X11 is the mother of many things, one being remote computing. Since X11 is still the graphical engine on most modern Linux distributions these now old-school X11 functionalities are still usable. Just for fun, I set things up on Ubuntu and OS X Mavericks, without using SSH. This is important since SSH has the -X option for tunneling X11, which makes a X11 client server configuration very simple. And thus you can find guides to do this all over the internet. X11 works best on a LAN and SSH tunneling is not needed when connecting over a LAN. Also SSH tunneling kills your performance due to encryptionRead More →

One lesser known method of adding Ubuntu to a Windows PC is Wubi. This type of install uses a single big file within your Windows file system as the Ubuntu root disk and another one for swap. “Wubi.exe” is the installer that creates these files and configures the Windows boot manager for dual-boot. Since the installer is a Windows application, the file creation and boot manager configuration are done using native Microsoft code. One advantage of this type of install is that there’s no need to re-partition. Also Windows is booted without using a Linux boot manager like GRUB. So the impact on the Windows environmentRead More →

When accessing the network of my company over VPN, the connection to the remote access infrastructure is initiated through my browser. Actually, the browser downloads and runs a piece of software from Juniper called Network Connect. Juniper also provides a standalone client software called Junos Pulse. An IOS version of this software is available as well. I find the Junos Pulse client to have some advantages over the “browser” method. Most importantly, the Junos Pulse client handles suspend/wake of your PC or Mac correctly, meaning that after closing/opening the lid of your laptop, the remote connection is resumed without the need to log in again.Read More →

A lot is written about this. I’ve found that it can be extremely simple. This is how to transfer your emails, including attachments and your folder structure from Outlook on your PC to Mail on your Mac. On the PC install Mozilla Thunderbird 3.0, don’t worry it’s free. During Thunderbird setup, choose to import your Outlook mail. When done, close Thunderbird; there’s no need to configure an email account. Next step is to find the folder where your mails are stored on the PC. This might be a little difficult… The following works on WinXP, Vista and Windows 7 will work along the same line.Read More →