Synergy

This piece of software seems quite promising to solve some of the issues that I have on my desk. I would like different computer to integrate a bit better and the main 2 features promise just that: software kvm and shared clipboard. I will have to test Synergy on my main Linux desktop with either my Mac and the Windows laptop or maybe a second Linux desktop. I need more screen space on my desk.

Vixta and Zombu

Read a few articles today and taught that these 2 things were interesting: Vixta and Zonbu. I wish Vixta had some Tablet PC features because I would be reformating my tablet PC in no time. Vista is just a pain. It amazes me that you can go backward with an upgrade. Zonbu is a nice PC but I am not looking for hosted storage. I want a small quiet PC with Linux.

More mobility dreams not happening

I went to Bell last week to check what services they had from someone that wanted to work on the road (or just outside the house). They have the “unplugged Internet” but the sales person was not too thrilled about it and was not looking forward to clients wanting it. Bad experience with a return?! I did not ask. I also looked at the usb/PCCard/Xpress Card service but to get unlimited service you pay 75$/month. It seems a bit high for a 512 kbps connections. I am sure that it is fine for some customers but signing a 3 years deal on that service to get the card at $50 did not appeal enough for me to try it. I guess that it will not be easy to find a solution in this area that makes sense for my budget.

Cisco VPN Client and Linux Kernel 2.6.21

I had some problems installing the Cisco VPN client 4.8 on my Slackware 12.0 workstation so I searched a bit on the net and fond a page that had almost everything to the t: http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-.WURHFYwdq8.zfEosWC6j8jQ?p=55. A few very small differences that are due to the fact that the kernel has changed a bit more since this doc. So here are the very quick steps:

  1. cd /usr/src/linux/
  2. make menuconfig – and check that everything is good
  3. make bzImage
  4. cd include/linux
  5. ln -s autoconf.h config.h
  6. cd /whereever/vpnclient/
  7. perl -p -i -e ‘s/CHECKSUM_HW/CHECKSUM_COMPLETE/g’ interceptor.c – to replace references of CHECKSUM_HW with CHECKSUM_COMPLETE; there are only 2 to fix
  8. perl -p -i -e ‘s/skb_checksum_help(.*)/skb_checksum_help(skb)/g’ interceptor.c – to replace the 5 references to skb_checksum_help() with the proper parameters
  9. ./vpn_install – to install the Cisco VPN client

If you have a different experience don’t hesitate to let me know how it works for you.