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WinVNC and PuTTY

I tried my hand at setting up secure SSH remote windows desktop today using WinVNC and PuTTY. (details how to do that here)

Reason for wanting to do this: To be able to access my home computer's desktop from work securely through a firewall, without having to pay for it. A similar service from GoToMyPC has a monthly fee attached to it. Screw that. I'm not going to pay fees just to access my home computer.

Anyway, it did work - sort of. It was really slow, graphics sometimes did not sync up, and the SSH server thing crashed. I think this is mainly due to the fact I'm connecting to a WinNT machine on a P200 (very slow considering how fast modern day computers are). I purposely connect to a computer that is not my 'main' PC, so that in case it crashes or gets hacked into (which is very unlikely), it doesn't matter because I can just reformat the hard drive and try again - which is what I will have to do tonight (groan..)

It was kinda cool to be able to get to my computer from work. It was also nice having 2-tier security in place.

It would be great if it didn't crash. :-) Hopefully this will be fixed tonight.

Never let friends answer the phone

One of my friends happens to be a toy collector. Today I read a story on the 'net that says a particular Batmobile is having its wings changed because of a hazard problem (too pointy for children). What this means is that all future models will not have the pointy wings, and therefore the existing ones on the shelves right now will soon be a collector's item.

The friend I mentioned would obviously be interested in this (he's a toy collector), so I gave him a call. One of his friends answers. She says "He's in the bathroom", so I said "Well, can you go get him?" She then says "Uh, no." And I said "Please? It's important." She sarcastically responds with "I'm not going in the bathroom to get him."

I hung up.

This stupid girl could have easily just knocked on the bathroom door and said "Hey you got a phone call". I didn't tell her to go in the bathroom to get him. Nope. She was stupid and lazy.

This means I'm not going to bother to tell my friend about the Batmobile. When I encounter someone as stupid and as lazy as that, I got two words: "Screw it." His loss.

Sounds rude on my part, I know. But today's lesson is: You should never let your friends answer your phone, else you may miss important information you need to know.

Never buying Levi's again

I normally keep jeans a long time. I've had some that lasted for several years - without ripping or tearing or looking too faded or whatever.

Normally I prefer to buy Levi's SilverTab. They last a long time, BUT - they're hard to find and they're expensive.

I made the mistake of buying a lesser brand of Levi's, the 505's, about 6 months ago. I bought 2 pair. You won't see this advertised on Levi's web site, because they suck as I found out.

A few weeks ago, one pair ripped - right below the zipper. Yeah, that spot.

No big deal. But then, not more than 2 months later, the other pair I had ripped - in the exact same spot.

My SilverTabs on the other hand have lasted well over 5 years. No rips, no tears, only a little fading.

"Screw this" I said. I wasn't about to spend 30 to 40 dollars for a single pair of jeans, nor was I going to buy any more 505's.

I went and bought 2 pair of 5-star Wranglers ("Hero" series) from Wal-Mart. Very comfy. Very good looking - and cheap at $15 a pair(!!!!)

Hopefully these will last a while. :-) And if not, they're pretty cheap so I can always buy more without going to the poorhouse. (grin)