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10/03/06

  08:04:15 am, by The Dreamer   , 170 words  
Categories: Networking, WiFi

The Cloister Bell was ringing all night

I went to bed early last night, hoping to catch up on some zz's :zz:

It didn't work out that way....first the HOT phone kept jumping around all night, lept off once during the night. But, equally annoying was that the cloister bell was sounding on my computer in my living room.

That means from my computer's prespective one of the websites I monitor had gone down....the sites I monitor are this one and http://www.lhaven.net. Poopli and the K-State main page.

As it was, I don't think any of those sites went down (though I've been having issues lately with this site....) Turned out part of my WiFi network had failed. I've been thinking of replacing parts of it with HomePlug network adapters....but if I were to implement the plan...it was to span the large distance of my living room to my 'computer' room. And, not the opposite corners of my living room....

But, I guess I might have to rethink my plans....

10/02/06

  07:26:11 am, by The Dreamer   , 197 words  
Categories: General, Networking

The end of dial-up

I just remembered that I was going to pull the plug on my dialup account by the end of last month. So, I just went and canceled it.

We'll see if that was soon enough to avoid getting charged for this month. Otherwise, I suppose I might get an angry email, because the info they have on my card gives last month as the expiration date.

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09/22/06

  10:00:43 am, by The Dreamer   , 301 words  
Categories: General, Stuff, Home Theatre, Hardware, Wireless/iPhone, Networking, AppleTV

The 12-Drive RAID Storage Box

Link: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2018300,00.asp

In addition to the 3 (or 4, or 5) rather definite big ticket items in my purchase plans....

  1. New prescription eyewear (x2)
  2. Blackberry 8703e
  3. A suitable all season bicycle
  4. this home that I'm living in...
  5. a Mac Mini

There's now a pile of other stuff that I'm thinking that I want to get. The latest is this 12-Drive RAID box. Might just be in the price range that I can rationally accept. Sure its not a true 12 drive array, but at least it is step in the 'right' direction.

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09/03/06

  09:08:38 pm, by The Dreamer   , 298 words  
Categories: Hardware, Computer, Networking, WiFi

Once again....it was in the last box.

...the last piece of the backup my laptop puzzle, was to find the tapes. And, eventually I did find them in the last box.... |-|

Though it wasn't too bad, since I found other stuff along the way that I either put into use or set aside knowing that I would get to it next.

However, it did distract me from a couple of bigger projects that I just keep putting off, but really ought stop.

To further the distraction.....while on the quest, I was also defragging my laptop and updating some packages on it...I decided to do a net survey.

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08/21/06

  09:30:47 pm, by The Dreamer   , 100 words  
Categories: Wireless/iPhone, Travel, VoIP, WiFi

DPH-540 Talk Time

Well, just had my first long-ish phone call...it was actually short at only 21 minutes. The battery guage is one line from empty.

But, since cell reception at work went from non-existent to full-5 bars....I guess I don't the WiFi phone for that, in fact I'm wondering if I still need it at all.

Especially since, I'll be doing less travel in the near future because of those darn terrorists. >:-(

Meanwhile, because my cell works at work now....I guess I should call T-Mobile and see about getting a local number. :o

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08/16/06

  07:14:00 am, by The Dreamer   , 226 words  
Categories: Software, Networking

MRTG and QoS

Link: http://lhaven.homeip.net:22021/

Well, since I made the switch from PRTG to MRTG....this has resulted in being able to monitor more stuff about my router. And, cope with the fact that I have two of them on my home network.

It has been interesting learning about the additional stuff that I can monitor, though it hasn't been all good.

I found that with Alchemy (though apparently not with Talisman), I can monitor the amount of traffic in the different QoS levels.

However, it only shows incoming traffic in the given QoS levels....and not the more interesting (to me) outgoing traffic.

The graphs are kind of misleading too....because like IVS traffic....I do mostly sends (and I wanted to see that the sends don't interfer with my VoIP traffic)...but the most of the recorded activity is at the Premium level. This is because I put SYN,ACK,NAK,FIN type packets at the Premium level. But, the bulk data is at the Bulk level.

Don't know if there is anything else better for firmware that will do this, and I don't know if I did find something if it would be enough to get me to upgrade. The main thing is that my router basically does what I need it to do...right now. So, there's no compelling reason to break something that is working. &#59;D

08/14/06

  06:45:40 pm, by The Dreamer   , 113 words  
Categories: VoIP, WiFi

More issues with DPH-540

Found some more issues I have with this phone.

Seems that closing the phone doesn't mean hang up like other flip phones that I have used, so have to make sure I press end when I'm done.... :roll:

And, it doesn't have speakerphone function....something all my other phones can do. :`(

Also, found an oddity....I wanted to look at its settings via its web interface, but it kept saying locked by SIP provider setup. Which didn't make any sense, since I own the device and I'm using Broadvoice's BYOD plan.

Turned out that because the phone hadn't been left at 'home' state (it was showing the Phonebook screen) that it was 'locked'. :?

08/12/06

  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 cable....it 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....

08/10/06

  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 night....like 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 proxy.chi.broadvoice.com 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.

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Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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