Piyono

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  1. I've been looking for a way to record phone calls for a while, using either hardware or software.

    On the software front, all I've found so far is Call Corder, which doesn't seem to work with any of the modems I have.

    In hardware, JK Audio makes several devices that do exactly what I want, but they're quite expensive. Even their most basic model is US$60.

    I'm wondering if anyone's been more successful in this endeavor than I've been so far.

    As well, I'm interested in building my own handset tap like the JK model I linked to above. I can't imagine it's terribly complicated, but I'd need some schematics, which I can't find on Google.

    Piyono


  2. I have a computer with an XP partition that nobody uses, and I want to wipe it out and reclaim the space.

    Right now, Win98 is on partition 1 and XP is on partition 2, both are primary partitions. I'm using a standard boot.ini file for OS selection.

    If I simply wipe out the XP partition or merge it with the Win98 partition will I encounter any trouble booting?

    Here's the content of my boot.ini file, in case it helps:

    [boot loader]
    
    timeout=10
    
    default=C:
    
    [operating systems]
    
    C:="Microsoft Windows"
    
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

    Piyono


  3. Hmm... is it reasonable to expect the same quality of sound from a PC soundcard than from an audio CD player? I don't think so. Consider, for example, the EMI... there is no cost-effective way I can think of to completely shield the card from the high-frequency interference prevalent inside a PC.

    Another factor is that cheap PC PSUs and ultra-clean analog signals generally don't mix very well...

    Well, there are some semi/pro cards (with onboard AD/DA) that are held in very high regard by many a reviewer; the Lynx Two for example. I've never used this card so for all I know the hype may just be marketing bunk, but I like to give folks the benefit of the doubt.

    Piyono


  4. It's official:

    I'm an idiot.

    I had entered the wrong DSN names. I looked at them about a billion times in the past few hours but it never hit me.

    See, I thought that the DSN names, as they appear in the Data Sources list, were just pointers or aliases, and that the file you select in the configuration was the reference point.

    Ooops.

    I changed the DSN entries and it worked immediately.

    Piyono


  5. Ok, I corrected a few mistyped path names and now the home page loads up. Thanks for the help.

    However, now I can't access any of the pages that require a login. I get this message:

    The page cannot be displayed  

    There is a problem with the page you are trying to reach and it cannot be displayed.  

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Please try the following:

    Click the Refresh button, or try again later.

    Open the localhost home page, and then look for links to the information you want.  

    HTTP 500.100 - Internal Server Error - ASP error

    Internet Information Services

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Technical Information (for support personnel)

    Error Type:

    Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers (0x80004005)

    [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

    /loginok.asp, line 5

    Browser Type:

    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)  

    Page:

    GET /loginok.asp  

    Time:

    Thursday, January 30, 2003, 12:31:30 PM  

    More information:

    Microsoft Support  

     

    I've checked the path names and DSN settings umpteen times. I have no idea why this isn't working.

    BTW, there's no "global.xxx" file, Frank. The site has a folder called "connections" which contains files called "dnsless.asp" and two other files which specify MDB files. The files specified point to actual files on the hard drive. I though it might be a case sensitivity thing but every character matches up.

    I'm stumped, I tell ya.

    Piyono


  6. Interesting.

    It's stereo, so I'd imagine it comes in an 8-pin DIP package, right?

    ...Ah, indeed it does. Just checked Burr-Brown's site. Should be easy enough to solder.

    What's the cost per piece?

    I wonder if my Delta1010 could benefit from a similar upgrade. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never cracked it open to see what lurks within, but knowing how companies like buying components en masse, I wouldn'tbe surprised if the two cards used the same OpAmp.

    Thanks for the tip!

    Piyono


  7. I'm heading to a tradeshow on Sunday, taking with me a laptop to run a local version of the company's website.

    We've done this before a couple of times and it works for our purposes. However, we always run into the same problem after configuring IIS -- the index page loads, but none of the links from that page work. Usually we call the web programmer and he fixes it with a couple of keystrokes. However I'm here all alone and am quite anxious to do it now.

    The site is all ASP-based and running off an Access DB.

    To load the home page I type http://localhost/ into the browser. That works. When I click on any link I get an IE error page with this message:

    The page cannot be displayed  

    There is a problem with the page you are trying to reach and it cannot be displayed.  

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Please try the following:

    Click the Refresh button, or try again later.

    Open the localhost home page, and then look for links to the information you want.  

    HTTP 500.100 - Internal Server Error - ASP error

    Internet Information Services

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Technical Information (for support personnel)

    Error Type:

    Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers (0x80004005)

    [Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] '(unknown)' is not a valid path. Make sure that the path name is spelled correctly and that you are connected to the server on which the file resides.

    /giftreg_login.asp, line 15

    Browser Type:

    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)  

    Page:

    GET /giftreg_login.asp  

    Time:

    Wednesday, January 29, 2003, 7:17:01 PM  

    More information:

    Microsoft Support  

     

    It seems to be a DB error. Line 15 of giftreg_login.asp reads:

    Login.ActiveConnection = MM_dsnless_STRING

    I don't know if I'm supplying the right information to solve this puzzle, but it's the best I can do with my limited knowledge on the matter.

    Anyone?

    Piyono


  8. No, you're all misunderstanding -- the messages I'm getting are not from the attacking computer but from the mail servers of the target computers, defending themselves. All the emails are from "Mail Administrator" or "System Administrator" or "Postmaster". Their anti-virus software is stopping the attackers messages and returning them to [/i]me[/i]... even though my computer is not the perpetrator

    See?

    Piyono


  9. Agreed!

    Asymmetric, you have a knack for technical writing that would send some SAMS authors home in tears. I didn't think I cared to know about the inner workings of flash memory until I read that.

    I would have punctuated a few sentences differently, perhaps, but hey, that's what editors are for. Go write a highschool science text or something -- help some kids get into college.

    :)

    Piyono


  10. Nice try, fellas, but you're not gonna put one over on me that easily!

    ..Now, then, was that three minutes on medium or high?

    ;)

    When I was in college in 1996/1997, my course load required us to fill studio and lab time through the night. CDs were still about CAN$3, or so, a pop, and the one, lonely 2× Sony burner was given to spitting out coasters now and then. A bad night in the lab could cost you twelve bucks. As luck had it, one night at 3am or so I was 3 or 4 coasters into what was should have been a routine burn. My assignment was due in nine hours and I was at the end of my rope. I felt a little venting was in order. I gathered the ungood CDRs and headed with a buddy to the school cafeteria, where lived a large, industrial-strength microwave. I tossed the CDs in, dialed up two seconds on 'high' and stood back. Now, I don't know what sort of die they used in those CDs, but the ensuing shower of sparks was indeed something magnificent to behold. I highly recommend that anyone with a vendetta against a CD try this method of execution. It's thoroughly satisfying, although the smoke is putrid.

    I hung the newly decorated plastic discs in the MIDI lab in defiance, and to demonstrate my terrible new power.

    Oohh -- hard drive's done!

    Piyono


  11. For the last few weeks one of my email accounts has been recieving returned email error message to the tune of hundreds a day. It seems that someone's computer is sending out Klez-infected files with my account in the return address field. I've AV'd every computer I have access to using the latest virus definitions but none are infected.

    The messages are mostly bounced back from undeliverable addresses and some are from AV programs running on the recieving end. The IPs on the former fall into the range of my ISP's mail server, while the latter come from the recipient's server -- apparantly most of the messgaes going out are to bogus addresses but some do get through.

    How do I go about finding out the source?

    Piyono


  12. I opend the rear driver-side door of my car this morning to find my portable HD staring up at me from the back seat. I'm a trusting sod, and I rarely lock my car doors. Still, I don't like to tempt fate by leaving my valuables open to theft. I hereby sentence myself to a life of making an effort to remembering stuff.

    Sure would have made for a good data-loss story, though -- if of different nature.

    Anyway, my drive wasn't simply just outside, it was outside in the -20ºC Toronto winter night.

    Can cold temps damage a drive? Should I let the drive return to room temperature before powering it up?

    Piyono