Using Star Codes with Obihai 1000 Phones

I was unable to use star codes with obihai 1000 phones for a very long time.  It wasn’t really a big deal before but was irritating that I couldn’t find an answer.  Thanks to a post from voip.ms wiki i figured out that I had to change the ITSP digitmap line.  One just has to add |*xx| after |xx.|

Not sure why this was even the case as it is this issue only relates to Obihai phones.  In case anyone is curious I use these phones on a few different systems.  They are all Asterisk based.  Usually Wazo but sometimes direct to voip.ms.

DHCP Options for Sophos XG

Here is the clip from the manual for DHCP Options for the Sophos XG.  Got to keep remembering these!

 

Manage DHCP options dhcp[dhcp-options{add|binding|delete|list}] • To add a custom DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options {add optioncode 1-255 optionname String optiontype {array-of |one-byte|two-byte|fourbyte |ipaddress|string|boolean }] • To delete a custom DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options{delete optionname optionname}] • To display all configurable DHCP option dhcp[dhcp-options{list}] • To manage additional options for DHCP Server • Add option to DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options{binding add(dhcpname DHCP Server name optionname DHCP options value text)}] • Delete option from DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options {binding delete {dhcpname dhcp server name)}] • Show options assigned to DHCP Server dhcp[dhcp-options {binding show {dhcpname dhcp server name)}]

here is a sample from what you would type in to see what you already set:

 

console> system dhcp dhcp-options binding show dhcpname “DHCP Server”
Options Configured from GUI
—————————
Domain_Name
Subnetmask 255.255.255.0
Default_Gateway 192.168.1.1
Domain_Name_Servers
Options Configured from CLI
—————————
TFTP_Server_Name(66) “192.168.1.120”
ciscophone(150) “192.168.1.120”

Resetting Netflix on Panasonic Viera Smart TV

Resetting Netlfix on the Panasonic Viera Smart tv didn’t really go as planned.  However, I did resolve my issues.  Netflix wouldn’t load at first.  I tried to remove the channel (they call them apps) and I guess you can’t actually do that.  I also tried the netflix cheat code to get into the settings menu.  No luck.

What did work was changing my DNS entries for the TV.  Why that?  Who knows.  I certainly don’t know.  Everything else on the TV worked including youtube and amazon video.  I changed the DNS to default instead of my standard Google DNS of 8.8.8.8.

This is a 2012 smart tv.  I hate smart tvs.  Not just hate but I could go to bed thinking of ways to smash them. They never get updated.  The UI is never user-friendly and when things go wrong you can’t do much about it.  Give me a roku or googlecast any day of the week!

How I brought my Cisco 7961G Back to Life

This is how I brought my Cisco 7961G back to life.  Many hours later but here are my notes.

I used TFTpd32 as my tftpd software but I wasn’t having any luck with the DHCP piece for the 1 of my 2 7961G phones.  Prior to this last brick I had at one point been successful with a flash to SIP but then the next test it failed and I was back to square one.

In a nutshell:

  • I had to set both option 66 and option 150 to the ip address.  I made sure that the name included “”
  • I took the handset off the phone.  Weird.  I know but it was on the Cisco site as a possibility.
  • I used my router for the DHCP server and Tftpd for the tftp server and as the dns server
  • That Hex stuff..didn’t work
  • I used the firmware from the file called cmterm-7941-7961-sccp.8-0-3.zip
  • I added an XMLDefault.cnf.xml file and changed the one line inside it

My next challenge is to get it upgraded.

Valve needs to do ONE THING RIGHT and They Screwed it UP

Valve needs to do one thing right and they screwed it up.  Actually they have two things to do with the most important being stamping out bullying.  For that uncaring attitude I say SCREW YOU VALVE.  Now on to tonight’s issue.  Team Fortress 2 has changed to a ranking system to try and combat Blizzard’s new game called Overwatch.  That’s great and all.  They have two levels with the lowest level for those of us who have real lives.  It is called casual.  They should call it a waste of time.

Right now I really should be dropping f-bombs left and right but I am talking about something virtual instead of real life.  Granted, how “virtual” is it if you have almost 2000 hours(correction: only 876 hrs) invested in it?  In any event, I waited almost 10 minutes only for the game to crash while loading a match and then when I tried to wait again for a match I gave up over the 10 minute mark.

Here is the real doozy…

Does these douches comprehend how much freaking alcohol a person drinks waiting for a match on a FRIDAY night?!  Trust me it is far more when you “ain’t” doing anything.  On to a more endearing issue..if I am not able to play team fortress 2 I will move on to another game.  If I move on to another game then Valve has less or zero chance of me buying anything..especially with alcohol involved.  It makes me wonder what the hell they are smoking  that they can’t comprehend the rest of us?!  Now, let me get the monkey? out of the room.  Normal people don’t go and write blog posts that maybe 1 other person will read.  However, you can never rule out anything on the internet and how this post could gain traction.

SO VALVE,  start caring about real-life things like racism and fixing  your matchmaking skills.  You see, there is this fairly large 8 digit? large cash prize game called DOTA2 that you OWN that does better matchmaking then this.  How about asking that team?  While you are at it find a dictionary and look up the words bullying and racism  You put in as much effort as Donald Trump puts into his public displays.

What is the Default Canon Pin for Canon Printers?

What is the default Canon pin for canon printers?  I’ve had to look this up more than once therefore I need to make a note of it.  Very simply the ID and PIN (password) are both “7654321”.  While I am glad that part is easy I still am not a fan of Canon.  This time it’s their quirky address book.  First, there is no test button.  Why would such an expensive printer not have a test button for scanning?!  That is nuts.  Second, and even more importantly, it requires a path and location?  In other words say the directory you are scanning too is //mycomputernamebob/scans.

In the first field you enter //mycomputernamebob/ and then when you continue on you’ll come to a place where it asks for the path or location.  In there you just put scans.  Isn’t that weird?

Canon

Hard Drive Failed for 2nd Time

My physical hard drive failed for the 2nd time in as many years.  That brings the total of lost hard drives to 5 for me personally.  All on island.  I lost plenty of drives on the mainland but this is crazy.  It was my only non-ssd drive I had left.  In fact, compared to how many drives I have replaced over the past year alone probably has crept up to a dozen.

I just don’t think hard drives do well in this heat and humidity.  The SSDs appear to hold up much better.

Now I did replace my failed 750 GB drive with another non-ssd drive but I was in need of one in a pinch and had nothing bigger than 120 GB lying around.  Prices continue to drop on SSD and at some point I will move this one over to SSD.

TF2 Keeps Pausing when Downloading

TF2 keeps pausing when downloading.  This was an annoying problem and definitely preventable.  I didn’t even realize what the issue was at first until Windows gave me a notification reminding me that I am out of room on my c drive!

After freeing up space on Windows 8.1 I was able to download and update team fortress 2.