Wednesday, March 28, 2007

why 5900 is so popular

5900 according to the world's port standards belong to VNC.

Its just nasty that MS tries to take over that port from such a old, useful and beloved application.

In fact I'm not sure what memo went out, but both remote desktop services as well as virtual remote control actually both use the port as well. So thats even another conflict within the same platform. This means that remote access to your workstation and your virtual server services are not able to run in harmony until you change the detault ports.

So I am guessing that 5900 is actually the global remote access port and that all "remote" applications should use it with the only limitation is that you can't use 2 of any application at the same time without changing ports to non standard ports.

Yuck Yuck Yuck.

On the point of non standard ports, I asked a network administrator why do people change their ports to use non standard ports. The answer as I heard was for security reasons.

And then I asked. whats the point when any hacker can still run a port scan and find out what services you are running and it would be more of an administrative hindrance when managing firewalls.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Connecting to the windows 2003 console from XP

Microsoft documented (my comments in brackets):

To connect to the console, administrators can choose one of the following methods:

  • Use the Remote Desktop Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in

(Download from god knows where and super near impossible to find from the microsoft site)

  • Run the Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe) program with the /console switch.

(Easiest to use but its through cmd or via "Run"on the start menu. E.g. mstsc /v: /console)

  • Create Remote Desktop Web Connection pages that set the ConnectToServerConsole property.

(hmm? Clearly very well documented as that was about all that was mentioned, just use the previous example. Its almost like another hidden feature in XP like netmeeting.)

Monday, March 05, 2007

New year gadget list

With the chinese new year and all, here are my recent additions to my road warrior gadget list.

O2 Zinc Mobile

Feedback & Review :
This is similar to the Dopod 838 pro. Its got all the base functions and even a more logical and compatible headphone jack. Size and Dimensions are identical on looks. I compared them side by side and the Dopod might actually be a tad heavier.

I actually got this as a Starhub promotion to get a free can of abalone. As its a new phone, most people would base whether to get it on the reviews. So far from what I read about the reviews, most reviewers are only phone users and not PDA/computer users. One such review mentioned that the phone can be only be used with a stylus. "Duh", there is a slide out keyboard and keyboard shortcuts makes this PDA real quick and easy to navigate and use without a stylus unless for web browsing.

The sluggishness of the OS is comparable to most new Nokias and windows smartphones. The price to pay for functionality. I had one person make the file explorer speed comparision and told me it was faster than the Dopod too. I can substantiate that to be true without first hand experience.

Definately a great purchase and I'm not disappointed at all with the phone or the abalone.

Microsoft Zune (with compliments from Microsoft)

Feedback & Review :
Who can argue with a freebie from Microsoft and yet another surprising one at that. Ok, I haven't really used it other than install the software and watch the bundled video and music.

Its much lighter than my 80GB iPod video and only has 30 GB. However, it does come with radio that only has settings for North America, Japan or some other country and not Singapore or anywhere in Asia for that matter. Still the radio works and even shows the station name on the display after it auto tunes.

I have no idea how the wireless works, but it is meant to stream to an Xbox 360. Hmm, is it a sign to get one of those?

Its a descent MP3 player no doubt and hasn't crashed yet. If you can live with itunes to sync your iPod and Apple's strange file directory storage, this device shouldn't bother you that much. I might write more once I actually start using it more.

Dell Latitude D620 (Core 2 1.66 ghz, 100 GB 7200 rpm HDD and 2 GB 667 mhz ram, nVidia NVS 110M)

Feedback & Review :
As far as picking a mobile workhorse, you can't really go too far wrong with a Dell latitude, not like I had much of a choice from work distributed machines. A good thing about these latitudes are the catch that holds the screen to the rest of the machine.

I'm sure I'll think of something else eventually. The D620 actually makes more sense than the D820 just based on weight and battery life. the D820 was a pain to carry around especially if you wanted good battery life, the 9 cell battery was a killer.

With all enterprise distributions of windows, they somehow always forget to cater for dual core laptops which made me have to replace the ntoskrnl.exe and hal.dll files with the dual core versions during safe mode. Make sure you reboot twice in safe mode for effect. Also make sure you go to the bios and set your hard disk for performance / "noisy" mode.

I wouldn't buy it, and I didn't :)

Personally, a laptop of my choice is probably still a mac book pro or an alienware machine. I do realise those are heavy, but if its a personal machine, how often will you honestly need to lug it around?

Back in town again

IMG_1628, originally uploaded by melvenchok.

Using the default lens on my Canon 350D from Sofitel viewing the Chinese New Year celebration fireworks.

dead pi

Well, I guess it has to happen at some point. the home automation raspberry pi has died. Much to do with the stupid Strontium mini SD card. ...