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How to Port a Cell Phone from Straight Talk to Google Voice

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Porting a number to Google Voice is normally an easy process. However, porting a cell phone number from Straight Talk (ST) is a little more complicated.

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How to Make OpenVPN work with the Windows 7 Firewall

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

OpenVPN is a robust open source VPN application that provides a secure, encrypted link between computers over a public network (i.e. the Internet). I have installed it on many different computers over the years. I have successfully run OpenVPN under Windows using third party firewalls. I was more than a little surprised when I tried to set up a VPN at the office of one of my consulting client’s and found that OpenVPN would not work with the Windows 7 built in firewall. If I turned off the firewall everything worked fine.  Of course, it does not make much sense to set up a VPN for security but have the firewall turned off.

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Run Windows on Multiple Domains and IP addresses The Easy Way

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

If you plug your laptop into different corporate networks as I do, you might run into some common Windows network problems. I will share my solutions to these problems. Since I am an Embedded Systems consultant, I frequently take my laptop computer with me when I visit clients. I connect to my clients networks for internet access. I may also need a static IP on a different subnet to talk to the development hardware project I am working on. The first problem I face is that Windows does not have a way to set up a computer with multiple IP addresses, unless you have multiple network adapters. When I connect to the development network which is isolated from their internal network, I loose internet access. Switching back and forth between networks is not very practical. The second issue is that Windows only allows computers to be part of a single Windows Domain (different from Windows Workgroups). Each client has a different domain to connect to and switching domains is even more problematic.

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Use Google Voice to Update Your ToDo List

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come when you have left the office, are driving your car, or are walking the dog?  Maybe you just remembered that you need to send flowers for your Mom’s birthday. Don’t lose those inspirational ideas and ToDo items.

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Windows 7 Tip: Elevated Command Prompt Anywhere

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

When running Windows 7, I found that I really missed the Window XP Power Toy, Command Prompt Here. It allows you to open up a command prompt in a specific directory  from Windows Explorer by pointing to the directory and right clicking.  This was very useful when I needed to run a console program or script from a specific directory. Well, I found out that this feature is now built into Windows 7,  along with some extra goodies. Check it out! Click to continue »

Turn your Computer On Via the Internet

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

There are times when you want to remotely access one of your computers with Remote Desktop or VNC, but the computer is turned off.  There is a feature built into the hardware of many recent computers that allows you turn your computer power on remotely. It as called Wake On Lan (WOL). Setting this up has been tricky until now.  Lifehacker has the best and easiest HowTo for WOL. Click to continue »