Synology architecture

Synology-based synchronization solution

When CrashPlan announced the end of its unlimited backup service, I had to actively seek a new solution asking myself the question of how to provide two services I was previously (more or less) getting from this provider: Backups Synchronization between several machines (several PC and several iPhone) CrashPlan easily provided the backup feature despite… Read More

HTTPS (SSL) address bar

Security on Roumazeilles.net

Minor technical information for those of you who are sensitive to their online safety. One of the recommended steps to a better privacy and safety is using web site under the SSL protocol (accessing them with https:// instead of http://). Now, Roumazeilles.net helps you and can be transparently accessed through both addresses: https://www.Roumazeilles.net/ http://www.Roumazeilles.net/  … Read More

Synology on a sub-domain (with a dynamic IP address)

My problem: I’ve got a Fiber connexion to the Internet (at Numéricable, one of the main ISP in France) which is forcing a dynamic IP address on me (no fixed IP address, even with a premium; They’ve settled in the XXth century). This would not be very serious except that I host a RAID server… Read More

Kermit, it’s the end

You know that you’re a computer dinosaur when you discover that a computer program you started with is reaching its end-of-life after… 30 years. The Kermit Project is canceled, effective 1 July 2011. I think that I actually started using Kermit on a Vax 11/780 computer from Digital Equipment Corporation to exchange data between various… Read More

IE6 becomes Firefox 3.6 with the help of China

This week has seen a pretty exhilarating story develop in front of our Internet eyes. Started as a muddy conflict between Google and the People’s Republic of China, it turned into a Firefox marketing victory. Let me summarize it a bit. In the beginning was Google which installed its servers in China in 2006. The… Read More

1 minute for a faster Internet (DNS)

There are few things that you can do to significantly improve the speed of your Internet connection. Of course, you can switch to another Internet Service Provider, but it’s a mess. On the opposite, it is easy to have an sub-optimal connection because of the response time of the DNS server of your Internet Provider.… Read More

Man/woman? Your browser knows it

You can browse, but you can’t hide… from your browser. Actually, your browser knows a lot about you. Some scientists believe that from your browsing habits they can recognize fairly precisely if you’re a man or a woman. Using your browser URL history to estimate gender Be patient, it may be long. According to it,… Read More

Write down everything to ease maintenance

Some have been surprised by one little habit of mine around my PC (I should say ‘my PCs”): I keep a detailled log of everything I do on my PC in a plain old school paper book. It may be a software installation, a parameter change on another software package, the update of a driver.… Read More

Newsgroups: Freely download big files

While everybody is speaking about downloads under surveillance of law enforcement forces and **AA groups defending the copyrights of music and cinema, I wondered where the download addicts were going now to get their load of big files. I looked into the P2P networks heavily protected by a strong encryption and supposed to guarantee the… Read More

Revolutions in the air

I noticed two important announcements for airline passengers. Things will be changing in terms of accepting new technologies useful for most international frequent flyers: GSM mobile phones will be accepted in planes by Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority. But prices may be hard on your wallet, of course. [1] American Airlines to start WiFi broadband service… Read More

Replace BitTorrent with more discreet software

If you want to do discreet (if not completely anonymous) P2P, Bittorrent and Gnutella or Kazaa are not your friends. With the advent of more attention from authorities, it is difficult to consider them as good opportunities. I have been looking quickly at some of the possible solutions to protect your privacy while exchanging files… Read More

Use your iPhone to access the Internet from your PC laptop

Thanks to LifeHacker, and if you have the following, you will be able to use your iPhone to access Internet from your laptop. A computer with Wi-Fi capable of creating an ad-hoc computer-to-computer connection (yours is) A jailbroken iPhone (If you don’t know how to jailbreak your iPhone, the easiest way is to make sure… Read More

Western Digital: audio/video police included

What could be the use of network hard disk drive of one Tera-Byte which would strictly refuse to serve files because there may be a risk of breaching licensing agreement potentially applicable to them? This is the question that potential buyers should ask before purchasing the Western Digital disc drives using WD Anywhere Access: WD… Read More