Atlanta, GA – August 31, 2006 – Take Note! Asterisk Bootcamp Comes to
the Big Nerd Ranch, November 6-10, 2006

Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. announced today the newest addition to its
line-up of classes, Asterisk Bootcamp, November 6-10, 2006. Asterisk
Bootcamp, taught by instructor Jared Smith and developed by Sokol &
Associates, highlights one of the most talked about emerging
technologies in the telephony and programming industries. Asterisk is
the perfect solution for a spectrum of telephony needs from voice
over IP (VoIP), teleconferencing and switchboard functionality. As
the global marketplace demands greater flexibility for meetings,
conferencing, and sophisticated voice systems, Asterisk, the open
source contender, provides a flexible, economical and scaleable
design environment ideal for cutting-edge business, military and
governmental powerhouses. This bootcamp is ideal for developers,
Linux/Unix consultants, interconnect vendors and ITSP system
administrators looking for an enhanced and more elegant PBX solution
that rises above its more pedestrian competitors.

The innovative bootcamp highlights the instruction prowess of
Asterisk guru and author, Jared Smith. Jared is the Senior Consultant
and instructor for Sokol & Associates and the creator of the IAX2
trunking technique. He is featured as a co-author of the seminal
Asterisk text, Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, and one of the
co-creators of the Asterisk Docs project.

“When you’re dealing with emerging technologies, finding the right
instructor with the requisite experience and street credentials to
teach a class can be challenging,” said Aaron Hillegass, Big Nerd
Ranch founder. “Having someone with the knowledge base, reputation,
and vigor of Jared Smith is like winning the lottery. His finger has
been at the pulse of Asterisk design almost since its inception, and
his ability to translate his knowledge into practical instruction for
students is an incredible asset.”

The Asterisk Bootcamp is a five day course which covers in-depth the
keys points of Asterisk installation, configuration and
administration. The course begins with an in-depth review of Asterisk
as an application, a project and a community. It goes on to teach the
student to download, compile, install and tune Asterisk; to connect
it with both end-user devices (phones) and the outside world.
Students will learn to create dialplans, to implement applications,
and to make use of the long list of features which are included with
Asterisk. At the end of the course, students should be able to create
a working Asterisk system from a standard Linux computer, configure
the system to support end users connected via multiple technologies,
and to handle all necessary adds, moves and changes. If you are
wanting to learn how to implement a working Asterisk system, this
class is for you.

The bootcamp assumes previous experience with programming; especially
with Linux.

Read more about Asterisk Bootcamp (including the complete syllabus)
or our instructor Jared Smith.

The Big Nerd Ranch incorporates intensive training classes for Unix
and Mac OS X programmers in a retreat setting outside Atlanta, GA.
Class price of $4000 includes lodging, all meals, original
instruction materials, 24-hour lab access, and transportation to and
from the Atlanta airport. Students are encouraged to bring
independent projects to class, allowing for input from classmates and
individual instructor attention. For more information, call
678-595-6773 or visit