Archive for November, 2007

Mobile Multi-service Instant Messaging

November 28, 2007

I installed Palringo on my Windows Mobile phone last week and have been very happy with it. Not only does it support mutiple IM services (AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ and Jabber aka Google Talk) but it allows multiple logins to the same service.

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Free drive backup/restore

November 28, 2007

I’ve seen his mentioned in a couple of places, most recently at Lifehacker.com. Anyway, DriveImage XML is a free drive backup/restore tool that can do your backups while you work.

Loads of free Llinux eBooks

November 12, 2007

You can get a whole bunch of good, free Linux eBooks here. He limits you to 10 per day but I don’t have a problem with that, especially since he only asks for donations. The Vim Book is 572 pages alone!

Zero config VNC server for those PCs you have to support

November 12, 2007

The EchoVNC folks have released V1.36 of InstantVNC. Based on UltraVNC, it’s a VNC server that you can have those folks whose PCs you have to support download and install. Supposedly it gives you secure access to their machine without requiring them to (re)configure their firewall/proxy/whatever. I haven’t tried it yet myself but it sounds good and could fill a good-sized hole. Let me know if you have any experience with it and I’ll post a summary if enough of you ask for it.

Preventing Autorun attacks

November 11, 2007

This is probably old news to a lot of you by now but I found it in one of the newsletters I subscribe to. The article describes how to completely disable autorun.inf on any media from automatically executing. Yes, there are times that itr will still execute, even if you think you’ve turned it off. The above-linked article is derived from this weblog entry, which describes the attack and how to disable it. It all comes down to creating a new entry in your registry (you should already know how to do this) by putting the following into a text file and importing it into REGEDIT (note that everything between the “[” and the “]” should be on one line):

REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@="@SYS:DoesNotExist"