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I Got A Letter From ‘Buckingham Palace’.

by Anura Guruge


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This was in response to the letter I sent to the Queen on May 24, 2018. I always knew, without an inkling of doubt, that I would get a reply — even if it took a few months.

It came today in the mail. As soon as I saw the envelope I knew what it was.

I am NOT going to divulge what was in the letter. That would be ‘bad form’ from a British gentleman. I am happy.

I love the envelope. For those of you not familiar the “E II R” with the little crown on top is the Queen’s crest. The ‘E R‘ stands, in Latin, for ‘Elizabeth Regina‘ (Queen Elizabeth) and the II is because she is ‘Queen Elizabeth II‘.

Postmarked ‘Buckingham Palace‘.

Love the now hardly ever used BLUE ‘Par Avion’ sticker. We don’t use it because mail no longer goes by sea across the Atlantic.

Made my day.


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Pennsylvania Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis — IF You Want The Full Grand Jury Report.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to directly download the 30MB (scanned for viruses) PDF file … ready to read.


If you want to get it from, PLUS watch the video at,
the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office:

Click image to access.


This is beyond shocking — despite us all having had nearly 20-years to get inured to this pedohilia by Catholic clerics. This is sickening. This is the ONE ASPECT of the Vatican and the current popes that I find incredibly unpleasant and makes me very mad.

Just can’t understand HOW people let the churches, The Church, prelates, the Vatican and the Pope get away with it.

Irony of ironies: two of the popes implicated are NOW SAINTS! Can you really be a Saint if you condoned child sex abuse? Doesn’t that make a joke of what a Saint is supposed to be? Where were the Saints when it came to protecting these innocent, little children?


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by Anura Guruge

OBi212 Dialing Out On The POTS Phone Line — The DigiMap String You Need.

by Anura Guruge


 


DigitMap string you need:

([1-9]x?*(Mpli)|[1-9]S9|[1-9][0-9]S9|911|**0|***|#|##|**70(Mli)|**8(Mbt)|
**81(Mbt)|**82(Mbt2)|**1(Msp1)|**2(Msp2)|**3(Msp3)|**4(Msp4)|**9(Mpp)|(Mpli))


You dial **70 (Area Code) xxx-xxxx to dial out on the phone line.


INSTRUCTIONS:

This is what I was told, in an e-mail, from the Polycom support person:
“The DigitMap does actually contain the **70 string. All we did was to “uncheck” “OBiTALK Settings, and ‘Submit’ the change. Once we did this, it pushed the DigitMap to your OBi device.”

<< You can see the UNCHECKED ObiTALK box in the second image below. >>

You then need the ‘Expert Interface’ — which you then need to confirm.

Then: “Physical Interfaces” -> “PHONE 1”, then under “Phone Port”.

These two pictures will show you what to do. Click to ENLARGE.




How did I get this sorted out?

All THANKS to the person who handles the Polycom Twitter account. He/She saw my disgruntled posts and told me that they will get somebody from Ploycom support to help me.

They did.

After some phone tag and e-mails, the support person, who was VERY GOOD, just logged onto my OBi212 remotely, with my permission, and made the change. Then told me what he did. It worked. I am happy.

So, what else did I find out.

  1. The ObiTalk box is NOT unclicked in the shipped units. They will fix it.
  2. They fixed the OBi212 Trouble Ticket submitting system!

So, that is where we are. Hope this helps. I am posting this since I do NOT want others to pull out their hair like I did.

You could TRY the Trouble Ticket system. I haven’t.


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Polycom/Obihai Are CUSTOMER HOSTILE — Stay Well Clear.

by Anura Guruge


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There goal is to sell product and then HIDE from the customers. NO SUPPORT, whatsoever and NO DOCUMENTATION. I kid you not. Go look. Find a User Guide for the OBi212. I challenge you.

This support request form is CLASSIC.

You have to fill in the 9-digit OBi Number field, but it REFUSES to accept the number I type in. Here you can see that I didn’t get it wrong:

Obnoxious company.

I really regret getting this damn OBi212. I am going to return it … BUT I hate doing it because I am an Amazon shareholder. I am going to report company to Amazon. I just did. {Smile}


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by Anura Guruge

Obihai/Polycom OBi212 Has NO Documentation Nor Support. Do NOT BUY.

by Anura Guruge



I had an OBi110 for nearly 5-years. It worked, though it needed some attention over the last 12-months. Then OBi intentionally killed it, so we would UPGRADE. I did.

The OBi212 is TOTAL GARBAGE. Yes, Google Voice works and you can get incoming calls over POTS. That is IT.

You can’t dial out over the POTS. The **8 on the OBi110 does NOT work. Neither does ## nor **70.

There is NO DOCUMENTATION. Go ahead. Check online. Google. Go to the Website. I defy YOU.

ObiTalk support does NOT even recognize the model number and serial number!

Do NOT BUY! Waste of money.

Get something else or a two line phone and get a CHEAP, $20, Google Voice adapter. 

The OBi212 does NOT support OUTBOUND POTS — which is the only reason to buy this.

You have been warned. There is no need to THANK ME. I am glad to save you the $$$ and aggravation.

I got the OBi212 at the same time as the TP-Link AC750. The TP-Link, as I suspected it would, was great. Not so, the OBi. Not a good company.


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I Can’t Believe That American Airlines (AA) Is Now Painting Their Planes — It Is A Betrayal.

by Anura Guruge


The ‘new’ PAINTED AA planes.



Hadn’t flown American in a couple of years and had NOT noticed until ‘last’ week when we flew to New Mexico/Arizona to visit Canyon de Chelly, again.

I was upset to see the PAINTED AA planes.

As a MILLION MILE AA Frequent Flyer I have a vested interest in AA. The unpainted planes were supposed to save money. Paint adding 400 – 700 pounds of weight to a plane. But, it appears that keeping the metal look is not for free. This article from Boeing explains it, with figures.

But, unpainted buffed planes were the TRADEMARK of AA. I did most of my AA flying, 1980 — 1999 during the tenure of the legendary AA Chairman, Bob Crandall. I was a big fan of his. I remember reading, in the AA inflight magazine Crandall singing the praises of unpainted planes.

A quick Google shows me that I am NOT the only one that has expressed concern.

And now this. Change is hard. Change can be sad.


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