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Newegg Transformer Prime Gray, Still Waiting…

Just received an email from newegg.

It’s with regret that we are contacting you today to inform you that the pre-order you placed for the ASUS Transformer Prime Tablet will not be fulfilled on the date initially estimated. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Newegg will receive limited inventory for this tablet.

Within the next 2 business weeks, we will have confirmation of inventory and whether or not we will be able to fulfill your pre-order. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on a first come first serve basis beginning with the earliest pre-order placed. If sufficient inventory is received, your pre-order will convert into an actual sales order and begin the normal order process. In the unlikely event we cannot obtain sufficient inventory, you will receive a Back Order Notification email and your pre-order will be voided.

We understand this may cause some inconvenience. If you are no longer interested in this product, you may void your pre-order online through your account. If you are willing to wait, there is no further action necessary on your part. In that case, once inventory is received we will transfer your pre-order into a sales order, charge your chosen form of payment, and ship your product once inventory is received.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you have any further questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact Newegg Customer Support at (800) 390-1119 or through the internet using our Live Chat option, or Customer Support Email.

Sincerely,

Newegg.com

I placed my pre-order on November 28, 2011. Lets see if we actually get these. It’s nice of them to finally send an email to those who pre-ordered this item, after many people have been emailing them asking for any information on shipments and being kept in the dark.

January 3, 2012 Update:
I have cancelled my pre-order with Newegg and ordered from Office Depot. Three day delivery, in stock. Will be here Thursday, January 5th.

Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro 3G/4G

I have acquired one of these devices for work purposes to replace my air card for remote work. The device is a 3G/4G access point router to the WWAN.

During setup it mentioned a GPS unit, and wanting to learn more about this tried to find out how I could use this as a wireless GPS unit to some mapping software.

The device will install some NMEA ports if you plug it into a Windows machine and let it install some drivers, but I was not able to find out if you could use it wirelessly using this method.

Instead I ran a nmap scan against it and found TCP port 5502 open on the device. Then connect using telnet to that port, found raw NMEA data being streamed real time. After this it was easy, just have a virtual COM port to IP software connect to the device on port 5502.

After the serial port was created, I tried some basic NMEA tools and they seem to work. There are many free and commerical Serial to IP software packages. Combine that with some mapping software that will read from a standard NMEA port and your good to go.

December Arch Desktop

Just screen shots of my current Arch Linux desktop.

Google Voice using Asterisk

You will need a Google voice account to do this. You can get one for free by having a normal Google account, and visiting the Google Voice page.

The top most portion of this page: http://pbxinaflash.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10825 will help you setup the Google Voice portion on the Google side. Once you see the screen shots on that page, you can then use this configuration, or read up if you have their software to continue.

Just my working configuration files for using a google voice number on your asterisk server.

gtalk.conf

[general]
context=googlein
bindaddr=0.0.0.0
externip=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
;stunaddr=mystunserver.com
allowguest=yes

[guest]
disallow=all
allow=ulaw
connection=asterisk
context=googlein

jabber.conf

[general]
debug=no
autoprune=no
autoregister=yes
;collection_nodes=yes
;pubsub_autocreate=yes
;auth_policy=accept
;----------------------------------------------
[trunkname]
type=client
serverhost=talk.google.com
;pubsub_node=pubsub.astjab.org
username=[email protected]/Talk
secret=secretpassword
priority=1
port=5222
usetls=yes
usesasl=yes
;buddy=[email protected]
;distribute_events=yes
status=Available
statusmessage="I am an Asterisk Server"
timeout=100
keepalive=yes

Add following block to extensions_custom.conf

[googlein]
exten => _[0-9a-z].,1,Noop(Incoming Google Voice call for ${EXTEN})
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Set(CALLERID(name)=${CUT(CALLERID(name),@,1)})
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,GotoIf($["${CALLERID(name):0:2}" != "+1"]?notrim)
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Set(CALLERID(name)=${CALLERID(name):2})
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n(notrim),Set(CALLERID(number)=${CALLERID(name)})
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Wait(1)
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Answer
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Wait(1)
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,SendDTMF(1)
exten => _[0-9a-z].,n,Goto(from-trunk,gv-incoming-${CUT(EXTEN,@,1)},1)
exten => h,1,Macro(hangupcall,)

[gvoice-trunkname]
exten => _X.,1,Dial(Gtalk/username/+${EXTEN}@voice.google.com)
exten => _X.,n,Noop(GVoice Call to ${EXTEN} failed)
exten => h,1,Macro(hangupcall,)

Custom Trunk Configuration:
Trunk Name: GVoice-trunkname
Outbound Callerid: “Name”
Custom Dial String: local/$OUTNUM$@gvoice-trunkname

Outbound Route Configuration:
Use the GVoice trunk.

Incoming Routes DID will be:
gv-incoming-username (without @gmail.com)

Linux and Solid State Drives (SSD)

I started using a 120GB SSD myself recently on my desktop. Running ArchLinux.

Just a few sites to help out anyone doing the same.

http://cptl.org/wp/index.php/2010/03/30/tuning-solid-state-drives-in-linux/

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/SSD#Tips_for_Maximizing_SSD_Performance