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Mini-Review of Orange SPV M5000

Gadget fever

Gadget upgrade fever is a condition that afflicts most IT people and it did seem an age since my last phone upgrade. In fact, I had been using my Nokia 6630 for almost a year when I started to suffer the familiar tech-envy.

As is the case when deciding the next phone upgrade, which way do you go? Do you stay with the tried and trusted or do you go for something a little different. Since I am a Nokia fanboy, it was the N80 that I coveted.

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TightVNC and NOD32

After the virus signature database update on 25th April NOD32 started to detect TightVNC (usually at c:\Program Files\TightVNC\WinVNC.exe) and an associated .dll as a threat.

By way of a solution disable 'Potentially Dangerous Applications' in the NOD32 Control Center under AMON > Setup > Options

There is a Flash demonstration for it here - Show Me

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Recent Microsoft Update causes Office and Explorer file actions to freeze

A recent MS automatic security update (during the second week of April 06) looks like it might cause problems on machines with HP printer and scanner software installed.

The symptoms are Office apps freezing when you try to save or open files using explorer.

If you take a look in Task Manager and see a process called VERCLSID.EXE then you might be affected. If you have tried multiple times to open or save a file then you will have multiple instances of this process.

To resolve the issue, take a look at the KB article at

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918165

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IPcop firewall and OpenVPN

Having used IPcop for a few years now (and Smoothwall before that) I was excited to see a very nice looking OpenVPN add-on for IPcop. I really hope it gets supported or better, incorporated into the IPcop project. I'm certainly supporting it.

The best HOWTO I've found is here

Other good add-on pages I found whilst mooching around for those that are interested...

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