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Openvpn 2.3 on Ubuntu VPS PDF Print E-mail
Written by FHM   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:52

In this article, I will document the steps I did to install the latest OpenVPN version on Ubuntu 12.04. The latest version as of this writing is OpenVPN 2.3.2 vs the version of OpenVPN in the Ubuntu repos which is stuck at OpenVPN 2.2.1. I use OpenVPN to get a US IP for Netflix streaming from outside the US, this article explains more.  If you are all new to this and don't have time nor idea on how to install software, there is still hope for you, just read this article on how I started accessing geo-locked sites.

I installed this on my RamNode VPS and BlueVM VPS, I have signed up as an affiliate for both services, so if you are in the market for a VPS please use this link or this link to help me out.

Before anything, all VPN will degrade your internet speed because of the overhead of encryption, compression, latency, etc.  My experience in having my Asus RT-N16 as the VPN client, I get a performance hit of about 10-15%.  So please bear this in mind, that your speed will slow down a bit.

There basic steps in having a OpenVPN Server running on Ubuntu are the following:

  1. Enable TUN/TAP of your kernel (this is easily done via the SolusVM control panel)
  2. Add the repos of OpenVPN to your current repos to get the latest version
  3. Update the repos and install OpenVPN
  4. Download the Easy-RSA tool
  5. Configure the necessary certificates for your OpenVPN server
  6. Configure the Server options for your OpenVPN servers
  7. Configure/Match the Server options in a configuration (.OVPN) file for your clients.
  8. Transfer the required client certificates to your client computer, IPad, Android device, etc
  9. Import the downloaded client certificates to your OpenVPN client
  10. Connect
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:31
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Getting the US by VPN PDF Print E-mail
Written by FHM   
Saturday, 08 June 2013 19:07

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I few years back I wrote an article on enjoying watching shows from the US such as Netflix, Pandora, Hulu, etc.   Ever since that time, I have been enjoying the setup so much that I hardly watched any local cable/tv since I finalized my setup.  I have upgraded my internet connection to 8Mbps DL from my previous 3Mbps DL, so make sure you have adequate internet download speeds for streaming, anything lower than 2Mbps will produce deplorable stream.  You can check by watching youtube videos at 480p minimum (DVD quality) without maxing out your bandwidth, if you can do that then you may be a candidate for VPN.

My current setup right now are the following:

  • 1 Asus RT-N16 (with TomatoUSB 1.28 VPN)
  • 1 PS3
  • 1 Wii
  • 4 Roku Boxes
  • 1 LG LW-5600 Smart TV
  • 1 PC (Media Server)
  • 2 Ipads
  • 3 Galaxy Tabs
  • multiple notebooks/netbooks

A note about my devices, I bought them from the US even the TV because some devices are geo-locked at the hardware level.  The PS3 is one device that has geo-restrictions.  I bought the IPad locally but my account is US specific.  I have 2 US bought Galaxy Tabs that got the US apps and a locally acquired Galaxy Tab that won't out of the box.  However, any PC/Netbook/Notebook will work.  Please take note of these before moving forward.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:37
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HTML5 and the Audio tag PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:40

If you are using the new Audio tag of HTML5, you will have to have two versions of your favorite audio file, the .mp3 format and .ogg format.  Why? It's not because HTML5 requires the 2 files, but rather not all browsers support both formats.  For example, Firefox only supports the open-source Ogg Vorbis format (.ogg) and not .mp3, and IE9 only supports the .mp3 format and not the .ogg format.  So how come we can hear .mp3 in our Firefox and .ogg in our IE9, the answer is that the browser is not supporting the format, however, your browser's plugin most commonly Flash, Silverlight or any other plugin player supporting  the format.  What the diff?  The diff is that HTML5, the latest standard set by W3C which sets the standards for the internet, does not use any plugin or extension to play your media. This means that with HTML5 your audio or video will just play without installing any other plugin or extension.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:26
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How to convert MP3 to OGG using VLC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 16:22

 

In the following tutorial, I will show you a step by step conversion from .mp3 to .ogg format. I will be using VLC, if you are not familiar with VLC, it is time for you to go to their website, because you have been probably been frozen in an iceberg for the past 15 years. In any case, let us begin, by the way you can do the reverse converting from .ogg to .mp3 using the same steps.

 

Steps to follow.

  1. Fire up VLC
  2. Choose Media -> Convert/Save
  3. Click Add to choose file to convert
  4. Look for the file to convert and load it up
  5. Click Convert/Save
  6. Click Browse
  7. Go to location where you want to save file, enter the filename including the extension (.ogg)
  8. Choose Ogg Vorbis in profile
  9. Click Start
  10. Wait for it to finish
  11. You have 2 copies
Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 10:09
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Enjoying StrongVPN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 11 July 2011 21:07

My residence is outside the United States of America. I have long been envious of friends and relatives who have access and take for granted the amount of content only available to residents of the United States. Sites such as Hulu, Netflix, Vudu and others have long evaded my access. Not anymore, with the my discovery of StrongVPN, a virtual private network provider.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 16:35
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