Checkmate II Dec23

Checkmate II

Two years ago, I made a chessboard as a going away present for a friend of mine when he was getting ready to leave Hawaii.  Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to build another board.  This holiday season gave me the perfect opportunity to get back in the shop.  The shop experience was...

Installing Cisco Unified Call Manager on VMWare Fusion Dec07

Installing Cisco Uni...

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) firmware.  I had two...

Fire TV Stick Dec01

Fire TV Stick

Amazon recently 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 would...