Archive for February, 2009

Sharing your news service with yProxy yEnc Decoder

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

yProxy allows you to remotely share your news service. For example, you may need to share the news service that is provided by your ISP to other computers outside of your local network.

Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide their users with free news service. Some ISPs even subcontract their free news service through one of the premium news services such as Easynews.

Often, these ISP provided news services don’t require a login. Instead, the ISP uses the source IP address to allow or disallow access to the news service. So, as long as you’re on the ISP’s lines (at home), you can access the news service without question. However, if you aren’t at home, you can’t access the news service.

You might be away from home and need to access your ISP provided news service. Normally, you can only access the news service from home. However, yProxy allows you to share your connection from home.

In local mode, yProxy only accepts connections from the same physical computer where yProxy is running. This is for security. However, if you turn this mode off, yProxy will accept connections from anywhere.

Simply leave yProxy running on your home computer, you connect to yProxy remotely, and yProxy connectes to the news server over the ISP’s own lines. As far as the ISP knows, you’re sitting at home on your computer accessing the news server.

To setup yProxy and your computer for remote news service access, simply follow these steps, in order:

  1. Configure your home computer’s firewall to allow remote connections to local port 119 from the IP address that you will be connecting from. If you do not use the firewall to restrict access, the entire Internet may be able to connect to yProxy and share your news connection. In addition, if your firewall is enabled and you don’t specifically allow this type of connection, your firewall will probably block it by default. In other words, don’t skip this step.
  2. If you have a Internet router or Local Area Network at home, you will also need to configure your router or gateway, enabling port forwarding for port 119 and directing it to the address of the computer where yProxy is running. This is so you can reach the computer on your home Local Area Network from the Internet.
  3. On your home computer, run yProxy, but turn off the “Run locally only” Server option.
  4. Now, you just need to know the public IP address of your home computer. An easy way to get your home computer’s public IP address is to visit IPChicken from your home computer. Your home computer’s public IP address is the address that you will connect to remotely from your work or vacation. In your remote computer’s news reader settings, simply set the news server name to your home computer’s public IP address. This allows your news reader to connect to yProxy remotely on your home computer. yProxy will then connect to your free news service via your ISP.

Caveats

In case it isn’t obvious, you’ll need an always-on Internet connection at home. Most highspeed cable and DSL plans automatically provide this type of service. You will also need to leave your home computer on.

If your news service provider requires a login, you will need to configure your remote news reader with the required username and password.

Benefits of using yProxy yEnc Decoder as a remote news proxy:

  • Access your free or premium news service from anywhere
  • Share your news service with friends, family, and coworkers
  • yProxy still decodes yEnc messages for you, remotely

Disclaimer

Please note that some ISPs who provide news service restrict this type of use in their terms of agreement or other legal agreements which you may have signed. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are not violating the terms with your ISP, or be willing to face the consequences.

If you are paying a premium news service provider, they probably won’t care if you share their service because you are paying for the bandwidth usage, just as long as you don’t resell the service. Read your agreements or ask them if you’re unsure.

Audio and video over HDMI with EVGA nVidia GTX 260 and EVGA 780i motherboard

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

I have audio and video working over the HDMI cable using my EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card, mounted on my EVGA 780i motherboard, running Vista x64. I am able to hook my computer up to my digital television with a single HDMI cable instead of separate audio and video cables, and the connection is completely digital.

You do have to install the SPDIF cable on your video card and motherboard, and configure your audio settings to get it to work, but you only have to do this once.

Here are the steps to get audio and video over a single HDMI cable working with your  EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card and EVGA 780i motherboard on Windows Vista x64:

  1. Install the SPDIF cable that came with your EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card. It connects from the EVGA 780i motherboard to the video card. Follow EVGA’s instructions for installing the SPDIF cable. The instructions are the same for your hardware, regardless of the fact that the instructions state they are for older versions of the hardware.
  2. Download the latest nVidia reference drivers for your video card and install them.
  3. Install the audio drivers for the Realtek chip set that came with your motherboard. After you install the drivers, you will see a new option in the Windows Control Panel called Realtek HD Audio Manager. You will find it in the category “Additional Options”, or you will see it in the alphabetical listing if you select Classic View in the Windows Control Panel. Realtek does not provide updated drivers, so unless you download updated drivers from EVGA, don’t install any other drivers. I reiterate: Do not install any drivers off of Realtek’s website.
  4. Open the Realtek HD Audio Manager from the Windows Control Panel. You will find it in the category “Additional Options”, or you will see it in the alphabetical listing if you select Classic View in the Windows Control Panel.
  5. Stay away from the “Digital Output” tab of the Realtek HD Audio Manager. This is not the setting you want. It does not affect the HDMI output.
  6. Using the “DVI to HDMI adapter” that came with your EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card, hookup an HDMI cable from one of the DVI connectors on your EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card to the HDMI port on your digital television and ensure that your digital television is powered on.
  7. On your digital television or other device, select the input that corresponds to the HDMI port that you have plugged your computer into.  The “HDMI Output” tab will now appear in the Realtek HD Audio Manager.
  8. In the Realtek HD Audio Manager, select the “HDMI Output” tab.
  9. On the “HDMI Output” tab of the Realtek HD Audio Manager, select the button “Set Default Device”.
  10. Reboot your computer to be sure all the setting are properly configured and your drivers are installed.
  11. Set your screen resolution to the maximum resolution that your digital television supports.
  12. If you have another display device hooked up to the EVGA nVidia GTX 260 video card, you may need to configure the Mutliple Display Settings from the nVidia Control Panel to mirror or span your desktop across both displays.