perlfool has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
Hello all. I have been programming perl cgi for a few years now and I want to do something different non web related. I need some help.
I have a land line with caller id and I want to make a small device to sit next to the phone and block certain calls, answer other calls and play a wav file that gives a custom response, and other calls to simply let it ring the phone so I can pick it up and talk to the person. A perl call screener.
Of course I want to program it in pure perl which I feel confident in doing if it were a PC running linux. But I dont want a pc sitting there next to the phone, I only want a small box pre programmed to do what I say with the phone calls.
My question is, what kind of hardware would need to be inside this box and could it be made to be less than 6" x 6" x 2"? I have an old sharp zaurus and I was thinking of tyring to use that if I cant figure out how to make one from components. I would still need to know how to connect it to the phone line and what to use for a GUI, im used to just using a browser for that.
Thanks for any insight you can give.