Posts in Year 2020

PLAYING PLAYSTATION 2 GAMES USING NETWORK SHARE

Keeping the theme of re-using old hardware, I decided to take the non-working PlayStation 2 (PS2) off my brother’s hands and try to get it to work. The CD/DVD reader had stopped working and after a few tries I gave up and decided to use the FreeMcBoot bootloader to modify the PS2 so that it could load games off an SMB share on the network. You have to use a wired ethernet connection for this. Here’s how to do this in the year 2020.

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Posted on by Vikas N. Kumar.

PLAYING WITH OLD CISCO® IP PHONES

Cisco® IP phones are generally found everywhere in offices for the last nearly 20 years. As of this writing, there are several models that have reached their end of life and official support from Cisco®. One such model is the CP-7961G-GE which I was able to get on eBay for $15.99 with free shipping, so I purchased two of them. I also ended up purchasing the CP-7975G for $18 with free shipping. When purchased new these phones cost more than $200 to buy one.

This is going to be a series of posts in my adventures with these phones, with this being the introductory one. Several people have setup these end-of-life phones with Asterisk or FreePBX and I will be doing the same. In addition to that, I will try to get to the internals of the phone and understand the chipset and write applications that run on the phone.

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Posted on by Vikas N. Kumar.

NEW LIFE WITH JEKYLL!

After more than 10 years of using a custom Perl script to generate this static website and not making any updates to it, I have finally gone the distance and converted the site to work with Jekyll which is written in Ruby, a language that I can read but cannot write. This brings my site into the modern world of using Markdown to write my pages and posts, and be able to add information much more quickly than I would do with my custom Perl script. The CSS theme is still the same ncurses-style old-school retro look of a DOS terminal from the 1990s, that I had developed around 2010 from scratch and continue to use. Although, I did switch to using Monospace font as a default for readability.

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Posted on by Vikas N. Kumar.