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What you need to know about Funerals in Trinidad and Tobago

From my unwanted experience of my father's passing, I thought it would be the proper thing to give everyone an idea of the amount of work done during the days before the actual funeral. I have to tell you that I totally underestimated how much work needed to be done.

Basically, when one of your loved one dies, the first thing you have to get is the death certification which is generally done at the Registrar of the medical complex (if the person passed away at one). I am suspecting that if the person passes away at home, a DMO (District Medical Officer) would have to be contacted to do this on your behalf.

After you have done the registering of the death, 2 doctors must sign off on the document. This has to then be taken to the Governmental Births and Death building so that a digital death certificate can be produced. We were told to have at least 3 of these certificates which cost $25 TT each however, you will most likely need more so I would recommend about 6 since you'd also need to submit to work for their records plus to the country and courts where applicable. The first 3 are to be issued to the police, funeral home and priest performing the funeral.

Now the actual planning of the funeral is really something else so you better just use a funeral home. In south, there is Guides Funeral Home which offered us a really competitive package and they were larger than Belgroves. Both are on Coffee Street so you can go to do a comparison. Of course, this is the time you have to really have your mind strong because you're going to see coffins and so forth - which really brings on emotions. Of course, when you see the bill as well, you'll also realize that funerals are not cheap and that preparing is really a sobering thought.

Funeral Homes normally never have enough space as in our experience. Also, printing programmes might not be enough so planning is very important.

Those are all the things I can think off at this point in time, not sure how helpful it will be to others.

Shame on TGI Fridays Gulf City. No WIFI??!!!

It is really a deep shame that a so called well established dining restaurant such as TGI Fridays at Gulf City does not have free wifi access in this day and furthermore considering the exorbitant prices that one pays to eat and dine at this so called higher class restaurant, one would expect the least luxury of having such. This goes to show that people pay ot only for food but convenience and to always be connected. I dont believe that I get enough at TGI for what O pay for.

Kloxo vulnerability causes devastating outbound ddos attacks

Recently Kloxo a fairly popular open source control panel for linux contained a vulnerability that allowed an attacker to take control of the server running kloxo and sending out attacks via multiple methods one of which was dns reflection due to misconfiguration. This is one of the reasons I decided to move on from kloxo a few years ago, it was extremely vulnerable and I wanted to sleep better at night. While they have released an update I am not convinced it is safe for production use. As for KloxoMR I really dont see how one man can keep up with maintaining it forever.

Samsung Prices

Maybe its because of the craze and popularity... or perhaps its because its the latest advertised technology but I really think that Samsung prices are fairly expensive. Getting one of their higher end phones will cost you 4000Tt and up such as the note 2 and note 3 or even the s4. Now why would I describe it as expensive? Well for one the added samsung gear would cost you another 2000 tt easy. Compare the cost of an s4 to a high end Blu phone and the features dont seem to be much different except for the fact that Blu doesnt have a smart watch to my knowledge. Furthermore this gorilla glass is over rated. I really dont care for gorilla glass with regard to scratching... I want something strong enough to handle a fall and gorilla glass cracks very easily.

TSTT - Poor service December 2013

One of my friends told me that they were having problems with their internet. On investigating the issue, I went through the wireless router and the TSTT ADSL trying to figure out if any of the settings were off. After about 20 minutes of being puzzled by the issue, I decided to take the chance to call TSTT's Internet Helpdesk. The helpdesk itself was very helpful but told me that it was an issue on their side. So for 3 days of downtime which ended up being a TSTT problem, they should automatically fixed the issue instead of having customers call in just to solve the issue. It's just ridiculous!

Digicel IMAX - Simply Amazing!

I've been an avid customer of Movietowne for quite some time and thought that it was the best place to spend time with my loved ones. Well, today, I've experienced the acclaimed Digicel IMAX experience and I have to say, I'm a believer. Other than the food variety which was limited, the Digicel IMAX theatre literally took my breath away when I looked at both the 2D (Hunger Games) and 3D movies (Thor 2). You might be wondering what the difference is? Well, trust me, firstly the quality is about 5 times cleaner than Movietowne's and the sound is a lot richer. Of course, you pay more for that quality and that's the catch! The screen is much larger than the largest Movietowne's screen from what I gathered and spanned the whole front of the theatre from left to right and to the top up to the ceiling - it's literally THAT BIG! The popcorn was less buttery than Movietowne but in my honest opinion, it was very tasty and had enough salt... it didn't leave me upset at the end.

If you get a chance, I definitely recommend it but I wish they could just keep the prices on par with Movietowne and they'd be my #1 destination!

Adding static routes to CENTOS

Let's say the interface is eth0, you would create file perhaps using nano like this:

nano /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0

Then add your network/subnet and the gateway/router (example):

10.0.1.0/24 via 10.10.10.1

where 10.10.10.1 is the router and the 10.0.1.0/24 is the network/subnet

Then restart the network using
service network restart

Good luck!

TSTT redeemed themselves a little

After a meeting recently, myself and other people were happy with the outcome. We were able to explain why we felt that TSTT wasn't giving us the customer service we wanted and some of the managers at TSTT were able to resolve most of the issues within 2 days. This impressed me so I'm giving them some kudos on my blog.

Flow 25MB internet is legit!

I recently tested a 25MBit connection from FLOW / Columbus Communications I have to tell you - It's AWESOME! You get every single drop of bandwidth. So far, I've experienced no downtime, the install was easy, nothing to really do other than plug into your router and boom, you're on!

IT Managers of the Government

You know, I've had chats with a lot of people and for some reason, people tend to believe that Government works don't work hard. This is particular FAR FROM THE TRUTH from my experience. I work EXTREMELY HARD! If you're one of those people who believe that government workers don't work hard, you are misinformed to a certain extent. I am not saying that some people don't slack of but this happens in both public and private institutions. Today, I sat at an IT Managers group and I really felt that we want to create a better tomorrow for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. I know its going to be a lot of work but we are accustomed to working so the iffy part for me is if we all can agree to move forward. Putting 10 brilliant people together and trying to get them to agree on something is generally very hard. With the right steering however maybe our work isn't in vain. Overall thought, it was good to be an attendee at IT4MD (iGovTT).

Freepbx Paging/Intercom tweaking for devices that cannot autoanswer / conference

Right, so the title is really complicated so I need to explain what I am trying to do here. Essentially, I had some extensions that I wanted in an "Intercom mode" (kind of like a conference), except I wanted to be able to dial a number and it would do automatic calling to all the other extensions and hope that they have autoanswer enabled. Well, generally speaking, the devices I am using (which are soft phones) don't seem to have autoanswer so the Paging and Intercom settings in FreePBX basically times out the call to each device after 5 seconds which is way too short for you to manually answer it. So.... I did some ..... tweaking and thought this would be useful for those of you having this strangely unique issue.

Time to get to the linux console
Go to /var/www/html/admin/modules/paging

Edit the functions.inc.php
I use nano to do this: nano functions.inc.php

Look for and change the value to something higher. I used 20 (its in seconds apparently)

Save

Exit

Now go to the Paging and Intercom Freepbx webpage, create a new group and associate the extensions you want to intercom to. I use duplex because I want it to be like an emergency conference.

Save, apply

and now test it out! ;]

Good luck!

TPUT COLOR COMMANDS FOR BASH TEXT COLOR

Found this somewhere on Stackoverflow:

Colour commands
tput setab [1-7] # Set the background colour using ANSI escape
tput setaf [1-7] # Set the foreground colour using ANSI escape
Colours are as follows:

Num Colour #define RGB

0 black COLOR_BLACK 0,0,0
1 red COLOR_RED max,0,0
2 green COLOR_GREEN 0,max,0
3 yellow COLOR_YELLOW max,max,0
4 blue COLOR_BLUE 0,0,max
5 magenta COLOR_MAGENTA max,0,max
6 cyan COLOR_CYAN 0,max,max
7 white COLOR_WHITE max,max,max
There are also non-ANSI versions of the colour setting functions (setb instead of setab, and setf instead of setaf) which use different numbers, not given here.

Text mode commands
tput bold # Select bold mode
tput dim # Select dim (half-bright) mode
tput smul # Enable underline mode
tput rmul # Disable underline mode
tput rev # Turn on reverse video mode
tput smso # Enter standout (bold) mode
tput rmso # Exit standout mode
tput sgr 0 # Reset all attributes
Cursor movement commands
tput cup Y X # Move cursor to screen postion X,Y (top left is 0,0)
tput cuf N # Move N characters forward (right)
tput cub N # Move N characters back (left)
tput cuu N # Move N lines up
tput ll # Move to last line, first column (if no cup)
tput sc # Save the cursor position
tput rc # Restore the cursor position
tput lines # Output the number of lines of the terminal
tput cols # Output the number of columns of the terminal
Clear and insert commands
tput ech N # Erase N characters
tput clear # Clear screen and move the cursor to 0,0
tput el 1 # Clear to beginning of line
tput el # Clear to end of line
tput ed # Clear to end of screen
tput ich N # Insert N characters (moves rest of line forward!)
tput il N # Insert N lines
Other commands
tput bel # play a bell
With compiz wobbly windows, the bel command makes the terminal wobble for a second to draw the user's attention.

Example usage

echo "$(tput setaf 1)Red text $(tput setab 7)and white background$(tput sgr 0)"
Looks like this on my Ubuntu terminal:

Screenshot of colour terminal text

Use command sgr 0 to reset the colour at the end.

Performing multiple operations at once

tput accepts scripts containing one command per line, which are executed in order before tput exits.

Avoid temporary files by echoing a multiline string and piping it:

echo -e "setf 7\nsetb 1" | tput -S # set fg white and bg red

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