Entries Tagged as 'Tips and Tricks'

MacOSX tip – Share your Internet connection

apple_logo.jpg If you’re looking to share your Internet connection, the Mac has this nifty really easy Internet sharing function.
Basically you go to your Apple logo then to System Preferences. Select Share.
Here, there are multiple items that you can share. Internet Sharing is one of them. Select that. There will now be a few choices. Select the input for your Internet. This would be where you’re getting the Internet from (wireless, ethernet, etc). Then select where it’s going. You can’t have the same device doing both, so if you’re sharing a wifi connection then you have to share via bluetooth or ethernet or something.
Either way, when you’re done with actual device selections, just click Share. It will basically allow other people to piggyback onto your connection without you having to do much of anything. Personally, it’s a great feature that I’ve used when I’ve been wanting to work on multiple systems for IT work but didn’t have enough ports to share on the switch. This gave me a great way to create temporary shared connections without having to do a whole lot of configuration.

Moo0 SystemMonitor

systemmonitor.gif Pretty neat little system analyzer, this SystemMonitor. It can tell you about all sorts of great things you can look up, but your basics are all there. CPU, memory, hard drive, but there’s even more!
You can track the number of processes there are, or threads, or even uptime. Not really sure what uptime has to do with anything on a Windows box since you really should reboot it anyways, but that’s okay! It’s all about having the option to monitor that stuff! Of course if you run linux, you would have already seen things like this for your desktop that sits on the desktop so that you can track your cpu and network and such. But regardless? Windows really doesn’t have anything super fancypants so this basically fills the niche nicely. Freeware for Windows. Even Vista.

Moo0 ConnectionWatcher

connectionwatcher.gif Most of the more advanced users know that Windows can do a netstat command just like on linux. And this provides you with all the connections currently on your system. This allows you to take a look at what applications might be accessing what ports and from what IP addresses. ConnectionWatcher does the same, except it takes that data and puts it in a nice neat little GUI so you don’t have to scroll around in a commandline window.
It’s a great little tool for those that aren’t familiar with commandline or just don’t want to deal with it. Another thing that’s beautiful about this, is that not only does it look at incoming and outgoing, but it actually marks what application is creating the network streams that are going out. That gives you a really easy way to review if you’ve been compromised and if a process shuts down cleanly or if it just waits for a timeout or what. This even works with Vista now!
A more in-depth look at ConnectionWatcher at freewarejunkie.

Solaris: rebuilding hot swap drives

solaris.jpg For Solaris, when you hot swap drives in a server, sometimes it doesn’t autodetect itself. Yeah, I know. Annoying right?
Well for most of newer servers that use SCSI drives, you probably just have to run devfsadm as root. That should basically tell Solaris to check and look at which drives are where.
Unfortunately, some servers aren’t so easy. Such as the Enterprise E3500. This machine has fiber-channel drives and thus are more finicky. If devfsadm doesn’t work (and it probably will not), then you’ll need to add the drives in with luxadm. Unfortunately, there’s not an entirely easy way to do this. luxadm insert_device is one way to try it since it’s an interactive probe, but you still might need to know the syntax for the devices to actually add them in one by one.

Game Key Revealer

ssgkr-medium.jpeg Game Key Revealer is just like its brethren, SoftKey Revealer except it’s for games for the PC. With support over 500 games, this basically allows you to keep your games handy if you’ve installed them but had forgotten where you’ve placed the media itself.
With how big drives have become, this actually isn’t that difficult to do. But in case you need to just dump all your serials and keys into a file, Game Key Revealer can do that. For Windows only.

SoftKey Revealer

ssskr-medium.jpeg SoftKey Revealer is an absolutely useful tool for system administrators and the like. Basically, it can go over your current system and mark down all the serial numbers for applications as it scans. This makes it absolutely critical for systems that you are backing up, ore reinstalling and do not have the original media anymore or the numbers are rubbed out on the CD case.
I can’t explain how many times working on customer systems, that this has been a serious problem considering some applications don’t readily make plainly available the serial in case there is anything wrong. Obviously, this could be used for other intent so be wary in what mannerism you apply this application.
Supporting over 700 software products at this time, and can allow you to print, or save to text or Word format. For WIndows.

SuperAntiSpyware Free

IMGSASBoxSmallFree.gif In the age where it’s all about what you click on and being a bit more on top of the game and worrying some about identity theft and such, it’s never too late to apply a antispyware protection to your PC if you haven’t already.
Online Tech Tips has a more thorough review of the product, but overall, this application isn’t half bad when it comes to detection of threats and it’s fairly simple to use with an easy to use GUI. Reminds me somewhat of Spybot S&D which is the usual antispyware that comes to mind when I have to do any work.
Between the free version and the paid, is basically the scheduling of scans and real-time protection. Which means, you still have to manually launch the thing every time you want to check if you’ve been hooked by malware. But that’s not a bad feature to miss out on if you’re being thrifty. If you’re in need for a little protection from malware and spyware, SuperAntiSpyware might be it for you. For Windows.

Stormpulse

stormpulse.jpg Not sure if a hurricane is coming your way? Are you a weather junkie and watch The Weather Channel all the time for whatever reason?
Then you’ll appreciate Stormpulse. This website uses data from the National Hurricane Center and NERC Satellite Station along with NASA to put together these beautiful maps for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms. It also has historical data for older hurricanes like Katrina.
Totally great for weather junkies where the television and other websites just don’t give a clear and concise way of tracking with good imagery.

Using tipjoy to tip those into your favor

tipjoy.png Tipjoy is a new Y-Connector startup that basically sets up tipping people for their work and content, instead of having people write content and if you enjoy it, to click their ads.
There are a lot of reasons why you should tip instead of click ads. The way of the Internet is changing. What’s also interesting is that you can tip as much or as little as you want (starting at a nickel). The way this works currently is that you can tip sites that are there or are not based on URL, or email or anything. So any site or person can technically get tipped. There are a few missing catches for this, but for the most part it works pretty well.
You pay through PayPal (minimum increments of $5.00USD) and right now, you can either donate your earnings to charity or buy an Amazon gift certificate with it. Currently the tipjoy team is working on trying to get past the legal issues so that you can also withdraw your money from the system.
I’ve personally run into a couple logic issues where I wish they were caught. It wasn’t “wrong” but more like it didn’t ask or set an upper limit with a catch. It’s also sort of weird that websites do not have their own tracker, but are tied directly into whomever verifies account. Outside of that? Very neat idea.

Lotus Symphony

Symphony_icon.gif If there’s any corporation out there that is backing open source and linux, that would be IBM. And their free office suite isn’t shabby either at all. Lotus Symphony allows you create documents, presentations and spreadsheets. It also works with ODF (OpenDocument Format) and Microsoft document formats.
The beauty of this is obviously that it’s free, but also the fact that it’s being offered by a large corporation. This allows you to know that there’s not only the support of the development staff, but the reliability. Lotus Symphony is also incredibly easy to use which assists IT in budget control along with ease of deployment.