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July 24, 2013
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I’m a pretty easy guy to get along with, I think. I’m fairly laid back and there’s not a whole lot that really bothers me. It takes a lot to truly upset me. While some people (especially many of the women I have dated) would, when questioned, insist that I am a “grade A” asshole, […]

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IPv6 – It’s Not An Option

May 11, 2012
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Those of you who know me in real life are probably quite aware of just how much of a dislike I have for sales and marketing people. That’s why whenever they make themselves look like idiots, I like to acknowledge it and recognize them for it. Besides, marketing folks tend to believe that any publicity […]

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GPG Key Transition Statement

May 17, 2011

Update 06 July 2013: I have again transition to a new GPG key (hopefully for the last time!). Please see my most recent key transition statement and my GPG page for details. This won’t affect or be interesting to 99% of you, but since it’s considered best practice to make a public statement when these […]

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One Journey Ends, Another Begins

May 16, 2011

I quit my job. It still feels weird saying that and I’m fairly certain that the reality of the situation hasn’t completely sunk in yet. As some of you are already aware, I recently submitted a letter of resignation to my employer While this past Friday was my last official day, in actuality I was […]

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Defeating Cisco IOU’s License Protection

January 9, 2011

Cisco’s IOS-On-UNIX (IOU) images are protected by a licensing mechanism requiring that users generate a valid license from an internal Cisco website. Users must first obtain a “key” that is based off of a machine’s hostname and IP address and provide this key when obtaining a license. Because of the use of the hostname and […]

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VirnetX == Patent Troll

August 12, 2010

VirnetX, “an Internet security software and technology company”, apparently can’t produce anything worth a damn, so they’ve resorted to becoming a patent troll. In March, Microsoft was ordered to pay VirnetX $105.8 million for supposedly violating two of VirnetX’s patents. Later, Microsoft settled two other lawsuits for $200 million. VirnetX has apparently found that they […]

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Twitter Alternatives?

November 27, 2008

I’m real tempted to ditch Twitter. I interact with Twitter in three ways: through their web site through SMS through Most of my interaction with Twitter is through SMS. Nearly all of the updates that I receive from Twitter are via SMS. I “follow” a number of people (74, as I write this) but […]

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Using VoIP at Home with Asterisk?

May 27, 2008

I’m curious if anyone is using VoIP at home with service from a commercial VoIP provider and integrated with Asterisk. I’m one of the younger generation who hasn’t had a home phone in several years. The last year that I have one was only so that I could have DSL and a fax at home. […]

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Guess who’s getting a MacBook!?

December 16, 2007

Yay, new MacBook! Early last week I mentioned to $boss that I’d like to have a MacBook. I’d already been looking at them and have been thinking about getting one. I made a joking remark about $work getting one for me, made a half-hearted sales pitch (“I know lots of other people in the same […]

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Ham Radio Operators are Heroes in Oregon

December 6, 2007

We all know the impact that Ham radio can have in emergencies, but that often slips by the public and the authorities. Not so in Oregon, where a day after getting inundated with torrential rains and winds and suffering from the usual calamities those cause, Oregon’s Governor called the local Ham radio operators heroes. When […]

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