Ubuntu / Linux – USB to Ethernet Network Adapter

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From: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3SR00RMBITJUV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Great product and works on Linux :), March 15, 2007

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This is a great USB ethernet adapter, it installs automatically on Windows XP, needed no additional configuration, unless you use a static IP address.

What made this adapter great was its Linux compatibility, I wasn’t expecting much as Trendnet doesn’t list linux drivers on their support site. But, it worked out of the box with Ubuntu Linux (Feisty 7.04). Again, all I needed to do was setup the static IP and restart the OS and it worked :) Couldn’t ask for more.

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Learn How To Use Remote Desktop for Remote Terminal Access [Windows Tip]

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Windows: If you need to work on machines on your local network without wandering through your house or office to go find them Remote Desktop can help. You can use Windows’ built’in tools and this tutorial will show you how.

While many of you have surely used Remote Desktop before, if you’ve been meaning to get around to using it and would like to know how they’ve put together an excellent step-by-step tutorial over at How-To Geek. Using Remote Desktop isn’t a daunting task but it does require some configuration. The guide covers setting up remote desktop, enabling client machines to accept connections, and other helpful tips and tricks.

It’s worth noting that you can’t initiate a Remote Desktop session from a machine running Windows XP, Vista, or 7 Home Edition, you need to be using the Professional or above version of the aforementioned operating systems. You can however set up your Home Edition versions to accept incoming requests so you can control them remote from a machine running some edition of Windows Professional or above.

Check out the full tutorial at the link below or alternatively you can check out our Hive Five on best Remote Desktop Tools. Have a favorite remote desktop tool? Let’s hear about it in the comments.







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Build a Wall-Mounted Kitchen Computer [DIY]

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If you’ve been dreaming of having a computer in your kitchen but don’t like the idea of hanging it from a cabinet or having it clutter up the counter, this guide can help you build a sleek in-wall computer.

Putting a computer in your kitchen and having it look natural and part of the design is a big challenge. Ryan’s wife had been bugging him to put a computer in the kitchen so she could use it to access the internet, manage recipes, generate shopping lists and so on. She also had a pretty tall order when it came to the machine, she wanted it to be discrete, have a touch screen, be internet-enabled, with wires hidden and equipped with a barcode scanner for her to scan products and manage a kitchen database. Not dissuaded by such an ambitious list, Ryan set to work and built an in-wall computer that looks like it was designed and installed by a professional.

The build sports a touch screen, runs Windows XP with an interface cloned from the iPhone for easy finger-based navigation and use, and can do everything from displaying the weather to organizing the pantry. You can check out his build guide for detailed information including how he created the iPhone interface from scratch using the active desktop feature in Windows and coding a custom web page using icons he made and linking them to online services and software on the computer.







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Supported software MPEG-2 DVD decoders in Windows Media Player for Windows XP and Windows Vista

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See:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306331
Also:  Microsoft Codecs Frequently Asked Questions
And Also:  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/plugins.aspx
How to detect the availability of a DVD decoder upgrade
// If you previously clicked Upgrade Later when the upgrade page appeared in the Help and Support DVD Troubleshooter, a desktop shortcut was created. To upgrade your DVD decoder program, double-click the desktop shortcut. If no desktop […]

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