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Archive for the ‘Hardware’ Category

When a ScanSnap ix500 blinks an orange light/LED/button

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/20

Still not sure why (as the WiFi here didn’t change) but I had the LED of my ScanSnap ix500 scan button light up orange instead of blue.

Via How to Connect More than One Mobile Device to Your ScanSnap iX500 [WayBack], I found out it means this:

If the light is orange, go to the ScanSnap Wireless Setup Tool and check the mobile connection.


Evernote suggests to have it re-connect over WPS [WayBack] but in as WPS has big security issues this is not a good idea.

So I hooked it up over USB and re-registered it to the WiFi connection. You can do this from both a Windows PC and Mac:

configure your ScanSnap iX500 to a different router, follow the step-by-step instructions here [WayBack]

If I ever want to use it on Linux: it is possible to get it to work, see 12.10 – Does the ScanSnap IX500 work with Ubuntu? – Ask Ubuntu


Posted in Fujitsu ScanSnap, Hardware, ix500, Power User, Scanners | Leave a Comment »

The woods and trees of OpenSuSE on single-board computers – image abbreviations – and getting it installed using OS X

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/27

Finding the right image

There are many single-board computers on the OpenSuSE hardware-compatibility list (HCL), including:

A lot of them have ready to go images, often for Tumbleweed, however none of the pages explain the below image differences hence the one-line for each:

Since I wanted a headless system, JeOS was what I needed.

As it wasn’t available for my ODroid C1+ but was for my Raspberry Pi 2 and as my main machine is a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro Late 2013 [WayBack] below are the steps I used to get the image working.

Installing the Raspberry Pi 2 image using OS X

The below Raspberry Pi2 link will redirect to the correct image in the generic download directory

For other Raspberry Pi versions, you can find them here:

I installed on a 8 gigabyte SD card that revealed itself as /dev/disk1 using this diskutil command (via osx – List all devices connected, lsblk for Mac OS X – Ask Different [WayBack])

diskutil list

So this wrote the image to SD card in a sudo su - prompt:

unxz --keep openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-JeOS-raspberrypi2.armv7l-2016.08.20-Build2.1.raw.xz; \
diskutil umount "/dev/${targetDevice}s1"; \
dd bs=1m of="/dev/r${targetDevice}" if=openSUSE-Tumbleweed-ARM-JeOS-raspberrypi2.armv7l-2016.08.20-Build2.1.raw; \
sync; \
diskutil list; \
diskutil eject "/dev/${targetDevice}"

or if you want to select which image to “burn”:

unxz --keep ${imageName}.xz; \
diskutil umount "/dev/${targetDevice}s1"; \
dd bs=1m of="/dev/r${targetDevice}" if=${imageName}; \
sync; \
diskutil list; \
diskutil eject "/dev/${targetDevice}"

A few notes:

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Posted in *nix, Development, Hardware, Hardware Development, Linux, openSuSE, Power User, Raspberry Pi, Single-Board Computers, SuSE Linux, Tumbleweed | 1 Comment »

inversepath/usbarmory: USB armory: open source flash-drive-sized computer

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/01/26

Source: Inverse Path - USB armory

Source: Inverse Path – USB armory

usbarmory – USB armory: open source flash-drive-sized computer

Roughly EUR 100 excluding, SD card, host adapter and enclousure.

Source: inversepath/usbarmory: USB armory: open source flash-drive-sized computer

Since I was talking about security anyway…. this is a nice toy for breaking open laptops or desktops when the administrator forbade the installation of software, or you want software on it executed. This is often the case with company devices, e.g. the laptops which are supplied by banks to their 3rd party suppliers. Outsourcing is cool, remember?

This is a computer on a stick which can run a Linux kernel. In combination with some USB gadget kernel modules, it can be configured to authenticate itself as any device. All you need to do is plug it in, and iterate by brute force through the device identifiers until you hit one which is accepted to be used. Store the statically linked software you want to install or run on the stick beforehand, and here you go. So if you ever need a SSH client on a “secure” Windows laptop… putty.exe FTW.

Posted by Ralf Ramge – Google+


via: Since I was talking about security anyway…. this is a nice toy for breaking open laptops or desktops when the administrator forbade the installation of… – Kristian Köhntopp – Google+

Posted in *nix, Hardware, Pen Testing, Power User, Security, USB | Leave a Comment »

4K/5K monitors: when your RDP session has small black bands limiting the height/width to 2048/4096 pixels

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/08/29

Sometimes RDP limits you to 2048 pixels vertical (or 4096 pixels horizontal)

Sometimes RDP limits you to 2048 pixels vertical (or 4096 pixels horizontal)

Just found out why on some Windows versions, the RDP sessions form my 4K monitor has some small black bands on top/bottom: older versions of Windows limit their RDP server to 4096 x 2048.

A 4K monitor will not hit the width limit (as 4K cheats: it is usually “just” 3840 pixels wide), but it does hit the height limitation (2160 is slightly more than 2048: you miss 112 pixels that show as two small black bands).

A 5K monitor is worse: it will hit both limits (5K does not cheat: at 5120 × 2880 it is exactly 5*1024 pixels wide) so you miss 124 pixels horizontally and a whopping 832 pixels vertically.

Don’t buy a 5K monitor yet if you do a lot of RDP work to older Windows versions.

The link below has a table listing various Windows versions, but it omits end-of-life versions so I’ve done some testing: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 share the same limitations as Windows Server 2008 most likely because their latest service packs share the same RDP 6.1 version.

I updated this in the table:

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Posted in 4K Monitor, 5K monitor, Displays, Hardware, Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

On the clusterfuck of USB standards and why USB-C cables in the end might be a good thing – Dutch article

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/07/24

Interesting read: De veelbelovende warboel van usb-c – Achtergrond – Tweakers.

This Dutch article explains about the clusterfuck of USB standards and why USB-C cables in the end might be a good thing.

Watch your cables!



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