Manually Check NTP Server from Windows 8 Command Line

Periodically, I am in the field and need to query an NTP server from a Windows command prompt. The following command works in Windows 8 and Server 2003 / 2008; I presume Windows XP has the same program available for manual queries. This is an example of a valid NTP query response, when requesting time […]

FOSE 2011 Government IT / Security Conference & Expo, 20% Discount Code

When you use Google services, you trust us with your information. This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what data we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully. And remember, you can find controls to manage […]

GoToMyPC Data Execution Prevention Error and Installing GoToMyPC over Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)

A client of mine likes to use GoToMyPC to access her office computers and I ran into a couple snags getting GoToMyPC installed remotely. The solutions and problems I was having do not appear to be documented anywhere, so hopefully others will find the following tips helpful. Internet Explorer – Data Execution Prevention Error My […]

See the latest in tech at FOSE / GOVSEC 2010 – March 23-25, Washington, D.C.

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending FOSE/GOVSEC 2009 in D.C. and I look forward to attending again this year. Last year’s exhibit floors were packed with some very nice gear and it was exciting to see emerging trends and get hands-on with some of the latest and greatest gadgets relating to gov’t information […]

How does Hulu do it? What Hulu taught me about advertising

A good deal of my TV viewing is done through Hulu. If you are not familiar with the service, Hulu is bascially a web-based television — allowing you to watch the latest episodes of a number of popular TV programs through your computer. To boot, they have quite an archive of old favorites too; I […]

Working VoIP Softphone SIP Client on VMware Virtual Machine

A month or so back, a few members of Direct Brands‘ IT group presented to the Central PA VMUG (VMware User Group). The talk was focused on VMware’s View product and one item of special interest to me was how they got their SIP client software (soft phone) for Windows XP working on VMware View […]

VNC vs. NoMachine NX: NoMachine Wins Hands-Down

I have long-used VNC and variants (ie: TightVNC) as a way to access my Linux desktops. Comparing VNC to Windows’ Remote Desktop, I have never been happy at all with the way that VNC underperforms. This is of course due to the underlying differences in the way that VNC and RDP render screens, but that […]

All Abuzz with Apple News from Macworld 2008: Macbook Air and Time Capsule Unveiled

Forget the presidential race — Yesterday’s really exciting news came out of Macworld 2008 when Steve Jobs introduced the two new Apple products that will further solidify and extend the quintessential Apple brand. Macbook Air and Time Capsule are prime examples of what Apple is becoming best known for: extremely well engineered and executed products that emphasize function, embody elegant design and reduce environmental impact. In the midst of a crisis that is the revolt against adoption of Windows Vista,

Copilot: Free On-Demand Remote Assistance Software

I have been using Fog Creek Copilot for a few months now and I am very impressed with the software. The small Copilot download works on Windows and MacOS X, allowing on-demand remote viewing and control of another computer once a special invite code is entered on the web site. Best of all, free Copilot […]