Another 2 days of forgetfullness and Task Scheduler Tip

I just forgot to blog for couple of days. Was working on old version of delphi trying to rebuild old stuff. Thinking about a new version of all products.

I just got this idea of remembering to run programs with task scheduler. I always used task scheduler and I was responsible for writing a demo app for JEDI task scheduler api conversion project. But I didn’t know that you can drag and drop files to be scheduled.

Configuring BSNL Dataone Modem for simultaneous Internet Access on USB and Ethernet ports

I was digging around the net for a solution to have shared net access on my Haweui MT841 modem (ADSL Gateway). It has 4 ethernet ports (that can be used as a switch), 1 USB and WIFI (which apparantly requires a separate PCMCIA card to get it working). My laptop doesn’t have an ethernet interface (I know its high time to upgrade) but it has an USB interface and I wanted the ADSL modem to act as a switch and also wanted ICS. Microsoft ICS(Internet Connection Sharing) will not work as the ethernet interface of the PC is used to connect using bsnl broadband and the same interface is used by PPPoe (PPP over ethernet). I serached the forums of, and found about wireless configuration of MT841. With that info and after saving the present configuration, I deleted all the PVCs and added a new PVC0 with PPPoe, gave the username and password. The BSNL DNS ip address for DNS was given and I also enabled DHCP on the modem. After saving the settings and rebooting the modem, it automatically connected to the net and I could access the net from my laptop and desktop.

Lessons learnt.
ADSL modem configuration in a bridged as well as PPPoe configuration is not all that difficult.
The USB port is just like a USB to ethernet converter
The initial configuration that BSNL used to give was in a bridged fashion without PPPoe from the PC but later installations used PPoe from the PC.

Apparantly RASPPPoe lets you do Microsoft ICS and is more efficient than Microsoft version of PPPoe.

Rechargeables Cheap

NiCd batteries and NiMh batteries have turned out to be cheaper these days.Looks like NiCd is being banned in most countries and they are being dumped to developing countries. Got two battery packs for my 2 cordless phones. Had to modify the connector for one of them. Also did cleaning of the keypads for one of them and it did work fine.

Looks like its difficult to get 600ohm transformer for the chatcord interface.

Skype surprise and DynDNS updates

Now with broadband at home and office, I was connected at office and my wife at home. She called up and told she could see me chatting and I was wondering thinking it was VNC. But I was sure the vnc server was in user mode and it was not running. I tried kill all clients and still she could see my screen. I ran home and found that, it was skype. On a simultaneous login on 2 machines, both the machines will be updated with the same info. This is quite different from the usual IM scenario I guess. Also found that the contact list doesn’t seem to be updated automatically from the server even in the new version.

Got the skype delphi component and its project working. Still to tap messages and develop a chat client.

Some progress with IE Delphi program for dataone bandwidth usage tool. The main problem is getting hold of and parsing frames.

DynDNS seems to work finally with the client. The first problem was a spelling mistake, a missing n, then got rid of having two hosts for one ip. Tested winVNC with dydndns hostname and it worked fine.

Another broadband connection and some new sites

Took another bsnl broadband connection. This time the modem came with a USB connection. It can act as a switch too. Too good an offer since I wanted both. There’s support for wireless too, but the pcmcia card that was supposed to be there was not in the carton.So now there’s 800 MB of download, all for free.

Yesterday went through the skype developer zone. It reminded me of the old VOIP thingie I used to do @ Telematics in Dubai. It was so exciting, but the major difference was the call quality.Found some interesting DIY projects including one for skype at Lots of nice projects.

Thanks to BSNL its possible to have 2 simultaneous logins and logging in different place with same username for broadband. Life’s good. I can use my friends’ night unlimited connection and download service packs in the morning till 8am. And now the good news is that there’s the unlimited plan for Rs900. It would turn out cheaper if my brother in law in UAE takes broadband and does skype.

Work on the IE datone logger and ip mailer is going on without much progress as I get carried away, like a kid with a new toy, being broadband.

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