Gnome and CTI (computer-telephone-integration)
On my desk, there’s a Siemens Gigaset SX353 connected to the desktop PC via USB. There’s a nice command line tool for managing the telephone, esp. dialing numbers is possible using
gigacontr --dev /dev/ttyGB0 --dial 1 <number> 10
Unfortunately when passing in a international number with the “+” notation, e.g. +49163123456 the phone will not use the “+”. This could be easily solved with a small python wrapper script gigadial.py:
#!/usr/bin/python import sys, os assert len(sys.argv)==2 device = "/dev/ttyGB0" internal_number = "10" command = "/usr/local/sbin/gigacontr --dev %s --dial 1 %s %s" number = sys.argv number = number.replace("+", "00") if len(number) > 8 and number[0:2]=='49': number = "00%s" % (number) command = command % (device, number, internal_number) os.system(command)
Gnome supports configuring a handler for callto: URLs. Using gconf-editor modify the setting /desktop/gnome/url-handlers/callto/command must be set to
To use Thunderbird’s addressbook with this, enable in Tool | Additional Settings | Misc the option “insert callto: link for phonenumbers”. When viewing contact data, the phone numbers show up as links. When clicking the phone number, the phone dials that number. Cool!
Even cooler: For Firefox, there the wonderful Telify addon that finds phone number in webpages and converts them to links. Telify must be configured to use callto: URLs instead of the default tel: URLS.