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Integrating Asterisk and Ekiga.net behind a firewall

Asterisk is an open source telephone switch (PBX). Although it can be used in complex environments, it can also be deployed for simple home use.

I was planning on Describing the set up and configuration for my Asterisk server, but I found that there are many good tutorials that already cover the general steps. For example, this one from our fellow KWLUGer and Linux trainer extraordinaire rpjday
http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/Asterisk_on_Kamikaze

Initial KWLUG meeting announcement

Here is a post that Daniel Allen found announcing our first KWLUG meeting in October 2001.

Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 00:11:15 -0400
From: permute
To: pnij...@uwaterloo.ca
Subject: KWLUG announcement

Hello All
My name is Bill Rieck and I would like to invite you to the first meeting of
the Kitchener-Waterloo Linux Users Group (KWLUG) on Oct. 13, 12-1 PM.

Font sizes in Drupal 5 vs Drupal 6

John sent a message to kwlug-disc arguing that there is no difference in font sizes between the old KWLUG site and the new one. Unfortunately the attachments were too big for the list to accept, so I am publishing the .xcf files here.

Cut-Over Completed

The web site cut over is done. We are now in good standing t perform other changes to the site. We will initially be addressing administrative issues but soon, perhaps, we will work on functionality changes.

Web Site Cut-Over

Thursday evening (around 6 PM) the KWLUG web site will be going into maintenance mode and will be unstable for a couple of hours while the upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6 is performed.

This is an in-place upgrade so although the site will be initially going into maintenance mode and therefore inaccessible we will need to bring the site back on-line to make final configuration changes and for testing. During that time the site's look and functionality may vary wildly.

Downtimes ahead

This website will probably go down for maintenance a few times over the next little while, as we do some site upgrades. The next downtime will be January 14, sometime after 6pm.

Configuring Mandriva 2010.1 Spring Free

On my previous Mandriva review I had concluded that Mandriva wasn't for me, but someone at KW LUG convinced me to give it a chance. I started reviewing Mandriva 2010.1 Spring and had exactly the same complaints as my review of the 2010 version so I decided that, instead of a negative review I would write a positive "How to" configure the Free version.

Disclaimers:

Removing old sound device from KDE 4,x

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When you connect a sound device to a KDE 4.x system Phonon recognizes it and allows you to assign priority. Many people, including me have found that once you remove the device, the entry does not go away and phonon shows a message indicating that the device is not working.

I found this after I plugged in some borrowed USB speakers. They worked but after I returned them. I got the phonon message every time I logged in.

The solution was to edit the file ~/.kde/share/config/phonondevicesrc

and delete the entry that corresponds to the device you no longer have.

Recover Windows passwords, unlock accounts and more with Linux and chntpw

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Today, Linux saved the day... again.

My dad called me to ask me what to do when his Windows computer didn't let him log in.

He has a single account and a blank password.

I searched the internet and found a post explaining a great little utility that allows to reset passwords, unlock accounts, etc.

The command is chntpw

The instructions in the following link use the Linux rescue CD but you can easily use your favourite Live CD and install the utility from the repositories.

PGP keysigning party instructions

Updated: Maybe you should not generate a key with the default settings. See Step 1 below.

The September 2010 meeting will feature a keysigning party.

Chris Frey (cdfrey at the domain foursquare dot net) is the KeyMaster for this party. As part of the process, you will e-mail him your key.

Here are his instructions for getting started, with some e-mail address obfuscation:

  1. Generate new key:


    gpg --gen-key

    (Accept the defaults, they are pretty good)

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