Plane Crash in Carlstadt NJ

I was witness to the aftermath of a horrific plane crash today near my office. A small Lear Jet 35 crashed into the buildings at the end of our block. Links below to my on scene photos and video.

Thankfully the only known injured/killed were the aircraft crew of two.

National news picked it up, just Google for “carlstadt plane crash” for stories. Some of my footage was used by ABC and a few other stations.

Photos on Flickr
Video on YouTube
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Engineers are Tinkerers

If you don’t, you need to listen to StarTalk Radio which is normally hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. On an episode around 07/29/2016, Bill Nye was speaking on engineers:

“What you want in engineering is a tinkerer, one who tinks…for example, Mike Mann the guy who developed the first version of the hockey stick graph, he as a kid was a tinkerer he was constantly messing around with computer programs…”

I guess as a Maker I’m part Engineer. I’m a tinkerer. A Making Engineering Tinkerer. MET.

Multimedia Library Server

I’ve always used iTunes to manage my sharing and remote playing of my media library within my home.

As you no doubt know, iTunes sucks at sharing/streaming media. I used iTunes because it was the path of least resistance despite all the verbal abuse I’ve hurled at it…it’s bloated, slow, crashes etc…but that’s a whole different article…. 😉

Enter Plex. My Padawan at work turned me on to the Plex Media Server and my media consumption has been upgraded beyond my wildest imagination.

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Some Cellular Device Terminology

Cellular devices have many numbers associated with them, especially with respect to the SIM cards. Here’s a short list to keep them straight:

IMEI stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity and is used to identify 3GPP (also known as GSM (AT&T, TMobile, UMTS and LTE devices/networks) and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone and often on the box the phone came in (think iPhone), but can also be displayed on-screen on most phones by entering *#06# on the dial pad, or alongside other system information in the settings menu on smartphone operating systems.

The IMEI is part of the phone, not the SIM card so swapping SIM cards won’t change the IMEI. (Kind of like a serial number)

ICCID stands for Integrated Circuit Card ID. This is the identifier of the actual SIM card itself – i.e. an identifier for the SIM chip. It is possible to change the information contained on a SIM (including the IMSI), but the identify of the SIM itself remains the same.

This allows you to swap SIM cards between phones and makes GSM style phones more convenient to use when you break your phone and want to swap it with a spare.

SIM stands for subscriber identification module and is basically the serial number of the card that you put in your GSM phone.

SIM cards come in many sizes, currently they are:

SIM card Introduced Standard reference Length (mm) Width (mm) Thickness (mm) Volume (mm3)
Full-size (1FF) 1991 ISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-1 85.60 53.98 0.76 3511.72
Mini-SIM (2FF) 1996 ISO/IEC 7810:2003, ID-000 25.00 15.00 0.76 285.00
Micro-SIM (3FF) 2003 ETSI TS 102 221 V9.0.0, Mini-UICC 15.00 12.00 0.76 136.80
Nano-SIM (4FF) early 2012 ETSI TS 102 221 V11.0.0 12.30 8.80 0.67 72.52
Embedded-SIM JEDEC Design Guide 4.8, SON-8 6.00 5.00 <1.0

UICC is the physical card most users refer to as a SIM. It stands for Universal Integrated Circuit Card. The SIM is a circuit component of this card.

Hope that helps. It’s shocking how the carrier customer service reps have no idea what any of this is an always ask you to read the longest number possible when they know full well the don’t need it….

Strange Names for Groups of Animals

I was recently watching D-News, well, listening, and they mentioned that a group of crows are called a murder. I know many gatherings or groups of creatures have different odd names so I figured I list out the ones I know or could find for reference and trivia purposes. Here goes (some sourced from Wikipedia so if they’re wrong I’ll correct them- speak up!)

There are 249 at last count. Lets see how high we can get this.
List below the break.
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Ruckus Wireless AP Default Info and User Guides

I’ve used several wireless AP management systems from Motorola and Ruckus. Ruckus is by far my favorite and here’s some useful info for their APs and Managers if you need to wipe them and start over.

One of the things I love about Ruckus is that their hardware warranty is essentially endless. By that I mean hardware is covered in excess of 5 years. Clearly after they have end of life’d a product you can’t get replacements but having only used their warranty twice in a few years I’m very happy with the whole process.

Default Username, Password, IP Address and User Guide for ZoneDirector and ZoneFlex

Ruckus Wireless ZoneDirector:

  • ZoneDirector 1000
  • ZoneDirector 1100
  • ZoneDirector 3000
    • IP address: 192.168.0.2
    • subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    • No default username and password after reset

    ZoneDirector User Guide

    Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex:
    ZoneFlex 7731 802.11n Wireless Bridge
    The default IP addresses for the Root and Non-Root Bridge are as follows:

    • Root Bridge: 192.168.2.1
    • Non-Root Bridge: 192.168.2.254
    • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    • username: super
    • password: sp-admin

    ZoneFlex 7731 Getting Started Guide

    Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex:
    ZoneFlex 7025 Multimedia Wi-Fi Wall Switch:
    (These are really neat wall outlet mountable APs but I question their reliability, they’re good in small environments but keep your eye on them!)

    Also note that after a hard reset using the hard reset button on the side the default IP is via DHCP.

    • IP address: 192.168.0.1
    • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    • username: super
    • password: sp-admin

    ZoneFlex 7025 User Guide

    Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Access Points:

    • ZoneFlex 2942 802.11g Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 2741 802.11g Outdoor Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7942 802.11n Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7962 Dual Band 802.11n Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7762 Dual Band 802.11n Outdoor Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7762-S Dual Band 802.11n Outdoor Sector Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7343 2.4GHz 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi Access Point
    • ZoneFlex 7363 Dual Band 802.11n Smart Wi-Fi Access Point
      • IP address: 192.168.0.1
      • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
      • username: super
      • password: sp-admin

    ZoneFlex User Guide

I have lots and lots of hands on experience in these devices. If you have questions please ask. I an attest to the fact that Ruckus support is very good too!

Mac OS X Screen Shot Commands

I started like with a Mac Classic running System 5, then slowly moved to newer Macs running System 6, 7 , 8 and 9. Then I started working mostly on Windows. I take it for granted that Windows has a single key for screenshots and now an app to do partials.
Naturally I now support lots of Macs and I finally need to learn the Mac versions. So here they are:

Command-Shift-3

This captures a screenshot of your entire screen/screens.

Command-Shift-4

This turns the cursor into a crosshair, which you can drag to select a portion of your screen to capture. Release the mouse button or trackpad to take the shot.

Command-Shift-4, then space bar, then click on a window

Hitting the space bar turns the crosshair into a little camera icon, which you can move over any open window. Click on your desired window to take a screenshot of it. A screenshot captured by this method features a white border around the window with a bit of a drop shadow.

All screenshots are dropped on the desktop as an image file.

And if you happen to be using Log Me In to make the screenshots on the remote computer the screen shots won’t appear on the remote desktop…they show up on your local desktop….