the smaller components of that I deal with professionally is the Enterprise Services group. The Enterprise Services group provides a bunch of different things to transportation companies and one of those things is asset tracking mixed with tools to enforce hours of service, equipment performance, risk assessment and a host of other things. In my day job we hav...


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Posted in: QCSync
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I was recently contacted by a user of twiSQL who was using the services of Twilio combined with my library twiSQL to send text messages directly from a SQL server. The problem that was reported was that there were some encoding issues with sending a text message with a hyperlink as part of the text. This was something that I went a few rounds with figuring out when I initially developed the library and apparently there was an opportunity here to do it better.  I am happy to say that I have updated both the public and donation supported version of the library at this time and they ...


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Posted in: Twilio
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