After having spent over a day getting from Paris to Halifax via a very indirect route, I was thrilled to have finally arrived, having just met my uncle and aunt at the airport. However, there was work to be done, and straight away: I had to recover my trusty motorcycle! Motorcycle? What motorcycle? Most people […]Continue Reading
Summer 2022, Part 1: Paris to Halifax
Our story begins in an apartment in Paris. In 2022, one of the most common things to do immediately after waking up – sometimes even before heading for the toilet, depending on how thirsty you were before getting into bed – seems to be checking your phone for notifications. What exciting things could have happened […]Continue Reading
Why I use an ancient phone: a tale of money and things.
In September of 2012, with a UPS tracking number in hand, I excitedly walked into the office of Housing Services at the University of Lethbridge. A few weeks earlier, I had moved into the student residence at the university and started my first year of postsecondary education. I discovered that when ordering packages, this office was the final destination, thus the reason for which I was charging into the office to try and retrieve my precious cargo. Names were exchanged, recent deliveries were rummaged through, and a box emerged. […]Continue Reading
Not all public DNS servers enjoy serving private addresses.
Recently, I encountered a situation where employees working at home while connected to our corporate VPN were unable to access a certain network resource which would normally be accessible only to on-site and VPN users. Let’s call that resource importantserver.example.com. importantserver.test.com has an RFC1918 address, let’s give 10.51.0.7 as an example. This address is only […]Continue Reading
Cisco UC 320W – Use as an FXO adapter (or, the struggle of making devices do things for which they were not designed)
Recently, I decided to try setting up a test phone system (that will also be my actual apartment’s phone system) at home. This system, based on the tiny Raspberry Pi 4 computer running RasPBX (a customised version of FreePBX for the Raspberry Pi), was easily able to connect with two SIP telephones (an Aastra SIP […]Continue Reading
Hello, world… again!
After a few years of not having tended to my previous website, it seemed that it might be time for a fresh start. If you’ve stumbled upon this site because of a link to my old site (perhaps due to a certain infamous music video that was posted) or to AlbertaFranceMotoLicence.info (sorry, it was ultimately unsuccessful due […]Continue Reading