'Writings' Category

  • Right way to block ANIs using Amazon Connect

    April 20, 2018

    In this blog I’ll cover a potential financial issue you might face if you try to ANI block customers and they are calling you through a SIP trunk. As I continue my journey of getting familiar with Amazon Connect I ran into an interesting and a bit worrisome issue. The use case I was working […]

  • Connecing an ESXi host to a QNAP NAS using NFS

    January 30, 2018

    Interesting little issue I ran into when trying to create a new datastore in my ESXi server. I had to use NFS v2/v3 even though the ESXi documention states v4 is supported. Here are my specs: – QNAP TS-219P II – VMWare ESXi v6.0.0 Build 5050593 To configure the NFS share in the NAS. […]

  • Installing Laravel 5.5 & MySQL in Ubuntu 16.04 with Nginix already installed

    September 30, 2017

    Here are my notes on how to install these components. sudo apt-get install php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xml composer unzip sudo apt-get install -y php7.0 php7.0-fpm php7.0-mysql php7.0-zip php7.0-gd sudo apt-get install mcrypt php7.0-mcrypt sudo apt-get install -y php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xml –force-yes sudo apt-get install php7.0-curl php7.0-json sudo vi /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini     cgi.fix_pathinfo=0 sudo service php7.0-fpm restart sudo mkdir -p […]

  • Using git to push and pull repositories.

    February 17, 2016

    I’ve been trying to get more proficient with git and figured the only way to do that is to get my hands dirty and write some simple app(s) and push them to a production server. There are my notes, mainly for me to help me remember how this stuff works. The very first time you […]

  • Uniform Server (WAMP) and Laravel

    November 19, 2013

    I’ve been playing around with Laravel a bit just to try it out and figured I would bundle this with a light weight WAMP solution.  Went through the install and everything worked fine exept when it came time to migrate my database: C:\UniServer\laravel1>php artisan migrate {"error":{"type":"Symfony\\Component\\Debug\\Exception\\FatalErrorException","message":"Call to undefined function Symfony\\Component\\Console\\mb_detect_encoding()","file":"C:\\UniServer\\laravel1\\vendor\\symfony\\console\\Symfony\\Component\\Console\\Application.php","line":721}} Took some googling around, but […]

  • New Years Resolutions and Data Visualization

    December 4, 2011

    At the end of last year (December 2010) I set out to change a few things.  The biggest one being to try and burn 10,000 calories a month through exercise.  The first few months I kept track of my calorie expenditure base on a heart monitor, when my heart monitor met an untimely death I […]

  • May 2nd 2010 Pittsburgh Half Marathon

    May 11, 2010

    In my never ending attempt to punish my body and hate my knees I’ve been training to what I hope will amount to another full marathon this year.  Along the way I figured it would be a good idea to give a half marathon another shot.  If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, I recommend you […]

  • Phishers use IVRs for phishing!

    January 22, 2009

    This week I received a text message from an “Unknown sender” and it read: “This is an automated message from Franklin Bank.Your ATM card has been suspended.To reactivate call urgent at 866-545-2647” Being the curious little monkey that I am, I just had to call it. So, the first thing I did was find a […]

  • Rio Rancho, NM

    January 15, 2009

    I’m out here to do a presentation and this place is absolutely beautiful. The sun is out and shining brightly, while the temperature is in the mid 30s. I’m staying at this beautiful resort called the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and the place is immense with a lot of great things to do and see. […]

  • Oh Sprint How I Love You So, Let Me Count the Ways.

    December 12, 2008

    The last few months my Sprint bill had been in the multiple of hundreds of dollars. Usually above $300, so I finally decided to switch to their everything plan. $99 dollars + tax for all the calling, texting, and web is an excellent price and I will take full advantage of it. However, it just […]

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