Bing

I’m a sucker for points and experiments, so I’m going to try Bing instead of Google for the next 30 days. Bonus – Microsoft is giving people who use Bing rewards points that can be redeemed for actual money at Amazon and the like. You can too, sign up here.

USA Today had a little write-up on how MS is trying to catch up with G. 20% market share for March 2015 is more than I expected.

SSTP on Xubuntu 14

This how-to allowed me to connect to my Windows 2012 SSTP VPN server. I still have not been able to successfully route to internal resources, though I think that is just an IPv4 configuration issue.

Basically you just need to follow this part:

For SSTP VPN connection you need download and install additional packages from http://sourceforge.net/projects/sstp-client/files/

From sstp-client folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
libsstp-client0_1.0.9_i386.deb
sstp-client_1.0.9_i386.deb

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
libsstp-client0_1.0.9_amd64.deb
sstp-client_1.0.9_amd64.deb

From network-manager-sstp folder
for 32 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
network-manager-sstp_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
network-manager-sstp-gnome_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_i386.deb

for 64 bit version you need download (version may very, use latest one)
network-manager-sstp_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
network-manager-sstp-gnome_0.9.4-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb

Once you have the 4 files above downloaded for your version, you run sudo dpkg -i *.deb in a terminal window in the folder where you downloaded the files (usually Downloads). This adds the SSTP VPN option to the built-in Ubuntu network manager. Screenshot:

Screenshot - 03282015 - 04:18:17 PMScreenshot - 03282015 - 04:25:47 PM

Also, if you accidentally hit “Never show these notifications” on your network notifications, this is how to add them back:

Network notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-connected-notifications
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-disconnected-notifications    

Wireless notifications:

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-wifi-create     
gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet suppress-wireless-networks-available

VPN notifications

gsettings reset org.gnome.nm-applet disable-vpn-notifications    

Let’s do the time warp again

Because of useless legislation, we now have a new daylight saving time scheme. If your computer is reporting the wrong time, you’ll need this.

I hope the folks at US Airways read Blendor. The computers at the automated ticket counter weren’t correctly updated today to reflect the time changes. That would have been fine, except they thought customers weren’t there early enough to check in with bags.