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04 September 2008 @ 10:28 am
Microsoft and Reliability  
I have a Windows computer at home that is ether on or in standby mode all time. I learned how to wake it up distantly using the router – and do it typically couple of times from work in order to check my personal email, IM messages etc. (using UltraVNC).
Couple of days ago it stopped working. Yesterday I spend a couple of minutes and found:
Windows firewall become turned on! I believe that happened as a side effect of automatic installing some Windows update. So, be aware!

(about a year ago I also lost connection with my computer when I was at the East Cost and badly needed it – but it was my fault that time: I started VPN connection when being in VNC session! Fortunately my son had a key from my house and time and kindness to come and reboot the computer)
Fima F.wet_kimono on September 4th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
What happened the last time, when VNC was connecting with black screen?
Misha Furmanmishafurman on September 4th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I do not know - I had to reboot the computer. It would be good to make router to turn computer power on/off. But in my case router is far away.... May be to adapt some device (old router with running Linux), find a single digital output, put relay...
I should not be too hard, but needs time. May be there is something already exists for that? Ethernet or IP controlled power switch?
Misha Furmanmishafurman on September 4th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Internet controlled power switch
Number of them with web interface starting from ~$150 - I've just typed something like web controlled power switch