Getting Windows 10 and Cisco VPN Client Operational

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Kudos to the various sites that provided some guidance on getting the Cisco IPSec VPN client going again on Windows 10. I finally was able to get it going for me. I’m running Windows 10 64bit and connecting to Cisco IPSec/UDP.

1. Run Winfix.exe before you do anything else. This will nuke all the bad stuff you probably did to try and get it operational. Do this first before you start piling on installs again. Trust me. Believe me. Reboot.

2. Install the Dell Sonic VPN client. Reboot.

3. Install your Cisco VPN client. Reboot

4. Try the VPN connection. It should work.

I know there are various other sequences out there, but this one is the only one that worked for me.

YMMV

Here are some of the other sites I tried prior to going down this route. Any sequence that included the DNE update from Citrix didn’t work for me.

http://itthatshouldjustwork.blogspot.com/2015/07/cisco-64-bit-vpn-client-on-windows-10.html

http://www.gleescape.com/posts/2917

http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/120150-fix-cisco-vpn-error-27850-on-windows-10

 

GoPro on a Timbuk2 Backpack

I have the need to mount a GoPro on a Timbuk2 backpack. I initially was going to fasten a fixed mount on the strap or top of the backpack, but found the cheap official head mount for GoPro and tweaked it a bit. Here is what I did.

The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount
The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount
The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount
The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount
Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount
Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount
Removal of the strap
Removal of the strap
Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets
Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets
Put the strap above the shoulder stitching
Put the strap above the shoulder stitching
After you have it set, cut excess strap
After you have it set, cut excess strap
Mount the GoPro on the plastic base
Mount the GoPro on the plastic base
Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.
Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.

Seems to work okay and stay connected but removable when necessary. We’ll see how it goes.

Evernote Web Clipper On iPad and iPhone via Safari On iOS 7

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Update 2015-02-27: It’s been reported this no longer works on iOS 7.x for some reason. I’m unsure what Apple and or Evernote have done to disallow this, but a commenter wanted to add the disclaimer here. 

I posted the original bookmarklet to bookmark hack a few years ago and have continued to maintain it. Apple changed their iOS GUI pretty dramatically with the release of iOS 7, so I thought it would make sense to update the quick guide specifically to show iOS 7 users how to clip webpages to their Evernote accounts with the javascript to bookmark hack.

[OPTIONAL] If you don’t like a bookmark bar on your browser, you can skip this. If you do want a button always around to quickly clip a page, go into Settings > Safari and flip the switch to “Show Favorites Bar” to have a persistent bar across the top of Safari. You will see the guide with this option enabled.

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1. In Safari on iOS 7.x, go to http://www.evernote.com and add the page to your favorites with the arrow box before the location field. Click the “Bookmark” box. You can do this on another tab in Safari if you want.

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2. Change the name of the new bookmark from the site title to “Evernote Clipper” or whatever name you prefer. I will refer to the bookmark as this title for this guide. Save it after you rename it.

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3. Now select the entire text below. I have it posted as code or you can click the link to the text file and Safari will open it and show the pure text. You need to click this link to open the code in a new text page to easily select all and copy to your iOS clipboard to paste in a later step.

iOSEvernoteClipperCode.txt

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Example of the copy text you will need to perform

4. Go to the favorities icon in Safari to the right of the url location field and open your favorities and edit the Evernote Clipper one.

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5. You are going to clear the address the bookmark you just made.

20140308-135602.jpgand paste the entire code you copied from step 3 into the address field. Save the changed bookmark. This is your clipper now.

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6.  With the clipper code now in the bookmark, you can to Evernote. Go to a different website now in Safari. The example below is Google. When the site is up, click the Evernote Clipper button on the bookmark bar, or use the favorites button to the right of the location bar to select the Evernote Clipper bookmark. Either method will work.

20140308-135621.jpg If all goes well, you will be prompted for the initial login to Evernote. Enter your Evernote username/password.

7. The Evernote dialogue will open and you will be able to add more details to the page you are clipping before you save.

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8. After you save the quicknote from the clipper, you will see it in your regular Evernote account on your devices.

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HTC One with Cyanogenmod recommended settings

I’ve been running CM for almost six months now and have played with many different options and settings throughout and am very happy now with the following settings. This might be helpful for others thinking of ditching the stock Android and HTC Sense software.

1. Here is a snapshot of what the software versions look like tonight. I’m running CM 11.
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2. I’ve found staying with dalvik runtime for the time being is still the way to go.
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3. I have also played around a lot with energy profiles and found power save the best way to go.
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4. For processor settings, I went back and forth often but keep coming back to the ondemand setting. Interactive is also great, but eats more battery for me and my usage for some reason.
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Well, that is what I’m running now but it might change. I have tried Art runtime often, but have not yet found any advantages. The AT&T Visual Voicemail is buggy on KitKat, but I’m hoping they will eventually stabilize it again.

Hope this gives you another point of reference. I love the HTC One hardware, and CM really makes it sing.