ET can phone home now, if it’s a local call
This seems to be the week for phones. At work, we’re starting to install VOIP phones in our classrooms. This will allow professors to call our office instead of using the less-informative room ‘help’ signal. I just installed the first one Friday. It’s a Cisco and it works great! The installation requires a small modification to each console, but it’s no big deal.
Then this weekend I tackled the noisy phone line at my house. I really couldn’t care less about the phone, as long as we have Internet, but that’s the problem. Our phone line had gotten so noisy it was interfering with the DSL.
So this morning, I ripped out a whole bunch of old phone lines and junctions in the house, a tangled assortment of Radio-Shack grade 4-wire, dynamite wire, twisted bell wire, and a lightning arrestor that looks like it dates back to the early Eisenhower administration. Installed uniform CAT4 cable and new junctions and jacks, while eliminating several of the old lines that are no longer used. Noise, gone; DSL, working better.
In the process I saw some network wiring that isn’t up to standard, but my Ethernet wiring kit is at work so I didn’t do anything with that. All the cable is CAT5, so it won’t need replacing, but I’ll install a new punch-panel in the closet instead of the current tangle of junk.
I also modified a new piece of exercise equipment that I bought. It strengthens the lower back, but it had an uncomfortable design flaw. Now it has much better clearance, uh, in front below the waistline.
I am planning to buy a unicycle soon. Does anyone have any tips? What brand to buy, features to look for? If possible I want one as good as my mountain bike, which is fairly high-end.
Coming up soon on this blog is a review of a book written by one of my old college buddies. He and I went in completely different directions after graduation; he’s a fundamentalist minister and I’m an evil atheist blogger. He said he wanted my honest opinion of the book…
Oh, and Happy Birthday, Heinrich