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Jason Hill
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It's Birthday Buddy Day! Happy Birthday +Diana Nordstrom!
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When I don't know what to listen to, I listen to Jimmy Eat World.
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This is shiny and all, but why don't we start smaller and require all cars to use their headlights when in drive? I can't count the number of times I've seen people driving around at dawn, dusk or in the rain or snow without headlights. I also recall somewhere reading about a study that driving with headlights reduces certain types of collisions [citation needed].

It's a simple thing that we have the technology to do. Most cars can automatically switch between daytime running lights and headlights, but having these come on automatically is a feature typically excluded from the base model. Apparently it's seen as a luxury item, not a safety feature.

While I'm ranting about cars, lets make the rear turn signals yellow for all makes and models. When some are red, it's hard to distinguish between turn signals and brake lights in heavy traffic where you can't necessarily see the entire back of the car. This can be a big deal at high speeds when time is of the essence. It's also a problem when one of the brake lights burns out, you can no longer distinguish between a brake light and a turn signal without watching the duration it is lit. In states like Maryland that don't have yearly safety inspections, burnt out lights are common.
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Now that Synergy is no longer free, I found this nifty (Microsoft only) alternative straight from the Mothership itself: Mouse without Borders
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I was cleaning out some bookmarks and came across this.
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This looks like something +Randall Nordstrom would disappear into and never be heard from again.
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store.steampowered.com
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This is generally how my days go.
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I have a car capable of Android Auto, and the voice messaging is where it really shines. Now it looks like it's available for any Android phone.
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Today I picked up an Ooma and a cheap VTech cordless phone. I had noticed somewhere that the Ooma natively supports the DECT protocol that modern cordless phones use. Naturally cheap phones being cheap, don't give you a way to register/deregister handsets. Well with a combination of research and experimentation I have managed to determine both how to register a VTech handset with an Ooma, and how to manage registrations with the VTech CS6829/CS6709 (and probably a number of other devices as well).

To deregister all handsets from a VTech base:
Press and hold the Find Handset button for approximately 10 seconds, until the In Use indicator starts flashing. Release the button and press and release it a second time. Wait about 10 seconds for it to run through the deregistration process on all the handsets. The handsets should start indicating they are not registered.

To deregister a single VTech handset from any base
Note: This only seems to work if the handset cannot contact the base
Warning: These steps take you into a menu where you can change quite a number of parameters of your phone that really shouldn't be touched. Being the curious type I peeked into the audio alignment and ended up with the audio settings displayed every time I subsequently took the phone off-hook. I had to pull the battery to fix that. There are plenty of other settings related to things such as the internal radio. If these are stored in NVRAM (I suspect they are, how else would factory alignment be saved?), then there is no reset if you screw them up. Leave well enough alone and just deregister the phone and get out :)
Press Menu|Select followed by *7890# to enter the admin menu.
Use the arrows to locate TEST HANDSET and press Menu|Select
Use the Up arrow to find Next Page... and press Menu|Select
Use the arrows to locate REGSTR CLEAR and press *Menu|Select
At the REG CLEAR? prompt press Menu|Select
At the OK prompt press OFF cancel repeatedly to exit to the main screen

To put a VTech base into registration mode
Press and hold the Find Handset button for approximately 5 seconds, until the In Use indicator lights

To put an Ooma base into registration mode
Connect a PC to the Home Ethernet jack on the Ooma
Open a web browser to the address http://setup.ooma.com
When the setup page loads, click the DECT tab on the left
Click the Register Device button in the DECT Settings

To register an unregistered VTech handset
Put the base into registration mode, then press the # key on the handset

A few notes:

For matched sets (same model) of VTech bases and handsets, putting an unregistered handset into the charging cradle of a base will automatically register it. This is the only registration method in the manual.

VTech appears to do some checks to prevent cross-model registration. I was unable to register a handset from my parents' CS6929 (CS6909?) with my CS6829 base.

If your Ooma is a) behind a firewall, and b) doesn't typically have anything connected to the Home Ethernet jack, you might consider enabling Allow access to this website over the INTERNET port under Advanced while you're connected in the same configuration listed above for registration mode. Once you've done this you can browse to it (by IP address) from your local network without having to connect a device to the Home Ethernet jack.

Sadly the VTech handsets are very limited while registered to the Ooma. This isn't the biggest surprise. The handset is expecting a VTech base, and the Ooma is expecting an Ooma Telo handset. The only feature besides making phone calls that I could get to work was the preset voicemail phone number and it's corresponding speed dial. Nothing else works (CID history, phone book, date/time, speed dial, message playback). Still, I'll be keeping my eye out for appropriately priced VTech phones next time I'm in the thrift store.

+Ooma
+VTech USA
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