I can relate…

Just got the urge to pull up Wil Wheaton’s blog after a good year or two of not reading it…sorry dude. I found this tale of woe about our inability to turn off the geekspeak sometimes and it had me in stitches.  I can totally relate. Yes, the glazed, far away look…or the “hey, what’s […]

Cisco FXO with Asterisk still getting a lot of play

I keep an eye on my logs and for as long as I can remember this post has been the most popular:  http://www.thecruftofmybrain.com/2006/03/14/cisco-router-with-fxo-as-an-asterisk-gateway/ It’s funny that almost 3 years later very little has changed.  I’m running Trixbox CE now but the configuration is still pretty much the same.  I’m pretty happy with how TB has […]

Arc express attendant console

It’s been a while since I looked at what was formerly known as the Cisco Attendant Console. Color me unimpressed. I found the new version’s install process to be tedious mainly because it’s java based. Key buttons would disappear repeatedly during the install and I had to reboot several times. The original promise of java […]

New theme…and one I might stick with

Wow!  I just installed this new theme called Atahualpa and it is amazing!!!  The length the author went to to make it easy to modify every aspect is simple astounding!  This thing is incredibly customizable.  I have a lot of tweaking to do on it, including doing something about the big full width rotating image […]

2 weeks down

Well, I’ve been in semi-independent now for a little over 2 weeks.  I’ve been incredibly busy, which is a good thing, but work will be slowing a bit starting next week.  Now’s the time where I start to worry about paying the bills I suppose.  I need to keep the work flowing in, perhaps not […]

HP TC1100 and Windows 7

I now have Win7 installed on my TC1100with only 768mb of ram.  It’s much much better than Vista, which was a dog.  The handwriting recognition also seems somewhat better.  Maybe Win7 really is cool after all! I followed this post for guidance and the links to the specific files for the drivers worked great.

SIP to Skype finally, with some caveats

Gizmo5 is finally the one to break the Skype barrier.  They have a new service now called OpenSky (har) that is essentially a proxy between Gizmo’s SIP network and the Skype network.  I imagine they’re doing something like the non-free Skype Asterisk channels that have been out for a while.  This is cool but it […]

PXE booting using an IOS DHCP pool

It took a lot of fiddling and googling but finally I got PXE booting to work using my DHCP scope on IOS.  So, here’s the code: ip dhcp pool ITS network bootfile bootpxeboot.com next-server I have other things in the scope but these are the important parts.  Why am I doing this?  […]

Day 1

Today I begin the next great adventure of my life.  From here on out I only get paid for what I can bill for.  I’ll still be employeed by FTDATA but they are only paying me for my billable hours.  I’ll be looking for direct work as well. Time to get to work!

iPhone VPN and Cisco IOS

I had quite a bit of trouble getting this to work the other day.  After some googling I came across this thread over on 6200networks.com.  I had matched up the config he had listed just by chance because I was also enabling an L2L VPN.  However, I still couldn’t get it to work.  The trick […]