A Change?

I think I need a change of pace. I should do something different for a while.

I’m thinking more Linux maybe? More teaching maybe?

Maybe I should move somewhere else to see what that’s like. Any suggestions?

Open Source Tinkering – Wireshark

I never thought I’d be able to say this, but I’m contributing to an open source project.

I’m pretty damn excited about it.

I use Wireshark almost every day to decode all sorts of voip messages. One thing that has always bothered me is not all the SCCP messages (the protocol used to control Cisco IP phones) are decoded properly. I would wind up referring back to the standard and decoding the hex. Ugh.

Thanks to the wonderful world of open source I can fix this.

Here’s the dissector for sccp packets.

I’ve got my build environment all setup with SVN syncing the source from the wireshark repository.

I’ve compiled the code from SVN and it worked right off the bat!

Next step:

Make my modifications to packet-skinny.c and compile it again. I’ve got a slew of SCCP packet captures to test against.

I would love to have my name in the AUTHORS file of Wireshark. How bad ass would that be?

Wish me luck!


I had a few extra minutes today and installed PHPBB.

I was hoping we could use this forum software to coordinate trips and events and post randomness.

You can get to the forums here.

And also in a new link I’ve added at the top right of the page you’re looking at now at least if I haven’t changed the blog style.

Register and let me know what you think. I think we need some way to organize all of our thoughts and plan a trip out. A forum could be a nice way to collectively solidify plans. I hope.

Number 16, I will miss you

I had my Top Left Wisdom Tooth pulled today. Tooth #16.

The dentist did a good job. It was a pretty big effort judging by how sore my skull is right now, but I was in and out of the office in 45 minutes. Pretty good time.

I learned a valuable lesson. I must NEVER skip trips to the dentist for years at a time. My teeth are in poor shape after a few years away from the doc. I need to have regular checkups and cleanings as my teeth just aren’t the sort that hold up well.

I need to have 6 cavities filled in the remaining 31 teeth. All in the molars. I’m not looking forward to it too much, but the Doc was efficient and the process of getting one removed was painless. Here’s to hoping the fillings go the same.

OH, the awesome part about the fillings is the resin based filling they use. It matches the color of your teeth, so I won’t have a mouth full of metal back there.

Wish me luck on the rest of my oral restoration.

Vista PC

I bought a new PC and am rocking the Vista on it.

I’ve also installed WoW, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. I play all of these on high cranked up to 1680×1050. It looks so smooth and awesome.

Dual GeForce 8800 GTS 512s in SLI will do that.

So far I like Vista. I will let you know if that changes.

After I figured out my memory timing and voltages had to be manually set, life was a lot better and Vista stopped crashing. Another huge help was properly seating the heat sink with the right amount of thermal paste.

Moving to Serendipity

No looking back!

I’m ditching my custom blog application and moving over to Serendipity.

It’s got all of these cool features that would take me WAY to long to program.

You can still catch my old blog at http://bbbburns.com/burnsblog/ but everything going to bbbburns.com should punt you right to /blog/ for serendipity.


So I’m considering moving all future blog posts to a Serendipity CMS http://bbbburns.com/serendipity.

It wasn’t too much work to make an RSS feed that dumped ALL of my old entries into the new CMS system..

After that I had some formatting issues that were quickly fixed with

update serendipity.serendipity_entries s, www.blog b
set s.body = b.blogText
where s.title = b. title

Which was just amazing..