Virgin Media Superhub and vpn

I was having difficulty using VPN to work from home.  Most internet traffic was fine (skype, email, etc) but names were not being resolved so I couldn’t browse the web or view pages on the intranet.

I found a solution! On the SuperHub configuration pages, (, go to advanced settings, then firewall, then select PPTP Pass-Through

PPTP Pass-Through


Then connect with vpn, and names should resolve.


How to generate an SSH key on windows

I’m setting up hosting on a new provider, and it is all cloudy and lovely.
As part of the process, they wanted me to provide an ssh key to use for making connections to the terminal (ubuntu flavour). I am on a windows machine, so I needed to use a tool to generate, puttygen. Those familiar with ssh from windows will be familiar with putty, it’s a very handy utility. Thank you Simon Tatham!
If you’re on a linux based pc or a mac you have some ssh key generation built in, you lucky people.
To use puttygen, simply open and click “generate private and public pair” button, and then you will be asked to move your pointer around the screen to generate some random noise for the algorithm. After it is done, save both the private (*.ppk) and public key (*.txt) for safe keeping. Then you can copy and paste the key to the configuration page for your host.

Rabbit Hole

Just had a day of falling down a rabbit hole. Though not arrived in anything as delightful as Wonderland for my trouble. I just keep seeming to keep falling… and at the same time I am falling out of love with Windows, seriously.  Fine as a user, but as a developer…oh sh… Continue reading

What’s Installed on the Pi?

To find what packages you’ve got installed already on your Raspberry Pi, type in the terminal window

dpkg –get-selections

if the list is too overwhelming, you can limit the search to the particular family of packages you’re looking for, like msql

dpkg –get-selections | msql