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Catatonic listless creature

I'm in the Emerald uni lab. This is the second time they have left the networking cabinet wide open.

Anyone after a Cisco Systems Catalyst 1900 24 port managed switch? Heh. All those ports are 10Mb, except for a couple of 100Mb uplinks.

Well, work this week was okay. Stuffed up a couple of times, but made up for it.

We finally got the phone connected. If you've got my mobile number, give me a call and I will give it to you. Otherwise ... well tough.

Damn, I was going to ring Telstra today about the ADSL availability. I'm having doubts though, what with being in a unit and all. I'll bet the bastards put pair gain in. Wonder if I can get it upgraded if I pester them enough?

It turns out I can get a half-decent dialup plan through these guys - only because they'll have local call access. Might try the local ones, see if they are any good. I'm not holding out much hope for them.


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Apr. 5th, 2002 12:55 am (UTC)
I was so confused when my l'il pencil was blinkying, I was like "its almost 4am, who else is UP?" crazy people living on the other side of the world ;o)
Apr. 5th, 2002 01:12 am (UTC)
Haha yeah my boss the other day, he asks me, "why doesn't Netmeeting work?".

We had just gotten ADSL installed, and it goes through a simple router/modem/4 port switch with built-in Network Address Translation (NAT, a form of Internet sharing).

Netmeeting and NAT don't mix, apparently.

After I tried setting up some port fowards, I went back and asked him to try again.

"I can't, he's gone to bed now."

It was 10:30am.
Apr. 5th, 2002 01:32 am (UTC)
I've been playing with masquerading NetMeeting -- basically it's a total pain in the arse and you'll need some form of "gatekeeper". There are a few open source ones, and one or two actually look usable, but I've no idea if there's any Windows ones. The way we've been doing it is to disable NAT on the router, then do NAT with the Linux machine, using it for all the proxying and SNAT/DNAT.

Of course, this is a complete pain in the arse. Still, if you want an excuse to push a unix-like system at work, this is your chance. :)

Anyway, I've got my plastic, I think it's time to order my new ISP plan. Oh wait, I dunno if I have any money in my account. :p And I should ride dingoblue until it falls apart.
Apr. 5th, 2002 02:14 am (UTC)
Yes, ride it until the horse gives out. Hehe.

Yeah I had a look around the netmeeting newsgroup (the microsoft.com netmeeting website has a handy newsgroup reader link there; you could use google groups if you're desperate). The basic message that comes across time and time again is that the H.323 calling protocol uses dynamic UDP and TCP ports each time, which is where the biggest pain in the arse really is.

Some routers can handle this, establishing dynamic port forwards on the fly, and all that fanciness, but I seriously doubt the PoS we have at work could do that. So at best you could get a connection, with no audio or video. Total crap.

The other alternative is to use other software, which doesn't use that protocol (this is the part where I could be talking out of my arse).

Of course you already knew all this; I'm just saying it to remind myself. You knew that too.

Damn you, you psychic bastard. Get out of my head already.
Apr. 5th, 2002 10:10 am (UTC)
If all you want is voice, AOL (and I guess by extension newer ICQ versions) do good voice, and only requires one end to be unfirewalled -- great for schmoes like me who talk mostly to people who think a firewall is a really insane Sorceress skill. :)

For VC, I'm not so sure. There's no real "easy" thing that does it, apart from NetMeeting. Then again, I haven't really been looking very hard.

And yeah, I've thought about and investigated pretty much all of that stuff. :p Damnit, I just want something that allows me to not come in to work unless there's something to do, or someone to talk to.

Last night I was talking to Chris and I suddenly had an urge to tell him not to go creator, but I sat on it. The next morning I logged on and saw his post on the applications board. I'm scaring myself. ;P
Apr. 5th, 2002 01:35 am (UTC)
I was talking to Darryl today -- brought up the possibility of him getting me a phone so he can use it as a tax write-off. Woooo. If not, I'll get an Optus prepaid, but if he's gonna pay my plan I'm more than happy to let him. :)

I have more to say, but I guess it'll go in an entry and a phone call? Anyway, take care man. :)
Apr. 9th, 2002 06:03 am (UTC)
sms me your number, coz I am online right now, which means phone is tied up and I'll forget about it by the time I am off.

Apr. 9th, 2002 06:18 am (UTC)
or just email it to me or whatever
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