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  05:18:58 pm, by The Dreamer   , 421 words  
Categories: Stuff, iPod

Sony MDR-NC50 Noise Canceling Headphones

For quite some time I've been using noise canceling headphones on my iPod, and I find it hard to enjoy my tunes without them. Except, that I've been wearing the on ear type...and my ears get pretty sore after a day of listening to tunes.... :..(

I've been meaning to get a pair of over ear types....though they are pretty pricy and then I learned that I was going to get laid off. So, it dropped off my radar.

But, now that I'm working a nice cold basement near the door to the data center, I once again thought that I should get around to investing in a nice pair. Especially that day where they had the door propped open and fans blowing....

Then while I was catching up on my email, I spotted that Sony was changing its MySony rewards program. And, they were offering a one time coupon of $25 an option to its 10:1 points conversion. I have so few points that it translates to even less cash, so $25 was a big deal. So, I lept at the chance to get it.

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  07:55:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 211 words  
Categories: General

It as noisy last night

But it was because there was quite the thunderstorm outside last night, and not because I've been carrying the HOT phone for work this week. In fact, no pages or calls over night. Even though I woke up to find no network to the University.

Now that service is back, I'm reading that a lab is shutdown due to water leaking in and the network outage was because due to lightning damaged switches.

The bad thing is that when I got to my computer, I could hear the sound of dripping. At first I couldn't figure out where it was coming from. My condo is on the second floor of a three story building. But, when I walked over to the patio door... I soon found out where.

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  10:17:02 am, by The Dreamer   , 498 words  
Categories: Travel

Just when I thought I was getting good at taking trips....

...the terrorists have to step up and ruin things for all of us. :##

During the last year, with the frequent two night trips abroad. I had become what I thought was pretty good at packing a carry-on plus laptop bag for these trips and avoiding the risk of damage or loss through checked bags.

There was that year, where everytime I checked bag would take an extra day to arrive. Or the time that somehow my belt had gotten broken....

But, now they don't allow liquids or pastes on carry that means I'll have to check my toiletry bag. Gonna be strange over night trips...where the tiny bag that could've gone as the plus one (for those that don't have laptops &#59;D) will now have to go as the checked bag.

Or do I use a big suitcase, where the only thing I have inside is a bottle of shampoo and a tube of toothpaste. With the toothpaste being the important one. Because, unless hotels have already caught up with the times...they probably don't offer this in their rooms yet.

Though I did stay at a hotel recently, where they didn't have the little bottle of shampoo available....just had to be one trip where I had decided not to pack the big bottle of shampoo that I normally pack. It was a business trip, was the business material that I was bringing with me, that caused me to leave the shampoo out of the carry-on.... Fortunately, I had a little bottle of shampoo from a previous trip in my carry-on. (obviously this trip was before the recently security changes).

My upcoming trip....SWC'86 20th year high school reunion....should be interesting. My mom did say she wanted to give me a whole bunch of stuff to take home with me. So, maybe I will have the big suitcase along for the trip. Even though it is a short two-nighter. Though it escaped me at the time...but I'll be flying back from Calgary, Alberta, Canada...on the 5 year anniversary of 9/11. Sure hope that it'll be an uneventful anniversary....

Not immediately sure if I'll pack a 26" upright pullman with only a tube of toothpaste or what. Probably leave out the big bottle of shampoo, to avoid the risk that something'll happen with the lack of padding and the rough handling....the other bag that is usually my checked a 28" upright pullman.

I did have a smaller upright rollaround carry on bag...but I threw it out along with other old suitcases (along with lots of other old things) during my recent move. Don't really want to buy a new small bag just for this trip....maybe I'll look through the box of free bags I got from my previous employer....I think I got a duffle bag one year.

  09:50:08 am, by The Dreamer   , 283 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, VoIP, WiFi

Where am I at with the DPH-540?

This morning, my DPH-540 was off and wouldn't turn on. Forgot to plug it in last night to recharge. Guess battery life on it can't be anything like what I get with my cellphone, etc.

Guess this is something you have to live with it being WiFi and having to being active all the time (yet it isn't, otherwise, I wouldn't be having my other issues with it).

Last night I was on a call with Discover, activating my new card. I felt the call quality was excellent, etc. Though I was just pacing around my living room where the AP is. And, my network was pretty idle, etc. Though the QoS is usually pretty good on my router (actually it isn't, when I'm on the phone, everything else slows to a crawl....and I can see on my bandwidth graph that it pretty much because just the phone call using bandwidth....~90k each way out of the 4M/512k that I could be doing....usually the upstream is saturated, but its summer and IVS traffic has been light).

Anyways, an extra battery and an external charger sure would be handy now. I have it as a standard accessory with all my cellphones....even though my current one can do about 2-3 days. I did a two night trip where I didn't bring the external charger and didn't have my computer USB died on the way home from the trip. More recent trips, I only bring the USB cable...use my heavy laptop as a super expensive phone charger. :))

Actually, given the short battery life...they probably could've made it easier to access the USB port on the bottom of the phone....


  06:57:39 pm, by The Dreamer   , 700 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, BOINC

Recent Memory Upgrades

Recently, I upgraded the memory in both of my Linux machines.

It started, because due to my network changes, I had new services I needed to run on my already overworked Windows 2000 machine. Namely, I added WallWatcher(and WW2DShield) and DirectUpdate.

Since this machine is i815 based, and has its maximum 512MB installed...and thrashes quite regularly....I decided to dump PRTG from it and go to running MRTG on one of my Linux boxes. Not really sure I know why I had put off running MRTG for so long, etc. Just lazy I suppose.

Thinking that this was going to put a strain on the machine, and since it was on my list to upgrade its memory...I went onto eBay and tracked down another 512MB to stick into this machine. That arrived on Tuesday and brought the machine happily up to 1GB of RAM.

Though MRTG didn't really put that much strain on the memory, so I didn't really need it. Though as another move to reduce memory stress on my Windows box. I turned off TV Listings for the Windows DVArchive instance, and run it on my Linux instance. I pretty much use that feature to get daily emails on potential conflicts. Though it seems to have a bug of telling me about conflicts that don't exist.

Like if the show airs twice on one 7pm and 11pm...and I record the 7pm first run episodes each week only on that day at 7pm. It'll tell me that 11pm show conflicts with some other show that I am recording. Of course, I knew that....that's why its scheduled the way that it is. But, that's just a minor thing. Better to have the information than not.

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  11:04:23 am, by The Dreamer   , 241 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Fourth Day with DPH-540

Well, once again (at work) I flipped own the phone and it read 'no service'. It showed the progress of acquiring an IP and trying to register. Once again it failed, and I had to reboot the phone.

This lack of automatic reacquistion of network and auto registration is going to be annoying.

My home WiFi network is pretty stable, except for the weekly reboot. But, the WiFi network on campus can be unpredictable.

Meanwhile, I looked over at the Broadvoice site, and found they now have configuration information for the DPH-541 version 1 (I wonder what that means....perhaps its just the future firmware upgrade that the D-Link product page mentions, due this month).

There were some slight differences in my guess on setup to what they give as parameters. The best, is that they give the names of all their proxy servers...and suggest that I ping all of them and pick the best.

So, I tried pinging them from my work computer and my home computer, and found that seems to be the best choice for me. Of course, there's not much difference...since the campus network's kanren uses Cox as well.

Sure hope D-Link can work out all the kinks in the phone...and via firmware updates. I think I'll keep an eye out for a cellphone holster this weekend....though I'd like to know where I can get a new battery for it.


  04:43:20 pm, by The Dreamer   , 218 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Third Day with DPH-540

I thought this day was going better than yesterday, in that while I paused while registering on the campus network....and was eventually did register and work again.

But, seems that at 11:29 it locked up....because that's all it would show/do when I looked at it just a few minutes ago. XX(

This, required me to pry the now fragile battery out of the creeky case to reboot it.

Before I put the battery back in, I shaved off two of the lugs at the top of the still fits snug enough, but at least now it pry out much easier.

Meanwhile, I didn't mention the other issues I had with it last night. Namely it doesn't automatically roam between the WiFi networks of work and home. Have to open the phone, to wake it up to its need to rediscover the network change.

And, it apparently doesn't do I have no way of telling if there's voicemail. The Email function in it requires me to navigate to the Email menu and tell it to check. :?

I wonder if the Broadvoice provided WiFi phone is better or worse?

Pretty much at this point...I'm staying with Broadvoice (since its my local number, and it likely isn't portable...) and I want WiFi. :>>


  08:03:30 am, by The Dreamer   , 264 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

Second Day with DPH-540

Isn't going so well....first I had trouble connecting to campus network, went through my settings and realized that I had gotten the WEP settings wrong. I was kind of guessing from memory from home, but it was a kind of silly mistake. :oops:

But, then my phone locked up on "Acquiring Network IP". And, it was totally unresponsive. Meaning my only recourse would be to remove the battery....right?

Easier said than done. D-Link made it so it was impossible to remove the battery without either destroying the battery and/or the phone. I had to find something to pry the battery out with, and the flimsy case of both...there was a lot of creaking and the battery ended up splitting before it would come out.

Does raise the question that in addition to wanting to get a belt holster for the phone, are their going to be spare batteries for it?

Anyways, once I got the battery out and back in.... for which I hesitated, because I would really thought about altering it so that future removals wouldn't be so difficult. Unfortunately, to carry it to work this displaced my leatherman. The one time where I really needed to have it, I didn't. >:-(

....anyways....once the battery was back promptly established service and I'm back in business. I did a quick outgoing call to my cellphone (where I have no service here) and listened to my voicemail greeting. Wonder who'll I'll call first with it from here.

Actually, I wonder who I'll call first from anywhere....:lalala:

  06:34:24 am, by The Dreamer   , 413 words  
Categories: General, VoIP, Networking

I have too many VoIP....

I think I now have too many different VoIP services at home. But, I really don't know which one to nix....except possibly for the obvious fact that one of them is currently only supporting my fax machine.

Except that I currently have no fax machine set up, and I'm questioning if I'll ever have cause to set one up again.

The only 'issue' is that the company provides a service that I would like to make use of someday....'distinctive ring'. Though it is the kind of thing that would allow me to share a fax machine with a 'voice' number :roll:

It also offers Western Europe as part of my 500 minutes per month. Something they no longer offer in that plan, though my cousin plans to move from the UK back to the I don't really need the feature that much, and I never did use it that much before.

The reason I can't go the other way and ditch the other service, is that I want to keep the number...but it was assigned to me by the VoIP it isn't portable. :..(

While the 'fax' number was ported to the VoIP provider, I don't really have a need to keep it...since my ear doesn't understand fax, and maybe it is time that some unsuspecting sap experience junk fax. Which is pretty much all I get on the line (other than DNC violators or exempts that thing talking to a machine will get a person....when the sole purpose of the line was to only host a machine :crazy: )

Hmmmm.... :**:

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  09:23:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 363 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

I got it....a DPH-540

With no great surprise, I bought myself a D-Link DPH-540 WiFi VoIP phone. I picked it up from the post office today. And, when I got home from work...the first thing (well, almost....first I washed the sweat off of me, and then I made a required phone call to my parents....) I did was signup with

It wasn't so much that this was a VoIP provider that would work with the D-Link, but in prior research I found that they were one of the few that offered Manhattan, KS local phone numbers. The fact that they have a BYOD plan was the icing. &#59;D

Overall, the setup went pretty smoothly.

The first obstacle, was that it wouldn't register with my WiFi network and get an IP. That turned out to be my fault :oops: I had forgotten to add its MAC address to my WiFi AP, to allow it to connect.

The second obstacle was a little bit harder to solve. And, required use of some reading and other diagnostics. Broadvoice had given the name of its 'proxy_ip' as "". Some investigation reveiled that it didn't exist. And, further investigation eventually led to the discovery that it should've been "". Though it appears there are other proxies available, I wonder why this one. Guess its a question of whether network-wise if is closer or not than Wonder what other proxies they have, and whether they would matter as I roam with my phone.

The final problem seems to be with voicemail. I set up custom greetings, but so far it is greeting me with the system default one. I don't like it....though I suppose it would be obvious to a caller whether I'm busy or wasn't available to answer, without the default system greeting telling them this.

Next thing is to see how it works on the Campus WiFi network....which is largely the reason for a WiFi VoIP device. Wonder what the fate of my cellphone will be. :??:

Actually, the next thing will be to find a case to wear the phone around....

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