Many people use sites like http://www.whatismyip.com or http://www.ipchicken.com to identify the public IP address of an unfamiliar network.

Telnet to ip.blindhog.net or if you do not have a web browser (router, switch, linux).
Note: the original domain name was v4address.com but it has not worked for a while.

[josh@webserver ~]$ telnet ip.blindhog.net
Connected to ip.blindhog.net.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
This is the telnet autoresponder at v6address.com.
You have connected over IPv4.
Your IP address is
Connection closed by foreign host.

I know this is not directly “Cisco” related but valuable. I have recently been searching for free alternatives for Webex and GoToMeeting for desktop sharing and meetings. I found a few different alternatives. My favorite by far is DimDim.com


EasyVMX! is the simple and failsafe way to create complete virtual machines for VMware Player on the web. You can install any Windows, Linux, BSD or Solaris, and test LiveCDs in a safe environment. – easyvmx.com

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In Call Manager, the CDR exports are in EPOCH time. Here is the formula to convert epoch time in a Call Manager CDR to a standard format in excel. After using the formula, you will need to format the cell for date and time.


  • E2 = cell reference
  • 6 = Timezone Offset (this is Central Standard time)
  • 3600 = Number of seconds in an hour
  • 86400 = Number of seconds in a year
  • 25569 = Excel hack because excel counts epoch from 1/1/1900 and most others start at 1/1/1970.


Space Monger offers a graphical view of your Windows harddrive. The free version can be downloaded here (older, but still works well) -> Spacemonger 1.40


Or you can purchase the latest version from Sixty-Five

Free from Microsoft. Download virtual desktop manager

After you have installed this small power toy, right-click on the task bar, select Toolbars > Desktop Manager.