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    

Windows Sound Sympony

Found via GraphJam, where they have some pretty funny graphs in the same vein as the previously posted hip hop graphs. Well, I thought this one was funny, at least:

funny-graphs-draw-moutains-over-time.gif