So it seems that one place I work had someone log in with remote software from corporate but without asking first. Sure enough – a little digging in the events viewer look for events with these id’s for Dameware. 105,108,111,112,109. Even better – you can add a filter and on the filter window – you choose “By Source” and choose dwmrcs. Then – lo and behold – someone did log into my computer while I was using it. If you look at the 111 connect log, it tells you what computer, the username and no – permission is not required. How did I know? Dameware has a telltale screen goes black and flickers like your display cards are not working- then I realized – hold on – this is the same flicker that happened when I got remote help from corporate. One can add tasks and popups to event ID’s. 111 is the id that is the connect ID. Too bad I cannot get charge and get paid to do this research – but that is the life of a contractor – I get to do really cool things though.
Other things you can do is go to the sys tray icon and look for a green&red icon and right click on it. Choose “Who Is Connected”.
Who was it? Well – you could TRY – copying the host name and the IP and using Outlook’s Rules to copy any emails with these in the header – but no one emailed me from the machine from which they connected sadly. Lots of cool hidden stuff right on your desktop.
So I had an odd situation where one company I was working at turned off ALL OUTGOING ports (yes – all including the web) for all employees. You needed special permission and they would enable this. So all remote access was removed for all of my other clients – so I hitch hiked free wifi from a neighbour, but long ago – I moved my “My Documents” to a network drive. To switch this back … one needs to know a few things. My VS 2013’s IIS Express 8.0 would not read or write to its IIS config location (because it was still pointing to a network location which was unavailable) on the My Documents sub-folder. Well, here are the keys to solving it – DO NOT UNINSTALL IT YET – try some things first.
There are TWO registry entries to change My Documents. Read the command line stuff in this article and sure enough this was the key
reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders” /v “Personal” /t REG_SZ /d “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\Documents” /f
reg add “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders” /v “Personal” /t REG_EXPAND_SZ /d %%USERPROFILE%%”\Documents” /f
Note that the “Personal” key is the one that represents “My Documents” and on Windows 7 points the DOCUMENTS folder under your user profile. It is this 2nd one that was the clincher.
So, a lot of the ports I need at a client are getting shutdown to the point, where I cannot work at that location to get my work done. I have another client not too far that I can SOMETIMES pick up on their wireless signal. Hmmm, what if I had a directional antenna and can boost the signal strength and use their wifi? Well, I made a phone call tomy favourite Computer hardware shop – the Computer Rack here in Calgary to see if they gad an antenna and any ideas. He mentioned that I might consider an ASUS RT-N12 ($45 CDN) and put dd-wrt on it. Yes … I thought – that will do it … then, when I got home and got thinking about it, I had a old router that I put coova network on and … oh look another one – with nothing on it – a wrt54g v5. Lets try! Yes – I got it to work … Continue reading