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Sipura SPA-3000

Although phonegnome is supposed to be the next big thing, I think the Sipura SPA-3000 device is still very good value for money. (data sheet)

Its a relatively reasonably priced FXO, FXS interface. I've purchased a couple from jmg technology in australia which had some package deal for 2.

The pain with these things http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifis that it doesn't really come easy at this stage unlike broadband internet routers.

Looking at the configuration pages were a real pain and it is really difficult to understand every option. The solution was voxilla. http://voxilla.com. After you create an account in voxilla and log in. under the sidebar voIP tools, device config wizards you will find a link that will ask simliar questions to let you configure your device.

The simplied setup guide for australia can be .

The support website is http://www.sipura.com/support/

Just to get started
- plug in everything except the phone line cable
- dial **** followed by 110# to get the ip a…

What quake taught us

Playing Quake II basically thought me that life was short and its not nice to camp with a rail gun at a spawning point.

I read today that the average life span of a non protected windows machine on the internet is 20 mins. I'm assuming this is with all the normal activity that most people do like surfing and checking their email.

This means that the first websites we should visit and the application to install after connecting up our new machine is the windows patch page and an anti-virus protection program.

I thought this might be an interesting fact to know. And of course the average lifespan of a space marine dropped into battle is ?

Merry Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly. Christmas is upon us and I've found it excessively hard to spend time to type a new article or do any music production. I imagine it would be a great time to reflect on our achievements and areas of improvement for the next year and spend some time writing some resolutions.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Offline MIDI routing mysteries for XP

The problem I've been having with MIDI on my winXP machine is that I've been unable to do any MIDI routing without launching my sequencer.

MacOS X has an inbuilt and intuitive function in the system preferences to manage this, however this function is lacking in windows.

Some midi interfaces provide its native routing program, e.g. emagic, but my tascam us-428 just didn't have that.

The solution, MIDI OX and MIDI Yoke. They have been around for a while, but its something i just discovered that does something similar. You will need to add all your MIDI devices and connect them up.

Its not as pretty as the MIDI controls in MacOS X, but it works.

Dream computer

I believe a person's personal computer tells a lot about the person. Before that, people could only read faces, palms, handwriting. Now we know more about people by seeing what brand, operating system, choice of programs, wallpaper and desktop layout.

The last few of generations of machines has just swooped by us and a lot of people would have seen at least 3 - 5 computers pass them by. Naturally, it will soon be time to be looking at a new upgrade. So what would be this character defining machine be.

The more significant machines of this decade is my Fostex 4-track, Korg N5, Pentium 2-333, Pentium 3-667. G4 977 ibook. I have to say you really get great ROI on good machines. In fact, my old pentium machines are still serving faithfully to this day.

The trick to actually determining ROI should be best determined by the amount of time you spend at your machine, or at least the amount of time you want to spend at your machine. i.e. your best ROI will be your wife's nightmare. This…

Awards for 2004/2005

Fav tracks

These aren't from 2005 but I would just claim them to be my fav tracks this year. To qualify I would have listened to each track like numerous times and occasionally several times at once.
A couple these tracks are fun to drum since I got my kit this year. A couple I played guitar with the band. Others are just exceptionally touching.

K's Choice - Iron Flower
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)
Beatles - Come together
Bach - Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 - I. Vivace
Chemical Brothers - The Test
Crystal Method - Weapons of mass distortion
Depeche Mode - World in my eyes
Grinspoon - Kills, Thrills, And Sunday Pills
Jebediah - Animal
The Vines - Ride
Collective soul - Listen
Stone Roses - Love Spreads
Getz/Gilberto - girl from ipanema
Air - dirty trip
New order - brutal
Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66 - Más Que Nada
Propellerheads - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Placebo - bulletproof cupid

Other awards

Best Band - K's choice (thanks to many train rides and 1 MD)
Best Album - stan get…

Gizmo vs Skype

Skype is going video while Gizmo is SIP.

In all fairness, I think people should give gizmo a go. I like the idea that its interoperable with other SIP networks while maintaining the ease of Skype.

Unfortunately, its not getting as much glory for being bought at a huge price, but I'm sure gizmo is a contender for the next big thing.

I've got my gizmo ID, get yours!

aliens designed apple computers

Last night I dreamt I was back in my old room and there was a blackout. My UPS was buzzing and I had to rush to shutdown all my machines with only 1 KVM.

Soon after I hit control alt delete to save time, the wall I was facing was sucked away leaving a funny material wall with a small beige cusioned tunnel. the flat cusions was stuck to the walls of the tunnel with velcro.

I climbed into the tunnel and finally reached a white corridor and discovered little blue aliens. The aliens revealed that they designed apple computers when I noted that the ship internals look familier. As I walked along the corridors, I noticed a small chill out loungy looking bathing pool with bubbles populated with some guy and more aliens. I also met some immortals from "The Highlander" one played by Sean Connery.

Soon it was time to leave and I was hoping for a free mac. Unfortunately they didn't keep any stock but were kind enough to loan me one of the early concept design macs which actually looke…

voIP adoption - part 1

Sure, we know all about voIP. We read the news and about how telecommunications is going to change. Apart from some phone card services and the alternate IDD line that use internet gateways, how else has voIP changed our lives.

About one year ago, I was trying to get my friends and family to install skype. Some finally did and still run it faithfully while others still plainly refuse. Now, I'm trying to get these people not to use skype but use a SIP capable internet phone instead. I was never quite happy with the limitation of skype not being transferable between other voIP services, but the plain simplicity of the installation and use was great for the people you had to talk to on the other end.

The process of making the switch will probably be gradual, but how do I make sure everyone is on the same system for interoperability? My solution would be to pick the protocol and not the application and SIP naturally comes to mine. Although SIP has been out for a while now, I still think…

monitoring and reporting interview

Q: Is there a monitoring and reporting tool package that can do "everything"?

A: Depending on the application. Well, speaking on past experience, I haven't seen a tool that has just out of the box done all the monitoring and reporting you will ever need. Uptime, performance or disk space alerts probably, but once you get down to the application you need to support, you're on your own and will need to build your own interface to the package or alert system.

Q: What about mature software packages by big vendors that have complicated specifications and requirements.

A: Some of these are great tools that work in specialised enviornments. Each tool will work on a case by case basis. Policy is currently an organisations best friend in controlling this enviornment. It can dictate what computer hardware and software are used. However in real life, its very difficult to maintain a certain standard as everyone works differently and you will obviously get the renegade department o…

computer gym

One of the more fun things about thursdays other than band practises is the computer gym. Its like a truck with computers for kids. I think its a great idea but i'm not exactly sure if the kids feel the same way. Still its good to get a bit of screen time and a lot more time outside.