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Interesting things found whilst surfing

Some interesting things I found recently that I think others might be interested in:



You'll notice all of these videos are from Matthias Wandel. He has a YouTube channel and seems like my sort of geek. I am sure there will be more links from him as I work through his 7 years (!) of videos.

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Related posts: A couple of days of turning; More wood turning; Initial play with wood turning; Another bowl

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Syndicated 2014-07-02 16:33:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Configuring a spa3000 or spa3102

I've had a spa3000 for a long time and then it blew up. That meant I had to replace it with a spa3102, but without being able to refer to the configuration I had on the spa3000. It wasn't too bad, although the software on these devices is truly terrible (even with a modern firmware). Some pointers:

  • Use the WAN port on the spa3102, even if you're only plugging in one ethernet port.
  • Get firmware from Cisco. You can upload this to the spa3102 by putting it on a web server and then hitting http://SPA3102_IP/admin/upgrade?http://yourwebserver/firmware.bin.
  • Then follow the instructions here.
  • When you have problems with the dial plan, realize that Chris Yeoh has already solved this and go here.
  • Finally, fix hangup detection by stealing the config line from here.
  • Job done.


Of course, there's no way to backup the config on one of these devices, so I am sure I will be back here again.

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Related posts: Setting up Cisco 7961 IP phones with asterisk; Slides from the NSLU2 talk at LUV; Debian bootstrap complete; Configuring Asterisk

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Syndicated 2014-07-02 16:26:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

LCA2015 opens its Call for Proposals

LCA2015 will be in Auckland, New Zealand next year, and the Call for Proposals has just opened! The conference is one of the best venues in Australia and New Zealand to get word out about your Open Source project, as well as learning about the cool things that other people are doing. This is the third time the conference has been in New Zealand, and its looking to be an excellent event.

This one call for proposals covers papers, tutorials, and mini conferences.

For more information about the CFP, checkout http://lca2015.linux.org.au/cfp. Mini conference proposals should go to http://lca2015.linux.org.au/miniconf-cfp.

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Related posts: LCA 2006: CFP closes today; Got Something to Say? The LCA 2013 CFP Opens Soon!; We all know that the LCA2014 CFP is open, right?; Call for papers opens soon

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Syndicated 2014-06-10 00:37:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

More wood turning

Just another batch of things I've worked on recently.

                     

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Syndicated 2014-06-09 21:28:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

A couple of days of turning

So... I finally got my chisels on Wednesday and so I've done a little turning at home in the last few days. There are two other items not shown here: a tool handle (cause its boring) and a bowl where I had depth fail and it came apart. Its also clear to me that dust extraction in the garage is a thing in my future, because a shop vac just doesn't cut if for cleanup.

       

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Syndicated 2014-05-01 21:01:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

1 May 2014 (updated 1 May 2014 at 07:12 UTC) »

Another bowl

Here's a bowl I made last weekend. My sister hurt herself at her Roller Derby match, so she ended up with the bowl of condolences. At first I thought this wood was ash, but its acutally catalpa.

       

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Syndicated 2014-04-30 18:17:00 (Updated 2014-05-01 07:12:21) from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Initial play with wood turning

I've been going to the ACT Woodcraft Guild for the last year or so learning to turn wood on a lathe. I'm by no means an expert, but here are some of my early efforts.

                         

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Syndicated 2014-04-05 17:17:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

The Hot Gate




ISBN: 9781451638189
LibraryThing
This book follows on from Live Free or Die and Citadel. This time we focus solely on Dana as she is transferred to a new unit. The story is interesting, although perhaps it focusses on the dysfunction of the Latin American countries a little more than is really necessary. More interestingly, the book ends the series (as best as I can tell) in an unusual manner for a book like this, with the humans not winning a simple out right victory -- moral or otherwise. Overall, a fun light read.

Tags for this post: book john_ringo alien invasion combat troy_rising
Related posts: Citadel; Live Free or Die; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Humanity; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Maverick; Dragon's Egg; Starquake


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Syndicated 2014-03-26 02:04:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Citadel




ISBN: 9781451637571
LibraryThing
This book follows on from Live Free or Die. I like the approach of this book, as it follows a couple of relatively normal people trying to get by, and how the main protagonist from the last book's actions affect them. Its an engaging read, while still progressing the overall arc of the series. I really enjoyed it.

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Related posts: Live Free or Die; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Humanity; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Maverick; Dragon's Egg; Starquake; Isaac Asimov's Robot City: Robots and Aliens: Changeling


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Syndicated 2014-03-05 18:34:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

The Runaway Jury




ISBN: 0440221471
Dell (1997), Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
LibraryThing
This is an older book now, and I read it many many years ago but re-read it this last couple of weeks. I enjoyed this book. Its believable (if a little dated now), and interesting. It certainly made me think more about the first amendment and how it affects dangerous products like cigarettes than I would have otherwise.

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Related posts: Brazilian police to old lady: "Please sue us!"; Please report to the municipal hall of justice; Kynan's going to be in trouble...


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Syndicated 2014-02-28 23:49:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

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