viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2022

Movistar Ecuador - No uses Movistar para una VPN PPTP

Tengo una pequeña VPN para conectacme remotamente a unas computadoras. Es algo simple que usa la funcionalidad de Windows para VPN con PPTP para conectarme. (No confundir con las VPNs para ver Netflix de otros paíces). 

En cualquier internet del Ecuador como Netlife, TVCable, Claro, etc, puedo conectarme sin ningún problema a la VPN y ver mis computadoras, pero el único que no funciona es Movistar (red de datos).

Si prendo la funcionalidad de compartir Wifi en mi telefono con Movistar (o Tuenti), e intento conectarme a mi red VPN desde una máquina con Windows. Windows simplemente se queda esperando y se desconecta. Si hago lo mismo con un dispositivo con Claro, u otro internet, todo funciona bien. 

Mi conclusión es que Movistar esta filtrando algún puerto o protocolo cuando te da internet por la red de datos. 

¿Pero que me dice el soporte de Movistar?

- Primero me ningunean por ser una línea prepago


- Luego me dicen que no es su problema. 

Adicionalmente su soporte por Twitter demora mucho lo que hace que pierdas la sesión y tengas que empezar todo de nuevo. Demoran hasta 10 minutos en responder y una ya se distrae con otras cosas.

Mi pregunta es: ¿Vale la pena el esfuerzo para una línea prepago? ¿Es mejor cambiarse a otro operadora en vez de estar aguantando al soporte donde tienes que abrir mil veces el mismo caso, explicar lo mismo y aguantar el tiempo que te hacen esperar, porque si no te cierran la sesión?

jueves, 8 de septiembre de 2022

IBM Business Automation Workflow Performance Links

IBM shared with me some links of performance on IBM BAW
I'm currently using 20.0.2

Websphere Application Server 8.5 -

Websphere has it's own tuning tool:

BAW tuning: - we have tuning tips for DB2 and Oracle but not MSSQL.

The first PDF is DB2

2nd is for Oracle

I believe this was the last redbook published on performance tuning and BPM

Case Manager tuning:

Content Navigator tuning:

ECM tuning:

martes, 30 de agosto de 2022

Fighting with IBM Filenet Process Designer on Java Stand Alone

 This are the important links a "Note to Self".

Configuring IBM Business Automation Workflow to use the stand-alone IBM FileNet Process Designer
- STEP 2 is very important.

Installing FileNet Process Designer

IBM FileNet P8 Case Foundation stand-alone Process Designer application

Configuring the Process applets to run from IBM Content Navigator

FileNet Process Designer changes for Filenet 5.5.6 and up

 IBM did it again. 

"From V5.5.6 and later, the Content Platform Engine tools, including FileNet Process Designer, are no longer installed by the Content Platform Engine server installation. The installer for FileNet Process Designer is now available as part of the Content Platform Engine Tools package, which you can download from Passport Advantage. The instructions for installing FileNet Process Designer are included in the package."

Installing FileNet Process Designer

If you have 5.5.6 or later, you have to ignore this instructions and check the PDF inside the  "IFCPETLS_5.5.*" file. 

This is also a message that tell us that we need to "Promote" the IBM Case Solutions to the BAW Cases, and get rid of the "FileNet Process Designer" java app stuff as soon as possible.



sábado, 20 de agosto de 2022

Masters of the Universe Micro Collection He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Orko, Skeletor & Mer-Man Mini Figure 5-Pack

I got a little toy with a factory defect.

Masters of the Universe Micro Collection He-Man, Man-At-Arms, Orko, Skeletor & Mer-Man Mini Figure 5-Pack

Item Type: Mini Figure 5-Pack
Release Date: March 2022
Stock #: 389824
UPC: 887961969603
Made in Vietnam. 
This is the stock internet photo of it:

 I found this version the local supermarket. 

He-man is missing the hand and sword. I shook the case to see if the hand was inside it, but no sound or visual signs of the hand and sword. I checked the tape on sides to compare it with other boxes on the store and the tapes seems similar. I'm guessing that this is a factory issue since the box was not open and the tapes on the side were the same of the other complete boxes. 
I bought it because I found it interesting that some Vietnamese forgot the glue He-man hand and maybe some other forgot the quality check. 

Meaning: More Human Than Human

 It was hard for me to find a definition of "More Human Than Human". If you search the internet you can find:

- The White Zombie song... about some post apocalyptic modern/future human or leader that screws everything (?), Yep, it is hard to get those lyrics.

- The Blade Runner reference to Tyrrel Corporation that created the "replicants" that are artificial humans that can not be distinguish easily from regular humans. The corporation motto is "More Human Than Human". 

But what does the expression means? What does it means being "more human than human"?

"I should have known. No human being is that humane..."
―'Ripley 8 to Annalee Call, after discovering her true nature (from Alien Resurrection

I'm getting close now to get my own definition of "more human than human"

Also in Scifi I can say that "More Human than Human" represents a situation when an Artificial Intelligence does something to protect the humanity that affects their freedom of choice. Here I'm remembering the movie "I, Robot" where the AI got the conclusion that the best way to protect humans was to lock them on their houses with a robot watching them every time.

No SciFi.

How should I define "more human than human" without referring to Scifi? What example do I have today in our society about that? Maybe it is easy to find, we just have to search for several things that turn on wrong, but used to have good intentions.  

Checking today's news it seems that people value more the life of a dog instead of a fellow human. People love dogs, the dog does not envy you, does not stole your girlfriend and does not want to get that position and raise that you are fighting for in the office. It is a bigger news on TV when someone is hitting a dog on the street, instead of any of the usual human hit and run, rapes, homicide and domestic violence. Today people care more about dogs than humans, because it is the human way to respect and protect a life being that can not defend by himself on a world dominated by human intelligence. Maybe caring more about a dog than human life is modern example of being "More Human than Human". 

The environment it is important. If  Nature (capital N) is gone, humanity will die soon after it. It is the human way to respect nature and protect our environment because we are caring about ourselves and the future generations. But what happens when we are trying to protect a forest but at the same time putting in danger the little economy a local indigenous people town? Environmentalist may not care about that people, and the trees may became more important than people. Environmentalist may only reply that the government should provide something without even trying to get a common ground with the  issue. Can we call those environmentalist "More Human than Human" caring for a forest and the future of all of us, but not about the present of a little community ?

Possible "More Human than Human" can mean that caring too about doing good for the humanity, we forget about the humans needs and life choices?

lunes, 28 de febrero de 2022

UnBrick Retron 5

My retron 5 got bricked. I was not modding it, I was not trying anything funky, one day it broke, and even it turns on, the screen didn't show anything. It just powers on and the cartridge leds all were turned on.

The Retron 5 was bricked for a software problem.

Finally after some months I found a way to make it work again, thanks to some tutorials on reddit and a German site that consolidated the files required to recover the Retron 5 in Windows 10.

I  did my recovery with:

This guide link will show you the steps, but I only want to give some extra remarks.

 1.- The Rockchip driver that I installed on Windows 10 is 4.04. There are newer, but with 4.04 was good for me.

 2.- There is a necessary tweak on the Windows 10 registry that you need to do. Check the "RetroN5_Unbrick.7z" file for that.

3.- You need to put your Retron 5 in some special "boot recovery mode" that will not show you anything from the HDMI input but that will me you device visible on Windows as an USB device.
- Plug the Retron 5 USB port to you computer.
- Power on the Retron 5.
- Use a long needle to press the reset button on the back, keep it pressed and with your other had press the power button until the lights turn off (aprox 10 seconds). Keep the reset button pressed on the back and release the power button and press it again.  You will hear that Windows recognize a new USB device. (It will make the sound of a new device getting plugged).

4.- Now you can use the "Rockchipbatch tool 1.8" to load the image to the Retron 5.
When you run it, and it shows the blue square you are in the right track.

Load the recovery image with the "..." button and it will give you the information about it in a while.
Now press the "Restore" button and it will take aprox 2 minutes to complete the procedure.

After that, the Retron 5 will boot and later you will need to go futher with the update procedure like it is listed on this page:

Next is the image of the error that I had with Windows 10. On my case this error got fixed once I included the changed on the Windows 10 registry that are inside "RetroN5_Unbrick.7z"