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 →

One measure to harden WordPress is to disable PHP execution in specific folders. WordPress and several blog posts mention the wp-content and wp-includes folder. After disabling PHP execution on these two folders, the visual editor broke, not showing my post while the editing toolbar was gone as well. This problem not immediately relates to PHP execution being disabled since everything else worked perfectly fine.. I make notes of every change and my “Admin Logbook” (some might call it “Captains Log..”) showed the last change being this hardening change.  After I enabled PHP execution on wp-includes only, the editor worked again. Note that you have to clear theRead More →

The Apogee MiniDAC is a pro-audio two channel digital analog converter. It received very good reviews when it was first introduced. The price dropped after a few years, making it good value for money. I managed to get hold of one and of the firewire interface board a little later. The firewire board is a BridgeCo design, running an ARM processor.  The firewire interface deploys a smart architecture where multiple firewire units can be used together with one unit delivering the master clock to all other units. Due to the firewire architecture the computer’s driver can also be the master. The Apogee driver on OSXRead More →

I did a Mid Life Update (MLU) on my Yaesu FT100 transceiver recently. Originally I wanted to sell the little box. Then I looked at the alternatives, the reviews, the money I spend on accessories and I decided to keep it! Read on… One thing triggered all of this: the internal battery (CR2025 type) went dead. No that bad after 14 years of duty. I did a little research to find out what this battery actually does. Clearly, it’s not a memory backup battery; all memories and function menu settings remained intact with a dead battery. Since many alignments are done through software settings, thisRead More →