2006-01-17

Joy of baking


With the cold weather and shorter day lights lots of baking is going on and enjoying the butter and sugar lately. Feeling guilty as cann't resist and moreover did not do any exercise after my Paris - Versailles marathon :(
We were invited to one of my colleague’s place for the first time after almost 3 years in France for ‘Galette des rois’. It was very memorable and an enjoyable evening. Its a French custom to end the holiday session; where there is something hidden in the galette and if that is in your part you are considered king for that day. Children try to find the same in their part and some time they endup doing archaeological digging.
Pamela baked recently lots of cake and they came out good. The latest one was this apple tart. This was awesome. Now, she really set a very high mark for her skills and hope that she keeps it up :D

2006-01-15

Home Network ADSL-Network-Phone

I just wanted to share my home network. It is not a state of technologies with the latest & greatest wireless or wired network with complex router and switches. I did it in old school way with a single long CAT5 Ethernet Cable. I have a FreeBox which is an ADSL2 router connecting to the main phone jack. The output from the FreeBox connects my PC, Television and Phone. Now all these components are connected with the single wire as I mentioned before. It takes benefit of the fact out of 8 wires in an Ethernet cable only 4 are used for network; the pins 1-2 and 3-6 of RJ45 are used. The connection is simple, wire from pin 1 to pin 1 of the other side and like wise.Similarly, I use the other two pairs for telephone and ADSL.

So here is the basic block diagram as picture can express morefreebox

The input of ADSL router is a simple RJ11 connecting with 2 wires.The connection between PC and router is 4 wires with RJ45 (2 pairs, one pair for transmit and other for receive). The phone needs only one pair RJ11.

These pictures show RJ45 connections in detail and also a picture of backside of freebox.

rj45wiring
RJ45

back-of-my-freebox

The success of doing this by oneself depends on one's skill of how good one is with crimp tool as the connections sometimes are not proper and one has to repeat the whole process right from the start. Doing a search for making rj45 cable connections on web will lead to more details. Need any more tips on the same please drop me a line.

Day 3 - Rishikesh

The weather looked gloomy with an overcast sky as we woke up. We had breakfast at the hotel and decided to visit Rishikesh today. Again we...