Posts Tagged “Instant Message”

I really miss the old versions of Skype on my Macbook running OSX Mountain Lion. While I could just download and install one of the Skype version for .DMG’s some people I talk with require the newer version of Skype to use some of the features not available in the older versions, etc. I wish Skype would stop with the Facebook integration and all the other fancy stuff and just allow me to send instant messages and make phone calls as I am not sure I have ever seen a piece of software that I once liked so much take so many steps backwards. Anyhow the issue at hand is Skype on OSX Mountain Lion using all of your computers CPU and unfortunately my resolution to the issue is to use a third party application to view Skype history.

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A company asked me to analyze some of their network traffic to verify some of the projects they are working on to cut costs won’t impact their business. One of the projects includes removing a 100 Mbps fiber connection to their colocation and replacing it with a cable modem that is asynchronous with 50 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. Unfortunately they do not have any solid historical network data capture software such as Cacti so before setting up such a service I had to provide initial data via what was available. One of the tools I was able to use was the dashboard data that lives in memory on their FortiGate 200A. Below is information on where to find this information in the FortiGate 200A dashboard.

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I don’t know why I have never configured Trillian to block ICQ authorization requests before considering I get a couple every single day however I decided today was the day. ICQ authorization requests pop up when someone has requested to add you to their contact list which for me never happens unless I send someone my ICQ number via email or another form of media. Anyhow below are instructions on how to block those authorization requests from popping up all the time.

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One thing most people do not realize is the fact that sending Instant Messages over the Internet is not secure. Every time you speak with someone you risk the chance of someone listening in on those conversations. Especially now a days with so many wireless networks hackers can easily join networks and grab all of the data off those networks. There is any easy way to encrypt your AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ by using a plugin for Trillian. You can also encrypt either one if not using Trillian which is briefly discussed below. Follow these steps to install Off-The-Record Proxy and configure Trillian to use it to encrypt your messages to other users who also have the software installed. The below steps were performed on a laptop running Windows XP Professional 32-Bit.

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