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VNC > stunnel > PuTTY > nc > nc > PuTTY > stunnel > VNC [Thursday 24th November 2005 at 11:26 pm]

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[Feeling |sleepysleepy]
[Playing |The Return of the King ~ Howard Shore/The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King]

Or, in other words, how to make an encrypted VNC connection when both ends are behind a firewall. Abusing PuTTY's fun. Abusing stunnel is also fun. The combination makes for some mind-boggling network connections that are somewhat reminescent of Uplink (and if I had my Linux box on, I could have added another bounce in there somewhere). And all because there's no native free SSH server for Win32 (the OpenSSH one requiring Cygwin and a Linux-style configuration and account setup).

Anyway, on to other stuff. There's not been an update for a while, mainly because there's not been anything much to write about. University assignments are ticking over nicely, apart from HCI where we're all doomed anyway, and the computers here seem to have learnt to behave. Either that or they're just biding their time, waiting to annoy me.

Speaking of computers, a recent addition to Igor (aka. Achilles, The Desktop, That Stupid Pile Of... Of... Argh!) courtesy of ricold has been a TV capture card, with which I have rediscovered TV. With this I can now get my weekly Top Gear and Scrapheap Challenge fixes, all from the comfort of my chair. With enough effort I could probably rig up automated recording of those as well, and turn my computer into a TiVo-type widget.

Hmm, maybe I should rig up a quiet system just for recording and watching TV. Shouldn't take much to run - all that's needed is a TV card, bit of RAM, reasonable CPU, and plenty of disk. Hardware Mpeg-2 encoder would be nice as well, as that way I don't have to put in anything particularly fast for a processor. I could in theory take Odysseus (aka. The Aptiva, The Linux Box), swap the processor out for one which doesn't have a fan, swap the power supply out for a modern quiet one (not that it needs anything much for power - the supply's rated at around 150W. You get bigger *laptop* supplies), pull the case fan and stick a quiet hard disk in there. The only downside is that this box is a good ten years old now, and so only has an original Pentium clocked at 166MHz in it (not even MMX!) with a mere 48MB of RAM. It does have a CPU upgrade (K6-II clocked at 300MHz), but the BIOS has a tendency to disagree with the upgrade and claim that, for example, the processor is not installed. Or is clocked at 0MHz. And I don't think there's that much in the way of realtime full-PAL video codecs that run with that little processing power. Perhaps some kind of Beowulf cluster, made out of a bunch of old Pentium-era laptops, would do the trick. Though at that point I'm probably better off picking up some off-the-shelf components and building a Mini-ITX system instead.

Moving on to the film spoilerreview section: A couple of weeks ago I saw the Wallace and Gromit film. Very good, and well worth watching. I do like the Heath Robinson style of inventions in it, with things like the auto-starter for the minivan. Most auto-starters involve a hefty battery and an equally hefty electric motor. Wallace's one involves a robotic hand that pops out the front, sticks a winding handle into the hole, and gives that a few cranks. Similar things along that line include the windscreen wipers, which have three settings: light rain, heavy rain, heavy loam.

Also in the film rumour section: latest news is that a Legend of Zelda film is being considered by the Big N (after the Metroid film, which appearently might actually happen). Various posts on the various Zelda fansites have mentioned this, andthe source appears to be an interview given by a high-up in Nintendo. It's been somewhat amusing to see the different reactions to this. A quick sweep of the forums shows a lot of people going "Noooo! Link will speak and that will kill it", along with others going "If they do this then it must be anime or CG as live action would suck". I'm actually a bit suprised at those comments, considering that a lot of people disliked Wind Waker for it's cel-shading. Personally, I'm siding with those who aren't denouncing it before the script's even been started. A Zelda film could work quite well, it could be live-action (which personally I'd prefer to CG or anime), Link could speak without destroying it, and it doesn't have to be a retelling of Ocarina of Time. Nintendo probably have the ability to make it a success, as long it doesn't get mangled by Hollywood. Still, I'm going to keep an open mind about it until I actually see more concrete information about it, and (more importantly) until such time as the film comes out (assuming of course that it happens).

Ah well. 'Twill be amusing if Twilight Princess gets bad ratings for *not* being cel-shaded, or *not* being "kiddie".
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[User Picture]From: loobywibble
Friday 25th November 2005 at 10:52 am (UTC)
Wallace and Gromit rocked so very hard- personally I loved Gromit vs Victor's dog at the end with the purse and the coin-op plane.
But it didn't beat the sticker on Wallace's box.

I don't know what to make of the Zelda movie thing, the words 'Super Mario Brothers Movie' spring to mind. If the rumours do prove to be true then I don't think I'll be seeing it. It'll only be a disappointment. Last time I got hyped up about a movie that I desperately wanted to see made I was bitterly disappointed (that movie being Troy Tripe). If it were live action then I reckon that there'd be far too many comparisons with LOTR and I can't see anyone suitable to play the leads (though Brian Blessed would make a pretty good Darunia in my book), personally I'm a fan of the anime route, particularly if it were on a par with the animation in Mononoke Hime.
Oh well, we'll have to wait and see.
(Is it snowing in Sussex this morning?)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Friday 25th November 2005 at 6:24 pm (UTC)
"May contain nuts"

As I said, I'm keeping an opn mind regarding the whole Zelda movie thing. It could work, but we won't know unless/until it gets made and released. They could do something new as well, rather than retell, say, Ocarina of Time.

It's not snowed in Sussex yet, although there was plenty of ice in places this morning and the beeb are forecasting sleet in the next day or two. Looks like Cornwall got hit hard by the snow though.
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[User Picture]From: loobywibble
Friday 25th November 2005 at 8:27 pm (UTC)
Gotta love those sight gags.

Latest news on the movie front is that it's a false alarm and a misquote. Many fans breathe a sigh of relief.

We got the tail end of the snow in Exeter, I woke up this morning to everything being completely white outside. Wicked. And I called home this evening to find out that it had just started snowing in Kent, so you might get a bit of it before too long.
(BTW, I used to live in Sussex until about eight years ago. Small world.)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 26th November 2005 at 5:09 pm (UTC)
Still no snow here.

(whereabouts in Sussex, if you don't mind me asking? BTW I nearly went to Exeter uni instead of Sussex, but decided I liked the course at Sussex better)
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