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OpenVPN on Vista 7 64 bit which really works

I use OpenVPN to be able to connect to the company’s network when I am away. If you ever worked with this tool, you know that it is not so easy to install it on a 64 bit Windows and it is even harder to do this on Windows 7. So, it seems normal that in the end this was addressed and implemented properly. The first version which works out of the box is “OpenVPN 2.2-beta5 — released on 2010.12.03”. It can be downloaded from here: WARNING: this is a beta version which I use and I know it works. If you don’t feel comfortable using a beta product, try to use the official release from here. I haven’t tested this version, so i don’t know if it works.

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Ubuntu Desktop 9.10 (Karmik-Koala) – install 32 bits libraries on a 64 bits operating system

You have most probably 4 GB RAM and you want to use them all 🙂 The only choice for you is to install Ubuntu 64 bits. But, a lot of software goodies out there are still compiled on 32 bits. Of course, they won’t start on your brand new 64 bits operating system that can do everything (well, a little bit exaggerated) 🙂 Here is how to install the 32 bits libs on your Ubuntu 64 bits: #sudo apt-get -V install ia32-libs Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: linux-headers-2.6.31-14 (2.6.31-14.48) linux-headers-2.6.31-14-generic (2.6.31-14.48) Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them. The following extra packages will be installed: lib32asound2 (1.0.20-3ubuntu6.1) lib32bz2-1.0 (1.0.5-3) lib32gcc1 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32ncurses5 (5.7+20090803-2ubuntu2) lib32stdc++6 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32v4l-0 (0.6.0-1) lib32z1 ( libc6-i386 (2.10.1-0ubuntu16) Suggested packages: lib32asound2-plugins () The following NEW packages will be installed: ia32-libs (2.7ubuntu17) lib32asound2 (1.0.20-3ubuntu6.1) lib32bz2-1.0 (1.0.5-3) lib32gcc1 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32ncurses5 (5.7+20090803-2ubuntu2) lib32stdc++6 (4.4.1-4ubuntu9) lib32v4l-0 (0.6.0-1) lib32z1 ( libc6-i386 (2.10.1-0ubuntu16) 0 upgraded, 9 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 34.0MB of archives. After this operation, 144MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue…

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The power of money … or WTF has Java to do with Yahoo ?!

Immediately after I started my laptop today, I got a popup announcing me that I have to install a Java update. Well, knowing that it has vulnerabilities, I said… OK, do it. And then I continued to work … After a couple of seconds, I see the following popup : So, now the legitimate question: Why am I offered to get that damn toolbar ( I HATE toolbars !!!!) only because I wanted to update Java. What has Java (or Sun ) to do with Yahoo ? I think that nothing else than … money. I guess Yahoo pays a lot of money to Java to bundle their sh** toolbar. And what makes me really mad is the fact that it is by default installed. A user who does nothing else than click Next -> Next… will automatically install it. I consider this practice as bad as Adware and Spyware. Bad boys… Yahoo and even worse Sun !!! Shame on you !!!

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