How to change Sun Wireless Broadband DNS settings

For Sun Wireless Broadband subscribers, here are the steps needed for you to create a new Connection Profile and use your preferred DNS server/s.

1. Open the Sun Broadband Wireless application and make sure that it’s disconnected to the internet.

2. On the Sun Broadband Wireless application menu, click “Tools > Options”. The Sun Broadband Options box will appear. Click on “Profile Management” on the left-side menu.

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3. On the Sun Broadband Options box, click the “New” button. A new profile form will appear.

4. Key in your desired Profile Name (Ex. “Sun – Custom DNS”); Select “Static” APN and key in “fbband” on the APN: field box. Note: For prepaid subscribers, use “minternet” instead.

5. Click on the “Advanced…” button. The Advanced Settings box will appear.

6. Un-select “CHAP” and select “PAP” on the Authentication Protocol Settings; change the DNS Settings to “Static” and key in your desired DNS server IP address/es (The OpenDNS servers IP addresses – 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 – were used in the example below). Click the “Save” button and click “OK”.

7. The new profile is saved and you can use this to connect to the internet using your specified DNS server/s.

In most cases, especially when using OpenDNS servers, you might notice a slight improvement in internet access speeds and connection stability as compared to using the default Sun Broadband DHCP-issued DNS settings.

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Update: 2011-08-30

Just a brief explanation of why you might want to try the above method:

Changing your DNS settings does not guarantee that internet browsing will be faster. This just ensures that you’ll have a stable DNS server to handle all of your domain name resolution requests.

Some ISP’s don’t allot or invest resources for their DNS server infrastructure. So there are instances when the DNS servers used by these ISP’s can’t handle the DNS query load from its internet subscriber base. So when the network is full, and the DNS servers are loaded with requests, there are some instances when a simple request for the IP address of a domain, say www.pjbacolod.com, will turn out empty — hence the intermittent internet connection — because the DNS servers either get overloaded or they simply crash.

Using powerful public DNS servers, such as Google DNS and OpenDNS, which have a very robust global server infrastructure, ensures that you get at least close to a hundred percent DNS service uptime.

How to enable telnet on Windows 7

The telnet command is disabled by default in Windows 7. You can easily enable the telnet client using the following steps:

1. Open the Windows 7 Control Panel (Start > Control Panel)

2. Click on the “Programs” link.

3. Under the “Programs and Features” setting, click on “Turn Windows features on or off” link.

4. Tick the “Telnet Client” selection box. Wait for Windows 7 to install and enable the selected feature.

5. Done! You should now be able to run the “telnet” command on the Windows 7 command prompt.

Futility: 10 months to register and be listed, but still late.

I was watching a rerun of Star Trek the other night when I came across the uber-famous Borg catchphrase:

“You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

Futility, now that’s a word that’s quite apt for today’s events. An “exercise in futility” is what some people say about the Comelec’s ongoing voter’s registration process.

If the government spent billions of Pesos to computerize the elections, then how much of it was allocated for improving the voter’s registration process? Isn’t this process supposed to be the foundation of a good electoral system?

The Comelec stated that they won’t extend the registration deadline, because they need time to sort out the registration database and come up with the final voter’s list for their regional offices – time, in the above context, is unfortunately measured in months.

It’s quite ironic that they heavily tout the new computerized election system as being capable of tallying all votes and declaring a winner in a span of just a few hours, yet they need a span of several months before the elections so that they can prepare the final voter’s list.

In hindsight, had a ‘proper’ voter’s registration system been in place, then people wouldn’t have procrastinated or put off registering for a later date – most of whom were either turned off by the extremely long queues or slow process, or turned down Comelec staff because they didn’t meet the voter’s cut-off criteria (a combination of cut-off period or number of registrants/application forms per day). Had a ‘proper’ voter’s registration system been in place, then there wouldn’t be a need for such a long preparation “lead time” between the voter’s registration deadline and the actual election date – ensuring a higher voter-to-population percentage turnout.

At any rate, late is late – no excuses and “pasensya na lang po, ‘no?” Let’s just hope that those who were able to register on time will vote wisely come election time.

How to solve MS Outlook Error: “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.”

If you cannot open Microsoft Outlook 2007 and get the following error: “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.” after previously being able to open it, then you might want to try the following:

Go to Start > Run and type the following: “outlook.exe /resetnavpane” (without the quotation marks) and press Enter.

This should fix the problem.

The “/resetnavpane” Outlook command switch clears and regenerates the MS Outlook navigation pane for the current profile.

CA Audit – How to add an audit node group

In CA Audit,  formerly eTrust Audit, you can group your audit nodes (or audit clients) into logical groups depending on the audit events that are to be monitored.

You can also group audit nodes based on geographical and physical location, workgroup or domain, and you can also group them based on the audit recorder (iRecorder) agent.

Some of the common iRecorder agents are the Windows NT Log iRecorder, Microsoft ISA iRecorder, and the Microsoft Exchange iRecorder.

The following steps show how to add an audit node group to CA Audit:

1. Open the CA Audit Policy Manager and click on “Audit Nodes”

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2. To add a new group, right-click on “Targets” and select “New Group”.

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3. Configure the group name. Key in the desired name for the Audit Node (AN) group. You can optionally add a short description for the AN group. Click “OK” to save and close. The newly created AN group will be added to the “Targets” list.

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4. Associate an Audit Node (AN) Type to the newly created group.

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How to configure Windows Active Directory logon scripts

There are instances when you need to run a script or program every time a user logs into your Windows network. One way to automate this is to configure and assign a Windows logon script to a particular user or group account.

Enabling Windows logon scripts is a two-stage process. The first stage is to create the script itself, and the second stage is to assign the logon script to a domain user (or group) account.

I. Where to save the logon script:

  1. Create your logon script and save it in the appropriate format (Example: logon.bat, logon.vbs).
  2. Go to your domain controller and copy the script into the %SystemRoot%SYSVOLSysvolDomainNameScripts local folder (Ex. C:WINDOWSsysvolsysvolENTIIS.COMSCRIPTS).

This folder corresponds to the domain controller’s NETLOGON network share folder.

This makes the script accessible over the network via the \ServerNameNetlogon network share folder.

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To summarize:
If your domain controller’s name “DC01”, and if you have a script named “logon.bat”, which is saved on DC01’s “C:WINDOWSsysvolsysvolENTIIS.COMSCRIPTS” folder, then you can access the script over the network by going to the “\DC01netlogon“ network share folder, or by simply running \DC01netlogonlogon.bat.

II. How to assign a logon script to a user or group:

1. First, open “Active Directory Users and Computers” on the domain controller.

Active Directory Users and Computers

2. Now right click on the user you want to have the logon script and select the properties menu.

A properties dialog like the one shown below will appear. Select the ‘Profile’ Tab

By default, if no exact network path is given, as shown in Figure 3, above, Active Directory will assume that the user profile logon script will be at the %SystemRoot%SYSVOLSysvolDomainNameScripts folder.

3. Click Apply.

4. Click OK.

Once configured, the logon script will run (on the local machine where the user logged in) every time the user logs into the network using the corresponding account.

Note: You have to check if the user account used to log into the local machine has the appropriate rights to run or execute programs.

How to stop sending email you’ll later regret – These 4 simple steps

Have you ever sent an email only to realize later on that you shouldn’t have sent it at all? These things usually happen when you’re sending mail at the heat of your emotions, or when you’re sleepy, or funnier but plausible still, when you’re drunk!

It kind of makes you wish you have a Microsoft Exchange server which gives you the ability to “recall” your mail, which is a reactive solution.

But if you want things done proactively, then here’s yet another reason to use Google mail or Gmail. They’ve added a new application tool in their arsenal, called Mail Goggles, that proactively tries to prevent you from making that email blunder.

When enabled, Mail Goggles will make you solve a couple of math problems after you click “send” to make sure that you’re sober or at least in the right state of mind.

But what if you’re “mathematically challenged” you say? The good news is you can set the difficulty level to suit you, the bad news is it won’t go any lower than 1. Well, tough luck, you might as well let another person do the mailing for you then. Kidding aside, this is one neat tool that can save you from humiliation.

Just follow these 4 simple steps to enable Mail Goggles in Gmail:

  1. Click “Settings” in the upper right corner of the Gmail window.
  2. Click on the “Labs” tab of the Settings page.
  3. Scroll down the Labs section until you see the “Mail Goggles” feature and select “Enable”.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom part of the Labs section and click on the “Save Changes” button.

By default, Mail Goggles is only active on weekends (Friday and Saturday) from 10PM to 4AM, since this is the time when you’ll most likely need it (after partying hard). Once enabled, you can adjust its settings by going to the Gmail General Settings tab.

Once everything’s done, you won’t have to worry about inadvertently sending that hate letter to your boss, or that private, steamy love letter to your entire address book.

Now if only they had text or sms goggles. 🙂

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Related Blog:
Official Gmail Blog: New in Labs: Stop sending mail you later regret

Browse the web the Google Chrome way

Google recently released the beta version of their new web browser named Google Chrome.

I installed it a few hours ago and found its features to be excellent in terms of security, ease of use and performance! It looks like the Google guys have another hit in their hands!

The problem is now I can’t decide which browser to use, Firefox or Google Chrome. 🙂

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Related Reading:
Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser

How to “childproof” your computer desk

My co-workers and I have been checking out different laptop models over the net recently and the consensus is that the Lenovo Thinkpad T61 laptop seems like an excellent choice. But I already have a Dell laptop, and so it wouldn’t make sense for me to buy a new one.

So I guess it would be better for me to invest in a desktop PC for home use instead, especially since my son, CJ, is showing signs of being techno-savvy. He’s getting the hang of browsing his favorite websites (or at least he’s getting the hang of forcing me to go to the Disney site – “Daddy! Mouse! Mouse!”) and I can see how fast he’s learning. Now, the only challenge is how to make such a computer system childproof.

What I do know is that I need a keyboard and mouse that’s extremely durable. And what’s also important is that the base that supports these peripherals should be strong and sturdy enough to handle CJ’s weight – he does love to lean on the desk. And judging from my old computer desk, I need one with a high quality, ergonomic keyboard drawer like those sold by Ergoware.

All in a day’s work – and some notes…

Today was a pretty rough and tiring day.

My boss called me up last night, on short notice, to inform me that I was slated to go to a client’s office in Subic Bay for a meeting early Monday morning.

I left early in the morning, a little over 6AM to head to the office and meet up with my boss to get some materials. Thereafter, I had to drop by Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City to pick up a business partner, who turned out to be a former college schoolmate of mine. We then headed off to Pampanga, which was along the way to Subic Bay, Zambales to pick up another business partner. (Note to Self: Wake up earlier you lunkhead!)

The drive was long and traffic was unexpectedly moderate to heavy, which slowed us down even further. We ended up reaching the client’s site, an awesome facility nestled between the sea and surrounding mountains, after 4 hours of driving. My Toyota Innova, “Puti”, ended up battered underneath by rocks and boulders on patches of unpaved road strewn across a scenic, winding mountain pass heading to our destination. I wished I had one of them 4×4 Ford Expeditions or Toyota Fortuners so I could just plough through with ease. (Note to Self: Start saving up for that 4×4 you’ve always wanted!)

After spending much time trudging through high security protocols and miscommunication mishaps involving language barrier, missing key personnel and lunch breaks, we finally had a chance to meet our clients face-to-face at, oh, a little over 2:30PM! (Note to Self: Start catching up on some basic Korean language skills.)

Suffice it to say, we were on the road again in 45 minutes. ‘Twas another 4 or 5 hour drive back to Manila. The drive home would have been uneventful had it not been for the highway patrol pulling us over for having a busted left head light, oh man! But, lucky for us we were only given a warning! ;-P (Note to Self: Have that headlight fixed!)

I dropped off my colleagues along the way and picked up Conne, who had been waiting for me at her office, about half past eight and headed straight home. It’s a wonder CJ was still up waiting for us. 🙂 (Note to Self: Thank God for a wonderful family He’s given you!)

To summarize my day, it was: 10 hours driving, 2 hours waiting, 30 minutes eating lunch, and 30 minutes meeting. And the rest? Some quality time with my family, of course! 🙂 (Note to Self: Stop whining, you crybaby! It was worth it!)

Cheers!