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rdesktopce issues

If rdesktopce has issues to connect to a Remote Desktop Server keep in mind that is only supported up to Windows Server 2008. Depending on your settings and the installed or not installed updates, rdesktopce may not be able to connect. I cannot fix this!

If rdesktopce connects to a Windows 2008 R2 server and shows only a desktop with blue background, try the following setting in Remote Desktop Session Host configuration:

Change “Security Layer:” to “Negotiate”

The same setting prevents rdesktopce to connect to a Windows 2012 R2 Server! Currently no solution for this issue.

Convert / Mogrify slow, try epeg

Recently I had a set of images to resize from 8000×10000 pixels down to 2048 pixels maximum. As previously I started with mogrify (mogrify -sample ‘2048>x2048>’ -monitor *.jpg) but it was terrible slow and slowed down my netbook to be totally unusable. Crap….

I looked for alternatives and found epeg. Download and compiled from After fetching libjpeg-dev and libexif-dev, it compiled without error. Finally needed to do ldconfig.

It was lightning fast and did not slow down my netbook (1GHz, 1GB, atom2 proc.). Unfortunately I had to convert file by file (i.e. epeg -v -w=2048 -h=2048 –max=2048 -p image01.jpg image01_.jpg), but that was done from a script.

If you ever look for fastest resizing give epeg a chance.

WICD does not reconnect after suspend: obtaining IP address

My Debian 8 Jessie installed Acer Aspire One netbook had problems reconnecting after suspend resume.

WICD showed obtaining IP address for a long time and finally gave up or so. Tried dhclient and dhcpcd, no change. Tried debug mode, which results in the netbook sometimes did not resume to the OS and I had to do a hard reset :-(. Disabled debug logging option in wicd.conf again. Could not live with hard resets.

Changed dhcp server from integrated one in router (tested with different models) to my Linux Debian SID server, no change.

I added the option nolink (for buggy interfaces, found in man dhcpcd and dhcp.conf and inspried by LinuxQuestions.Org) to /etc/dhcpcd.conf and now WICD reconnects fine and fast after setting dhcpcd as external DHCP Client. WICD is version 1.7.24.

Issue solved 🙂

UPDATE 31.8.2016:

Bad news: WICD still does not resolve DHCP address. I mostly have to Cancel the ‘Obtaining IP address…’ process and manually connect. Some times it connects on first time but some times on second or thrird attempt.

Now tested connman. But it behaves alsoe strange. After first install everything looked fine. But after reboot it stated no services available or other strange errors about no wifi and sh.. After some more tests I relaized that connman is not really integrated into Debian. Maybe it is good for ArchLinux? Fortunately I always got a connection using ifdown/ifup for wlan0.

Finally I switched to network-manager and network-manager-gnome. And that impressed me. It connects very, very fast. Hopefully that will be reliable. Suspend and resume also works fine without fiddeling in any conf files so far.

BTW: I am running two Cisco APs with same SSID/WPA2 passphrase, so the devices can roam (no AP controller, just the Cisco APs). Possibly that makes WICD nervous?

Development: Windows 10 UWP Wireless Label/Receipt printer demo

As I already wrote the small demo apps for wireless printing of Label and Receipts for Android and Windows Phone 8, I now wrote such demo now for Windows UWP. The applciation was tested on a Windows 10 Phone running Windows 10 Iot Enterprise Edition.

The code is based on the Windows Universal Sample app BTRFCommChat, but uses a different, single page layout.

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