Virtualy Free

July 31, 2006

One of my recent challenges was to make a cusomized Knoppix
CD for certain work related needs. Having heard some about
Microsofts Virtual PC I decided to give it a shot and throw
Vmware to the side.

I was struck straight away with how easy it was to do the initial
configuration, there really wasnt alot of changes made to the original
Virtual PC app that they bought it, just branding really.

Knoppix detected everything just fine as I expected, speed was
actually faster than Vmware, what did concern me was every so
often everything frooze, I had to wait around 5 seconds to be able to
move the mouse around again, this came and went, but it was very
distracting and hindered me to the point of uninstalling Virtual PC.

A few considerations though, I was installing Linux running on a dual
CPU laptop which may of been one of the causes, its a real pitty it had
this problem since it was real light on system resources and the performance
was better than Vmware…. I can hear you all already “Its free you moron!” 🙂
For Free, its awesome, but I`ll stick with Vmware…

Quick note, this didnt happen on a single CPU machine, I tried once more with
a different PC, it ran great without the irritating pausing. So if you have a single
CPU, dont waste money with Vmware, download Microsofts Virtual PC.

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Edu-me-cate me..

July 23, 2006

In this day and age there is no excuse for not bettering oneself, if
you are so inclined to, which I hope you are.. With the aid of
the net and a good google`in you can become bloody genius! 🙂

Check out this chaps article on free education, very informative
and interesting! He does a wonderful job of getting to the details
on the resources available to better yourself.

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Today I was perusing the search criteria results of how
some people arrived to my little part of the web
(My blogg 🙂 ).. I found a few requests based on how to
make calls within Asterisk via the CLI.

I checked and I have not covered it, there seems to be
a demand so here goes.. If there is anything else you
wished to be explained please tell me
, I cant read minds:)

Asterisk has a built in CLI mode, in your console
/SSH/Telnet session just run the following command:

asterisk -r

Lets say you setup an extension with the number 100, to test
this extension , run the following command

dial 100@internal

With any luck you will hear it ring… if not make sure your
extension is registered in your sip.conf or iax.conf depending
on what protocol you are using, if you have a sip phone there
is no use checking your iax.conf and visa-versa.

Also check to make sure your OSS or ALSA sound driver
module is running, this can contribute to the dial commands

One thing I didn’t cover on the command above is the internal
part, this is the context associated with the extension.

On an another note, if you are testing a series of phones then you
can just make a Perl script and execute

asterisk -rx dial 100@internal

You would replace the 100 with a variable ofcourse, but the above
command does not go into the CLI just executes the CLI command

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Guiding light?

July 22, 2006

Check out LinkScanner apparently it will tell you if a website has
any form of exploit. Real nice idea, yet I really cant imagine
checking every web page I visit… Tempted to write a quick
Perl proxy script to check every site you go to utilizing the
Linkscanner, hmm, probably get in trouble for abusing the
service plus it would be slow as heck though…

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Long time no text, sorry, have being exceptionally busy at work…

Back onto topic, I watched MTV2 today, nothing exceptional there
, but I haven’t watched it for such a long time, while I was watching,
I felt a warm feeling in my ears….. I realized then, it was my ears
bleeding in pain with the junk MTV smack you upside the head with..

Whooa, now hold on I can hear you say already “You are an old man,
I don’t expect you to appreciate the delicate musical vibes that MTV plays”
…. Thats OK:) if thats your current opinion try and broaden your musical
horizons a tad, currently this is who I am listening to, either driving to work,
or just relaxing at home…

A nice broad serving of different types of music there, from Techno to Rap
to some talk singing “The Streets”, try take a listen to some of these
groups/people, you might like`em 🙂

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Forget the Fluff.

July 8, 2006

I just couldn’t help not acting my age today, bouncing around like a school
girl sporting her new wonder bra. Time came to order new laptops, I choose
a Dell M90 , since I only have one PC which is my laptop, everywhere
I go it goes, so it has to be durable and have the power of a good workstation.

I told my son about the model I choose and he said “Cool, we can play Medal
Of Honor now
“… With that in mind look at the two screen shots below…

Notice a difference? I will ignore anyone that says “Duuuuhhh graphics!” 🙂
If that was your answer well done, your obviously younger than 20 years
old and didn’t live through this period…:) Seriously, they are the same, the
key here is playability..

I had a great opportunity to be involved in producing games, old ones for
the SEGA console and PC, games like Rise of the Robots, Mikey Mania
and Waterworld. At that point in time 3D cards where a twinkle in an
engineers eye, so the only attribute was playability.

I would say that 80% of the games released now are just more graphical
bling and thats all you are going to get, eye candy. Then again, games like
the Medal Of Honor series and World of Warcraft have done a wonderful
job of incorporating both attributes, a rare occurrence.

The industry now is so cookie cut that no original work really is ever created,
its all about just getting out any old game on the shelves,

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Peter Molynuex, in 1993
that he kind of predicted this would happen, yet the games he now produces
carry both the graphics and the playability attributes, seems to me that he hasn’t
sold out, good show!:) still producing first class games.

So technically, if it wasn’t for work and say MS Office, my game playing wouldn’t
really need more than a Pentium 2, since more and more games coming
out require higher system specs for just more graphical fluff, after a while
though its going to implode, people will be sick of the empty souless games which
are published, at that point big publishers will just have to get back to the roots.

Ok..back to pong…. . ..:P


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Spam trickery

July 7, 2006

I found this neat Firefox extension, we have all been there,you know
when you sign up for certain services or trial downloads at sites where
they require your email address for “Validation” purposes, we all
know its just an invitation to spam flooding your email account.

Well this extension uses a service called Temporary Inbox, when
you are signing up for something and it asks you to put in an email
address you get the extension to create a random one, you cut and
paste it in. You then have 6 hours to check that account for any
correspondence from the site you signed up for the usual stuff they
give you, i.e links to downloads etc. After that period the account
is deleted.

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