Airing of Grievances
Raspberry PI units are cheap, incredibly powerful little computers. $50CDN each, although the full kit required to get one up-and-running wanders into the $100CDN territory - but that is for an entire computer, one capable of running basically anything that the world of computing came up with before 2005, including Asterisk, the powerful, open-source telephony suite.
Although, if you’re going to buy a Pi, obviously the first thing you should build is a RetroPie.
Melissa: Each one of these Raspberry Pi units is running Asterisk and some autodialer code that I wrote, and I’ve been sneaking them on to unattended phone lines around the city.
Lain: What do they do?
Melissa: They call every nine minutes and play a sound that is my best approximation of Gilbert Gottfried making tender yet passionate love to a set of off-key bagpipes.
Lain: Dang, Mel, who could possibly deserve that?
Melissa: Let’s see… Trump hotels, landlords who’ve kept my security deposit, CANIPRE, Patent Trolls, Steve, Oracle, people who use single character variable names, teenager with luxury sports cars, and anybody who’s ever used the term “alpha” unironically to describe themselves.