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General Review Discussion / Re: VPN/SSH Tunneling software
« on: May 25, 2006, 11:21 PM »
What type of server would I need to setup on my pc to allow me to use tunneling like that in windows xp? I understand how ssh operates, but at the moment I do not have access to a linux box with an ssh server.

I use WinSSHD from

Works great and extremely easy to use, check it out :)

Just to add to the list...We use funk proxy remote control at work.   Nothing really special about the software but it just works.

At home, I just use RDP :p

Living Room / Re: TyperA - test your typing skills
« on: April 08, 2006, 02:23 PM »
Using Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000

Your score: 467 keys per minute ~ 93 words per minute
Language/mode: en
Ranking: Very fast.
Comparison: 6% of registered TyperA users using this language have typed a better result; 94% have a lower or equal result.

Using IBM Thinkpad T42's keyboard

Your score: 451 keys per minute ~ 90 words per minute
Language/mode: en
Ranking: Very fast.
Comparison: 8% of registered TyperA users using this language have typed a better result; 92% have a lower or equal result.

I rule!!! :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use rss feeds?
« on: March 30, 2006, 09:23 PM »
I love and hate RSS.  I love that I can keep up with all my favorite sites within a single application, but hate it when I get too many I'm interested in and watch hours disappear reading.  I'm more disciplined, now, maintaining a relatively small opml.

I also have the information overload syndrome.  I subscribed to a ton of feeds but never find time to read them all.  I used to feel compelled to read all of them just like my emails, but I don't do that anymore.  Also, FeedDemon allows you to 'watch' certain keywords on your subscribed feeds and filter them into a different folder, and that helps a little.

Congrats to all winners!!! If possible, please post some feedbacks on the product that you have won!

General Software Discussion / Re: what kind of keyboard you use?
« on: March 30, 2006, 12:51 AM »
Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000  :Thmbsup:


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: CSS Tab Designer v2
« on: March 27, 2006, 06:20 PM »
Thanks for the mini-review!!! This tool seems great.  I am going to give it a shot tonight.

Slightly offtopic, what frame did you use for those screenshots?  They look fantastic!!!


I don't think Admuncher comes with a default list. It just adds any application acessing Internet as "filter target".

Yep, the "filter target" was what I was talking about.  It's the default list of "known safe" programs, supplied by AdMuncher and is automatically updated.  Of course, you could choose not to trust that default list and make up your own list etc (Options -> Filter Targets -> My filter targets).

About AdMuncher to allow Internet access... Could you test this behavior on your system?

I've Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall and Admuncher installed. AdMuncher is allowed to do "code injection" and Internet access.
Kerio still intercepts any process trying to access Internet (even those who try to get access via IE, like LeakTest or Google Video Player).

Yes, I have experienced this with Agnitum Outpost.  If Admuncher is ON, it doesn't not notify me on port 80 access from the apps that are in the filter targets.  If you don't believe that admunch.exe is issuing network requests on other processes' behalf, you can do a simple test by blocking port 80 access on "admunch.exe" and see if you could still access through IE or Firefox.  The interceptions that you saw from Kerio PFW, were they port 80 requests or on some other ports like 443, 8080 etc?

AdMuncher is not acting as a proxy, like AdSubtract or Proxomitron.

It's not a proxy in the sense that you don't have to manually edit your browser's proxy settings and pointing it to localhost.  But it's still "acting" as a proxy of some sort since it's issuing network requests on other programs' behalf.  There's a FAQ for it:

Q: Why does my firewall say Ad Muncher is making "server" and outbound connections?
A: This is just how Ad Muncher filters your browser's transfers; when your browser tries to connect to a web server, it is instead connected to the local Ad Muncher program (hence why it is creating a listening ("server") connection).  Ad Muncher then connects out to the original target of the browser, which accounts for the outbound connections.  These connections are perfectly normal and no cause for concern;  the listening sockets are of no use to anyone except the programs on your computer trying to connect out.

I am also evaluating ad-muncher currently.  It is working great and has an "IP Scramble" function that acts us a surfing anonymizer.  The author is also very nice and active in #admuncher on IRC.

I don't think I will purchase it after the trial though (unless I see a discount).  There are other free alternatives out there so I don't find it as essential.

The other thing with Admuncher is that it comes with a default list of 20 to 40 processes that it intercepts.  It intercepts their winsock calls and reissues them on their behalf, so your firewall would report admuncher.exe is trying to access the internet instead of the originating process.  If you create a firewall rule to always grant internet access to admuncher.exe, you are essentially granting internet access to all processes that Admuncher intercepts as well without knowing it.

I guess it's not really a big deal, most if not all local proxies work this way so it's more of a heads up.

General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Text Editor, a revisit
« on: March 24, 2006, 02:35 AM »
I also found EmEditor is best for my use.  Used to use PSPad before that.

I like EmEditor's ease of use, search term highlighting, javascript/vbscript macro lang, and the excellent unicode and foreign codepages support.  Of course it also has all the standard stuff like regex search, find in files, brackets matching, column selection etc.  Though PSPad is more feature-rich on the programming side with its code explorer, SQL formatter, color dropper, checksum generator etc.

I have also tried UltraEdit.  I found that it has A LOT of options and some of them are kind of confusing.  I found EmEditor's options are more clear.

Another thing with UltraEdit is if you open up an UTF8 file and switched to HEX mode, it wouldn't really show you the correct raw bytes.  It internally converts the file from UTF8 to UTF16 and displays the bytes in UTF16 encoding instead!!!! The filesize is also displayed incorrectly because of the conversion.

I emailed their support and got a reply saying UltraEdit needs to do the internal conversion because some Windows OSes don't support UTF8 natively.  When the file is saved it will be converted back to UTF8 correctly.

Well, while I understand the platform limitation, I argue that a "real" hex viewer/editor should not need to have any knowledge of the underlying encoding and should just display and write out the raw bytes.  But I guess it's not really designed to be used as a real hex editor.

I have one of these "kneeling" style chairs in my cube, but I never really get used to it so it's mostly for guest's use :)

I had a discussion with CPilot last week about the very same topic as I am also on the market for a new chair.

I have always wanted to get an Aeron chair for my home office.


It's a bit pricey but I figured if I am going to sit on my a$$ programming for a significant portion of my life, I might as well get a good one.  There are a few of these in my work place and they do feel nice when I tried them on.  It's going to be tough to get my wife's approval though :D
Check out the review


Another supposedly good one is http://www.hermanmil...a10-c440-p62,00.html


Let us know what you eventually decide :)


So far I'm very happy with ! It allows me to auto-dim the screen to 25%, so I can still see what's going on in Miranda/IRC when I pass by the PC.

Btw, why aren't you in the IRC channel? :)

Nice find there brotherS, I am using it now too :)

Living Room / Keeping track of software license/serial keys
« on: March 18, 2006, 11:59 PM »
I am just curious on how people are keeping track of their software license/serial keys and other purchasing infos.

Do you just write them down on a txt file, excel spreadsheet, some kind of DB or archive the registration emails?

Over the years, I purchased software using different email addresses and find myself having trouble digging them back up from all over the place!!!

An entertaining read!!  The author's got a funny writing style so it's very readable even it's a bit long.  I am also like the author where I paid just enough attention on my college math classes to pass the exams.  And now I am starting to regret....

Thanks for sharing.

Thanks a lot for the great review Joto.  I just installed the trial, it's very stable and I am liking it so far!

Have you tried any free alternatives and see how it stacks up against PageSpy?  PageSpy seems to have a bigger feature set on displaying the Forms and other collections (images, querystring etc).  But the IE dev toolbar and DOMHelper supports dynamic add/modify/delete DOM elements and CSS rules after the page is loaded.

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta

Living Room / Chinese Gold Farmers...
« on: March 15, 2006, 10:33 PM »


Synergy (Love this!!!!)
-taichimaster (March 15, 2006, 12:31 PM)

What may I ask is this ?

It's an open source app for sharing a single mouse, keyboard and clipboard across multiple machines (even for different OSes!).

Please see: https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=2447.0

Umm, my systray is a mess.

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Clipboard Recorder
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Living Room / Math God/Geek Test
« on: March 14, 2006, 01:39 PM »
See if you guys could crack this!!

I am stumbling on the 4th :(

Developer's Corner / The Cathedral and the Bazaar
« on: March 11, 2006, 08:14 PM »
Hey guys,

I found this essay a very interesting and inspiring read.

"The Cathedral and the Bazaar"

This article contrasts and analyzes two different free software development approaches.

- The Cathedral model, in which source code is available with each software release, but code developed between releases is restricted to an exclusive group of developers (architects).  They lock themselves in a little room and spent countless hours on debugging before releasing the product to the public.  Releases are usually slow (between 6 months to a year).  The objective is for users to see as few bugs as possible.  GNU Emacs and GCC are presented as examples.

- The Bazaar model, in which software releases are EARLY and OFTEN.  Bugs are reported by users and quickly addressed.  The code is developed over the Internet in view of the public.  The "Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" belief.  If the source code is available for public testing, scrutiny, and experimentation, then bugs will be discovered at a rapid rate.  Linux and fetchmail are presented as examples.

Note that the essay concerns itself only with free software, and does not address proprietary development in any way at all (since source code is usually not provided for proprietary software).

Developer's Corner / Python411 podcast
« on: March 08, 2006, 09:01 PM »
RedhatMat introduced me to this podcast series a couple weeks ago but I didn't see it posted here.

Python411 podcast

See the Python Learning Foundation with tools for learning Python including over 300 free online Tutorials on Python and every Python-related subject and toolset; the Python411 Podcast Series for those learning Python; dozens of Python Book Reviews and much more.

For those of you who had experienced a corrupted firefox profile before, I would recommend the following extension:

Bookmark Backup - a simple extension that helps to keep your bookmarks (and optionally other Firefox settings) safe. Each time Firefox is closed, a copy of your bookmarks file will be made to a backup location. If Firefox's bookmarks become corrupted or lost, find the most recent uncorrupted backup and copy it into your profile folder.

Note: Firefox 1.5 now makes its own backups of your bookmarks, therefore this extension is only useful if you want to backup other settings or to control where the backups are stored.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Focus Problem
« on: March 06, 2006, 11:22 PM »
I have learned more about the problem since my last post.  The problem seems to be related to the application Synergy

I have it set up so that my desktop (primary) and laptop are both sharing the desktop's keyboard and mouse. 

With that setup AND if I have NUMLOCK on, then launching FARR on my laptop through my desktop's keyboard doesn't bring it to the foreground.  However, if I disable NUMLOCK or simply use my laptop's keyboard to bring up FARR, then everything works fine.

So in summary, the problem doesn't seem to be on FARR's end.  However, I am still able to reproduce this behavior consistently and am willing to test any debug build in attempt to work around this.


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