Nokia N95

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I have to say I’m loving my Nokia N95. I wanted a phone with a decent camera (since most of the photos I take are on my phone). The wifi and gps tagging of photos were also features I liked. I’ve added mobile broadband to (I’m on Three – the add-on is X series silver). I’ve also added a software service called Shozu which can automatically upload my images to the internet. I’ve set it to send to Flickr as a default – so I get an instant backup on the web – which others can see too! Check out my flickr photos here.

The only drawback I’ve found is that I turned on geotagging, and of course it geotags pictures that you upload from MMS. Not a huge drawback though. (And it only tags one out of ten pictures!)

I’m also loving the new google maps – with cell tower location finding and the gps, it is pretty powerful. I’d recommend the N95 to anyone who needs a fancy feature-filled phone (and doesn’t need long battery life)

Find out where your spam comes from….

Ever wondered where spammers get your email address from? This is how you can find out – it only works when you start with a new domain or new googlemail account.

Method 1

If you have a custom domain you registered e.g. fiendishlyclever.com you own all the email addresses at that domain. If you set all the emails to forward to your current email address you will get all the email that comes to every address. Then all you need to do is when you sign up for a site, you include the site name in the email address you give for that site. For example if you were shopping on Amazon, you would give your email address as [email protected] where you swap domainname.com for your own. When you start getting spam email you can see where they have come from.

Method 2

This is very similar but uses Googlemail (Gmail). Google mail has a set of features only recently documented. Because of the way Google parses the email addresses, you can change your email address in 2 different ways and still receive your email. Googlemail takes no notice of where the dots are before the @ sign so you can change these when you give out your email address – although this is not as useful as the next feature. You can also add a plus sign (+) and extra characters after your username and before the @ sign. This has been confirmed to work with regular googlemail and googlemail for domains. This can be used now in the same way as method 1. When you sign up for a new site, add +sitename before the @ sign. For example [email protected] if you were shopping at Amazon. You could also do this when you give out your email address to friends. When you start to get spam email – have a look and see who sold you out! I’ve started using this method so it will be interesting to see if the email addresses of my incoming spam change!

Playing Warcraft over an SSH tunnel

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Scenario: I want to play World of Warcraft at work or behind a firewall. Most ports are blocked although I am able to get a tunnel out (eg on port 443). Of course you need a PC left on around the clock to connect to (or a router running dd-wrt) – to see my other SSH related articles click ‘Technology talk’ on the menu to the left.

Solution: Use a commercial piece of software called proxifier which routes traffic from any piece of software over your ssh tunnel. (Update: There is a new version of proxifier which can be run from a usb key in addition to the standard version)

Open your ssh tunnel using putty (be sure to make sure you have the dynamic/socks tunnel enabled). Opening a tunnel on port 443 is usually possible. I am usually able to open a tunnel on port 443 from where I work (an educational broadband consortium) but on the few occasions when I can’t open one, I can force one if I know the proxy server name by putting the proxy details in the proxy tab. (This link may tell you if you are behind a proxy server – click on ‘Proxy test’)

In the options for proxifier tell it which port your tunnel is on (proxy settings).

You can set it to route all traffic (apart from exclusions) over the tunnel, or to only route traffic from certain applications over your tunnel. I did the latter.

When I started warcraft up I was able to log on from work over my tunnel. Ping times were usually playable (120ms upwards) but this depended on the quality of the connection between your computer and your server.

And there you have it – World of Warcraft over an ssh tunnel from work! Easy when you know how!! (and much simpler than setting up a VPN!).

Of course you need a piece of hardware permanently powered up at the other end but buying the right router or running a low power Linux box like a Linksys NSLU2 is a brilliant way around this (and can also host networked storage, web pages and even torrents whilst drawing very little power).

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