Migrate from Password Gorilla to KeePass

Tuesday 2009-05-12

KeePass logoI used to use Password Gorilla to store my passwords, because it can run on both Mac and Windows. Because my password database keeps growing, Password Gorilla is becomming a very slow starter, even on my new solid state disk. A few weeks ago I learned that KeePass is a much more modern application, and is available for both Mac and Windows. Here’s what I did to get all my passwords into KeePass:
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Remote Desktop Connection updated

Sunday 2009-01-25

Remote Desktop Connection icon

“Remote Desktop Connection.app” allows you to see the desktop of a remote Windows machine on your mac. This application will not update itself automatically, unless you have it installed as part of the Microsoft Office for Mac suite. If you’ve downloaded the 1.0.3 version you probably did not notice that “Remote Desktop Connection.app” was updated somewhere last year by microsoft.

You can find the latest version of Remote Desktop Connection on the Microsoft Mactopia site. Version 2 is an improvement over 1.0.3 (which I had). Notable differences are:

  • Nicer configuration screens, makes configuring your resolution and shares easier.
  • Now a Universal Binary, which should improve performance on Intel Macs. I have not noticed improvement, but that’s probably because the network is the bottleneck.
  • Supports the new RDC 6.0 protocol used by Vista.
  • Can do authentication of the remote machine (if it’s a Vista machine).
  • Your Mac printer can be exposed to the Windows machine so you can print documents on your local printer.

I played with it for a while, and apart form the new looks I can not say it’s very different from the 1.0.x version. It could load my old RDC 1.0.3 configuration files. If you need to connect to a Windows desktop from your Mac, this does the job just fine.

Difference between Windows and OSX

Tuesday 2008-05-27

Another great example showing the differences between OSX and Windows. Bot applications synchronize your phone over bluetooth. Both applications are simple to use, but one is simpler. And contrary to expectations, this time the Windows version (left) will cost you money, and the OSX version (right) is free.

Although you’d expect the Windows version to do more with all these bells and wistles on the screen, but it’s actually iSync that also synchronizes the calendar to my phone, and back. Automatically. No configuration needed, it does what is considered logical to the sensible mind.

Apple and OSX are just like a Volkswagen New Beetle. Either you like it, or you don’t. But either way, it’s good that it’s here.

For the record: I don’t like the Volkswagen New Beetle, and I do like OSX. My Mac Mini is absolutely by far the best computer I have bought in the past 5 years, maybe even the best computer I’ve bought ever. No kidding.

Clonezilla: m4d Sk!lZ

Tuesday 2007-11-06

A few weeks ago, my Dad and my Brother both bought identical Windows Vista machines, at the same shop, at the same time. Although the hardware specs of these computers were terrific, the performance of Windows Vista was “moderate” to say the least. An even bigger problem was that some of the older XP programs my dad had been using did no longer work on the shiny new Vista machine. The shiny 3D effects had to go in favour of something that “just worked”.

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It can be done on Windows, too!

Tuesday 2007-09-11

If you’ve ever had the “pleasure” of configuring and sharing a printer between Windows machines, you probably know how tedious it is to get one machine to send a print job to the printer connected to another machine. And don’t even get me started on how to do that on a Linux machine, or any mix of these two systems.

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Disable Windows Native Zip support

Tuesday 2007-09-11

If you have large or many zipfiles in a folder, windows seems to lock up when opening the folder containing the zipfiles. This is because Windows is “smart” and decides to pre-scan the zipfiles and display them as folders. Installing free zip tools like zipgenius will not change this behaviour, although you would expect that.

To unregister the Windows zipfile support service, use the following command (Start -> Run…):
regsvr32 /u zipfldr

To enable the Windows zipfile support again (I can’t imagine why), use the command:
regsvr32 zipfldr

Source of this brilliant tip is dans blog, which I found after some googling ofcourse.

Disabling the Windows Clipboard

Tuesday 2007-04-17

When copy-pasting in Windows, sometimes the clipboard bar appears, and if you’re really “lucky”, it also pops up a waring, distracting you from your work. The clipboard holds only 12 items, and I have never met anyone who used more than one. There is no way to turn this irritating feature off, unless you want to use the dreaded registry editor.

Feeling brave? Follow the instructions at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/207438.