Archive for November, 2013

09th Nov 2013

Maybe my sanity will return . . .

My sincere thanks to Mr. Holt.  I sat down to do some serious writing on my Mac, instead of my work PC and kept stumbling into the idiotic behavior of the home and end keys.  This post provided the guidance I needed.  Yes!

For posterity sake, edit (or create) ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBindings.dict and add:

{
/* Remap Home / End keys to be correct */
\UF729″ = “moveToBeginningOfLine:”; /* Home */
\UF72B” = “moveToEndOfLine:”; /* End */
$\UF729″ = “moveToBeginningOfLineAndModifySelection:”; /* Shift + Home */
$\UF72B” = “moveToEndOfLineAndModifySelection:”; /* Shift + End */
“^\UF729” = “moveToBeginningOfDocument:”; /* Ctrl + Home */
^\UF72B” = “moveToEndOfDocument:”; /* Ctrl + End */
$^\UF729″ = “moveToBeginningOfDocumentAndModifySelection:”; /* Shift + Ctrl + Home */
$^\UF72B” = “moveToEndOfDocumentAndModifySelection:”; /* Shift + Ctrl + End */
}

Reboot and you’re done.

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03rd Nov 2013

VOIPo & SPA122

For the past few years we’ve been using VOIPo for home phone service.  Honestly, it was a big step down from Packet8, but Packet8 wasn’t doing residential service anymore, and had gotten rather expensive.  When we signed up with VOIPo they included a crappy, unreliable GrandStream VOIP box.  After suffering with this for 18 months or more, I finally got around to installing a Cisco SPA122.  The unit, while old, is pretty cool.  In particular, it will implement a QoS mechanism to keep other stuff from stomping on your phone calls, and it supports dial plans.  For the first time in years I can do seven digit dialing.

I upgraded to firmware 1.3.2, configuring it between my router and my Wisp, Ptera.  This allows the SPA122 to act as a router and do its QoS magic.  I made my first call from my cell to the VOIP line.  Jen picked up, and the unit immediately hung up.  WTF!?  I had her call me.  Worked great.  I looked over the basically non-existent information provided by VOIPo.  Nothing stood out expect the line, “Please be aware that VOIPo is not able to offer any assistance with the configuration or troubleshooting of a third party device.”  Gee, thanks guys.  So much for “Amazing Customer Service.”  Don’t get me wrong, I understand that they can’t support every random device folks connect, but just a wee bit more information on provisioning would have been helpful.

A little more Googling and thinking, and staring at the SPA122 web configuration page, and I decided to simply turn off “provisioning” entirely.  I saved the configuration, and tried my calls.  This time stuff appears to be working like a champ.  I guess I’ll find out over the next week or two, but the audio quality appears to be much better.  Assuming my fix actually works, this may be just the upgrade I was looking for.

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