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Access Netflix, Hulu Plus from non-USA location

April 12th, 2015 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

appsThere has been a lot of responses directly to me regarding configuring OpenWRT (Or any router) to allow Roku/your Smart TV to access Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime. Let me write about the 3 steps process on enabling your Roku devices (in my example) to access Netflix in any non-USA country.

Post 1: VPN Service. Why do you need it.

Post 2: Configure VPN on OpenWRT

Post 3: Route only traffic from a particular Internal IP through VPN in OpenWRT

 

Post 1: VPN Service. Why do you need it.

Without VPN, when we access Netflix, Netflix will be able to see our originating IP address (or our originating country). As you are already aware (are you?), Netflix is only available for USA viewers.

With VPN, Netflix will think that we are located in USA (although we are connecting from a non-USA region). The traffic goes out from our PC/streaming player, to our local ISP. The data is then routed back to the USA VPN Server, and the data is then encapsulated and passes to Netflix service. I hope I did not lose you.

Anyway, based on my test, below are some VPN Services that worked best/stable:

VPNAce

It works for the following devices:

apps

If you are looking for a VPN Service that allows you to watch Netflix, purchase one of the VPN Services above and let me know if it helps!

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Configure Astro IPTV using a Custom Router (OpenWRT) – Updated 1

February 7th, 2015 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

By default, with Astro IPTV, you will be getting a Technicolor device from Maxis.

I will show you how to replace the Technicolor and replace it with an OpenWRT router (I’m using “OpenWrt Barrier Breaker 14.07”).

Pre-requisites:

  1. Ensure that your router is already flashed to the OpenWRT version. See this post if you have not done so: Installing OpenWRT.

Setup of OpenWRT, Connect to PPPoE (after flashing to OpenWRT):

  1. Change Password. On opening OpenWRT router, you will be asked to login. The default password for OpenWRT is empty. Login and change your password.
  2. Connect to PPPoE. First thing you want to do is to connect to PPPoE, so your WAN will be able to connect to the TM fiber device. Click Network -> Interface -> next to WAN, click Edit. Change the protocol to PPPoE-WAN. Specify your username “5 digits@home.maxis.com.my or 5 digits@public.maxis.com.my”. Password by default should be the your 5 digits with a value 1 behind. Eg, if your username is 12345@home.maxis.com.my, your password will be 123451.
  3. Click Save and Apply.

wan

Create new VLAN for Maxis home fibre and Astro IPTV:

  1. Switch. Click Network -> Switch.
  2. Under VLAN ID, modify the value 2 to value 621.
  3. Port 1 by default should be your WAN port. Ensure that CPU and Port 1 both are set to “Tagged”. Leave the rest of Ports as Off.
  4. Click ADD. Change the VLAN ID for the new VLAN Interface to 823.
  5. With your Astro IPTV decoder plugged into your router’s Port 4, it should be then Port 5 in the OpenWRT Switch interface. Under VLAN ID 823, ensure that CPU, Port 1 both are “Tagged”. For Port 5, set it as “Untagged”. Rest set as Off. Under VLAN ID 1, turn off the tagging for Port 5.
  6. Click Save and Apply.

switch

Tie the WAN Interface to VLAN 621.:

  1. Go to Network -> Interface.
  2. Under WAN, click Edit.
  3. Under Physical Settings, select “eth0.621”

wan2

Create a new interface for IPTV and configure the firewall:

  1. Go to Network -> Interface
  2. Click Add new Interface.
  3. Define the new name “IPTV”
  4. Protocol: Static Address
  5. Cover the following interface: eth0.823
  6. Click Submit.
  7. IPv4 Address: 192.168.2.1
  8. IPv4: 255.255.255.0
  9. Under Firewall Settings, under create:, type in “iptv”
  10. Save & Apply
  11. Under Interface, DHCP Server, click “Setup DHCP Server”.
  12. Under DHCP Server, click “Advanced Settings” tab.
  13. Ensure that “Force DHCP on this network even if another server is detected” is selected.
  14. Save & Apply
  15. Network -> Firewall, under IPTV, select the Edit icon.
  16. Ensure that “Allow Forward to destination zones” is selected for WAN.
  17. Click Save & Apply.

iptv1iptv2iptv3

Install IGMPProxy 

  1. Click System -> Software
  2. Click Update Lists.
  3. Under Filter, type in “IGMPproxy”
  4. click Available Packages. Click Install next to IGMPPROXY.

igmpdownload

Configure IGMPProxy

  1. Download PUTTY, run it and connect to your router
  2. Under Login As, type “root”. Press Enter.
  3. Type in your OpenWRT password.
  4. Type in:
    1. cd /etc/config
    2. vi igmpproxy
  5. Modify the “192.168.1.0/24” to “192.168.2.0/24” (see this link on how to use VI to edit)
  6. Reboot OpenWRT.

putty1putty2putty3putty4

Now check if Astro IPTV is still working. 🙂

The overview of my interface:

interface

Good luck!

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Treat your eyes to some Consolas

April 23rd, 2008 by Patrick S

Picture this: You’re a developer who frequently writes console applications. Each day after work you go home and head to bed, you close your eyes and burnt into the darkness is the ever so familiar output of command prompt jargon.
Does the above sound like you? Sick of screen-burn in your eyes?
Well Microsoft have answered your call to give your eyes a rest 🙂

Introducing the “Consolas” font Microsoft developed specifically for developers!!

“When we began work on a project to create a new set of fonts which would take maximum advantage of ClearType, we decided to develop a fixed-pitch font for developers – because no one ever thought of their needs, and we realized a highly-readable fixed-width font would make their lives a lot easier…
…The Windows International fonts team is also working on another version that’ll support Vietnamese, and also the line draw characters that we made to support the console window.”

 

See for yourself-This image (as shown on IE blog is of the standard 8 x 12Px Raster font used by default in CMD.exe

Compare this to the Consolas type fonts:

consalas

You can defiantly see how much more cleaner and easy to read the new font looks compared to the old Raster font (you can’t fit as much on the screen – it’s a trade off for the best in my opinion)

Now, this font comes bundled with Microsoft Office 2007 but if you don’t happen to have Office installed or available to you Microsoft have provided a download for the font from here.
To install the font simply do the following in CMD.exe

reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont" /v 00 /d Consolas

logoff

Note: In Windows Vista, you need to run the reg command from an elevated command prompt… When you log back in, Consolas will be an option in the “Command Prompt” Properties.

That should make the reading of Command Prompt output a whole lot more easier… Still, personally this font reminds me of the font used within Konsole/Terminal in Linux.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=22e69ae4-7e40-4807-8a86-b3d36fab68d3&displaylang=en

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Windows Virtual Desktops

January 5th, 2008 by Patrick S

I love Windows as much as the next guy however there are certain features on Linux that I really wish were in Windows. E.g. The Power of Bash or Multiple (Virtual) Desktops.

Thanks to Microsoft’s Code Plex program I stumbled across a program that allows users to run multiple desktops within Windows XP & Vista. Its a completely open-source program (yay) and even supports Vista’s DWM based aero interface (They seem to have found a way around the slowness of the SDK however).
This virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some tricks of its own to provide a powerful virtual desktop manager with a full screen thumbnail based preview. You can have as many desktops as you want and can seamlessly switch between them.

Some of the programs key features include:

  • Multiple-monitor support
  • Per-desktop backgrounds
  • Sticky windows to exclude windows from the virtual desktop manager
  • Live Vista thumbnails of all of your windows (Will only work in Vista-XP does not support WDM)
  • An infinite number of desktops only limited by the amount of memory in your computer

Download and toy around Virtual Desktop Manager here http://www.codeplex.com/vdm

VDM

Pretty cool huh?

Posted in Computing, Reviews, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 2 Comments »

[Microsoft Live Labs] Volta: Web Development Using Only the Materials in the Room

December 7th, 2007 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

 

Today, Microsoft Live Labs is announcing the Volta technology preview, a developer toolset for building multi-tier web applications using existing and familiar tools, techniques and patterns. Volta’s declarative tier-splitting enables developers to postpone architectural decisions about distribution until the last possible responsible moment. Also, thanks to a shared programming model across multiple-tiers, Volta enables new end-to-end profiling and testing for higher levels of application performance, robustness, and reliability. Using the declarative tier-splitting, developers can refine architectural decisions based on this profiling data. This saves time and costs associated with manual refactoring. In effect, Volta extends the .NET platform to further enable the development of software+services applications, using existing and familiar tools and techniques.

You architect and build your application as a .NET client application, assigning the portions of the application that run on the server tier and client tier late in the development process. You can target either web browsers or the CLR as clients and Volta handles the complexities of tier-splitting. The compiler creates cross-browser JavaScript for the client tier, web services for the server tier, and all communication, serialization, synchronization, security, and other boilerplate code to tie the tiers together. In effect, Volta offers a best-effort experience in multiple environments without requiring tailoring of the application.

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MSN.com with Word 2007 theme!

July 14th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

MSN.com with Word 2007 theme! 

Update 7/14/07: MSN.com has removed the theme

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iPhone comes, iPhone gone…

July 6th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

While so many people wanted to get their hands on iPhone, some of them have their own iPhone usage. One of the customer uses his iStrength with an iHammer doing an iSmashing on the highly sought iPhone… Why o tell me why???

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when a couple of amateurs offer a video homage to our Cracking Open the Apple iPhone gallery – by way of the Captain Caveman school of computer diagnostics – we can’t help but feel slightly insulted, embarrassed, and highly amused. That’s video gold, people. Nice work.

Source: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/geekend/?p=755&tag=nl.e138

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Sanity check: How much will the iPhone impact IT and business users?

July 2nd, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Issue: iPhone impact on the enterprise

Make no mistake, the iPhone is a consumer electronics product. It’s an uber-phone aimed at digital enthusiasts who want to use their phone to have a better Internet and computing experience on the go. Of course, no one wants and needs a better mobile computing experience than business users. That’s why the iPhone could quickly spill over to have a significant impact on businesses.

Many businesses and IT departments are already anticipating iPhone requests from employees. In response, Gartner analysts are advising businesses against adopting the iPhone for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Lack of enterprise-level security
  • Lack of support from mobile e-mail providers (BlackBerry and Good)
  • Limited backup options
  • iPhone’s $500 price tag
  • Apple’s inexperience in delivering enterprise products

In its research note titled “How to Plan for User Interest in the Apple iPhone,” Gartner even went so far as to estimate that the total cost of ownership (TCO) of supporting the iPhone will be double the TCO of supporting the BlackBerry or Palm Treo.

Full article can be found over at: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=518&tag=nl.e138

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Workaround for KB 933245 – Lsm.exe Handle Leak

May 25th, 2007 by Patrick S

Consider the following scenario. If you have a computer that uses a high definition audio device, which is running Microsoft Windows Vista, and you are using Windows Media Player 11, handles and memory may be lost because of a leak in the Lsm.exe process.

As you fast forward through your Windows Media Player library, or have a playlist set to repeat, you may lose a large amount of handles in a short amount of time. This can lead to performance degradation and in some cases, “out of memory” error messages and other unexpected behavior. If you review the Task Manager you may notice that Lsm.exe is consuming a large amount of memory.

This issue only occurs if the following statements are true:

  • Your computer utilizes a High Definition Audio Device
  • You are running Windows Vista, or Windows Vista 64-bit.
  • You are using Windows Media Player 11 to play back audio files.

There is a hotfix available from Microsoft to resolve this issue, however in some cases this may not resolve the issue. The following workaround is a method that I have tested on several systems that exhibit this issue and have found that it does indeed resolve the issue.

  • Click on Start, and then click on Control Panel.
  • Click on Hardware and Sound.
  • Under Sound, click on “Manage audio devices”.
  • Select your output device in the list that appears (the default output devices is commonly labelled “Speakers”)
  • Right click on the device and from the context menu click on Properties.
  • In the “Properties” window, click on the “Enhancements” tab.
  • Tick/check the option box for “Disable all enhancements”.
  • Click on OK to dismiss the properties window.
  • Click on OK to dismiss the “Sound” window.
  • Close the Control Panel window by clicking the Close (”X”) button at the top right of the window.

NOTE: You will have to restart your computer in order to reclaim previously lost memory and handles.

This article was posted by MSBLOG’s Kristen Kenny on his personal blog: http://www.canucky.net

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Microsoft changes mind on Vista and Thin-Client computing…

April 3rd, 2007 by Patrick S

Spring is in the air, and like many of us, Microsoft is looking to slim down for summer. Despite its former reluctance to support thin-client computing, it looks like Microsoft has loosened up and clarified its licensing when it comes to thin clients. MSFT has claimed that it will loosen the strings that it currently has on thin-client licensing a more “supported” feature in its Windows OS rather than the gray area it currently is now.

First, they are going to permit streaming Vista directly to thin clients, allowing it to boot from the network instead of a local hard drive-until now it was only really a Unix/Linux (and MacOS) concept. This means that any updates/program installs made on the server will be applied to the Thin-clients as soon as the next user ‘logs on’. This is because the OS resides on the server itself.
The use of this technology is all well and good but impractical in some instances because the use of Thin-clients chews up huge amounts of bandwidth!

The other change is a new subscription license called Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktops (VECD).VECD lets you host Vista as virtual machines on something like VMware or Virtual PC. Currently, in my environment we do something along these lines. VPN users connect to a farm of VMware ESX servers running multiple copies of Windows via RDP. Since they are just using RDP, we only need one port open on our firewall, which keeps home PC cooties off our network. Since it’s to a PC that’s actually a virtual machine on ESX it’s simple to expand the number to meet increased demand.

Until now, this has been a gray area as far as licensing is concerned; with VECD it is now legitimate, although there is supposed to be a fee schedule based on the number of devices you are using it with. The cost will be different for full PCs and thin clients, but Microsoft’s announcement does not go into much detail.

Only time will tell…

Microsoft Press Pass: Found HERE
Info Sourced from: http://arstechnica.com/

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How to get on the front page of Digg

March 29th, 2007 by Zack Whittaker
  1. Make a list or a How-to tutorial: If you look at past Digg posts, you will find an endless number of ‘Top 10 Photoshop tricks’ tutorials and ‘Top 30 CSS’ sites lists. To top it all, take this post as an example! :)
  1. Flame the RIAA: Post any story that is negative about the RIAA, it is definitely going onto the front page.
  1. Flame the RIAA again!: Flame the RIAA again and make it to the top, twice! You can add in MPAA and Sony too to spice it up a bit!
  1. A Witty or Catchy title is always a Bonus: Post your story with a catchy title, this applies not only to Digg but to anything you write. ‘Why this is’ ‘How the RIAA..’, ‘5 reasons…’ are a few examples.
  1. Write about Digg and Kevin Ross: Diggers love Digg and just about any news related to Digg and its founder.
  1. Write about the evil alliance: Writing anything bad about George bush, Fox News, Wal-Mart, Microsoft will get you there…
  1. Write about Google, Apple, Firefox, YouTube, Ubuntu: These are the good-doers in Diggers eyes. Write about them and you will be on the front page (I hope). C’mon how many freaking Ubuntu articles have you seen on the front page?!!
  1. Get your friends to digg for you: A friend in need is a friend indeed and this applies to Digg as well. Add top diggers to your friends list and Digg their articles. They might Digg your articles in return and vice-versa. You can also get all your 50+ (MSN) messenger contacts to Digg for you, Hey you can even co-ordinate a massive digging session!
  1. Use a fancy profile icon: Looks go a long way. On the predominately white background Digg page, bright coloured Profile Icons stand out. You have more chances of being Dugg if you have a colourful profile icon, as this attracts attention.

Digg this article!

  1. Last but not the least: Write a ‘10 steps to get onto the Digg Front Page‘ article! Hey, it is worth a try…

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Free 24/7 Instructor Led Courses on Microsoft products! No Strings Attached!

January 10th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Have you ever hope to have some trainings on Microsft products? Wait! What about Macromedia, Corel or even on managing your data center?

Guess what? This training is not by Microsoft, but it’s by HP Learning Center. HP is providing free learning courses on 46 different courses which includes Software technogies (which includes Linux…), IT Pros, Business Skills, In-house Marking and Real Estate.

I haven’t attended any of the classes yet, but I do suspect that somewhat the instructor will be introducing a lot of HP solutions to their students, it could end up into a marketing thingy from HP.

For a full list of all available courses that HP Learning Courses are providing, please see:

http://h30187.www3.hp.com/all_courses.jsp

To find more information about it, please see:

http://h30187.www3.hp.com/

Anybody with experience attended any of the free HP Learning Courses? What do you think? What’s your feedback towards it? Post back in the comments section! We would like to hear you out! 🙂

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Find out who gives away your email address with Gmail trick

January 7th, 2007 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

I do not mind if you are using Gmail than Windows Live Mail (formerly Hotmail), as I’m a Gmail fan myself (loads way faster for me) 😉

Have you ever wonder which website gave out your email when you register yourself in some website? Here’s a simple trick you can use:

If your Gmail login name was username@gmail.com and you went to samplesite.com to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering username@gmail.com as your email, enter it as username+samplesitecom@gmail.com instead. When Gmail sees a “+” in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to username@gmail.com.

Now whats cool is if you search Gmail for username+samplesitecom, you will see all massages that were sent to that email address.

To see who is responsible for sending a specific message click the Show Details link and you will see the complete address.

Does it work? I haven’t try it out but reports say that it works!

Does Windows Live Mail have something similar? Is there something in the works? What do you think of this feature? Leave a message! 🙂

Source: http://www.hedir.com/introduction/about17942.html

Update: According to Kevyn, Yahoo Mail already has this implemented. It is called “AddressGuard”. You use [basename]-[keyword]@yahoo.com. Thanks Kevyn!

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New Windows Vista Test Drive Website

January 7th, 2007 by Patrick S

Remember the Microsoft Office 12/2007 test drive website we blogged about in June 06? This test drive site allowed the common user to try out tasks in a sandbox environment before they bought the product sight unseen.

Well Microsoft have just launched a new test environment site for people to try out many Vista related tasks before the product goes on sale in a few weeks and without having to install Vista on your computer.

Where the Microsoft Office 07 test drive used a Citrix client to connect to the remote server this new Vista test environment seams to use a Virtual Server/Computer plugin to view the test environment in a browser window which I find to be superior when connecting to the sandbox.

All nerdyness aside this innovative idea is sure to win Microsoft customers for their next Generation of Desktop OS be warned however-when I tried it I found the whole thing to be dead slow so be patient its bound to ease up soon.

Find the website here
Source Active Win

Posted in Computing, MS News, Virtual Machine, Windows Vista | 2 Comments »

The Google controversy

December 29th, 2006 by André Nogueira

As you may or may not be aware, there has been some controversy regarding Google’s tips on some search phrases.

Some see this as a good thing (it’s helping users), some as a bad thing (they’re using their position as a monopoly), and some really just don’t care (it’s their webpage, people see it’s not a search result, what’s the big deal?).

Personally, I think this is a bad thing – but one which I’ve seen coming for a long time. It’s not the tip per se. After all, most companies would do this anyway. It’s the fact that Google says they’re not like most companies.

Remember the lawsuit against Microsoft regarding IE7? They said Microsoft was using their monopolist position to increase usage of Windows Live Search – the default search engine in Internet Explorer 7. They said they “don’t think it’s right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN on install”, that “users should choose” and that “companies should compete for users based on the quality of their search services” – this despite the fact that it’s very easy to change the default IE search engine. (link)

Fast forward to this week, and we see that Google has done something as “bad” as what they said Microsoft did – if not worse. They are using the trust people have in them to advertise their own products. Unlike IE7, where competitors could easily add a link for users to change their default browser, here there is no way for Google’s competitors to create an ad like Google’s. A “tip” with a picture is very different from a link which is clearly marked as being “sponsored”.

As I said, I’d expect this from most companies. But not from a company whose PR department doesn’t get tired of saying “We’re not like most companies”. I see this not as a “meaningless tip”, but as a sign of what’s to come – Google betraying the trust people have in them.

And what do you think of this? Feel free to comment!

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