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NBN And PABX Phone Systems


So your business is running an old analog multi-line PABX that you've used and trusted for years, you've also just been letter dropped that the NBN is ready for service in your area, ok, so that means you have 18 months to migrate to an NBN service before Telstra cuts off your existing copper services, you know it's wise to move sooner rather than later because you don't want to get caught out and be without a phone service when everyone waits till the last minute, and there's not enough techs to go round.

You decide you better start talking to some RSP's (Retail Service Providers), or worse - you get one of those pesky door to door sales people, either way, during your conversations all of a sudden your ears prick up because you've just been told that your trusty existing PABX wont work, it's incompatible with the NBN and you need to replace it. There is a tiny bit of truth in that, and I do mean tiny, like it wont work as is, but If you think it sounds more like a rort, you're probably right.

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NBN With Multiple Phone Outlets


Australia's NBN, how it will affect your existing landline phones when you are migrated depends on how your home is currently wired and how many phones you have.

There's been a bit of rubbish being spread by RSP (Retail Service Provider - AKA: ISP) sales type people telling you your existing phones wont work when you're moved to the NBN. There is some truth to this, but no you likely do not need to re-wire your entire house or some such rot, or buy dect phones as only means of more phones, as many are being told, and despite other rhetoric from these sales geniuses, you can have more than one fix wired phone.

There are issues with leaving multiple active outlets in place on your original phone line when NBN connects your new service with their VDSL modem that's for certain, they can and do create issues that result in poor performance with your service, that's one of the few things NBN chief Bill Morrow and I actually agree on ;-)

There are typically two wiring layouts of a home with multiple outlets and ADSL, the first and most common is daisy chained, that sort of looks like this

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Ipv6 2017 Check Update


In 2015, we ran a test on our most commonly used sites for IPv6 responses which yielded pathetic 8% results, so
this is a quick update to the article I wrote back then - IPv6 Reality Checks, but it seems here we are two and a half years later, only a handful of the previously IPv4 only hosts have managed to graduate to IPv6.

These hosts have since IPv6:

www.9news.com.au
bbc.co.uk
cnn.com
www.yourtv.com.au
mypolice.qld.gov.au
www.webhostingtalk.com
www.datacenterknowledge.com
techdirt.com
planefinder.net
comlaw.gov.au


However the following, the over whelming vast majority, still have yet to add IPv6 - Continue reading "Ipv6 2017 Check Update"
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NSA v Facebook - Who's More Evil


With all the Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of activities of the U.S.A's N.S.A, we are all like oh how dare they the privacy invading bastards, we all attack and condemn them - rightly so! We now realise how far out of control they and other Five Eyes member nations really are, so we tend to take more steps to protect our privacy from their prying eyes, make no mistake they are privacy invading power tripping scum who spend more time spying on friendly nations and their own law abiding citizens - than terrorists.

Yet, I'm betting pretty much all of those outraged over the NSA's actions, spend most of their days on feciesbook facebook, probably an unhealthy amount of time too, revealing everything about their life, now, I wrote some time ago about what I think of the privacy invading POS that is facebook, but recently, information on what they collect by their own admission, came to life, and it would make even the most seasoned operative at the U.S.A.'s NSA and U.K.'s GCHQ jaw drop in puddles of drool...

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IPv6 Reality Checks


*** Update A revised entry for 2017 can be found here.


Recent statements made on an Australian industry mailing list about how well IPv6 was doing, with some people reporting their traffic is split 50/50 between IPv4 and IPv6, raised my eyebrows, I was not entirely convinced about those figures, so decided to put that 50/50 to the test to see how it applies in my situation.

One of these gentleman told me that my test was flawed, setting it up to fail even, well, I disagree with that, since if 50% of the traffic is favoured as IPv6, it still stands to reason that if I disable IPv4, about 50% of my traffic should still work - albeit slower at times for local sites since I'm limited to a tunnel provided by Hurricane Electric in California, U.S.A, so I expect a bit of lag using local sites, anyway, getting back on point, that should then result in the remaining 50% or so of traffic to actually fail, which is kind of the point if one wants to test the theory of half of the sites working or not via IPv6.

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