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Postings for June 2023:  (11 posts)
Thu, 08 Jun 2023 02:39:43 UTC

DENIC: Done!

Posted By Greg Lehey

Message from DENIC this evening: GL3-RIPE wurde wie gewünscht geändert. Maintainer ist jetzt LEMIS-MNT. And yes, how about that.

Thu, 08 Jun 2023 01:55:09 UTC

VoIP state of play

Posted By Greg Lehey

As expected, the deadline for my complaint with the TIO against Vonex expired without any contact at all from them. OK, renewed complaint to the TIO. > * What outcome would resolve your complaint? They should immediately refund the sum of $34.70 that they illegally deducted from my credit card. They should expedite the porting of my second phone number (currently pending) to another carrier. The last one took over a month, which I ascribe to their incompetence. Once I agree that the numbers have been transferred, they should immediately terminate all services and refund the remainder of my balance, including pro rata the yearly subscription.

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 02:44:00 UTC

Your phone number has been ported!

Posted By Greg Lehey

Call on my mobile phone this evening round 21:00. Michael of Aussie Broadband to tell me that my number had been completely ported. What, already? I only asked for it yesterday. Oh, no, he knew nothing of that, just that the first number. OK, the only issue there was that Vonex still hadn't fixed their internal configuration. Have they now? Who cares? But more to the point, this is the fourth time that they've called me on my mobile phone in the evening, though I've asked them not to.

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 01:57:56 UTC

Old LEMIS advertisement

Posted By Greg Lehey

For reasons I don't understand, DENIC wants to know my old address. But they have it: it's in the network handle GL3-RIPE: person:         Greg Lehey address:        LEMIS Lehey Microcomputersysteme address:        Schellnhausen 2 address:        D-36325 Feldatal address:        Germany phone:          +49 6637 1488 fax-no:         +49 6637 1489 So what kind of proof do they need? I thought of the original mail from Unido, round March 1992, giving details of my connection, but I couldn't find it.

Wed, 07 Jun 2023 01:31:46 UTC

Failed to contact local NSM?

Posted By Greg Lehey

In today's system log messages: Jun  5 16:29:34 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  5 17:40:32 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  5 17:47:18 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  5 17:48:49 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  5 22:08:20 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  6 09:21:17 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  6 09:28:45 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 Jun  6 09:36:04 eureka kernel: Failed to contact local NSM - rpc error 3 What's that?

Tue, 06 Jun 2023 02:30:30 UTC

More Microsoft pain

Posted By Greg Lehey

Strange message on distress, my Microsoft 10 box, today. Backup failed. OK, why? A typically stupid message, something like ?error 0x8000017a?. Discovered that, for some reason, the backups for distress (on eureka:/dump) were gone. Recreate the path. Different 0x8000.... error message, and a text that could barely be understood to mean EACCES, permission denied. OK, chmod and try again. A different error message, but it still didn't want to work. Much searching for a solution, but somehow Microsoft administration is a book with seven seals. By accident I had closed the ?retry? window, and setting up backups seems to be completely orthogonal to my way of thinking.

Tue, 06 Jun 2023 02:12:38 UTC

VoIP: The next step

Posted By Greg Lehey

I still haven't resolved the issue with Vonex, and somehow I'm concerned about Zadarma. In principle I want to sit out my subscription to MyNetFone Vonex until the year's prepayment expires some time in August. But Vonex's erratic nature means that I could end up with unexpected issues. The sooner I get rid of them, the better. So: called up Aussie Broadband and asked them to port my other number as quickly as possible, hopefully far faster than the month it took for the first number. And Vonex? Maybe Joey just can't read. Started my latest reply with This message contains 6 items, all of which require your response.

Sun, 04 Jun 2023 02:40:33 UTC

Reviving GL3-RIPE

Posted By Greg Lehey

Since Tuesday I have the ability to transfer maintainership of my NIC handle GL3-RIPE to somebody who can bring it up to date. How do I do that? Mark Price tells me that I can do it myself, which makes a lot of sense. Worked my way through the relatively copious RIPE NCC documentation, and before long I had a maintainer: LEMIS-MNT. And along with that I got a new personal handle, exactly what I was trying to avoid: GL12456-RIPE. The number of digits shows why I want to keep GL3-RIPE, but it's amusing to note that the digits in the new handle are almost, in sequence, 123456.

Sat, 03 Jun 2023 19:00:00 UTC

Parasound Halo P 6 Preamp

Posted By Tim Bray

I just bought one of these things and, while the high-end audio community is small, every time I post on the subject, I get stimulating commentary. In particular, anyone who?s interested in the state of the audio DAC art might want to read this. Also there?s a little bug in the P 6 manual that I?ll mention to help future Web-searchers. First things first: The P 6 is a pretty great product, and reasonably priced, and might fit into a lot of peoples? homes. Why? I listen to analog music on vinyl, and digitally via a Mac, which has 290G of music representing my former CD collection and also runs YouTube Music.

Thu, 01 Jun 2023 02:47:02 UTC

Aussie Broadband strangenesses

Posted By Greg Lehey

Strange message from Aussie Broadband support today: the email I sent them was empty! Huh? Which email? They were too polite to say. So I checked, and the only one I had sent had been addressed on Monday. So I sent them another message, and got another strange reply: Date: Wed, 31 May 2023 16:23:35 +1000 From: Aussie Customer Service Apologies again there, but it appears that email you've sent through again is also blank. Is it possible you can double check you're selecting the correct attachment and try sending it through again.

Thu, 01 Jun 2023 02:18:30 UTC

VoIP without end

Posted By Greg Lehey

Call on the phone from Joey Melendez of Vonex today. Why? I had sent her no fewer than 5 email messages last week, none of which she had answered, and I had asked her to not call me on the phone. An obvious reason: I find it hard to keep my temper when dealing with idiots. But I did make the mistake of demanding once again that they refund the money they stole. Sorry, can't do that, credit balance on an account can only be refunded when the account is closed. That's what the accounting department says. My guess is that she didn't give them the crucial detail that they weren't entitled to debit the money.