Adam Thomas | 1 Oct 02:49 2008
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Re: [clug] Installfest wrap-up report

On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 06:49:53PM +1000, Ian wrote:
> Hey Paul,
> 
> <snip>
> > So another question, if I have a device how do I capture what key is
> > pressed, I tried the following command
> >
> > hexdump -C /dev/input/event3
> >
> > but couldn't make much sense of the output, and only now I should have
> > compared it with a dump of a "real" keyboard.
> 
> 
> Use evtest for this (ooh, another one for Command of the Hour) - it
> decodes those binary chants into human understandable output. In
> debian based distros it can be found in the dvb-utils package.

For those on Debian Lenny (or Lenny derived distros) the evtest tool
has been moved to the 'joystick' package and dvb-utils is a dummy
package for dvb-apps. joystick conflicts with dvb-utils but if you
have dvb-apps installed removing the dvb-utils package does nothing.

> 
> Cheers,
> -Ian
> 
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jhock | 1 Oct 06:07 2008
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Re: [clug] EeePC 1000 coming..

Hi,

I have been trying to track one down for a long time.  I would like the
SSD option rather than the hard disc drive.  

I hope that there is no obligation to buy by saying that I am
interested.

Thanks.

On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 14:14 +1000, Chris Smart wrote:
> FYI, anyone interested in one of these, please let me know!
> Looks like they will be available at the end of NEXT month..
> 
> -c
> 
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Scott McKean <scott@...>
> Date: 2008/9/30
> Subject: Re: EeePC 1000
> To: Chris Smart <mail@...>
> 
> 
> Hi Chris,
> 
> I heard back from one of our major suppliers (Ingram Micro) and they
> have said that they won't be receiving the first batch of eeePC 1000's
> with Linux on them until end of next month.
> 
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Chris Smart | 1 Oct 06:09 2008

Re: [clug] EeePC 1000 coming..

2008/10/1 jhock <jhock@...>:
> Hi,
>
> I have been trying to track one down for a long time.  I would like the
> SSD option rather than the hard disc drive.
>
> I hope that there is no obligation to buy by saying that I am
> interested.

Not at all, I'm not even sure that I'll buy from them :) But I still
want to be kept in the loop when they are available and for how much.
When I know, I'll post back to the CLUG list. If anyone wants to buy
one then, I'll see what I can arrange.

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Chris Smart | 1 Oct 14:56 2008

[clug] VOIP advice

It's time for me to jump on the VOIP bandwagon.. does anyone have any advice?

I intend to use Ekiga for PC -> PC and figured I may as well get a
calling out card through their partner http://www.diamondcard.us - but
I've no idea who they are or whether I should.

Has anyone does such a crazy thing before? :)

Also, while I'm on the topic, does anyone use a physical phone to
connect to a VOIP provider? And if I got one, could I connect to any
VOIP provider, i.e. diamondcard.us?

Thanks!!
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Andrew Janke | 1 Oct 14:59 2008
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Re: [clug] VOIP advice

> I intend to use Ekiga for PC -> PC and figured I may as well get a
> calling out card through their partner http://www.diamondcard.us - but
> I've no idea who they are or whether I should.

Why not an Oz based provider such as freshtel ?  Given that I would
imagine you are predominately going to be calling Oz numbers.

> Also, while I'm on the topic, does anyone use a physical phone to
> connect to a VOIP provider? And if I got one, could I connect to any
> VOIP provider, i.e. diamondcard.us?

Yes. I use a Linksys SPA3102 connected to iiTalk given that I have
iiNet nekkid ADSL.  Works fine.

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Brian | 1 Oct 15:52 2008

Re: [clug] VOIP advice


Chris Smart wrote:
> It's time for me to jump on the VOIP bandwagon.. does anyone have any advice?
> 
You need plenty of bandwidth.
You need a modem with QOS.
A lot will depend on your connection.
Andrew is using 'nekkid dsl'
Rainer is using adsl2
I am using Longreach.

If you use adsl2 you can buy a modem with voip built in

> I intend to use Ekiga for PC -> PC and figured I may as well get a
When you get around to testing this let me know, I can test my end too.

> calling out card through their partner http://www.diamondcard.us - but
> I've no idea who they are or whether I should.
Not sure this is required , see below.
However, the quality of the provider seems to be very important.
I have had a pretty bad time with calls dropping out, service being 
disrupted for days!
Having said that it is a lot better now.
KMOO, is slowing getting it together.
I did some evaluation of various providers and found Pennytel to be 
about the cheapest
http://www.pennytel.com/
but I went for kmoo because it was local.
TPG are also supposed to be good.
http://www.tpg.com.au/voip/products_services.php
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Andrew Janke | 1 Oct 16:08 2008
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Re: [clug] VOIP advice

> You need plenty of bandwidth.

Perhaps, I think this is more a function of how "close" you are to
your provider...  But that could be just pontificating on my part.
(see below)

> You need a modem with QOS.

  $_ =~ s/need/should\ have/

> However, the quality of the provider seems to be very important.
> I have had a pretty bad time with calls dropping out, service being
> disrupted for days!

Aye. I used to use freshtel and while it was ok it was what I came to
believe VoIP "was" (a bit laggy at times and not the clearest). When I
then started to use iiTalk I was pleasantly surprised to find it as
good as "normal" calls. Now this does not mean that iiTalk is the best
VoIP service, I put this down to having no-one between my ADSL
provider and my VoIP provider which means I get precious little lag.
how you influence this I have no idea beyond using the VoIP that your
ADSL connection provides.

> http://www.jmgtechnology.com.au/spa_3000_guide.pdf

$digg++ for the above guy. He has plenty of helpful guides there on
the strange world of "dial plans". And to think that I thought perl
regular expressions used to look like line noise.

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Sunnz | 1 Oct 18:07 2008
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[clug] DDOS using SYN cookies.

http://it.slashdot.org/it/08/10/01/0127245.shtml

Looks pretty serious, "there are no known mitigation" technique... now
I don't completely understand this myself, I know that TCP initiates
with a 3 way hand shake, but never know a SYN cookie is used to avoid
DDOS attack... but now SYN cookies are used to do a DDOS?!

What do you think?

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Simon Pascal Klein | 1 Oct 23:11 2008

Re: [clug] EeePC 1000 coming..

Not sure which storage options are available exactly, but a friend  
mentioned Pretec now has 64 and 100GB CompactFlash cards. The eeepcs  
have slots or the ability to use these right?

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0809/08092306pretec_64gb_100gb_cf.asp

—Pascal

On 01/10/2008, at 6:07 AM, jhock wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have been trying to track one down for a long time.  I would like  
> the
> SSD option rather than the hard disc drive.
>
> I hope that there is no obligation to buy by saying that I am
> interested.
>
> Thanks.
>
> On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 14:14 +1000, Chris Smart wrote:
>> FYI, anyone interested in one of these, please let me know!
>> Looks like they will be available at the end of NEXT month..
>>
>> -c
>>
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Scott McKean <scott@...>
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Bernard Duggan | 1 Oct 23:31 2008

Re: [clug] VOIP advice

Woo!  Finally a subject I have a chance of knowing more than other
people about :)

Andrew Janke wrote:
>> You need plenty of bandwidth.
>>     
> Perhaps, I think this is more a function of how "close" you are to
> your provider...  But that could be just pontificating on my part.
> (see below)
>   
Even the most bandwidth hungry prototol, G.711, only uses 64kbits of
data.  Add UDP and RTSP overhead, and you're still looking at a
"requirement" no more than about 100kbits in each direction.  If you're
using G.729, that drops lower.  Distance to your provider will only
affect latency.  The most important thing is a "good" link - low
latency, minimal packet loss and consistently sufficient bandwith -
between you and the provider's SIP gateway.  The only time you'll
actually need "lots" of bandwidth is if you're doing something else at
the same time (you know, downloading anything) and even with a fat pipe
that can still cause you problems without....
>> You need a modem with QOS.
>>     
>   $_ =~ s/need/should\ have/
>   
Should /definitely/ have unless you want to turn off all your downloads
every time you make/take a call.  I run two voip phones here at home -
one that's QoS'd and one that isn't (only because I've been too lazy to
set it up).  Even on my ADSL2+ connection syncing at 5Mbits the latter
will break up significantly if I have a download running during a call.
>> However, the quality of the provider seems to be very important.
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