Sunday, 26 June 2011
Planning Our 2011 Alaska Trip by RV

It took a few hours this past week to develop the trip itinerary. As usual we are trying to cover too much territory in too little time. However, the plan worked out to 55 days and 8930 miles. There are 11 rest days, 4 days on the ferries, and 40 driving days. The average miles per driving day is 223 which means about 6 hours drive time. If we get away by 8 am we will arrive at our destination around 2-3 pm. This leaves lots of time to set up camp, look around, shop, etc. It also means little need to make reservations for campsites. This gives us a lot more flexibility in where we stay. The two maps below show the outbound and return routes. Outbound Route - gap in route shows travel by ferry


Return Route

Posted on 06/26/2011 4:58 PM by Bob Duthie
Friday, 17 June 2011
Did Moving to the Cloud Work?
Sort of: everything was going along really well until we discovered that AT&T disconnected the DSL access to the Internet. They won't allow DSL unless you also use their phone service. Thus, no way to get to the VoIP server in the Cloud. No problem I said, "I'll get a Verizon 4G LTE MiFi. It's super fast and works well at the house". I purchased one at the Verizon store. Then I  bought a Netload Ethernet adapter at BestBuy which should allow the Polycom 650 phone to connect wirelessly to the 4G Mifi. Well, after many hours of work on this by Butler Networks it was determined that the Verizon 4G LTE MiFi won't permit the use of Port 5060. The Butler server in the cloud requires Port 5060. Now I have no idea what a port is but without that port we cannot use VoIP via the Verizon device. With time running out before our trip, I decided to just let the server in the Cloud forward all calls to my cellphone. If I can't answer, then it takes a message and emails it to me. When we get back from Alaska we will work on getting the Polycom 650 to work. It's not something I need on the trip anyway.
Posted on 06/17/2011 11:01 PM by Bob Duthie
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Moving to the Cloud

Duthie Learning is changing to live in the "Cloud". Our phone number has changed to 615-873-2662.  This number enables our phone service to run on a computer in the cloud  (Amazon). It's a computer that provides unlimited local and long distance service over the internet but is accessible from any phone. The phone is use is a Polycom 650 with all the features I had at my old office. The phone plugs into my Internet router. When you call the new number, and I am not in my office (on the ground), your call is automatically redirected to my cell phone (on the boat or motor home). If I can't answer, and you leave a message, the message is converted to a digital file and emailed to me over the Internet.  I use the Verizon MiFi Internet service when we are travelling to receive and send email.  All this is $40-50 per month. Just a business phone line from the phone company costs nearly twice that. But this is not all we are doing.  

We have switched our home phone line to Verizons's Home Phone Connect. They ship a little box that you connect to your existing phones or wireless base station  and plug it in to a power outlet. The box has a rechargeable battery to provide service in the event of a power failure. You don't plug it into your existing phone wiring since it uses the cellphone network to provide service.  You can have your existing phone number transferred to this system, so no one needs to know you have made a change. Best of all the cost at $20/month is about 1/2 of what we have been paying for home phone service.  If you already have a minimum of 2 Verizon cellphones and you can share the minutes the cost is is $10 per month. And the last change is to move our mailing address to P.O. Box 330879, Nashville, TN 37203.  While this is not "cloud" once the post office offers a scan and deliver service via the Internet our snail mail will be in the cloud as well.

Posted on 06/11/2011 10:00 PM by Bob Duthie
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