June 2008 Entries

NetCmdlets SFTP - Public Key Authentication in PowerShell

In the past I gave examples of using the get-ftp and send-ftp cmdlets for PowerShell, but recently a user pointed out that I didn’t show any examples of public key authentication using the cmdlets. Of course the –ssh flag tells the get-ftp and send-ftp cmdlets to use SSH (instead of plain text FTP, or an SSL connection which is turned on with the –ssl flag). For SSH connections, the AuthMode parameter determines what type of SSH authentication to perform – in this case that will be “publickey”. The ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

IMAP ACL Manager v2

I uploaded a new version of the IMAP Access Control List Manager today. This new version adds support for SSL/TLS implicit and explicit connections, CRAM-MD5 and NTLM authentication, an IMAP communication log, and a few other minor and cosmetic changes. Technorati Tags: IMAP, IMAP ACL, ACL ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 1:41 PM | Comments (0)

SlickEdit 2008 - My Evaluation

I got a free version of SlickEdit in return for blogging about the experience. So here is my feedback, good and bad. Good: First thing I noticed when I installed it: this is not your ordinary text editor. I've been using UltraEdit for several years now, and I like it. UltraEdit has some developer-centric capabilities, but they are not integrated tightly into the product as is the case with SlickEdit. For example, SlickEdit will automatically expand if and for statements, and try blocks, although ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 4:48 PM | Comments (2)

Audible .aa to .mp3

I checked out a few applications that claimed to be able to convert Audible's crappy DRM'd .aa files to .mp3. All of them failed (for me at least), except one: Total Audio Converter from coolutils.com. For a well spent $19.99 I am now able to automatically convert my Audible downloads to a format (mp3) in which they will work on my cell phone and my mp3 player, neither of which are otherwise supported by Audible. Woohoo! Now if only Amazon would provide direct MP3 downloads for Audible books (where ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 4:35 PM | Comments (10)

My Cuz: Best New Country

Check out my cousin, Wendy Newcomer - listed as "Best New Country" by AOL Music! The link there seems (as of 6/9/2008) to be bogus, but here is the corrected link to Wendy's feature on AOL's "The Boot". Listen to Wendy at Amazon: Wendy Newcomer Technorati Tags: "Wendy Newcomer", "AOL Music", Music, Country ......

Posted On Monday, June 9, 2008 5:27 PM | Comments (0)

Best of Tech Ed 2008

/n software walks away from Tech Ed this year with the Best of Tech Ed 2008: Software Components & Middleware, given for the Red Carpet Subscription. Woo! Red Carpet Subscriptions give you everything you need in one package - components for every major protocol from FTP to IMAP to SNMP, SSL and SSH security, S/MIME encryption, Digital Certificates, Credit Card Processing, ZIP compression, Instant Messaging, Shipping and Tracking, and e-business (EDI) transactions. Windows IT Pro lists all the ......

Posted On Friday, June 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Comments (0)

A Letter to Audible about DRM

I still haven't found a very convenient way to listen to Audible books. I don't want to go out and buy a new phone or a new mp3 player just so that it will work with Audible's unnecessary restrictions. Burning to CD's is a bad option because at a minimum of 14+ cd's per book, its just wasteful. CDRW's are out because the cd player in my car can't read them. Audible's software players are decent, but they are only supported on the desktop (I don't want to listen to books on my desktop) and specific ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 11:33 AM | Comments (2)

View WireShark Payload Data as Byte Arrays

A customer was having a problem receiving an SNMP trap with a 64 bit timestamp in it. In order to test, I wanted to send the exact same trap the customer was sending, using the basic UDPPort component of IP*Works! INSTEAD of the SendTrap or SendSecureTrap methods that are included in IPWorks SSNMP's SNMPAgent component. It turns out WireShark gives me an extremely easy way to do this in my code. I opened the Wireshark cap file sent to me by the customer, which only included the SNMP trap (important, ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Comments (1)

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