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Domain Hosting

The main players in this arena is Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Seeing that we have to pay for in South Africa, I'm not worried about that part, plus always believed keep the DNS and hosting separate. I do my own DNS servers from my work, so not even that is a problem.

If you cannot use your own DNS servers, or do not have access to DNS servers, look at DynDNS ( ) first. I've had a couple of domains on there servers before, just get the Uniform submission correct.

Now leaving my choice to last, here is what I tried:

Microsoft Office Live:
I ended up using the UK server, because this seemed to have free accounts, 5 only. But then after setting everything up I realised that the custom domain was limited to a preset list. Cannot use any domain. That was enough to let me give up.

Yahoo Small Business:
"US$8.96 for the first 3 months (US$11.95/month after)" sound exactly like a cellphone…


And I thought they where gone, forever!!!

I still have my little VIC-20 as a special reminder of times gone by. Will our kids ever know the joy of typing in a new game from a magazine into the machine? Will they ever know the frustration when the audio cassette does not want to load? Or the absolute fun in the one instrument music track of the game?

Somebody mentioned to me over the weekend if games are not becoming a drive for good graphics, and the fundamentals of the original joy of the game is getting lost?

Well, I'm not sure, just very amazed on what Commodore are selling these days.

Installing Windows Vista Ultimate on Toshiba Portege M400

So I'm going to try to make this work, again. My running Windows XP Tablet Edition is now very slow, so I need the format.

Most important step for me, is have another machine on the Internet. Here I'm using my desktop. Always check that I have the latest files in the links in this How-To.

I'm using the support site at

1. RAID Driver: Download and unzip onto USB stick the RAID driver at Vista will not see the drive without this.

2. BIOS: Update the BIOS. If you have a running Windows, download and run from Windows the file at If you do not, good luck.....

3. Boot from Vista DVD: I'm using the Windows Vista Ultimate with Service Pack 1. Change the boot drive using F10 in the BIOS update restart. "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD". Do the lic…

Freevo on Fedora Core 9

So I desided to build a new HTPC with the latest software I could find. Downloaded the FC9 ISO, burned and did a vanilla installation.

I did do all the updates using:

yum update and yum upgrade

before I started.

Then downloaded the Freevo source tar ball ( You can leave the other files from because they are availble in the distribution.

The following command should do most of the dependancies:

yum install python-devel python-kaa-base python-kaa-imlib2 python-kaa-metadata python-BeautifulSoup python-twisted

This needs to be done manually: - Download, untar and run "python install"

Now untar the Freevo source and run "python install". She should install without errors.

Now we need the players. Mplayer is not part of the standard distro, so run the following to get access to the repository:

rpm -ivh…

MikroTik RouterOS with OpenVPN for Windows

My last post was for Linux, and it seems Linux only. The Windows clients have quite an issue working with those settings.

To make the solution work for Windows, you need to:

1. Drop the IP pool and do local / remote address for each secret entry. Make sure they are subnet.
2. PPP profile should only set that encryption is required.
3. Windows client cannot accept username / password from file. Change the "auth-user-pass" to be on its own line.
4. Use "route-up" to call a cmd file to set the routing rules.

Hope this still helps.


MikroTIK RouterOS and OpenVPN Certificates

What a mission. Had to do quite a lot of reading and digging around, but got it to work. What I used was Fedora Core 6 and MikroTik RouterOS 3.6.

Herewith the process I used.

SSH to the Fedora box as root:

[root] yum install openvpn
[root] wget
[root] tar zxvf openvpn-2.0.9.tar.gz
[root] mv openvpn-2.0.9/easy-rsa/ /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/
[root] cd /etc/openvpn/easy-rsa/

Edit the ./vars file and ensure the following are set for your enviroment:

export KEY_COUNTRY="ZA" # Your 2 digit country code
export KEY_PROVINCE="Gauteng" # Your province
export KEY_CITY="JHB" # Your city
export KEY_ORG="Company" # Your company. This one needs to be the same in all keys.
export KEY_EMAIL="" # The support mail address

Now run the following scripts:

[root] . ./vars # Yes. [.][space][./]
[root] ./clean-all # Deletes all the keys in keys folder.
[root] ./build-ca # Generates the CA key


Fedora Core Route Entries

Herewith a short howto on routing a already secure Fedora box, using the config files supplied.

Set the IPV4 IP Packet Forwarding in /etc/sysctl.conf:

# Controls IP packet forwarding
net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1

Set the static routes in /etc/sysconfig/static-routes:

any net netmask gw
any net netmask gw