Gmail thinks “This message may not have been sent by…” you
June 29, 2011
Yesterday, Google rolled out a new feature in Gmail which warns you when it isn’t sure who the email was sent by. This warning isn’t due to some confusion on the server side, this issue is because Google wants to force more people to use SPF records and DKIM signatures. Both of these are good technologies to use (I personally have them both enabled), but I worry about Google’s move to “force” this… and how it will effect users.
Windows 7 USB install
July 19, 2010
Even since Vista, Microsoft has made it possible to install Windows via USB drive. This is extremely useful for those of us that have MSDN and download ISOs direct. It is also very helpful for those trying to install on a netbook or other optical-less machine. The main problem is that it has been a pain in the ass to setup and prep the USB drives. Guess what? Not any more.
OpenVPN on Vista 64bit (And Windows 7!)
June 15, 2009
At our office we use OpenVPN for our VPN needs. This was a change I made a few years back, taking us away from Windows PPTP. It has proved to be an interesting experience, because things do not always “work” on the client side. This is most apparent when dealing with Windows and/or 64-bit computers. It becomes even more fun when the boss wants OpenVPN on his Vista 64 machine. Up until recently it simply wasn’t possible because there were no compiled 64-bit versions.
How To Get OpenVPN to Work Under Vista
September 20, 2007
Getting OpenVPN to run under Windows Vista is actually relatively easy. There are just a few tricks to keep in mind. Get the latest version of OpenVPN. 2.0.9 works for me, 2.0.7 did not If you still have UAC enabled (It is those “Accept/Deny” dialog boxes), you must right click on the installer and “Run As Administrator”. (How to disable UAC) During the install, you must remember to “Continue Anyways” when prompted about unsigned drivers.
To Vista, Or not to Vista?
December 1, 2006
No, this is not an “internal” debate being externalized just so I can post. I install Vista, weeks ago. In fact I installed it Nov 17th, the day it was released to MSDN (Along with Office 2007 which I installed). This is a quick “review” for those debating on installing. Short Review: DON’T DO IT. Long Version: At this point in time, if you are a casual user, Vista is fine. The User Access Control system is a pain and will quickly teach you to click “Yes” to everything (Which is bad). There aren’t many drivers out (read: near none), but if your not playing any games or have any fancy hardware, you’ll be ok. The graphics are nice, with the transparency and all (if your computer can support them, and you buy the “right” version of Vista with Areo) but they are just eye candy and really aren’t that handy. Now… If you are a power user. For the love of god, save yourself the trouble and don’t install Vista. I waited very very patiently for Vista to be released to MSDN when I heard it hit RTM (read: I was bitching and moaning about MS not releasing it sooner), but now I realize thats a mistake. As I said previously, there are next to no drivers out. I managed to get new graphics drivers installed on my Dell Latitude D620 (with a Quadro NVS 110M) thanks to a hacked nVidia driver from LaptopVideo2Go. It shows up as a 7300, but it works fine, enough. I didn’t really need to install drivers for anything else, which is good because nothing is out. Some of you that switched early from Win 2000 to XP may remember that you could use just about every 2K driver on XP, well thats definitely not the case for Vista. Any driver you install that wasn’t re-worked for Vista will either be blocked from install, muck up your machine, or plain not work. Also, any software thats reasonably advanced, is hardware related, or makes a decent amount of changed to your system probably won’t work. Again, this is a problem for Power Users such as myself. Now I’m not saying never run vista (though the login & shutdown times are KILLER for me), I’m just suggesting you wait… a few months. Probably at least 6 months after the public release. Now, After the break (yes, I’m actually writing into the “extended body”) I’ll run down software I installed and how well it worked (and if I used the emulation).
OpenVPN & Vista
August 23, 2006
Dont. No, really, I’m serious. Don’t bother installing OpenVPN on Windows Vista. It just doesn’t work. Apparently as soon as it gets to installing the network drivers, Vista goes down HARD (Blue screen). Which interestingly enough, is the first time I’ve seen vista crash (though it has frozen a few times). If your wondering, I used 2.0.7. But I’ve heard others have had the same issue.