Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Free international calls

About a year or two there were a ton of companies that offered you free calls if you listened to an advertisement. It seems that most of these services either disappeared, or are not doing what they can to advertise. I just came across http://www.freephone2phone.com/index.php which will allow you to make unlimited free 10 minute ad supported telephone calls to international destinations. It appears that it will only permit you to make a 5 minute call to the same number if you make multiple calls in the same day, but I have not seen any other limitations to the service.

I am going to have to ask my girlfriend to give me her actual telephone number next time we talk, so that I do not need to deal with the constant connection problems when using cell phone apps to keep in touch while she is back home in Thailand.

Try it out, then leave a comment for everyone else here about your experience, or if you know of a different service that allows free international calling post a comment for other readers to try out!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wire molding wire run + small network install

Today I had an install at an office in a basement. No drop ceilings, and there was HVAC vents in the walls, so I did not know what obstacles I would encounter if I attempted to open some holes in the ceilings and walls to snake the wires. I opted for surface mount wire runs, but since I was running 10 jacks to 5 separate locations I decided that I would use wire molding to keep things neat. No one wants 10 blue cat 5 wires zip-tied to the wall for everyone to see.

This is the end of the run.

I drilled small holes in the top of the wire molding to pass 2 wires for each jack.

Ran wire molding above door frames in hallway, and down wall
at end of hallway.
The wire you see sticking out going thru the door was an existing cable wire
that the customer had in place before I got there, I just pushed it into our molding.

Nothing left to waste.
In the boiler room I used scrap pieces  to secure the wires to the wall.

Even the power is run through the wire molding.

Aris Cable modem (left)
8 port TP-Link switch (middle top)
12-port Patch panel (middle bottom)
Linksys/Cisco E1200 router (left) 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Beware of unsolicited domain renewal requests!

I was going through some of my old emails, setting up filters and marking spam when I came across this, which I had forgotten about. I just wanted to make a post so that new domain owners can be made aware of this unethical practice of companies sending what appears to look like a bill for domain registration renewal. 

This is NOT a bill, nor is it from any company which I have done business in the past. Someone who may be new to domain registration may think that this is legitimate, after all how is this company to know that your domain name is about to expire, right? Well these companies scour the internet whois databases for when domain names expire, then gather the contact information and send out these renewal notices to the information found on file for the domain owner. I even got a hard copy of one of these notices, although I threw it in the trash so I do not recall if it was for the same people who sent this one.

This is a SCAM! Do NOT pay these people for your domain renewal. Sure they will renew your domain, but it will no longer be with the company you originally registered your domain with. You will likely  have to redo all of your DNS entries with the new name servers, and they are charging a crazy amount of money. I have my registration done with Yahoo, and I thought the $35/year they charge was excessive. This company is charging $75 for the same thing. Companies like GoDaddy charge much less. 

So when something like what appears below comes to your mailbox, just ignore it or send it out to the spam box.

RE: Attn: NYPHONEJACKS.COM Notice of Registration

Expiration Notice

Order #: 25633331
Order Date: Nov 6, 2012
Bill To: xxxxx  xxxxx
xxxxx xxxxx street #4 Brooklyn 112xx NY UNITED STATES


Domain Name
Nov 6, 2012 - Nov 6, 2013
1 Year
To: xxxxx xxxxx
Don't miss out on this offer which includes search engine submission for NYPHONEJACKS.COM for 12 months. There is no obligation to pay for this order unless you complete your payment by Nov 21, 2012. Our services provide submission and search engine ranking for domain owners. This offer for submission services is not required to renew your domain registration.
Failure to complete your search engine registration by Nov 21, 2012 may result in the cancellation of this order (making it difficult for your customers to locate you using search engines on the web).
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