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Ditching Bell POTS for VoIP around Toronto

September 9th, 2010 9 comments

SPA2102 ATA

I’m always looking at ways to run the house more economically.  I was already using TekSavvy for home phone, but my average bill was still around $40 then, and that was just for visual call waiting, and $0.03/minute long distance.  I was curious about switching to VoIP, and specifically, voip.ms, so I decided to give it a try.
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OTA Digital TV in Oshawa

November 27th, 2009 21 comments

Oshawa is one of the best places in North America for over the air TV.  We get signals from the CN Tower, Hamilton, and many of the Buffalo stations.  Using the setup I’ll describe, I’m currently receiving 21 (or more) digital TV channels with no rotor, and many of them are HD!  Digital TV provides a crystal clear signal.  It provides a higher quality signal than Cable TV, particularly with the HD signals, as there is no compression applied to the channel.  Best of all, your monthly payments are reduced to $0!

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This may change everything…

November 6th, 2009 No comments

Holy crap!  Have you seen this wing-fu yet:

I’m going to have to give it a try.  I usually take a bite, and then twist the small bone off, and then eat the rest.

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FreeDOS 1.0 USB Boot Image

August 13th, 2009 22 comments

Update (2012-01-17) new version available: FreeDOS 1.1 USB Boot Image
Update (2011-10-20) download the FreeDOS USB Image: FreeDOS-1.0-USB-Boot.img.bz2

I was trying to update the BIOS of my new SATA controller (a Syba SD-SATA2-4IR, or SD-81012336 – you decide), as the system will not boot with the RAID BIOS, unless you have a logical drive defined.  Since this fakeraid is generally garbage, and I’ll be using ZFS as well as gmirror, I thought I would try and work around it.

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Wing Shack Whitby is CLOSED

July 24th, 2009 No comments

Yup – that’s right.  More detail here.

Learning Verilog on the Digilent Nexys2

July 21st, 2009 10 comments

For Christmas this year, I got a Digilent Nexys2 board.  My intention was to run this open source logic analyzer, to help improve my PS/2 keylogger. Read more…

Fixing your phone line

July 21st, 2009 No comments
Full install detail

Full install detail

I’ve recently added a page describing my little update to my home wiring. If you are not getting the full sync rate out of your DSL modem, or are experiencing frequent disconnects, this procedure may help you…

How to Belle Your Phone Line for DSL

Snakes on a Plain

June 11th, 2009 No comments
Eastern Garter Snake

Eastern Garter Snake

So, doing my usual morning garden check-over, I found a new friend!

When I went to check in the evening he was gone, so I don’t know if it’s a permanent resident or not.

Toads and slugs both happen to be on this fellow’s diet, so I have mixed feelings about whether it will ultimately be good for the garden. I figure the more diversity the better though.

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Keylogger source code

June 3rd, 2009 No comments

In April I packaged up my source for the keylogger, and posted it to the project page.  Just thought I’d mention in a post that it is now available.

Vegetables Rock!

June 2nd, 2009 2 comments
2009 Garden, First Planted

2009 Garden, First Planted

I’ve been working in the garden again. Yesterday I finished raking out the soil, so that I had a nice, even bed. I also decided to pile the rocks I pulled out in a little more functional and aesthetic way. Today I finally got to the good stuff…
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