Archive for March, 2009


Journalistic Desire

20 March 2009

Do you know what I want? I want the online newspaper archives to make it more clear what’s online as opposed to from the paper material and to provide proper citations including the page numbers these articles came from, because there’s nothing more infuriating than having to spend half an hour wrestling with Dow Jones Factiva in order to find out that the article was never in the paper and that I could have just cited the URL. Please make my life less irritating!


Connect Ubuntu to Warwick Wireless VPN

4 March 2009

It’s not simple, but I have cracked it. I’m using NetworkManager 0.7.0 on Ubuntu 8.10 but chances are it might work on earlier/later versions.

You need to install the network-manager-pptp package first. You can do this through Synaptic or by installing “PPTP VPN Connection Manager” with the Add/Remove… utility. From the terminal enter
sudo apt-get install network-manager-pptp

Once you’ve done that, right click on the NetworkManager applet on the panel and choose Edit Connections in menu. Click on the VPN tab in the Network Connections window and click the Add button. In the dropdown menu choose Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and click Create…. Give the connection a memorable name and then set the following settings:
On the VPN tab
Username: Your IT Services user code
Password: Your VPN password (follow the instructions here)
Leave everything else as it is and click on Advanced….
Make sure all the Authentication Methods are ticked.
Tick Use encryption and set the Security drop-down to 128-bit (Most Secure).
Everything except Send PPP echo packets SHOULD be ticked.

With any luck when you left-click on the NetworkManager applet and select VPN > Warwick Wireless (or whatever you called it) it should log you straight in!