Branch in a box

His name escapes me right now but the http://www.ciscoblog.com/ has an entry about the coolness of the Cisco 1861 ISR. This little thing does it all. Voice, firewall, VPN, LAN switch with POE and wireless through an HWIC. It can also operate in SRST mode which is probably an even more attractive model. Unfortunately it’s not all roses. The price is a list of $5500 with the wireless. Add in phones and you’re pushing well above key system pricing. Ok, it does it all and you need to factor that in. Consider the cost of an ASA 5505, an AP and an Ethernet switch on top of that key system and it gets a little closer to parity. Plus you sacrifice integration and features with the separate components.

A better alternative for small sites might be the UC 520 Express. Lists for $4500 with the wireless. It doesn’t have the expandability of an 1861 as the software is somewhat locked out, but the price point gets better for small businesses. At such small phone counts a $1k swing in price makes a huge difference in per-phone cost.

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The energizer bunny…

…should be the only electric rabbit.

I like to keep up with the goings on in the DIY electric car world.  Some day I hope to build one.  I’m waiting on a couple of things first though.  Mostly just trying to get through the multitudes of projects I’ve taken on at home but also so I stop spending money on those same projects.  The other thing is the hope of an Ultra-Cap from someone like EEStor.

In the meantime I read and try to understand the mechanics of motors, controllers and batteries.  There are pretty good strides being made in the power and longevity of modern EV systems.

Here’s the problem I see with the state of things.  The Electrified Rabbit.  Or Jetta.  Or CRX.  Or insert any other non-sexy 20 year old beater.  If you can think of a car like that I can guarantee someone has done an EV conversion for it.  What’s so difficult about picking an exciting car?  Something that stirs the imagination and fires the senses.  I know there area few of them out there.  The FFR Daytona EV conversion is a good example of a cool way to do and EV.  But I’m so sick of seeing cars that shouldn’t be on the road to begin with being elevated to something special just because they have a bunch of batteries.

Really guys!  Make it sexy!

Tesla was robbed!

Ang and I have been fans of House for a while. Kind of like what ER used to be, I can’t really keep up with the medical jargon, but the pacing is usually entertaining and the character development is near perfect.

Last night cemented it for me though. On a chalkboard through most of the show was the statement “Tesla was robbed!”. None of the characters obviously wrote it, it was just there. There was also a reference to Schrödinger’s cat. Just beautiful. I’m sure, like the medical jargon, that went right over most people’s heads but there was a group of us that had a good chortle.

You know you’re with me on this.

Tesla’s on my brain lately because I’m (slowly) making my way through Wizard, a biography of Tesla. Fascinating guy. It’s truly amazing how many inventions we use in our life that he’s responsible for. Edison gets all the credit but he was a hack. As with most things, Edison was better at commercializing and marketing his product. Tesla was the genius but too eccentric.