DIY-IT Project Guide

DIY-IT Project Guide

Summary: This is the comprehensive guide to the DIY-IT projects. If you're working on a DIY project of your own, this is a good place to start.


The Ultimate Google Voice How-to Guide

We took the big step of moving from landlines to VoIP using Google Voice. The following series shows how we did it. Note: This links to a 14-article series on getting the most out of Google Voice. We are aware that Google is going through some transitions with Google Voice. As the situation changes, we'll add to or update this article series.

For those of you using Google Voice now with Ooma or Obi, please skip down to the bottom of this list and read our Google Voice and Skype article. It will help you come up to speed with what I'm doing right now. --David

Google Voice: The ultimate how-to guide
Summary: In this article, and the dozen or so that follow it, you'll learn just about everything you need to know to get the most out of the Google Voice service.

Google Voice: Just because you can port your number, should you?
Google Voice is an amazing service, but there are some limitations and gotchas. In this article, we explore the pros and cons of the service to help you decide if it's for you.

Google Voice: A step-by-step primer on ditching your land line while keeping your number
Google doesn’t normally allow you to port a land line phone number to Google Voice. This step-by-step primer shows you how you can do it.

Google Voice: The ultimate iPhone how-to
Google fought Apple hard for the right to distribute a Google Voice iPhone app. This guide shows you how to get the most out of Google Voice on your iPhone. 

Google Voice: The ultimate Android how-to
In this article, we look at how you can use Google Voice from your Android device, how you can display your Google Voice number as your Caller ID, and how you can make minutes-free Google Voice VoIP calls via WiFi.

Google Voice: What if Google cancels Google Voice?
As our ongoing series, The Ultimate Google Voice Guide, continues, rumors fly about the end of Google Voice. If Google Voice ends, we'll help you find substitute solutions.

Google Voice: The SMS guide
Here's how you get the most out of sending and receiving text messages with Google Voice.

Google Voice: In the car with Android
You can customize your smartphone in all sorts of fun and useful ways to provide an optimal in-vehicle experience and driving assistant.

Google Voice: beyond Gmail. Get voicemail and texts using any client you want
Learn how you can receive transcribed voicemail messages and texts in any email client you wish.

Google Voice: how to consolidate your virtual phone numbers
Google Voice doesn’t normally allow more than one Google Voice number to ring through to a single mobile phone. This article shows you some ways around that limitation.

Google Voice: a cheapskate's guide to cheap VOIP
In this article, we look at how you can make and receive Google Voice phone calls from any old wired phone you may have lying around your house.

Google Voice: configuring a complex home office
In this article, we’ll look at how you can set up a complex home office with two phone line and Google Voice.

Dear Google: we need a quality reverse phone number lookup for Google Voice
Since Google is the oracle of all information, it seems strange that it can’t tell you who owns a given phone number.

Taking Google Voice to the extreme with Ooma
After a year with Google Voice and about three months with the Ooma solution working smoothly, I’ve finally stopped hearing complaints about our phones.

Google Voice and Skype: Rethinking GV and the landline handset solution
There's no need to try to convert the last five decades of analog phone devices to something that runs over the Internet. Let's just use the Internet devices we already have in the house. Let's use Skype with Google Voice.More Projects

Here's a list of the other projects we're working on. Feel free to check any of them out.

Topics: SMBs, Amazon, DIY, Microsoft, Hardware, Google, Collaboration, Apps, Apple, Android, Social Enterprise


David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Some tangential directions to go

    I'm an ---intrigued--- Linux user.

    1) How about a paragraph or two on experiences with Linux SMS apps (since the Mac is UNIX like).

    2) Have you tried faxing from your MFP using google voice?