August 13, 2006
How to create a Linux screencast
Here is how I create my Linux screencasts. I would like to be able to use just Linux applications, but I find it easier and quick to use Windows.
Download a high quality version here - 24.1MB
Posted by The Technician at 02:26 PM
August 05, 2006
Opera jumps straight to version 90!
In a surprise move Opera have decided to skip versions 10 to 89 and release version 90 today. When I started Opera this evening there was already a point release and I was asked to upgrade to version 90.1. Browsers have come a long way, its just a shame error checking hasn't. Still a great browser though.
Posted by The Technician at 10:06 PM
July 25, 2006
Connecting to IRC in Ubuntu
Just a quick demo showing how to connect to IRC in Ubuntu. Click here for a high quality full screen version, which is 9.5MB, or watch the streaming YouTube video.
After you have watched it come join us on IRC.
Posted by The Technician at 05:45 PM
June 08, 2006
Windows Vista Public Beta now available
It is a big 3.13GB DVD ISO download but Microsoft are using Akamai's download manager to help every one get it.
May 01, 2006
The Linux Filesystem Explained
Chess Griffin produces a really good podcast called LinuxReality and in Episode #11 he explained about the filesystem in Linux. To help me understand the filesystem I followed though the explaination on my Ubuntu laptop. I decided it would be good to convert the podcast into a screencast to help other new users like myself.
April 06, 2006
Busy with Kent LUG
The posts have been slow at the moment as I have been spending a lot of time learning Linux and working on the Kent Linux User Group website. I now have Ubuntu running prefectly on my Sony SRX77 laptop and Fedora Core 4 at home on my secondary desktop. I am thoroughly enjoying learning about and using Linux and apart for a few needed applications on Windows I am using it most of the time. Hopefully at some stage my knowledge will be enough to produce some Linux how-to content here.
March 09, 2006
WiFi Safe Surfing with VPN
Soon Steve Gibson from the Security Now podcast will be doing a big VPN solution how-to. He has done a few podcasts talking about Open VPN and Hamachi in the past and now VPN is a big topic. With more people using open WiFi access points or internet connections they have no control over they need to start thinking about security because as always there are some people out there looking to capture usernames and passwords etc.
ExtremeTech.com has a short explaination of VPN and the Hamachi solution online at the moment if you want to find out more information. A secure VPN solution is at the top of my to-do-list as I do use open WiFi and am now more concerned about the security of my data.
February 23, 2006
Kent Linux User Group
On Saturday the Kent Linux User group is holding a meeting in Rochester, Kent, and I will be attending. This will be the first 'user group' meeting I have ever attended and I am hoping to learn a lot from the other members and look forward to talking to like minded people. It was only by chance, from a impulse google search, that I found out about the meeting.
Recently I have been spending a lot of time using Fedora Core 4, which I am enjoying using more and more, but there is so much I do not know about Linux and hope the members of the Kent LUG can help me with some of my questions.
February 15, 2006
The Art of Network Troubleshooting
TechMentorEvents.com has available a great podcast of a session by Mark Minasi called 'The Art of Network Troubleshooting - How to Fix Any Network Problem'. The audio file is available from the TechMentorEvents.com site and goes on for 1hour and 35minutes which might seem long but it is very interesting and as an IT professional myself I learnt something. If you would like to work in the IT industry then I recommend downloading this podcast and sticking it on your MP3 player as you will learn something from it and it may just give you an advantage over others when you are interviewing for your first tech job.
February 08, 2006
Opera 9 Preview 2 released
Opera has been my favourite browser since it release version 8 and made it free. It is at version 8.5 at the moment and version 9 is expected in March, but labs.opera.com have released a preview of the new browser and it looks brilliant.
February 01, 2006
'Get It Done Using Technology' vidcast
Another IPTV show has been discovered on the net thanks to Digg.com, which almost killed the guys server. GIDUT.tv has 7 shows so far and 2 and 7 are very good demonstrations about how to make network cables. Well worth showing to my Cisco students.
January 28, 2006
Creating a shortcut for a terminal application
After watching www.almostageek.com I was able to install the Xine Media Player on my Fedora Core 4 computer. Xine is a great application and now I can use my Linux box even more as I can watch videos on it, but the problem with Xine is you have to start it from terminal. So while playing around and learning more about Linux I discovered how to create a shortcut that allowed me to run Xine with just a simple mouse click and save me from going through terminal.
Even though this is probably the simplest thing to do for an experience Linux user, for me a complete novice it was a great achievement. I have already shared how I did it with another new Linux user and created a show video to help other new Linux users too.
January 17, 2006
DHCP Protocol (Part 2)
To complete your understanding of DHCP, check out Part II of WindowsNetworking.com's article.
Understanding the DHCP Protocol (Part 2)
January 10, 2006
DHCP Protocol (Part 1)
While studying Semester 4 of my CCNA I learnt a lot about DCHP and how to configure it on Cisco routers. It is also mentioned in Module 10 of Semester 1 which my Cisco students have recently covered. WindowsNetworking.com have the first part of a two part article online explaining DHCP, so if you are studying for your CCNA or are just interested in how your computer gets an IP address then I recommend this article.
January 06, 2006
Security Update for Windows XP
Everyone should have Autoupdates enabled on their Windows computers and will have already got this update or will get it automatically next time you go online. If you don't have Autoupdates enabled then please manually update all your Windows computers now. This patch fixes a very dangerous security issue that could expose your computer and allow programs to be run on it remotely.
January 05, 2006
Impact of RAM on System Performance
Windowsnetworking.com has a very interesting article explain all about your computers RAM, paging and how it all affects your computers performance.
Understanding the Impact of RAM on Overall System Performance
December 28, 2005
Second day with OSX on my P4
I have spent most of this morning using OSX and trying to 'understand' it. So far, I have determined that Skype just isn't going to work and I am guessing it is because I am using the OSX Intel Developer release. I have had successes though. I installed MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player fine, but it is funny that I am using Apple's OS but some of the first programs I need to install are Windows applications.
December 27, 2005
OSX running on Intel
A while ago I posted about a tutorial on i-hacked.com about how to installed Mac OSX on Intel hardware, well just to test and evaluate the Apple OSX Operating System, I followed the instructions, obtained a copy of the OSX for Intel DVD and installed it perfectly on my Intel based P4. This was one of the ultimate W?BIC! things to do. It has been very interesting getting used to this new OS which coming from a completely Windows background seems totally different to me.
Here is a short video of my experiment and my initial thoughts. OSX On Intel Video (27mb)
December 26, 2005
How Fiber Optics are made
Makezine.com had a link to a video that shows you how Fiber Optic cable is made. The video is produced by a company that produces the cable and also employs the three engineers who invented Fiber Cable. In Cisco CCNA Semester 1 you learn all about Fiber Optics so this video should be of interest to any one studying CCNA.
Cool Stuff Being Made: How Fiber Optics are Made
Posted by The Technician at 11:13 PM
December 05, 2005
LabRats.tv - IPTV targeted for novices
The list of available IPTV shows gets bigger and bigger and the newest one I have discovered is called LabRats. Unlike most of the other IPTV shows which are producing content for the more techie viewers with segments on wardriving and case mobs, LabRats are producing show targets more towards regular computer users. In the episode (Number 6) they explained about using a router to share your internet connection on a home network. The shows are very well produced and at 15 minutes duration you can easily find time to watch them.
November 30, 2005
1.5 Release of Firefox
For the past year I have been 'taking back the web' and using Firefox, and today it got an important upgrade to 1.5. Firefox is now faster rendering, more secure and features a new update service to apply important patches automatically. Just after I installed it and the tried to load the default page (www.mozzila.org - seemed to be getting hit hard) I witnessed another good feature, helpful error messages. Now when you get a 404 error or a timed out message you get information to help explain the problem and a Try Again button.
So if you browse the web you should be downloading and installing this right now.
Web 2.0 Technologies compared
AJAX and Web 2.0 are the current buzz words and flavour of the month. I am interested in learning about AJAX and a post on Digg caught my eye. OTDouble.com writes a good article explaining about AJAX and also Flash and how they could both change the future of the internet. It is well worth the read. Flash versus AJAX versus The Future
Posted by The Technician at 12:30 PM
November 25, 2005
Learning OSX - handy videos
In my quest to get OSX running on Intel I have been researching about OSX so once it is all ready and installed I can actually use the OS. Luckily a link was posted on digg.com of a site with free videos giving you an orientation of OSX. They also have a page with Windows videos. Mac OS X 10.4 Orientation - Atomic Learning, Inc.
November 24, 2005
Cisco Resources Updated
I have added more information to the Cisco section of the site. There are some good links explaining subnets and ethernet and also useful files are now available to download.
November 17, 2005
|"Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site." Well that is what it is supposed to do but I just can't seem to get it to work. The information it provides about visitors looks very useful and I have followed the instructions and added the code that is needed to this site but the Google Analytics site does not report that.|
November 07, 2005
Another episode from Hak.5
Saturday 5th Novermber saw another release of the great IPTV show Hak.5. In this episode the crew cover building your own arcade case, talk about buffer overflows and show you how to set up a VPN server. Hak.5 are doing some great work and doing well to stick to a regular release schedule which makes supporting them via a paypal donation even more worth while. If you have $2 a month to spare head to their site at Hak5.org and click the donation link. Also download episode 4, via BitTorrent if possible to save their bandwidth, and then visit the forum which has some lively conversations going on.
November 01, 2005
Have a OSX machine for $200
Since Mac OSX came out I was waiting for the day it would come to x86 (Intel) hardware. There is still some time to wait for the official Apple x86 hardware to come out but if you can't wait and have the correct and available hardware you can experience Mac OSX today. There are lots of guides online about how to run the 'leaked' developer version and I-Hacked.com have the best guide I have seen. I-Hacked.com Taking Advantage Of Technology - Building the $200 OSx86 Mac:
I am now frantically searching for the needed hardware. Hummm maybe it will run on a spare PC at work??
Posted by The Technician at 07:32 PM
October 30, 2005
To help me teach the Cisco Certified Network Assoicates course I have been collecting resources from the internet and from our Regional Accademy. Binary Signal now has a new Cisco page at BinarySignal.org/cisco where you will find information, resources, videos and website links to help you study for your CCNA. I have recently passed Semester 3 which is very interesting, especially learning about VLAN's and trunking.
If you have any suggestions for Cisco links or material please email me.
October 03, 2005
Disk-based Backup Solution with Data Protection Manager
I have mentioned Microsoft Data Protection Manager before when it was in Beta and now it is a full Microsoft Server software application. Unfortunately I do not have the hardware requirements at home to test the application and have not had the opportunity at work to try it.
From the information I have read on the Microsoft site I believe it would be of great benifit in our opperation as due to our 'student users' work is often deleted before an overnight backup, and DPM can back up data to the central DPM server every hour during the day. DPM also allows for faster recoveries saving us and the user a lot of time. We have a 'spare' test server at work so I am hoping to implement it into our network infront of our current tape backup server and see how much easier and more reliable it is.
August 30, 2005
Help learn HTML with a real-time editor
When creating a website manually in HTML without a WYSIWYG editor you have to save your file then view it in a browser to see what you have done, but now with some clever scripting you can type HTML in one pane and view the result in another. Real-time HTML Editor is a great site that shows you the output of your HTML code in the lower half of the browser window. This is a perfect tool for beginners so they can quickly see how HTML pages are built and also errors can be stopped quickly.
August 26, 2005
Google joins VoIP and IM market
|Google have been releasing a lot of applications recently and the most exciting one is their new Instant Messaging and Voice over IP application. It uses the Open Source Jabber service and you can interact with its users from other clients like GAIM. The Google Talk application is very clean and simple to use like most Google services, and it ties into your Gmail account nicely and notifies you of any new emails. I have yet to test the voice quality of the service, so if you want to help me test it download the program and add 'BinarySignal' to your buddy list.|
August 18, 2005
Patrick Norton, famous from the classsic 'The Screensavers' and currently heard weekly on ThisWeekInTech.com can now be 'seen' again online. ExtremeTech.com are producing a weekly steaming video program that will air every Tuesday at 9pm EST, that's 2am BST. If you can't watch it live then a downloadable version will be available. But due to technically problems this weeks show is being re-aired or rather re-streamed TONIGHT at 4pm EST which is 9pm BST. So set your alarm and click the graphic below.
August 14, 2005
A network called 'Internet'
Back in 1993 the Canadian Broadcasting Company did a report on a new network called 'Internet' that people were connecting to. I heard about this video a few months ago but it has recently been dugg again on digg.com.
Today we take 'Internet' for granted and enjoy highspeed connections and streaming media, but back then it was dial-up and text based. I first experienced 'Internet' back in 1995 while visiting a friend in Texas who had AOL, what was your first 'Internet' experience?
August 07, 2005
Even more online Tech Shows
Two new online Tech shows have launched in the last few weeks, both are brilliant and deal with different subjects.
Hak5.org have just released their pilot episode and cover case modding, home automation and cool tips. They have a forum were you can talk about the shows and the content and I think will be producing a monthly show.
The other show is all about gaming on the PC and consoles and most importantly is hosting by a girl (Jenn) which breaks away from the normal male produced shows. Jenn has already released 2 episodes and if you are at all interested in games and game tech then make sure you check her site out - Openalpha.tv.
July 29, 2005
DVD Media Guide
DVD Burners are now dirt cheap and if the price continues to go down Kellogs will be giving them away in boxes of cereal. That means nearly everyone should have one by now and while the DVD drives are mostly the same specification, the media definately is not. To save yourself buying the wrong media and ending up with lots of useless coasters, read this great guide which explains all about the different quality of DVD media from different companies. Personally I like Ritek and Bulkpack.
July 24, 2005
Using BeyondTV video
To celebrate the launch of BinarySignal.org I present to you our first demonstration video. In our first video I talk about what is needed to run your own Personal Video Recorder and give a demonstration of mine in action. The other purpose of the video was also to give me content and a project to work on when learning Adobe Premiere Pro. In making this video I have learnt a lot about creating and editing video content and also the preparation required. If you listen to the video carefully there are a number of mistakes, but as this is just our first attempt I figured they can be overlooked.
Watch Using Beyond TV Video (22mb). I decided to release the video in the Windows Media Video format, and will experiment with Divx and Quicktime later. Please give me your feedback in the comments section.
Welcolme to BinarySignal.org
I have now re-branded this site under the name BinarySignal.org as I feel it better portrays the site content and the direction I want to take it. As I produce more tech video’s we will be providing a broadcast, in it’s most basic terms, of ones and zeros, so the name fits perfectly. Also from September I start instructing students on the CCNA course and will use this site to host information and resources for them.
syndicateONE.net was initially my company name and content on BinarySignal.org will be made under that name. You can still access the site via either URL, and now email us at email@example.com or Skype me at BinarySignal.
July 21, 2005
Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP
Microsoft have released a Beta of Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP which allows users to essentially lock down a shared computer so that setting and programs can not be altered. It allows you to apply Active Directory style Group Policies and Mandatory Profiles so workstations are secure. It has an easy to use User Interface (UI) and is primarily aimed at home users with troublesome children or small schools who do not have centralised security.
There is a great video over at Channel9.MSDN.com which explains it all. Remember it is a Beta so ensure you back up your data before you install it.
July 19, 2005
RIS : Remote Installation Service
Last night I finally got Remote Installation Service to work on my network. I have read about it a lot and knew it was possible, but yesterday my brain was firing on all cylinders and I worked out the DHCP kink which was probably stopping it before. It was a very exciting time seeing my slim line Dell PC network boot and start the install. I still have to experiment with installing all the needed applications, like Office, and then creating a full image.
July 15, 2005
System Administrators Day - 29th July
You have two weeks notice to go to your local card shop and get your SysAdmin a 'System Administrators Day' card. Friday 29th July is our day, when we expect to be showered with gifts and presents or at the very least donuts with sprinkes and frosting (icing).
July 09, 2005
Feed the IT Guy - Game
Anyone knows that being an IT Guy is all about the next snack or caffeine fix and fixing problems on the network. MSN have a great flash game based around ‘our’ work lives. Give it a try, I only lasted till Thursday. MSN Tech & Gadgets - Feed the IT Guy
July 08, 2005
Networking Windows to Fedora Core Linux
Making the move to Linux is a lot easier if I can still get access to all the gigabytes of files on my Windows machine. Luckily SAMBA makes accessing Windows shares from Linux easier and Reallylinux.com have a good 'Basic Networking - Windows to Linux Fedora' guide.
July 05, 2005
More tools for Linux - DVD to Divx
In my quest to use Linux more as a daily OS I have been looking for tips, tricks and things I can do with it and was happy to find this good guide showing how to backup your DVD's to Divx. PCQuest : Linux : Rip DVDs to DivX on Linux�
Also Issue 4 of TUX magazine is out with more information for new Linux users.
July 04, 2005
PC IQ Test
Test your computer knowledge with this 10 question test from CNET. Quick Quizzes: PC IQ Test - CNET reviews
I am embarrassed to say that I only got 90%. Oh the shame.
June 30, 2005
|Network diagrams are essential for companies to aid in administration and to have good documentation if staff change. Network diagrams are not only for large companies and www.ratemynetworkdiagram.com allows users to post images of their own home networks and then let other users rate them. It is amazing to see how much equipment some people have. Talking about having a lot of equipment look at the diagram below to see my home network. It is just a quick diagram and I plan to add more information at a later date. I used icons from the Cisco site under Powerpoint icons.|
Click for a larger image
June 26, 2005
Ten Commandments of a Network Manager
As a Network Manager or an aspiring one there are certain rules or laws that you must live by. If you do not, you can suffer terrible consequences, like data loss, loss of your time trying to rebuild the network and worse of all loss of your job.
NewsForge.com has a good article explaining ‘The Ten Commandments of system administration’ which is well worth reading, memorising and living by.
June 20, 2005
Free Video Editing Software
Having enjoyed watching the new online tech videos that are available from FromTheShadows.tv and Systm.org I have been looking in to video editing software. Initially I have be using Windows Movie Maker to produce video's but it is a very basic application and if you can't afford the high end applications like Adobe Premiere Pro then you need to find something in between. One video editing software that offers a free version is from Avid Free DV, I have yet to try it as I am currently experimenting with the trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro.
You can expect to see some 'Tech Video's' released from syndicateONE.net soon.
June 19, 2005
Open Source PVR to run on WinXP
Systm.org showed you in their second episode how to run free PVR software on Linux. If you do not want to switch to Linux and are happier with Window XP then MediaPortal - The ultimate HTPC / mediacenter could be your free answer.
|"MediaPortal turns your PC in a very advanced Multi-Media Center / HTPC. It allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view, schedule and record live TV and much more."|
June 16, 2005
Dedicated Microsoft Search Engine
A dedicated Microsoft search site has been created to help users find information about Microsoft products and technology. I never seem able to quickly find the information I want when searching on the Microsoft site and hopefully this search engine will produce better results. Microsoft Search Engine for Microsoft Server Content
June 15, 2005
New Divx 6 with DVD menu feature
In my opinion the Divx video compression codec has completely changed the way video can be watched and especially distributed. DivX Networks is aiming to improve quality and features even more with its new Divx 6 video files and Divx Media Format. Divx is not only restricted to computers but is now found in lots of Consumer Electronics devices which opens the possibilities of the format even more, taking it from the computer desk to the sofa. Read Tom's Hardware Guide review of the release.
June 12, 2005
Using a Computer Management shortcut
In this video we demonstrate how to use a simple shortcut to bypass security on your work place or school computer, and what to do as an Administrator to stop it. This video is for informational purposes only. Using a Computer Management Shortcut (15mb)
June 05, 2005
Learn Firefox inside and out
By now most informed people should be using the web browser 'Firefox'. It is much more secure than IE and less susceptible to trojan and spyware attacks. With Firefox’s continued popularity lots of sites with help, tips and tricks have been setup. One of the most comprehensive and easiest to follow is here - Firefox Help, Tips and Tricks
May 27, 2005
History Of Windows
Ever wonder what came before Windows XP? OSViews.com have a brief history with screenshots of early Windows versions. Windows History (1985-1994)
May 24, 2005
CNet launches UK site
For years CNet.com has been the site for tech news, reviews and product write ups, but it was targeted to the US audience. Recently CNet launched Cnet.co.uk especially for the UK, with write ups of products available in the UK and most importantly prices in Pounds Sterling. Reviews, Prices, News & Features at CNET.co.uk
May 23, 2005
Systm released today
The most eagerly anticipated online tech video show is being released today at 8pm PST (2am BST). It comes from Kevin Rose who has just recently announced he is leaving G4TechTV and will be producing regular tech shows available free to download. You can find out more at his personal site KevinRose.com were you can make a donation and check out the new show ’Systm’.
May 22, 2005
Understanding Subnets and IP's
At the moment I am frantically studying for a CCNA course I will be attending at the begining of June. As part of my revision I am going over information about Subnets and IP addresses. I found a good site SubnetOnline.com that explains subnets in a simple and easy to follow manner. If you are interested in CCNA courses check the Cisco site for details.
May 17, 2005
Configuring Squid Proxy To Authenticate With Active Directory
A few months ago I looked into using Squid at our school instead of the ISP proxy. But I was not sure how to intergrate it into our Active Directory and control access. Today while checking for updates for our great print quota software I found this how to article explaining exactly what to do. PaperCut Software Knowledge Base - Main.ConfiguringSquidProxyToAuthenticateWithActiveDirectory
May 15, 2005
I am not sure if this is a real Dell commerical or just a funny spoof of the Thunderbirds style puppets. What ever it is for it is funny to watch. DELL : Tech Force
May 11, 2005
Switch to Linux and learning to use a new OS
At work I have been experimenting with Fedora Core 3 and also have just installed Linspire within a Virtual PC. Learning a completely new operating system can be very exciting and also completely annoying. Users get very used to the ‘windows’ way and even with lots of Linux information available on the internet it is not always easy making the switch. Two great resources are TUX | The First and Only Magazine for the New Linux User and also UseLinuxAtHome.com as they are specifically written for new users and help make the transition easier. The Tux magazine is interesting as it is a traditional style print magazine distributed in a new medium, that being the .PDF format. It is formatted well for reading on your screen or can be printed if preferred.
May 08, 2005
FYI - The insiders guide to Microsoft Technology
Microsoft produces a free quarterly magazine for UK residents that include information about using Microsoft technology. The articles give good explanations of server technologies and advice on how to use applications to benefit your business. I have subscribed to this magazine since the first issue and although it is clearly biased to Microsoft it is a very interesting read, and I have learnt a lot from it. It was from this magazine that I first heard about Software Update Services. Go and subscribe today FYI – the insiders guide to Microsoft
Understanding network addressing, subnets and subnet masks is an important part of being a Network Technician and is taught extensively in the Cisco courses. Once you understand the concept and can manually work out network calculation it is always good to have a website that can do it for you. Network Calculators
May 07, 2005
Digital Duo videos from PC World
If you miss the glory days of TechTV and enjoy watching the current homemade tech programs you will probably like PC Worlds Digital Duo. Much like the videos at CNet.com they review and explain technology for everyone. They have a large library of videos covering everthing from VoIP to portable gaming. PCWorld.com - Digital Duo
May 03, 2005
Recover Deleted Files and Lost Data
The feeling of despair when you delete a much needed file or a hard drive becomes unreadable can be avoided, by first always having a recent backup and by using recovery utilities. PCWorld.com - Free Hard Disk Utilities: Recover Deleted Files and Lost Data review 4 different free applications for retrieving lost data. When I have some spare time I am going to try out these utilities on a problem hard drive I have and see if I can recover any of the data on it.
May 01, 2005
Build a Better DVR out of an Old PC
The Tivo has revolutionised the way people watch TV as you no longer have to search for a blank tape when you want to record a show, don’t have to remember to set the timer and can pause and rewind live TV. If you have a spare old computer you can build yourself a homemade Tivo like system with cheap or even free software. I use BeyondTV from SnapStream.com for my home built media computer and use it to watch my downloaded TV shows more than I use my standard cable box. If you want to know how to make your our Digital Video Recorder read this great article, MakeZine.com: Free TiVo: Build a Better DVR out of an Old PC
April 25, 2005
DIY Web Server guide
When I got always on internet via DSL back in 2000 the first thing I set up was a website hosted on my own computer. This is one of those 'Why? Because I can!' things that you just have to do. Here is a detailed how to with all the information you need to set up website hosting on your own computer. DIYwebserver - build and run your own webserver from home dsl broadband connection using windows, apache, IIS, FTP, email server and more
With USB drives becoming more popular for transporting files and documents they are also becoming popular to transport programs. When you are not working at your own computer you can use your favourite programs that are installed on your USB drive. Portable versions of Firefox and Thunderbird are already available and this site 'The Portable Freeware Collection' has a good list of other portable software.
April 23, 2005
Another free Linspire coupon code
Digg.com again has a post about a coupon code that will allow you to download Linspire the Linux OS for free. This time the code allows you to get the new Version 5.0. FREE linspire 5.0 (five-0). Also here is a link to a Linspire Commercial that I heard about in the Linspire Newsletter.
April 20, 2005
Site update news - good and bad
I will start with the bad so I can end on a happy note. I have had to disable the 'Live Feed' links that were being provided by BigBold.com as the service was timing out and stopping the site from loading. Hopefully this disruption did not stop any new visitors to the site. Which brings me to the good news. Yesterday my site received it’s first ‘trackback ping’ from Michael Ridley’s blog. Michael wrote some very interesting thoughts on Data Protection Manager and backup solutions in general which is well worth reading. I hope that we continue to receive trackback pings and comments to help build this site. If anyone is interested in helping edit this site please contact me.
April 19, 2005
Great day for Podcasts
Today was a busy podcast day with the release of two new podcasts by some very famous tech people.
First the old ‘The ScreenSavers’ crew created a reunion podcast which ended in discussions of reviving TSS online in some form maybe with video conferencing software being introduced with OS X Tiger. It was great to hear them all together again and to catch up on what they have been doing since TechTV ended. TROTSS.COM - The Revenge of The *Beeeep*
Also Phil Torrone who first started podcasting with Engadget.com is now podcasting with Make magazine. I have not listened to this podcast yet but his Engadget podcasts inspired discussion and creativity with technology, so I know it will be good. MAKE: Blog: MAKE:DIYcast- our new audio/podcast experiment!
April 18, 2005
Data Protection Manager beta available
Microsoft is building its server market with additional add-on server programs and recently Microsoft released a public beta for it’s Data Protection Manager for Windows Server 2003. DPM is designed to streamline disk based backup and allow for faster recovery of data and most importantly allow users to recover their own documents. Companies are moving away from unreliable tape backup and moving to disk based data centre backups and one company LiveVault have a very funny site promoting disk based backup.
April 13, 2005
Free Network Utilities
Following on from yesterdays post about Lan Tools I discovered some more free tools today with the help of PocketPCThoughts.com. eEye Digital Security a company which develop Vulnerability Management Solutions offer some free tools after free registration. The tools are designed to search networks for machines with known vulnerabilities and also for wireless Access Points. There is a PocketPC version of the wireless Access Point discovery tool which could prove useful when WarDriving.
April 12, 2005
Network tools at LanTricks.com
Having the right tools can make any job easier and for a Network Technician having tools that save you leaving your office and swivel chair are a godsend. There are a good collection of Lan Tools available at LanTricks.com which include a calculator to work out network addresses and a program to remotely shutdown workstations.
Please post in the comments if you know of any other useful Lan Tools.
April 11, 2005
Learn with a Virtual PC
The best way to learn about computers is by experimenting with live systems but unless you have a spare computer it is not always possible to take your main computer off line and install another operating system like Windows 2003 Server and play around with Active Directory. With Microsoft Virtual PC you do not need an extra computer as with the software you can install another operating system and run it within your current OS. I am not sure what the cost of the software is but
Microsoft offers a full 45-Day Trail Edition that you can download.
I am lucky enough to have a number of computers to experiement with but if you are restricted to one computer I recommend downloading the trial and learning. I will install the trial myself and will attempt to make a ‘How to’ about using Microsoft Virtual PC to help new users.
April 08, 2005
The GateKeeper Test
'Think you know all there is to know about IT security? Put yourself to the ultimate test.' From May 2nd Microsoft is running a security competition where you can win a Tablet PC and also claim the title of ‘The European Gatekeeper Champion of 2005’.
I have already signed up and you can to from the Gatekeeper Test website. The site has test questions and revision information so you can prepare for the test. Even if you don’t enter learning more about computer security is a good thing.
April 07, 2005
Free backup software
You never think about backup software until it is to later. You either learn by your mistake or learn from someone else’s. Backup software is not just for big businesses and even as a home user you should have a backup plan. From hearing of another users hard disk failure and loss of data, I found Karen's Replicator a free backup solution that allows you to select files and folders to be backed up and scheduled. The files are backed up without any form of custom compression so if needed you can search your backup and just recover the files needed. I will setup a backup schedule before it is to late and I recommend you do the same.
April 05, 2005
More on Batch files
I previously posted about Microsoft's information site about Scripting and Batch files, but I have now found another site with easier and simpler information to understand. Batch File Help
March 21, 2005
Access your PC from a Browser
jkOnTheRun.com discovered a get Freeware program that allows you to access your office or home computer from any other computer with just Internet Explorer and a little ActiveX install. MyWebEx PC: Remote Access and Remote Control to your PC, Remote Desktop Computing Solution
I am trying it out on my home server and it seems to be working quiet well, although you do have to use IE and not Firefox. The big test will be tomorrow when I try connecting through our tough proxy server at work.
There is also another free program from Logmein.com, which appears to offer the same services but I have not checked it out fully yet.
March 19, 2005
WinXP and WiFi explained
March 18, 2005
Bluetooth and Skype now made easier
I haven't had good results using Skype with my Belkin BT USB Dongle and Trust BT Headset but SkypeJournal.com explain about a program called 'SkypeHeadset' that could make using Skype cordless a lot easier. Skype Journal: SkypeHeadset Takes Skype Cordless
March 16, 2005
Macromedia Flash Player 6 for Pocket PC 2003
I am not sure when this was updated, but there is now a Flash Player 6 for PocketPC 2003. Macromedia are heavily promoting Flash on mobile devices, both PocketPC and mobile phones. Flash is a good platform for cross platform applications and content and it is always good to know some Flash. Macromedia - Flash Player : Macromedia Flash Player 6 for Pocket PC 2003
March 15, 2005
Upgrading a PC
Technician's always get asked "I have a computer, how can I upgrade it?" and we normally ask "what spec is your system at the moment?" which is always answered with a "huhhh?". PCStats.com has a very details beginners guide to upgrading your PC and explains about the POST and BIOS screens and how to upgrade components. Beginners Guides: Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC - PCStats.com
Learn how to script Microsoft Windows
Scripts are powerful and can be used to perform lots of tasks. We use lots of scripts at work, some to map printers others to delete unwanted files. Microsoft provide a number of tools to automate creating them and also has a great tutorial site. Microsoft - Learn to Script
March 14, 2005
Website updates and video tutorials
I have added links on the left menu to some of the sites creating tech videos. I have been so impressed with some that it has encouraged me to start making my own. At the moment I am just collected the tools needed like CamStudio and practicing with Windows Movie Maker. I have created a 'practice test video' and you can download it as either High WMV (640x480 10.7MB) or Low WMV (320x280 2.9MB).
If you have any ideas for content you would like to see or be involved please email me at Support@SyndicateONE.net
Posted by syndicateone at 10:25 PM
March 13, 2005
General Network Security
IronGeek.com has some great resources about War Driving with a Linux PDA and also lots of tutorials regarding network security. The most interesting item on the site is Flash and video 'How to's' he has created. It is good to read about something, but seeing is even better. General Network Security
March 10, 2005
More Online Tech Video Shows
I have found another website for a group that is producing tech videos. Seems they have produced 3 episodes to date and the last one covers PGP, DVD Ripping and creating a cheap MP3 stereo. Home - BrokenFloppy.com
March 06, 2005
Online Tech Video Shows
If you live in the USA and get G4TechTV you can enjoy some technology TV shows like ‘The ScreenSavers’. The ScreenSavers is not as good as it was before G4 took over and move people are creating their own online tech video shows.
March 05, 2005
How Firefox Works
I strongly recommend to anyone I speak to that they should switch to the Firefox browser. But exactly how does it work? Find out here. Howstuffworks "How Firefox Works"
Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
When possible I prefer to navigate around software with keyboard shortcuts as I can work quicker than using a mouse. There are lots of browser shortcuts that you can use to help speed up your browsing experience. Firefox Help: Keyboard Shortcuts Make sure you use the 'Ctrl + I' shortcut to bookmark this site.
March 03, 2005
Voice Over IP explained
CNet.com has a very details explanation of ‘Voice over IP (Internet Protocol)’ or ‘VoIP’ as it is called for short. They explain how it works and what different services are available. The review is geared towards the American market so some services are not available worldwide. ‘VoIP’ is revolutionising communications both for the consumer and for the network provider as they are moving their infrastructure to ‘VoIP’, so this is a good article to read to get up to speed. BT in the UK are marketing ‘VoIP’ as ‘Voice over Broadband’ or ‘VoB’ as a more consumer friendly name and help users understand how works as they already understand the term ‘broadband'. Internet phones: CNET Editors' guide to VoIP - CNET reviews
March 01, 2005
Cordless 2 in 1 Skype Internet telephone
The new Olympia Cordless DUALphone is the first cordless Internet telephone on the market, using Skype™, and is available from Dabs.com for £79.99 inc VAT. I think this will help break Skype away from the computer and bring this great VoIP application to the telecom masses. Olympia Cordless 2 in 1 Skype Internet telephone Fixed-line Phones - Cordless (DECT)
Power Wattage Calculator
When building a new PC or even upgrading your current one you should never overlook the power that will be required by all of the components. This site makes it easy to calculate how much power you will need so you can make sure you have the correct power supply unit. Power Supply Wattage Calculator - JS Custom PCs.
February 27, 2005
syndicateONE Version 2.0
With the excellent guides at http://www.elise.com/mt/ I have been able to make some big style changes to the site as you can see. The changes are so big I think this should signal the offical release of syndicateONE version 2.0. I am still interested in having other authors conbritute to the site, so if you are interested in helping please email me. I am still also waiting patiently for the first comment to be posted.
February 26, 2005
How to: Repair Windows XP
Since I destoryed my computer yesterday and then was able to repair the installation with the Windows XP CD I thought it would be helpful to others to post information about how you can do it. Techspot.com have a forum post with screenshots that show you just what to do. How to: Repair Windows XP/2000 if you are unable to boot into Windows. - TechSpot OpenBoards
February 25, 2005
Look like Longhorn OS
Microsoft Longhorn is far from a release date but with this application you can skin WinXP and Win2K3 to look like Longhorn. Techconnect Magazine - Longhorn Transformation Pack 9.0
UPDATE - WARNING! WARNING!
Do not try this XP modification on your working box. I just tried it and now the computer does not boot and gives a \system32\ntoskrnl.exe error. I am also having trouble restoring the installation too. It pays to be careful of what your install. I have learnt my lesson today.
February 24, 2005
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition RC 2
For those lucky enough to have a AMD64 CPU it appears Release Candidate 2 is now available for download from the Microsoft site. I wish I could afford a AMD64 chip. Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Automatically install WinXP
If you build computers or install Windows XP a lot there is an easier way to get it done other than you clicking next and entering in all the information. With this thorough guide you can create your own 'unattended XP CD'. MSFN's Unattended XP CD - Introduction
February 23, 2005
Live Message Alerts
As you can see by the orange button on the right hand side I have added 'Live Message Alerts' to the site. Please take the time to go through the short signup process. This will allow you to get Message Alerts through MSN Messenger when the site is updated. I first saw it on JKontherun.com.
Learning Movable Type
I have found a good tutorial site, http://www.elise.com/mt/, for Movable Type that I am reading through and doing my best to understand. I hope to solve my missing graphics problems soon and add more features. Please email me if you have any suggestions or are interesting in helping adding posts to the site.
Setting up Windows XP MCE 2005
I found this comprehensive guide to setting up Windows XP Media Center Edition via DigitalMediaThoughts.com. It is a 16 page PDF file that contains screenshots of everything you need to do and prepares you well. Installing software is sometimes more than just clicking ‘next’.
RetroSight - Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Setup Instructions
February 22, 2005
Network Magic helps set up home network
I first heard about this application on jkOnTheRun.com and now Engadget have a good review of it. I have not tried it myself as I have not had time to experiement with it, but it certainly looks good and I am sure it will make operating a home network a lot easier for people. Especially if they are new to networking. The Family is the Network: Pure Networks’ Network Magic wants to make things simple.
Make your own video security system
This 'How to' from Engadget.com shows you how you can make a home video security system with any simple webcam and some inexpensive software. As my home server is on all the time I may well install a webcam on it and have it monitor my home 24/7. HOW-TO: Turn your laptop into a home security system.
Tips for a quieter computer
There is a handy article with 5 simple tips to make your computer run quieter. Mine sounds like a jet plane at the moment so I am certainly going to use these tips. Once again this site was found on Digg.com BigBruin.Com Tech Tip #009 5 Simple Steps to a Quieter PC
February 15, 2005
Comparing ATA to SATA
I just upgraded one on my PC hard disks to a SATA drive so this article I heard about at www.digg.com comparing ATA to SATA was very interesting. Hard Drives: ATA versus SATA
February 13, 2005
Try Linspire for free with code.
Another great story from Digg.com that tells you how to get a free copy of Linspire 4.5 with a coupon code. Linspire have been pushing Linux to regular consumers for a while with a version that is supposed to be easier for Windows users to convert to. Now you can try it out for free.
Learning about MT templates
As you may notice we are currently learning how to change the standard MovableType templates so we can customise the site. We have no knowledge of PHP so it is a trial and error process making slight changes and looking at the results. I have yet to find any good resources online about how to edit the templates, so if you know of any please let us know in the comments section.
Also comments are open to all, so please give us some feedback.
February 08, 2005
Free Videos from CBTNuggets
CBT Nuggets has free videos on Windows Server 2003, Exchange, Cisco, Security, Windows XP/2000 MCSE/MCSA and many more. This is a great study tool, is easy to follow and explains a lot. A simple registration is required to view the videos.
February 07, 2005
Common Ways to Kill a PC
Beginners Guides: Most Common Ways to Kill a PC - PCStats.com Learn from our peoples mistakes with this good guide about computer hardware and installation.
February 04, 2005
Check your internet connection speed
Use this flash application from AroundTownKC.com - Time Warner Cable Kansas City to test your internet connection speed. Our connection at work varies from +2MB to as low as 600K when all the students are online. Post your best results in the comments.
Anonymous browsing explained
If you want to know if anonymous browsing through a proxy is actually anonymous this article gives a breif explaination. StellarBay - Are you anonymous?
Computer Security FAQ
One mans computer security FAQ is another mans hack FAQ. Learn and decide here for yourself.
February 03, 2005
DVD to Divx Guide
Copy your DVD into DivX5 format - Guide for 16:9 anamorphic movies
Learn how to backup your DVD movies to Divx using free tools and this detailed guide written for beginners.
How to spoof emails
Hack This Site! have an easy to follow "How to" on sending convincing spoof emails using Telent. I used to do this all the time when I worked for CompuServe back in 97-98. Go send your friend an email from Bill Gates right now.
January 31, 2005
Easily put updating RSS links and headlines on your website
I am being looking around finding out how to do this and just discovered a site that creates the code for you. You just enter the RSS feed URL and the site creates the code that you can then place anywhere on your own site. Check out http://www.bigbold.com/rssdigest/.
Expect to see it implemented here in the future.
January 19, 2005
Skype + Podcast Recorder = SkypeCasters
Henshall.com/blog/ has a great .PDF file with detailed instructions on how to use Skype and a few other applications to capture your conversations which you can use in your podcasts. In fact the site has a lot of information about Skype and I just found out about the Q-Card from Jyve Solutions which I hope to add to my site soon.
January 18, 2005
Create a Favicon
This great site automatically creates Favicons for you from any picture you have. FavIcon from Pics
Erasing a Hard Disk
I was recently asked by someone how they could completely erase their hard disk. From the G4TechTV newsletter I found this application which appears to do the job very well http://dban.sourceforge.net/.
I have not tried it yet, but when back at work I will try it out on an old machine we have.
Welcome to our new site
I have just installed Movable Type on to my server in the hopes it will make maintaining this site easier. I hope to create a resource site for technical people like myself who often need good IT information but then lose it or forget how to find it. I will create categories for all the areas of computers and networking that I think we will need, and then post the information I find in those areas. At my work people often ask me how do I do this and it would be good to beable to direct them to this site.
I have another site with WordPress on so I am very interesting as to which blogging softwarw will be easier to use and configure to my liking.