Dial-Up Fax over Verizon FiOS Using Vista x64

Using Windows Vista x64, a US Robotics Dial/Fax modem, and a Verizon FiOS connection, I was able to dial up over the FiOS connection and send a fax. I was also able to call my phone from the modem and speak through the modem’s speaker. This is an interesting feat, as Verizon uses a SIP enabled ONT on the premises to connect to a Nortel switch down the line to offer a ‘voice over fiber’ service. Whatever encapsulation that is being used preserves the ability to send out old-school analog data. Great, now I can send faxes! TO set this up I used a US Robotics external modem with the following settings enabled on the rear DIP switch:

1. DTR override

2. Verbal Result Codes

3. Display Result Codes

4. Echo offline commands

5. Auto-answer off

6. CD Normal

7. Load NVRAM defaults

8. Smart Mode

I then hooked this up to my PC’s serial port. I know, a serial port is a rare commodity on PCs these days – I needed to purchase a PCI card serial port for my GPS. I can attest that this Startech unit works under Vista x64. I used the generic Windows US Robotics 56k driver, put in a phone number, and viola, it all worked. Not that there are many places you can dial up to anymore – but faxing is useful and works flawlessly.

Another Vagrant Van

Another home on the road!
Another home on the road!

So this pristine example of a later t-van was found in downtown Manhattan, on the west side. This registration-free van is claerly on the lam, as are the people who own it. The inside was filled with blankets and what looked like cat fur. The easy pass pasted to the windshield shows that somehow this VW owner can afford to use bridges and tunnels, which makes one ask: “Why not use that money to buy a new car!?”

Kendall Howard 41U Knockdown Rack

When cable and space management become  a priority, a rack infrastructure becomes a tempting solution. We recently purchased a Kendall Howard Knockdown Rack, this product appealed to us because it could be broken down and moved around. We don’t plan on breaking it down and running around with it, but the fact that it can be taken apart is nice because it makes for cheap (read: free) shipping, as opposed to the $300 + shipping charges for pre-build 4 post racks and cabinets. The assembly of the rack took about 40 minutes, the only problem I had was when it was all tightened and assembled, the rack was slightly out of square. No problem though, I just stood it on its bottom (I had been assembling it on its side) and loosened the corner bolts, let it settle, then re-tightened everything. After that it sat square. A nice product that has quality accessories made by the same company. Here are some pictures from the assembly:

The Long Haul VW!

Although the title of this post may seem oxy-moronic (or just moronic), this VW trekked all the way from Washington State to Heckscher Park in Huntington, NY. How it made that trip is anyone’s guess, but obviously everyone in that van was a qualified mechanic! This baby blue T2 was actually in very nice shape, and started right up when the brave travelers turned the ignition, which leads me to believe that it wasn’t a real VW at all, but a Honda of some kind.