Monthly Archive: December 2011

CallamMcMillan.com Version 6. Mainly Online

A little bit of effort over the past couple of weeks appears to have paid off, so as 2011 draws to a yawning close, I am pleased to say that I have got the site largely operational. It is now possible to post entries to it such as the one you are reading, and you can even comment on said entries. In January, I am off to get married in Taiwan, so I can’t imagine I will be doing much. In fact I know I won’t be doing much to the site! However when I get back I want to…
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HowTo: Secure a Cisco Router

With a normal Home / Small Office type router, once you have got it connected, you set a password to log into the web interface and that’s about it for security. But what about with a Cisco Router. This guide covers how to protect a router from unauthorised modification or access to the settings. What it does not cover is securing the connections, which is a topic for another guide. This guide assumes that you are running a fairly current router and IOS and that it supports encryption. On my desk, I have a little Netgear router that I got…
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HowTo: Configue a Cisco Router for simple ADSL home networking

So you’ve taken the plunge and gone and bought yourself a Cisco router and now you want to hook it up to the phone line and use it instead of whatever router you currently use. When complete, your router will be able to assign IP addresses via DHCP and route to and from the internet. This tutorial does not cover security or advanced features. This tutorial will go through the basics of setting up an ADSL connection to a non-switching router. It assumes you are capable of basic configuration tasks. The configuration above was tested on a Cisco 2821 1024/256…
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Things to do before you die: Fly in a U2 Spy Plane

Back in 2009, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landings, the BBC commissioned a pair of documentaries featuring James May of Top Gear fame. The first of these was entitled James May on the Moon and I am unable to find the full episode on YouTube. This documentary was an hour long and looked at the challenges of getting to the moon. It was followed up by a half hour documentary focusing specifically on the subject of his flight in a Lockheed U2 and the training he had to go through prior to flying, entitled James May at…
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