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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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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