Extra Fox – A blog by Christopher Taylor

The Willcom "es" W-ZERO3: Another sweet Windows Mobile 5 phone

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on July 25, 2006

This phone is one of the coolest I’ve seen so far. The Windows Mobile 5.0 market is really heating up. I’m dying over here in Japan waiting. Oh the irony that I am in Japan and complaining about availablility of cell phones!

This phone is much more compact than its older brother, though the screen is much smaller. It still packs lots of punch. For more on the “es” W-ZERO3, go here [Akihabara News].

Find an apartment in Tokyo… in English

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on July 16, 2006

There is a new website that makes it easier for gaijin to find an apartment in Tokyo. New City [site] now offers maps and other information online to help English speakers find a place.

Google’s Browser Sync plugin for Firefox keeps things up-to-date

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on July 16, 2006

This has always been a major pet peeve of mine… You spend time configuring your browser bookmarks, passwords, etc. only to lose them the next time you get a new computer. If you use two computers it is also frustrating to have to duplicate your efforts. Google now has a plugin for Firefox that will keep these settings synchronized; Google Browser Sync plugin for Firefox [Google]. All you have to do is install it on each Firefox instance that you run and it will keep all of your settings in sync.

Some really interesting news articles today

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on July 13, 2006

Peer-to-peer (P2P) Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with Hamachi

Posted in Uncategorized by extrafox on July 7, 2006

I currently have two computers; one at home and one at work. However, both of them are NATed behind firewalls. I have thought for a long time that it would be possible to use P2P techniques to create VPNs that consisted of individual peers behind firewalls. Today, I went looking for a tool that could do this and I quickly found Hamachi [site].

Hamachi is a zero-configuration virtual private networking application.

In other words Hamachi is a program that allows you to arrange multiple computers into their own secure network just as if they were connected by a physical network cable.

You install the client application, create a computer name, create a network with a password and that’s about it. Do the same on your other computers, but have them connect to the existing network. Once your computers are communicating over the VPN, you can do anything that you would normally do on the LAN. Awesome!