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2 points · 2 days ago

See the link in the "Helpful Links" section to the right titled "A Sea of Words". I actually bought the Sea of Words paperback and it was very helpful, but it looks like you can read it online with the link.

0 points · 9 days ago

STILL too soon.

1 point · 11 days ago


1 point · 14 days ago pie! <audible drooling>

4 points · 18 days ago

"Left by the river bank" THIS JUST IN: River Bank robbed by two masked men. One was smoking, the other was a bandit.

One was smoking, the other was a bandit.

I see what you did there..

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1 point · 18 days ago

Thank you, friend.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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1 point · 22 days ago

Let's try to stay on topic here. You can't make lemonade with limes! j/k

OP needs to find a jug of tequila and a few friends...

But hang on. Isn't it better even to make a loss with the money 'lost' going to citizens such as the engineers if its a positive for the environment?

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2 points · 28 days ago

My concern is more around transparency. Saying they will generate a certain amount of money without disclosing that they're really creating a net loss is a lie of omission.

If they said "We're helping the environment and it's only costing us $300,000 over 10 years" it would be more honest, and I think most people would be on-board.

2 points · 1 month ago

We're all the asshole from time to time.

1 point · 1 month ago


I can't wait to see your amazing city during Oktoberfest. We plan to do a day at the festival, but can you tell me how busy everything else in Munich is during that time?

I'm guessing that everything in the city will be crowded (foot tours, food tours, etc). How are the attractions elsewhere like the castles and World War II era sites?

Is there any underrated activity that you think most visitors should see but don't?


3 points · 1 month ago

There's plenty to do in Munich, usually there is a little higher activities in all the places because of Oktoberfest. I recommend getting a tour by foot through the old town, can take 1-3 hours. Most of them are "free" and you tip the guide at the end. Most of the places are WWII sights, you might just not notice. So having a guide telling you about the history of these places is a great idea.

I really like our art museums. The "Pinakotheken" are well worth a visit, as well as "Haus der Kunst". If you have the time, take a train to the outside of Munich. Herrenchiemsee is a rather nice place, has an impressive building our "mad" King Ludwig built and only slept in for one night.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Thanks! All of those look great, especially Herrenchiemsee!

Up to like $250, but make it Turbo Tunnel.

You don't even have to beat the whole game kids! You just have to beat level 3! Come on, you can do Dark Souls, how hard can level 3 of one of your parent's old games really be?!

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4 points · 1 month ago

Up it to $1,000 for Pitfall. See you next year, kids.

Argh Pitfall. You monster. I was always bad at it.

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2 points · 1 month ago

It's a good life lesson for the kids. Just like life: You can't win, it just keeps getting harder and harder until you die.

It certainly is food for thought.

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1 point · 1 month ago

"May I trouble you for the salt, sir?"

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

But is it actually hot? Where I'm from 32 degree weather means full sunshine and sweltering heat. Do I pack shorts or jeans?

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1 point · 1 month ago

In Michigan water freezes at 32 degrees. I've seen it.

Joking aside: Yes, it will probably be hot and muggy with short rains in and around the area. It's been pretty warm at night here, but bring at least one pair of jeans if you're going to be outside at night. Sounds like you're from the Great White North, so maybe you won't need them though. ;)

3 points · 1 month ago

If you keep up contact, the real scam will probably come later. If they just sent an e-mail offering to buy the item site unseen, you'd be skeptical. These initial e-mails build context to make the scammer look like they're a real buyer. Then they can hit you up for the check scam, or whatever.

Also, your e-mail might not be "that" valuable, but they're probably using a bot (scripted response) to do this, so it costs them nearly nothing to harvest thousands of addresses a day.

3 points · 2 months ago

Where are you willing to go? $80K isn't an "entry level" salary in most of the country. Are you willing to stay near DC to maximize the benefit of your security clearance? I have heard that wages are pretty high there, especially for security, and for someone who can work on government contracts (clearance required).

I’d start reading here. I don’t know what it’s like in TX, but you’ve got a ton of tenant rights in MI, e.g. withholding rent in an escrow account until you have running water. I’d also be shocked if this were a registered rental property based on your description: that requires them to ensure a property is up to code, which it sure as shit isn’t without running water. Personally, I’d use that as leverage to get a mutually-signed lease termination with the landlord. Also, if you haven’t already, start taking pictures and videos of everything that’s wrong with the property.

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32 points · 2 months ago

This. And if they give you any pushback, call a Real Estate attorney.

Hopefully the management company is legitimate and will apologize, let you out of your lease, and maybe put you in a hotel for a period. Squatters happen, but the company should have ensured the house was ready for you.

If the management company is legit, they will be licensed with the state. You can make a complaint to the state if they have done something illegal.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there too and the company may not even exist. Some tips:

  • Never, ever rent/buy property you haven't seen.
  • Always insist on an inspection 24-hours before you move in.
  • Verify the person renting you the property owns it or represents the owner and that the house isn't in foreclosure.
Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

I appreciate the reply! I thought CUCM was the box and software together so if CUCM is something I can run on a VM then I'm totally gonna do that.

I start in about 10 days and while I'd like to get up to speed early, I'm gonna hold on lab purchases until I can see exactly what their environment looks like - phone models, infrastructure design, etc. Thanks again though, glad to know I can download CUCM.

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2 points · 2 months ago

You can buy a package where you get a Cisco C-Series server hardware bundled with CUCM, but you don't have to. This is the link to the BE7K package:

For learning purposes, you can spin up the VMs on spare hardware. You can also use Cisco DevNet Sandboxes, which a pre-installed instances of CUCM you can play with.

For documentation, you can find lots of Youtube videos and websites on quick tasks. However, the ultimate reference on CUCM is the Cisco Solutions Reference Network Design (SRND):

This covers everything Cisco thinks you'd ever need to know about preparing your network and setting up CUCM. Probably overkill to read through end-to-end, but you can refer to the sections you think you need.

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Wow... thank you so much for this! I will start digging through this material after work tonight. I've got a VMware vCenter environment at home with lots of spare resources so I'm definitely gonna spin up a CUCM VM.

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1 point · 2 months ago

np...and don't forget to add /r/VOIP to your reading list. The usual video training providers (CBT Nuggets, et al) have video training as well. Much of your initial support should come from Cisco or your VAR. Your VAR should be able to get you some face time with an expert.

251 points · 3 months ago

Exception: Greek places

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5 points · 3 months ago

In Michigan we call them Coney Islands.

Personally, the less running on my switches the better. Snort is better run at the network edge. AFAIK nobody is doing app hosting on 9Ks (though I could be wrong).

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3 points · 3 months ago · edited 3 months ago

Agreed. If you're buying the hardware for this purpose, make Cisco give you demo gear for a long pilot first. Also, be realistic about new feature-sets actually working out of the box. If you're doing something that nobody's ever done before, don't expect the vendor to be ready to support it. If it doesn't work don't be surprised to hear "not a supported use case" or "maybe next year."

I don't know your use case in detail, if your Cisco rep or VAR balks at it, I wouldn't put it into production without a LOT of testing. Don't buy until you see that it works.

Also, if others (like /u/packet_whisperer) are saying a best practice already exists for what you're trying to do -- consider going down the established path if you value your time.

Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago · edited 3 months ago

I am not buying this gear for this purpose, but in future it can help justify the price.

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1 point · 3 months ago

If you're going to have the gear anyway, it might be fun to try!

The 10 years leading up to an accomplished goal comprise a much much greater portion of your lifespan than the few hours or days surrounding the moment in time that you happen to, say, pass 1m net worth.

I can confirm this. I passed 1M net worth a few years ago. It was anticlimatic. I only even remember what day it was because I took a screenshot of my NW in Mint and can see when the file was created.

I have more positive memories of hikes, good meals, time spent with friends, etc. "Making a milestone day", meh.

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6 points · 3 months ago

Here is a good article from WSJ about "The Happiness Curve." It talks about how people often find mid-life depressing because they've achieved some of their major life goals and still aren't feeling fulfilled. Good read.

5 points · 3 months ago

Had to enable audio to find out whether this was Russia or Canada. Spoiler: Russia


I was considering printing the Collab SRND to use for studying/note taking. Am I nuts? Has anybody else done this, and was it worth it? The cost would be around $65 and it could be one doc or broken up into 3-4 sections.


I did this when I was studying for written. Breaking it down into 4 sections is what I did, make sure you get a vinyl front/back and use the spiral binding if you're doing it at like kinkos.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago


33 points · 3 months ago

Have a look at the origin story for the "oggy oggy ... oi" chant. Love those Cornish pasties, and I'm a Yank.

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22 points · 3 months ago

Pasties are the un-official favorite food of Michiganders due to all of the Cornish miners who immigrated to work in the copper mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

I know pasties are a particular type of pastry, but to me it's nipple jewelry.

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5 points · 3 months ago · edited 3 months ago

"Pasty" (the food) is a meat-pie -- usually chopped beef, carrot, onion, and rutabaga in a pie-crust like shell. Often served with gravy. It made a hearty, hand-held lunch that might even still be warm by lunch time at the mines.

Many people say that only this exact meat/veg configuration is a "true" pasty, but I read that Cornish women would put almost anything in one, leading to a local saying that the Devil was afraid to go go Cornwall because he might end up baked into a meat pie.

You could tape some to your chest, but you'd have a bunch of hungry Michiganders chasing you around.

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Are you joking?

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1 point · 4 months ago

Nope. Although I haven't used them in a number of years -- have they gone downhill? I deployed a few dozen about 5 years ago and found them to be a cheap, effective system that a small business can maintain themselves. That was before Paetec/Windstream bought them, so maybe I'm out of the loop.

Bear in mind that your version of cheap and mine might be different, and OP didn't really give any specifics to go off of in terms of size or application.

Allworx has basically useless now. Everyone I know that’s used to use one has sold them and moved on because of the bad practices and the pita of getting other phones to work on the system.

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1 point · 3 months ago

Wow, that's sad! It used to be a great little system. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the handsets still had paper labels. Paetec ruins everything.

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1 point · 4 months ago

The pilot number is the extension or telephone number that you dial to reach the members of the hunt group.

6 points · 4 months ago

My understanding is that DNA Center is the new Prime. Including both probably makes planning for migration easier.

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