Installing Cisco Unified Call Manager on VMWare Fusion Dec07

Installing Cisco Uni...

A few months ago, I had the idea to use some of my Cisco IP phones in an internal home communications system.   I have a couple of Synology NAS boxes that are capable of running Asterix, the open source PBX (phone management) software.  However, my Cisco phones have the SCCP (Skinny)...

Fire TV Stick Dec01

Fire TV Stick

A few months ago Amazon announced a smaller version of the Amazon Fire TV, its streaming media device similar to the Apple TV. I love my Apple TV and have modified it to be a very capable media streaming machine, playing media from both my local network and the internet at large.  I figure it...

Entryway Shelves Nov26

Entryway Shelves

For a few months now, our dining room table has been pulling double-duty as a catchall for hats, scarves, wallets, purses and anything else we needed to quickly drop off when coming home.  This solution fits nicely in an existing space in our dining room, right by the Hawaiian shoe bench.  I...

Minty Boost Nov16

Minty Boost

The MintyBoost is a great open-source hardware charger designed by the engineers at Adafruit, a small electronics company out of NYC.  It’s a small yet powerful USB charger for iPods, iPhones or any other USB-powered device. Proving 500mA @ 5V, it’s a great emergency power source when my...

Twins! Oct26

Twins!

Last winter, Baxter was well-prepared for the polar vortex of 2014 because he had his custom insulated coat.  Gina put in lots of work this weekend in the craft room to make sure Perseus would be just as prepared this year.  They now have matching...

Wooden Levitator Oct25

Wooden Levitator

By now, you know that I don’t throw out my scraps.  Instead I find fun or creative use for wood that would be otherwise headed to the fireplace.  And now… time for a magic trick. The woods are maple for the base, walnut for the column, lacewood for the cantilever and mahogany for...

Yosemite USB Drive Oct24

Yosemite USB Drive

I’ve been running Apple’s newest operating system Yosemite ever since the public beta was announced. It’s a brave proposition to have a beta operating system on my main machine, but it’s worked out so far. Now that that final version is released, many more will be...

Onion Pi Oct15

Onion Pi

Privacy has been in the news for a while now.  As Carnegie Mellon’s Norman Sadeh, professor of computer science, mentions, “privacy breaches, whether through poor design or as the result of attacks, have become a staple of the daily news.”  Protecting personal privacy...

Percy’s Hoodie Oct01

Percy’s Hoodie

Perseus just got his first package since joining our family.  He ordered the custom fitted hoodie from a very talented artisan out in California.  The colors are wonderful and most importantly, it will keep his small frame nice and warm this winter.  Baxter even got a little jealous after the...

Maker Faire 2014 Sep21

Maker Faire 2014

So my new job has kept me busy, but not so much so that I couldn’t head down to NYC for the Maker Faire events this weekend.  This was my second Maker Faire and it was even better than the first.  I saw everything from carousel horse go karts to a 93-year-old WWII veteran tanker...

Percy’s Table Aug18

Percy’s Table

A few years ago, I made a table for Baxter shown here.  Unfortunately, he didn’t use it much… because he’s a dog. Our new addition to the family, Perseus the dachshund, is more appreciative of my handywork so I modified Baxter’s old table to fit Percy’s height....

Yosemite Jul25

Yosemite

Apple recently released the public beta of its newest operating system, codenamed Yosemite.  The experience with the unfinished OS has been pretty good so far, with no major interruptions to my regular workflow.  In its announcement earlier this year, Apple revealed that the interface would...