Keep an Eye Out for Electrical Safety

I’ve apparently had a fascination for all things electrical and electronic since an early age. So the story goes, I managed to jam some keys in a power-point aged about 3, apparently blackening all around it but leaving me unharmed. In my teenage years I knew to scream out “I’m OK” if – alright, when …

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Use RegEx in Word to Mask IP Addresses

Some of my customers get a bit touchy about IP addresses leaving their corporate environment, so they need to be removed before any documents see the outside world. I’ve already added this as a feature in my script that turns a Sonus gateway backup into a DOCX and PDF. Occasionally I need to send a …

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From Telecom Apprentice to Lync MVP in 30 Short Years

January 2014 has been quite a significant month here. Forgive me for getting all nostalgic for the “good old days” and reminiscing a bit – it’s not without due cause. Thirty years ago this month, fresh out of school and barely a man (I’d only just turned 18), I joined what was Telecom Australia (nee …

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How To Install An Un-Signed 3rd Party Driver in Windows 8

Here’s a shameless re-post of someone else’s great work. I’m just adding some references to Arduino and Clipsal C-Gate, Toolkit and PACA in the hope that a search engine will help guide others in similar circumstances to the fix. Arduino Driver I’m tinkering with a little Lync project to add a real-world “telemetry-style” interface to …

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Restoring a 232MT “Pyramid” phone

I’ve loved phones since I was a kid, and possess a small collection including my grandmother’s Commonwealth Ericsson and a candlestick, as well as the usual more modern plastic and Bakelite affairs. The mechanical aspects of payphones always fascinated me, so I have some of them here too. I’ve had a “Pyramid” phone here for …

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Telephone Intercom

I’ve long enjoyed tinkering with electronics, although it’s something I don’t do a lot of these days. I find that I simply no longer have the time to invest in designing, prototyping & debugging, then the PCB design, layout, artwork and production. Home is littered with all sorts of home-brew projects, including the old stereo …

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