July 20th, 2005



Our primary copier/printer/fax machine ran out of toner, and whoever used the last cartridge never told anyone, so the machine is down until the supplier can get some new carts out here.

Which means no one can print from this machine, no one can copy from this machine, and any incoming faxes cannot be printed. There is a second laser printer/copier in the office, so people can continue to do their work. But that machine was never properly wired up to recieve faxes.

However, having had trouble with these Canon printers before, I've got a spare fax machine sitting around for just such emergencies. It's a cheapo inkjet Canon Faxphone, a real piece of junk, but it's better than nothing.

I dug it up and moved the phone cable from the big Canon to the little one. That way any incoming faxes can still be printed without delay. Then I made a sign warning people that the printer was out of toner and taped it to the printer.

That was yesterday.

I came in this morning and noticed there were no faxes. At all. Nothing had been recieved lately. Which is really unusual, because most people here are REALLY lazy about picking up their faxes, they usually sit on the printer or in the INCOMING FAX box until the receptionist or someone distributes them out.

So I check to make sure the little fax machine was still plugged in. Nope. Someone unplugged the Faxphone and plugged the phone cable back into the big printer, which now has a whole queue of unprintable faxes. Brilliant.
Homer's Brain

WiFi Survey II

In April I warwalked this office park, and found some disturbing results.

So 3 months later, I went out warwalking again, and found things haven't improved any.

Offices in this complex: ~30
Total Access Points: 29
Total Infastructure Networks: 28
Total Peer Networks: 1
AP's not using encryption: 13
AP's on the default channel 6: 15
AP's on a non-standard channel*: 4
AP's using a default SSID: 5
AP's using the SSID "linksys": 4
Most AP's detectable from one location: 10
Fewest AP's detectable from one location: 2

*Non-standard channel = Anything other than 1, 6 and 11, the only 3 channels that do not suffer frequency overlap.

In 3 months, 10 new access points have appeared. The percentage of insecure access points has also increased slightly from 42% to 45%. The number of AP's using channel 6 has skyrocketed from 26% to 52%! Interestingly, the use of default SSIDs has remained the same, and the use of non-standard channels has actually dropped.

Supermarket Blues

I always feel terribly depressed whenever I go to the supermarket.

I used to go grocery shopping with my grandmother all the time, then when she couldn't do the shopping any more, I used to go with my grandfather.  With him gone now, and my SO so far away, I'm all alone, and the grocery store just serves to emphasise this.


Nothing like buying Soup for One and TV Dinners to remind you that you don't have anyone to cook for.