Our annual housewarming – the DHMG

Rocky and I bought our first home together back in late 1995. It was a lovely 3-bedroom semi-detached house in one of the inner-western suburbs of Sydney. We found ourselves holding a housewarming for it in January 1996, and for some reason lost to history we settled on a parody / lampooning of the poster …

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Auto-shutdown an unused SBA

I’m encountering a growing number of customers upgrading and centralising their Skype for Business infrastructure, and as part of that they’re decommissioning their Survivable Branch Appliances. At some stage I’ll be asked how they can turn off the SBA, which in the case of the Sonus/Ribbon SBAs is running on a daughter-board inside the appliance …

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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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