The Importance of Timing on Election Day

With the primaries just a bit over two weeks away, I thought it important to mention a lesson that I learned slightly after the last election: The importance of timely material. More specifically the importance of the timely arrival of material.

If you’re like myself and millions of others out there, as an election draws near, you are very likely bombarded by mailings and phone calls to tell you to vote for someone – or, perhaps, to not vote for someone. There’s a very likely chance that you simply deposit the mail in the trash (or, if you’re a good neighbor, in the recycle bin) without ever looking at it. This is generally what I do.

But one piece of mail caught my attention after the last election, and I thought it worth mentioning. I think that just about everyone will find it interesting.

Continue reading “The Importance of Timing on Election Day”

When is Zero not Really Zero?

It’s no secret that I don’t really care much for politicians. Sure, I understand that they are necessary and all because we can’t have complete anarchy (though a little bit might be nice). Maybe they could just get their nose out of everything and we’d be okay.

But I try and keep up on what’s happening here and there, just so that I’m not completely bogged down in what’s happening to totally tick me off with where they’ve decided to get involved that they shouldn’t. For instance, one of the very first entries on the blog (#6) talked about North Carolina having a state insect and how that might be a little over the line.

When they decide that zero isn’t really zero is when I just have no clue.

Continue reading “When is Zero not Really Zero?”

Why Eastland Mall Must Go

A few months back, the Charlotte Observer ran a story about how Eastland Mall must go. Unfortunately, the Observer has this policy where all of their articles older than a week or so are no longer available online (are you telling me if the New York Times can no longer charge, the Observer can?). You can rarely even find a link to them on their own site, and when you can, they want to you to pay to get to them. It’s not that I have a problem with that or anything, it’s just that they make it so difficult to do – so I can’t link to it. That makes it a real pain.

Anyway, I finally went to read the article, and naturally couldn’t read it. So I had to dig around my own archives – which is to say, a pile of newspapers that I have sitting next to my desk – and found the article in order to give it a good read. It’s actually not bad. Being that I live only a couple of miles from Eastland Mall, it would probably be good for property values. I don’t know that it will happen anytime soon, but a man can dream, right?

Continue reading “Why Eastland Mall Must Go”

Configuring a Cisco 1721 for Use as a Broadband Router

It’s somewhat rare that I work with Cisco equipment these days, but it does happen from time to time. Those days that I do, I almost always end up glad that I don’t do it more often. Of course, if I did it more often, I would probably be better at it, in which case I wouldn’t have quite the problems that I do. So it’s sort of a catch-22 – if I did it more often, I’d not run into all the issues I do, and since I don’t, I have problems. But that’s not really the point here.

I was working on a Cisco 1721 Modular Access Router – this is something like a Linksys Router on steroids, and you can even find them on Amazon (this one came from eBay, I think). There are two primary differences, however – one is that, barring some utilities from Cisco, you have to configure them from the command line and two is that it’s modular, meaning you can plug in all sorts of access cards.

One of those cards, the WIC-1ENET, provides an Ethernet connection for the WAN, making it even more like your standard home router. The problem is making this card work like a typical home router.

Continue reading “Configuring a Cisco 1721 for Use as a Broadband Router”