Wednesday, April 08, 2009

How to VNC from an Android phone to a Linux Computer Securely with an encrypted ssh tunnel.

I know I have not posted anything in forever, but this is just so nerdy I had to post it. I got my full Ubuntu Linux desktop on my T-Mobile G1, and I did it very securely. Here is how you can do it too (provided of course you have an Android powered handset, Linux at home and a desire to show off to nerds everywhere).

To create a secure SSH tunnel to your Linux computer from an android phone;

This guide assumes a few things; that you have an ssh server and VNC server running on your home system, and that you have your home router setup to forward ssh traffic to your home computer. Every router is slightly different so I cannot write a guide for them all, but it should be quite easy to figure out with some basic Google searching. I recommend dyndns to get your routers external facing IP updated through DNS to you can connect with less of a headache when your ISP changes your IP.

1) Download ConnectBot to your phone from the android marketplace, put in your computers IP or hostname information (and password of course). You may want to test this first step to make sure you can ssh in before you set up the port forward.

2) In ConnectBot click menu key on the phone.

3) Click Port Forwards on the screen.

4) Click menu on the phone.

5) Click Add port forward on the screen.

6) Enter the following settings.

Nickname: VNC

Type: Local

Source Port: 5901

Destination: 192.168.X.X:5900 (the Xs of course representing your local IP address on your home system, not the IP address of your Internet facing router. You can find your you IP with the ifconfig command)

7) Download androidVNC to your phone from the android marketplace.

8) Open androidVNC and enter the following settings.

Nickname: (leave this field blank)

Password: (The password you set up on your remote computer for VNC, check the Keep box)


Port: 5901

9) Click connect and you should be connected!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Avast ye scurvy dogs, today be international talk like a pirate day, Arr.

My pirate name is:

Iron Jack Roberts

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Two things complete your pirate persona: style and swagger. Maybe a little too much swagger sometimes -- but who really cares? Arr!

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

My nerdioucity says I'm a Highly Dorky Nerd God.  What are you?  Click here!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's a Boy

Just a quick post to let everyone see Arthur Michael Perg. (looks pretty happy for less then four hours old hu?)

Oh yeah, and the "important" stuff.
8 lbs, 5 oz.
21 in. long
Born Monday the 13th at 11:17pm (I think that's the right time anyway), at OU's Childrens hospital.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


You know, I remember being told when I was younger that life was not fair, but you know I didn’t honestly expect it to be this bad. I guess I shouldn’t complain. I do have a lot that other people are deprived of, a wife who loves me more than anything, a handsome intelligent son, a place to live, a car to drive, and a decent job that I am very good at. Still though, let us take a few cases in point.

Healthcare: I have to pay three hundred dollars a month for health insurance just in case anyone in my family gets sick. Of course spending three hundred dollars a month in case we might get sick means that if we do get sick we can’t afford the co-pay (unless of course we don’t mind not eating for a few days). I myself haven’t been sick in….at least five years (at least not sick enough to go to the doctor). My wife is the same way. Now we do have a son, and he needs to be seen as he grows up (as all kids do), but I think thirty six hundred dollars a year (plus the cost of co-pays) is a bit frickin excessive. That brings us to my next point in healthcare, having children. My wife is due in late august, and you might think paying thirty six hundred dollars a year for health insurance we would be taken care of to a certain extent. Wouldn’t you? Well you would be wrong; it is going to cost us over three thousand dollars out of pocket up front to have our next kid (when you count midwives, prenatal vitamins, birthing kit, and all that fun stuff). I won’t even go into how stupid it is that the insurance company will happily help pay a lot more for unnecessary surgery (C section) that can be full of expensive life threatening complications, and won’t help pay for a safe, cheep (at least comparatively so), reliable, and noninvasive midwife assisted birth. Whole stupid system is broken, if we just made a few dollars less a month we could get free healthcare, and if we made a few hundred dollars more the healthcare prices we do have to pay wouldn’t seem so bad (though maybe if insurance companies and doctors and hospitals weren’t so f’in stupid sometimes the costs wouldn’t be so high).

Education: Ok, here is what we have got. I pay hundreds of dollars a year to support an education system that is more concerned with teaching kids that they have to do what they are told and conform, rather than teaching things like reading, math, science, history, you know the basics. I make the obvious decision, home schooling. Now what happens to that money the schools would get for my kids, because the schools only get paid by headcount? Well that money just disappears gets sucked up by some wing of the government I guess (probably by No Such Agency, the NSA). Why can’t I just keep my money and use it to help educate my kid to the betterment of society? Oh yeah because it wouldn't get the government more money.

Work/Capitalism: Ok I won’t get into this one, I could rant for days. I mean really when did it become all about the bottom line no matter whose lives you crushed?

War: Once again, too big a subject to broach right now, but I do have to say shooting people who kill people to show that killing is wrong always works, and is always a good idea (really).

I was always under the impression that even though life is not fair (and we all know it’s not) that people as individuals would still try and be fair. I thought that people in power needed to be honest, and do the right thing. Heck, I remember when everyone actually knew what the right thing was, that life was important. I miss the country I thought I was in.

Even if it wasn’t fair, it at least made sense.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I am so Neutral Good

Your Score: Neutral-Good

74% Good, 54% Chaotic

Plane of Existence: Elysium, "Blessed Fields". Description: The plane of peace. Notable Inhabitants: Guardinals - noble immortal humanoids with bestial features.

Examples of Neutral-Goods (Ethically Neutral, Morally Good)

Cloud Strife (FFVII)
Boogenhagen (FFVII)
Mother Theresa
Sidhartha Gautama (the Buddha)
Bilbo & Frodo Baggins
Samwise Gamgee
Indiana Jones
The Dali Lama
Ben (O-Bi-Wan) Kenobi
Luke Skywalker
Harry Potter

Often goes along with the laws and desires of the group as being the easiest course of action, but ethical considerations clearly have top priority. May pursue quite abstract goals. Often aloof and difficult to understand.

Will keep their word to others of good alignment
Would not attack an unarmed foe
Will not use poison
Will help those in need
May work with others
Indifferent to higher authority
Indifferent to organizations

Neutral Good "Pure Good"

A neutral good [person] will obey the law, or break it when he or she sees it will serve a greater good. He or she is not bound strongly to a social system or order. His or her need to help others and reduce their suffering may take precedence over all else. Neutral good [people] do good for goodness' sake, not because they are directed to by law or by whim.

This alignment desires good without bias for or against order.

Other Alignments and Tendencies (Tendenices are what you would more often sway towards; esp. for Neutrals):
0-39% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Evil
0-39% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: Neutral-Evil
0-39% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Evil
40-60% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Neutral
40-60% Good, 40-60% Chaotic: True Neutral
40-60% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Neutral
61-100% Good, 0-39% Chaotic: Lawful-Good
61-100% Good, 61-100% Chaotic: Chaotic-Good

Link: The Alignment Test writte> n by xan81 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Saturday, May 05, 2007


Got this from my Wife's Total Waste of Bandwidth.

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified!) about what people remember about you.