Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Anybody out there?

It seems to me that not too many people are working during the last two weeks of the year - especially this last week. The east coast was hit with a huge snowstorm, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

IPv6 eliminating NAT

I just saw an IPv6 tweet where the guy said he set up IPv6 DNS entries for all his home machines. He can now connect to them directly from his office to any home machine. He was happy to eliminate NAT.

I realize that you don't need NAT when your computers can all have their own IPv6 address - but NAT does provide some safety - think about it:

Now anyone knowing those IPv6s can contact (hack) his machines that are now sitting directly on the internet. Kind of like going back to the mid 1990s. IPv4 NAT was keeping him safe from alot of hazardous traffic that will now hit each PC directly...


Monday, December 20, 2010

December News

I've been pretty busy this month and I haven't updated the blog much - I hope to provide more timely updates in 2011. V11 status: All the tools from NetScanTools Pro v10 have been transferred to v11 and I'm working on finishing tooltips and icons along with general cleanup of things as I run across them.

The latest December newsletter was published last week. You can find it on our website at http://www.netscantools.com/newsletters.html - there is one very important thing in there that I will address here. In version 10.98.1 I changed the manifest so that USER level accounts could run the program without logging in as administrator on Windows 7-64 bit (this does not seem to be an issue on Win 7-32). When you run a 32 application like NetScanTools Pro on Windows 7-64, it uses a portion of the registry called HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Northwest Performance Software, Inc. which contains a redirected part "Wow6432Node". Users do not have privileges to change this key subtree and even if you login under an administrator account, the keys in this tree cannot be changed. So in order to apply registration information or change the maintenance plan expiration date, you have to right click on the NetScanTools Pro icon and select 'Run as administrator' to all the program to have full access to the keys.