Monthly Archives: September 2010

Setting Network Type for Hamachi Connections

Recently ran into an issue with Hamachi / Windows 7 where I couldn’t set the Network Type for the Hamachi connection.  I use Windows Firewall, and wanted to specify the Hamachi network as “Home.”  However, the normal option to change network type wasn’t there in Network and Sharing Center.  It just said “Unidentified Network” with blank space underneath:

Network and Sharing Center - Before

It turns out, Windows 7 (and I assume Vista) will do this when there is no Default Gateway set up on the network.  For Hamachi, this can be set to the same address as their DHCP server:  To avoid having to manually enter an address, this should be entered separately in the Advanced TCP / IP settings window:

Advanced TCP / IP settings window

That window is accessible through the “Advanced” button where you would normally set a static IP address.  After that, the option was available, and the network was no longer listed as unidentified:

Network Sharing Center - After

Just another reference post.  Hope this is useful!


Changing WordPress Title Formats

I fixed the title formats on here today.  Not especially noteworthy, but I wanted to make a small post about it for my own reference.

So, the change I wanted to make was to make appear after the post title.  In this theme’s header.php, there is a line like this:

<title><?php bloginfo('name'); ?><?php wp_title(); ?></title>

I swapped the postition of wp_title and bloginfo(‘name’), but then I had the separator (») at the beginning of the title.  Well, it turns out wp_title will take whatever you put into it, and append it to the title.  If nothing is passed, it automatically uses ».  So I changed that, and you can choose the location where it is appended.  So, here is mine:

<?php wp_title(' | ',true,'right'); ?>

Which puts a nice | between the title name and my blog name, which is now after the post name.

Quick Subnets 1.0.6 Now Available!

Quick Subnets 1.0.6 is now available in the Palm App Catalog!  The fix in 1.0.5 had its own flaw that I didn’t notice until it was submitted.  If you find a bug or have a feature you would like to see built in, feel free to send suggestions to

Quick Subnets 1.0.5 Submitted to Palm

Quick Subnets has been updated to version 1.0.5 and has been submitted to Palm. Here is the update info:

Update in 1.0.5

– Fixed labeling for Network and Broadcast addresses. No longer labeled “Min IP” and “Max IP”

– Changed help screen to display properly on the Palm Pixi.

– Corrected error where the Network and Broadcast addresses would generate impossible IPs if a number larger than 254 was entered.

Also, Quick Subnets has had over 1500 downloads! Thanks for downloading everyone!

Netgear WNR2000 – A Common Favorite

A few weeks ago I was asked to set up a Wireless link for my Dad’s business in Sabula, IA.  DD-WRT on a pair of consumer grade routers seemed like a good fit, as the link only crossed a street, and the business really isn’t big enough to warrant more expensive hardware.

So the morning of I got online to find out what was available, and what would work with DD-WRT.  And while it isn’t perfect, I really liked the Netgear WNR2000(V2).  It was available at my local Best Buy for $70, and with the Broadcom chipset and 32mb (!) of RAM it really was a no brainer.  The single downside is that it doesn’t have enough flash to support a standard DD-WRT installation.  It has 4MB which should be enough, but forum posts say otherwise.  The closest you can get is the standard image minus the Kaid software.  Also, there is a firmware package available for this router, so the upgrade can be performed from the stock web interface.

I was able to use it to set up the wireless link without issue, and without optimal router placement either.  The two routers have several walls between them, on top of going out one building and into the other.  Through all that, the connection was rock solid.  Bandwidth tests on the far end were giving me the full speed of the Internet connection.

So the WNR2000 is a nice router, but the important part is that it’s a common router.  Given the choice, I’d rather buy a Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH or WHR-HP-G300N.  But they’re not available locally and I didn’t have the time to order them.  But from now on if I’m in a scenario where I need a router quickly, I can turn to the WNR2000.