Even though I run a pretty fast network and vpn at home I still have the occasional hiccup running demanding applications (i.e. digikam) at home.
A few simple options can speed up X considerably. Connecting with the following parametters will enable a fast encryption cipher and also enables compression:
ssh -X -C -c blowfish-cbc,arcfour firstname.lastname@example.org
Of course you can make this permanent by adding the following to /etc/ssh/ssh_config (might be different on your distro):
# default line
## see man page for more info on Ciphers
I needed to scan a Joomla site that only shows most of its content when logged in in the frontend. Xenu FAQ suggests using Cookies. That didn’t work for me. So I used Fiddler web debugger and it’s scripting engine.
First start Fiddler and set it to capture traffic. Log in in the site using a browser. Check and find the cookie data – copy it to the clipboard.
Open ‘Customize rules’ in Fiddler and search for
static function OnBeforeRequest(oSession: Session)
Before any other code paste:
oSession.oRequest["Cookie"] = "data you copied earlier";
Now start Xenu as you would on any other site. Remember to disable Fiddler after that as it might offer weird results later.
I relocated some of my networking gear and by doing that one of my pc’s found itself in a blind spot of the wireless network. I decided to try and see if I can extend the range of the usb wireless adapter it uses. I had a few antennas available but unfortunately the usb adapter didn’t have a connector. I decided to solder the antenna wire directly:
First I pried open the usb adapter and located the internal antenna pads. With this particular adapter the internal antenna is composed by the two spiral tracks at the right.
I cut the connector and stripped some of the insulation. After that I separated the core from the shielding and striped some of the core insulationI soldered the middle lead to one of the antenna pads and the shielding wire to the metal housing.
I didn’t do any special tests but the change was that from dropping the connection every 2 minutes and running at 11Mbps now the adapter maintains a stable connection at 54Mbps