Wednesday, October 31, 2007


This is an oldie but a goodie. I ran across my use of KeyTweak last week.

Dell, in their infinite wisdom, remapped the keyboard on their Latitude D-series. This put the Insert key right where the Home key is on ThinkPads. Needless to say, this gave me fits toggling Insert.

KeyTweak will let you remap (or in my case UNmap) any keys. The author has a great manual here.

KeyTweak doesn't have to be installed. I keep a copy on my USB key and run it from there when needed.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Damn Spam Part III

All year I've been tracking spam by recording the number of e-mails in the Spam folder in my Gmail account each Monday. Here's the chart of the results.

There's been a drop-off since early 2007 to about 1/3 of what it had been. I'm not quite sure why but I'll take it.

PS. I also want to follow-up on my previous post on Globat e-mail, Part 3. For my customer, I'm still using BellSouth (now AT&T) for spam filtering. However, I've been noticing that there was very little spam in the MailGuard folder. I'm still forwarding their e-mail through Globat so I went back over there to see what was happening.

Globat has instituted a new mail system with a new spam filter called SpamShield Pro. It really looks like it's doing a very good job, removing most of the spam before it gets to BellSouth.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lesson Learned

I guess I learned a lesson tonight. I should have learned it earlier.

I have a D-Link DI-624 wireless router. Last week I upgraded to WPA (should have done this much earlier). Twice since then, I've lost access to file shares through the router. A reset of the router gets everything back to working.

I checked the firmware level against the latest firmware on D-Link's site and I was a couple of revisions back. So I downloaded the .bin file and loaded it using the router's administrative page.

When it finished, it wouldn't reload the admin page like it usually does. It took a few seconds but I realized that the router had reset to its default IP range. That wasn't all that it had reset.

It was completely back at the factory defaults!

Gone was my unique IP range. Gone was my SSID. Gone was my WPA key. Gone was my port forwarding. Gone was my ntp server. Gone was my log e-mail settings. Gone was my ...

Well, you get the picture.

30 minutes later, it was pretty well back where it was. There was one difference though. I had backed up the settings to my hard drive.

Monday, October 08, 2007

ThinkVantage Active Protection System

I just built a new (to me) ThinkPad T42. I installed all the IBM Lenovo software.

Included in this is the ThinkVantage Active Protection System. I kinda knew what this was so I downloaded and installed the software.

Active Protection System uses a motion sensor on the motherboard and parks the hard drive's heads when it detects certain levels of motion.

Tonight when I went to Control Panel to update Java, I saw the ThinkVantage Active Protection System icon. With nothing else to do while Java updated, I fired this up. Here's what it looked like.

But it's realtime! As the laptop rested on my lap, it moved ever so slightly as I typed. The image of the laptop in the moved with it! Too cool.

You know what I had to do next. Yep, shake it!

IBM's description is here and there's a good independent article on it here.

Pretty nice stuff. Try that on your Dell.