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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2015 mugshot: the Ericofon

My ‘mugshot’ for 2015 is the wonderfully kitsch “Ericofon”. In some markets it’s known as the “Cobra” telephone. The Ericofon was introduced into Australia around 1963 as an alternative to the standard 800-series table phone. Their insides were fully imported from Sweden and the cases moulded locally, the phones then assembled in Ericsson’s Broadmeadows factory …

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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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