So last night I was doing a bit of work, and kept having to switch between PuTTY and PowerShell to accomplish the task. This is a pretty normal procedure however it annoyed me that PowerShell lacks SSH ability natively. I did quite a bit of reading on the topic and decided that installing a bunch of libraries so that I could write a script that allowed for a similar function was just as annoying. That’s when I found an app called Plink which is made by the same fine people who make PuTTY. You can download Plink for free here; http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html . Now to make this useful, I put plink.exe in the same folder as my other PowerShell scripts in c:\ps . Then I made a new script using the Windows PowerShell ISE to make a very basic script that opens Plink.exe with the -ssh switch and the IP of the machine I am making the SSH connection to. This is a copy of that script;
& “.\Plink.exe” -ssh IPAdressGoesHere
I saved the script as linux.ps1 and then proceeded to create an alias that runs this script when I enter the alias name “linux”
set-alias linux c:\ps\linux.ps1
Now when I run the command linux, an ssh session opens directly to my vps, at the login prompt.
So you’ve got a business and you want to have a presence on the internet. Even if the site is for nothing more than to show your contact information and maybe your logo. Maybe you also fell in love with how Microsoft FrontPage let you create your site using WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) tools, but find that more and more, that hosting providers no longer support FrontPage. You should try a hosting account with WordPress! WordPress in regards to hosting accounts is most often found in the softaculous suite of tools in CPanel. It was originally designed to give the normal user, a way to easily set up a blog, but has evolved to be much more powerful and flexible. Today WordPress is being used by many to build all types of websites and blogs. It can be used to build anything from an ecommerce site to a family photo album. There are tons of freely available themes to work with, and if you are a developer, it can shorten your time to delivery while preserving your ability to edit and or create the underlying code. Here at High Speed Web, all of our shared hosting accounts offer CPanel and WordPress by default. And if you have a dedicated server or VPS, CPanel can be added to your server to provide you this option.
My dvd’s wont play. Why? Short answer: It’s cheaper to remove DVD play back to get around the price of the codecs. To get DVD play back you have to purchase Pro Pack or Media Center Pack. Well, that’s fine for people like me that would rather use VLC Player, WinAmp or some other third party software to begin with. I’ve never been a fan of Media Center or Media Player.
I installed Windows 8 Professional on my Dell Duo and everything worked accept the screen rotation. After many searches and false leads I finally found a solution that worked. Samsung has a support page for their Series 7 slate with 32 bit and 64 bit rotation drivers. I installed the 32 drivers on my DUO and like magic the rotation was back. I also included a link for the 64 bit driver in case anyone needed it.
In our travels over the internet we run across the question “what is website hosting?” quite often. This is an attempt to clear up that confusion and to also define the working components of a hosted website. Let me start by separating two terms used in conjunction with hosting, those being Domain and Website. First we have the Domain or Domain name. Domains are your .com .net .org etc address that you give to people when you want them to visit your site. Our Domain is www.highspeedweb.net for example. When you sign up for a domain, whether you see it initially or not, that domain is pointed to the DNS servers of the hosting provider you’ve chosen. DNS acts like a GPS, in that, when you put www.highspeedweb.net in your browser, DNS hears the request and directs your browser to the location of the hosting provider. This is now where the Website hosting comes into play. Your hosting provider stores a copy of your website on a server, so that when someone types www.highspeedweb.net into their browser the website itself is displayed. The Website is the actual text document containing the code that makes up your website. So to be very specific, website hosting, is the service your purchase to store and display your website. While the Domain name is the address you give to others whom you wish to have visit your site.
When I tried to activate Windows 8 I got the following error message: “Error 0x8007007B The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”. I was unable to change the Windows key in the Windows Activation GUI. The key was grayed out with no option to edit.
The Fix that worked for me
1. Open a command prompt in administrator mode “Press and hold the Windows button+R”
2. Type slmgr.vbs /ipk (Windows Key) minus the ( ). *** This forces the Windows key to update.
3. Type slmgr.vbs /ato *** This starts the activation
4. If all went well you should be activated at this point.
Hello, Citizen of the Internet! Today the FCC is going to vote on Net Neutrality, something we should all (for the most part) support. It’s expected to pass. The problem is, now, we’re not entirely sure what all is being proposed OR if the FCC even has jurisdiction over broadband providers (which may open a whole other can of worms). So if NN is going to pass, there will no doubt be a massive landslide of lawsuits. What IS expected to be a part of net neutrality are a set of rules keeping providers from outright blocking legal content on the internet. Some speculate that while this will protect the customer, it may create a loophole that will allow broadband providers such as Comcast and AT&T to charge “congestive” services such as youtube and netflix a fee to pass data through their networks – something we’ve already seen happening. All-in-all this is definitely something to watch – especially this close to the holidays.
Ok, so here’s the deal – Comcast, whom we all love dearly, has decided they want to charge Level 3, the company that helps stream Netflix, to deliver content to their own customers. Wait, what? Yup. Check it: