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Is there a reasonable phone-answering h/w s/w set up that people can use on a land line?

I want to be able to use my land line like you use Skype, (completely computer controlled, and have the computer take messages as well)

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I use Google Voice. It records messages, sends you a text (or email) transcription and allows you to screen your calls similar to how the old school phone answering machine once allowed.

Here is a good article from the Google forums on how to use Google Voice like an answering machine.

Here is a video of how you can screen your calls. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF-7UTvwAXs&feature=player_embedded#at=14

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Ah, I see, and you can connect your land line to your computer using a usb voice modem (though I really wish I didn't throw out my ol' 14.4k Doom II modem!! Ah those were the days) –  bobobobo May 2 '11 at 17:35
    
Those were the days... –  Fergus May 3 '11 at 3:52
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