2016-12-21

Jorte Widget setup for weekly calendar

This is my setup for the weekly calendar using Jorte Calendar for Android. Just so I don't have to guess every time I install it on different devices :)

Widget Type:        Weekly
Periode of display: This week
First Day Settings: Today

Style:              Jorte White (sometimes Black)
Background Image:   Show
Transparancy of the background: 50%

Keep the rest at defaults

2016-12-15

Intel Rapid Storage Technology (iRST) driver for Windows 10 on older chipsets (7-series and older)

My computer is still more than fast enough even though it's over 4 years old. It's a Intel Core i7-3770K with 32GB DDR4-1600 RAM on an Asus ROG Maximus V Gene mainboard. The chipset is Z77 and so it was more or less the best to get at the time being. I started with two Samsung SSD 830 in RAID-9 and later upgraded to a OCZ RevoDrive3 X2 PCIe SSD for my OS disk.

Fast forward from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 (v1607) and Intel seems to not have released any Windows 10 supported SATA controller drivers for Z77. Or have they?

It seems that as long as your BIOS has the Intel SATA controller set to AHCI-mode, Windows 10 will install and use the generic 'Standard SATA controller' and trying to install the latest iRST driver v15.2.0.1020 (latest version as of 2016-12-15) on an AHCI configured Z77-system only gives you an error:

Platform not supported

The good news is that Intel does have driver support for some of the older chipsets; those that have RAID capabilities, which luckily inlcudes Z77.

2016-12-07

Sophos XG firewall once again kills backup with Crashplan Central (Cloud)

It seems such a long time ago I battled with Sophos XG firewall (v15.x) to get Crashplan Central (Cloud Backup) to work through it (#1). Last month I upgraded to v16.x and hey, what do you know? A new problem with connection to Crashplan Central.

To make a long story short (read the forum posts), there's a bug (what else is new when it comes to Crashplan and XG) in v16 (including v16.0.1.1) that blocks the crashplan traffic. It's confirmed by Sophos KB (#2) and they say:
In certain situations traffic being passed through the XG firewall may appear be passed through the proxy even when no Web Policy is enabled within the relevant firewall rule and HTTP/HTTPS scanning is disabled."
Both the KB and forumpost (#3) gives a workaround:


    1. Connect to the XG firewall via SSH and select option 4 (Device Console) from the menu
    2. run the below to disable this:
      system application_classification microapp-discovery off
    3. Restart Crashplan

    Links:
    1. https://community.sophos.com/products/xg-firewall/f/firewall-and-policies/32111/anyone-successfully-running-crashplan-backups-through-an-xg/314571#pi2132219853=1
    2. https://community.sophos.com/kb/en-us/125458
    3. https://community.sophos.com/products/xg-firewall/f/firewall-and-policies/81482/crashplan-connectivity-issues-with-xg-16/310556?pi2132219853=2&pi2132219849=84
    PS! I have not checked, nor installed, v16.0.1.2 to confirm it's still there or not. Might do that soon, and update this post.