September 2nd, 2003

Enterprise Bridge

Palm V PPP success

In the two years I've owned my QCP-3035, I've never gotten packet data calls to work with my Palm V. It's flawless from the old PowerBook or the iBook, but dialing always timed out from the Palm. Circuit-switched data calls (dialing into a modem bank) always worked, but it's really not the most efficient use of resources. Why should I dial into an analog modem to establish a PPP connection when IS-707 provides that exact function for me in the infrastructure?

I don't know what's wrong with the Palm V dialer software, my ex-coworker Tim claims it works for him. I changed my configuration, instead of "Serial to Modem", I used "Serial to Computer", with flow control on and a port speed of 19,200, then put the init and dial commands in a connect script:
Send: AT&FX4
SendCR
Send: ATDT#777
SendCR
End


Done.

Now to get SASL and Sendmail to do authentimicated SMTP again. (Palm Eudora still doesn't support XTND XMIT over the POP port...)
Enterprise Bridge

Minor blackout

I was treated to a nice little electrical storm this afternoon. Real lightning, thunder, and some good (though not pouring) rain. One of the lightning strikes apparently tapped the substation up on Twin Peaks Road, and I lost power at 5:07pm for a little under an hour. (Lost half an hour's work finding chapter points for The Wire, as I wasn't periodically saving my editor window.)

I drove up to the high school to see what was up with basketball, having nothing else to do at home. Oddly, they had no power either. (Most of what's in between was lit, as was the commercial district south of my house along Poway Road.) But a couple of minutes after six (after all the basketball camp kids had been sent home) the silence was shaken by the scoreboards buzzing as part of their power-on self-test.

I really gotta get b5 talking to the UPS again. It gets powered, but it doesn't know when to shut down automatically. I had to do that manually (from the iBook,) so the UPS then had to be manually turned back on when I got home. *shrug*