HTC Sync Manager – No backup found yet

The HTC Sync Manager could not find my iPhone backup.  The Sync Manager is supposed to allow you to transfer content from your iPhone backup to your HTC phone.

Yet, I kept getting “No backup found yet”.
HTC - No backup found yet

I did have iPhone backups, but they were set to be encrypted.
iTunes - encryption selectedAfter de-selecting the encryption option, I did a fresh backup, and HTC Sync Manager was able to find the backup.

Yay!

My final(?) SAMBA Post – File copy performance.

sambalogov1200x154.pngI’ve written a bit about SAMBA before, and I hope this will be the last time I do.

A customer was complaining recently that the file copy performance from their Windows 7 PC to one of their Unix boxes was dreadful.  But file copy performance was ok if they were copying to a Windows Server.  The customer was kind enough to provide a network capture so I could see what was going on.

Looking at the network capture, I saw that communications to the Unix boxes were using the SMBv1 Protocol, and the communications to the Windows Servers were using SMBv2.

If you Google “smb performance windows 7″ you’ll find lots of complaints about Windows 7 being slower than Windows XP for Samba file copies.  It appears that SMBv1 file copies are in fact slower with Windows 7.

The solution I suggested to the customer was that they upgrade the SAMBA version on their Unix boxes to a version which supports SMBv2.  In particular, the “durable file handles” feature will fix their issues.  This SAMBA wiki page has further details.

South Face Road - Rawson end

Another “C” Road Trip – Korumburra to Walhalla.

This was a trip suggested by my good friend Rebecca.  165 km / 3h 40min according to Google Maps.

The C425 from Korumburra to Warragul.
This was actually the best part of the ride.  Nice roads with some moderate bends, not that many other motorcyclists on the roads, a bit windy at times.

The C425 from Warragul to Noojee
Noojee Trestle BridgeMore bikes.  Boring-ish road.  Best part of the ride was visiting the Noojee Trestle Bridge.  The bridge was rebuilt in 1939 following the Black Friday Bush Fires.  Bec tells me that public toilets at Neerim South are probably the best ones on the ride.

The C426 from Noojee to the South Face Road.
South Face Road or Mt Baw BawWinding.  On a sports bike it would be a hoot.  On a oversized super moto, less so.  But I still had fun ripping though the corners.  I remember getting to Tanjil Bend and thinking “Shit!  I’m lost.”  A check of the map and away I went.  Parts of this road would be very slippery in the wet, with all the leaf matter and all.  Most dangerous part of the trip was clueless riders using the whole road to corner.
You’ll eventually get to the Mt Baw Baw turnoff.  Not being a snow bunny, I continued onto the South Face Road.

The South Face Road
South Face Road - Rawson end26kms of unsealed winding road, with a bike running road tires and road tire pressures, what could possibly go wrong?!?  As it turns out, nothing.  But I wish I noticed on the map that it was dirt before I got to it.  As far as dirt roads go, it was smooth, and I wouldn’t want to go speeding into the bends.  My average speed was amount 50 km/h.  At the end of the South Face Road, I turned left towards the Thomson Dam.

Thomson Dam via C466
Thomson DamWhy???  Well it’s Victoria’s largest water reservoir, and I’ve never seen it.  It’s about a 20km ride up there.  Saw a speed camera car parked on the side of the road, which was a surprise.

South Face Road to Walhalla (C466 to C461)
The township of Rawson is a pleasant little place to stop and have a look around.  The road from Rawson to Walhalla becomes narrow in sections, slippery, and occasionally there is roadkill.  Nothing like a dead wombat to make you change your line, mid-corner.

Walhalla
Very much the tourist town, you could spend the day walking around looking at things.  The Long Tunnel Mine is worth a look if you’ve never been in a mine before.

Google maps link to the route here

Roaming Profiles and OneDrive for Business

OneDrive For BusinessThe customer reported that their roaming profile wasn’t saving to the network.

So I had a look.

The customer had sync’d 2GB of data using OneDrive and was storing it in their roaming profile.  The reason being something like “so it’s available wherever I log on.”

Which I understand.  But storing anything in a roaming profile becomes a trade off between portability and reliably.  Plus you can throw in “increasing network logon/logoff times when you have a larger roaming profile.”

Microsoft’s advice on this can be best described as “la la la I can’t hear you …”

For the OneDrive for Business sync app to work as designed, the following requirements must be met:

  • The application must be installed on the local computer.
  • The user must be able to write to the user profile.
  • Data that’s written to the user profile must be saved to the local hard disk and be available without a network connection.

Leong Chee Loon, MSFT Support

So Microsoft isn’t saying Roaming Profiles are not supported, but “user must be able to write to the user profile.”  But if your System Admin has set limits on how large the Roaming Profile can grow, then the user won’t be able to write to the user profile.

Or to put it another way, OneDrive for Business is not designed to be used with Roaming Profiles.

References:

IE8 on Windows XP does not support SNI

, 64px-Internet_Explorer_7_Logoor “you desktop IT people have broken something”.

Just before Windows XP gets to take a well earned retirement on “the farm”, it popped it’s ugly head up this week with an end user complaining we did something to break their new website

On purpose no less.

It seems IE8/Windows XP was receiving the wrong HTTPS certificate.

Upon investigation, I realised that the issue was that IE8 on WinXP does not support SNI.

Server Name Indication allows a web browser to tell a web host what site it is connecting to.  (A web host can host multiple web sites …).  The reason why a browser needs to tell the web host it connects to, is so the web browser gets the right HTTPS certificate.

If the browser does not support SNI then the browser will get the default web host certificate.  Which may cause certificate errors to be displayed in the browser.

To prove that it was a lack of SNI support causing the issue, I used the excellent Qualys SSL Labs SSL Server Test tool.

I suggested to the customer that they use an alternate web browser, until they can replace Windows XP.

Travelling the “C” Road

HeathcoteIn Victoria, we have several classifications of roads, the “C” classification being the lowest grade of the classified roads.

C’ roads are generally two lane sealed roads with shoulders. ‘C’ roads provide important links between population centres and between these centres and the primary transport network. An example of a ‘C’ road is the Geelong-Portarlington Road (C123).

The good thing about “C” routes is that they really are the road less travelled.  Not much traffic, not many police and you get to see things you otherwise would miss.

Such as riding over a crest on the Burke & Wills Track near Mia Mia, and having a kangaroo bound down the road in front of you.  Skippy was bouncing along at 25 km/h, before he decided to bound into the bush.

The other thing, you get to drop in to shops which have the “Best Shop Award” for the last 5 years running.  The cynic would wonder how so many bakeries/restaurants in the same region, can win so many different prizes?  Made up awards???  Surely not!

My two recent “C” road trips were as follows:
Melbourne –> Echuca (M2 C743 C325 B75 C347 C362 C351)
Melbourne –> Maffra (C101 M1 C426 C486 C103 C105)

(with thanks to Smee for suggesting the Echuca Route)

4 is the number of Melbourne Bike Share Bicycles I needed to get home last night.

Melbourne Bike Share and friends Bicycle 1: Federation Square
Bicycle had a buckled rear wheel, which I didn’t notice until I was powering along in third gear.

Bicycle 2: Coventry Street
Misaligned handle bars, so I was steering on an angle.

Bicycle 3: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Bike would “”skip”” a gear.  Not a big problem unless you’re powering along in 3rd gear and it skips on you.

Bicycle 4: Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
This one got me all the way home.

Aside from last nights problems, I’ve had a fairly good run with Melbourne Bike Share bicycles.  By my estimate and experiences so far, I reckon about 1 in 5 bicycles are faulty.