How to Setup WPA-PSK on Cisco Aironet 1100 Devices

Special thanks to Chris May for this…

Cisco APs give you 1001 options and no clear way of setting up WPA-PSK.

To configure these devices here is what you need to do:

1) Express Security: Setup the SSID with Encryption of “None” and not WPA (yea I know…).

2) Under Security\Encryption Manager, select to use a Cipher and pick the option for TKIP.

3) Under Security\SSID Manager, select your SSID, and then pick “Open Authentication” with “No Addition”.  Then change Key Management to “Manditory” and select the “WPA” checkbox.  Enter a WPA Pre-Shared Key.

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on January 22, 2011   1 Comment  

1996-1997 Lexus LX 450 Body Clading and Flares for sale

all misc parts for sale – all or part.

Find your part, Make offer. Shipping from 77044.

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on July 25, 2010   15 Comments  

Rhino Liner on the Lexus, or Redneck in Suburbia

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on July 24, 2010   1 Comment  

My Experience with C & T Driveshaft of Houston, TX – Review

Here is a link to the company in question:

C and T Driveshaft is at 6347 Griggs Road in Houston, just south of downtown. If you know where Don Rucker’s Tire is, this place is right around the corner. Their phone number is (713) 644-2458.

I normally do not do this, but the customer service that I was given at C&T lead me to post this.

I have a 1997 Lexus (Toyota LandCruiser) LX450. I had an issue with the front drive shaft which led me to repalce it. Per advice I received on the official LandCruiser board, I found myself a driveshaft from a 2003 Tacoma doublecab with a double carden joint on the rear half. This is an ideal unit for retrofitting into a 1991-1997 Landcruiser front position because of the DC joint, size, length, and abundance. (I used to find one in Houston for $120). I googled for a driveshaft shop and I found several venders, but one gave me a good feeling (either in my gut or wallet) until I talked to Charlie at CT.

He took my existing Tacoma shaft and shortened it for $80. At the time I dropped it off for work, he tested the joints and demonstrated a potential issue with the KOYO DC that was on the shaft. He told me he would grease it up and verify it would be ok, but he couldn’t guarantee that the joint would last very long. I acknowledged his warning and had him shorten it to match my needs.

About 500 miles later I started getting a vibration on deceleration and I was concerned that his warning was coming to pass. I called Charlie up (he almost always answers the phone himself) and we discussed the vibration. He reminded me that I have a 90 day warranty and that he would spin it up and test it.

I dropped the unit off about 9:00 AM and by noon I got a call with the news. It ran true, with a .050 runout which is very good. He asked me about the lift I was running and any other custom modifications and I told him it was basically stock at this time. His advice at this time was to inspect the joint, grease it, and see if any more issues arise. He did notice the same “bump” in the DC when he swiveled the joint and suggested that the DC might have an issue.

I agreed to have him replace the KOYO joint with a SPICER unit. It turns out the Toyota OEM joint is very heavy duty, but is completely un-rebuildable. If you want to repair a DC on a Tacoma, you must replace the entire drive shaft. You can not buy the joint parts. With the Spicer unit, it is fully serviceable.

This cost me $240 for the joint and the installation and balancing. The best price I got on this service from Houston Driveline was $380.

Well, down to the important part. When my wife arrived to pick up the new shaft, she had Kirsten with her (which was typical, as we home school, and wherever we are, she is too.) Kirsten has cerebral palsy and cannot walk without assistance. Amy and Kirsten went into the store front (which in my opinion is kept in very good condition), and talked with the person at the counter.  Now, Kirsten and Amy had been here a few times before to drop off and pick up my DC shaft. She and this counter person had discussed CP and Kirsten and misc things, but what happened next we never would have expected.

The nice young lady asked Amy if she noticed anything different when she came in. Amy thought for a minute and nothing came to mind. Amy walked outside to find a brand new handicap ramp and sign near the front door! We go to places all the time and because several locations do not give a flip about accessibility, we don’t even pay attention when we have bad access to a facility. So, when this location had curbs and obstacles and such while getting to the door, it didn’t even register with us.

Never has a company that I do business with done such a thing. They saw the trouble we had (we didn’t complain, that is “just how it is”) and pro-actively fixed the problem. They had an asphalt company come out and form up a ramp and bought a sign and labeled the parking lot right up front. All for my Kirsten! (And any other person that needed that type of help!). Some would say “they should do it anyway!” to them I say, you are right, but CT was not mandated to add these. They have been around a LONG time. Long before ADA regulations and they were grandfathered in.

They took it upon themselves. They saw a need and filled it. We are very grateful. C&T Has done a great job on the new front shaft, and they have done an excellent job on the new front wheelchair ramp.

Thank you, Charlie. We will do our best to let people know what kind of shop you run.

Brett, Amy and Kirsten Passmore

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on July 21, 2010   4 Comments  

Tow Master Dolly for sale

Hydraulic surge Disk brakes, 80″ width, heavy duty.

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on July 13, 2010   1 Comment  


If George Bush was an idiot ….

If George Bush was an idiot

If  George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer  installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you  have laughed and said this is more proof of how  inept he is on  his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the  scenes?

If  George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take  Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have  approved?

If  George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM  stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in  GM, would you have approved?

If  George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special  Olympics, would you have approved?

If  George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and  incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a  thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have  approved?

If  George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing  videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly  narcissistic and tacky?

If  George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you  have approved?

If  George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the  nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a   minor slip?

If  George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with  people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would  you have approved?

If  George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United  States , would you have said that he is  clueless.

If  George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a  five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking  out his front door in Texas , would you have  thought  he was a self important, conceited, egotistical  jerk.

If  George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco  de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of  May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again,  would you have winced in embarrassment?

If  George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice” would you have  hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof  of what a dunce he is?

If  George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a  single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If  George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low   over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown    Manhattan  causing widespread panic, would you have  wondered whether they actually  get what happened on 9-11?

If  George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims  throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than  in  New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing  political issue  with claims of racism and incompetence?

If  George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report  directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is  happening in America , would you have approved.

If  George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major  corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do  so, would you have approved?

If  George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had  taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you  have approved?

If  George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10  years, would you have approved?

So,  tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant  and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all  this in 15 months — so you’ll have two years and nine months to  come up with an answer.

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on July 8, 2010   1 Comment  

2010 Gulf Coast Hurricane Season

From my friend, Jeff Lindner at the Harris County Flood Control District. This is his personal opinion, not the HCFCD official stance.

After a fairly uneventful season in 2009, the atmospheric indicators for the 2010 hurricane season support a return to our recent hyper active season. The main influences this season will be very warm sea surface temperatures (SST’s), forecasted below normal sea level pressures, and the demise of El Nino in the central Pacific.

2010 Harris County Evacuation Map

Victoria County Evacuation Zones

Calhoun County Evacuation Zones
1)      Atlantic SST’s are at record high levels in the region between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. For the months of March, April, and May SST”s in this region are the warmest on record and are running anywhere between 2-3 degrees above normal. Warm water is the fuel that feed tropical cyclone birth and intensity and such values of upper oceanic heat content in the deep tropics is concerning. Similar warm values (although not as warm) were noted in the record breaking 2005 season in the same general area.
2)      Forecast modeling of sea level pressures (SLP) in the tropical Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and even the Gulf of Mexico suggest below to well below normal SLP in these regions during the heart of the 2010 hurricane season. This includes SLP averaging between 50-100% below normal over the Caribbean Sea in the months of July, August, and September. Lower than average SLP allow favorable surface breeding grounds for tropical cyclones and helps to enhance stronger storms with lower than average background pressures. Similar tendencies were noted during the 2005 season leading to the strongest hurricane in Atlantic basin history (Wilma) and 2 category 5 hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico (Rita and Katrina).
3)      The rapid demise of El Nino in the central Pacific this spring no longer offers the Atlantic basin its protective veil of upper level wind shear…highly common in the 2009 season. With El Nino conditions quickly moving toward neutral and forecasting models showing neutral to weak La Nina conditions developing during the heart of the 2010 hurricane season, favorable to very favorable upper air conditions will likely be in place across the entire Atlantic basin especially once into the month of July. Instead of stronger than average wind shear as noted last season, this season may offer average to even below average wind shear, allowing better storm organization, long tracked hurricanes, and potentially stronger hurricanes. 
With the above factors coming in to play this season, and with the Atlantic basin remaining in the hyper active phase it entered into starting 1995, the chances of an active to very active 2010 hurricane season are good. Well above average named storms is likely with several becoming hurricanes and an above average chance of more than 3 major hurricanes. No portion of the US coast appears more at risk than any other based on current atmospheric parameters, but certain portions of the US coast are generally more at risk due to their location…such as Florida.
It is strongly urged that residents review their hurricane preparation plans, evacuation plans, and fully stock their hurricane kits. The time to prepare is NOW!

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on May 25, 2010   No Comments  

Arizona SB1070 Cartoons

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on May 24, 2010   No Comments  

Fleetwood Discovery Class A Diesel Pusher RV For Sale – SOLD!

Sold. Thanks!

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on May 3, 2010   No Comments  

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New year, new you


It is time to update this blog with some random post that will both show my wit and pique your curiosity about the genius that is Brett Passmore.

Hard to say what will be the outcome of the Massachusetts senate race. Heck, 5 days ago I would have thought that it was impossible for anyone but a true-blue democrat will ever take back a northeaster senate seat, much less Kennedy’s old one.

Who saw this coming? I didn’t. But then that goes to show you how short sighted we are. Anyone and everyone know that things (thoughts, processes, society) all run in cycles. Up and down, around and around. Nothing will stay the same permanently. Sometimes it takes 47 years (snarky jab at Kennedy’s tenure), but things will roll back around.

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This post was written by Brett W. Passmore on January 19, 2010   No Comments