Opting out of Google Cars drive-by wifi snatch AND Microsoft’s Windows 10 Wifi Sense at the same time

September 10, 2016

To opt out of Google worldwide wifi collection you must add _nomap at the end of your wifi SSID

To do the same for Microsoft Wifi sense your wifi SSID must contain _optout somewhere.

So if your current wifi SSID is mysuperhomewifi it is highly recommended you change it to mysuperhomewifi_optout_nomap

Now, I hope there won’t be another “friendly” provider that will require its optingout string at the end of the SSID…

More info here :




Asus RT-AC66U router and Tomato

September 21, 2014

I’ll write a longer post sometime but as a reference I flashed my Asus RT-AC66U router with the Shibby mod of the great Tomato firmware project. This allows me to use lots of very nice features not available from the stock firmware.

I downloaded the firmware from : http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-AC/

I chose the newest directory (121-en at time of this writing) and in there chose the AIO (All In One) version of the file : tomato-RT-AC66U_RT-AC6x–121-AIO-64K

Update April 2015. I just upgraded to the latest release and it worked like a charm. I simply downloaded the version from the newest directory (128-EN) and chose the upgrade option from the menu : http://router-ip-address/admin-upgrade.asp.

A really well-done implementation !

On top of that Shibby is super reactive on the linksysinfo forum and answers most of the questions users ask : http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/tomato-shibbys-releases.33858/

This is such a great example of the superiority of opensource software : we do live in great times, long live the share economy !!

Update September 2016: I once again upgraded following the procedure and it worked great.
This time however I wanted to erase the NVRAM so that I could reclaim some of the memory as only 4% was left available.
I used the following commands to capture the settings I did not want to re-enter by hand (go to Tools / System commands and copy-paste the results in Notepad for example) :

  • QOS Settings : nvram export –set | grep qos
  • Access restrictions : nvram export –set | grep rrule
  • DHCP Rules : nvram export –set | grep dhcpd

Then once the upgrade was finished I restored the settings using the reverse commands :

  • nvram set qos
  • nvram set rrule
  • nvram set dhcpd

I finished with a NVRAM COMMIT

Lots of great info on this on http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/using-qos-tutorial-and-discussion.28349/page-3#post-138676
Great, great stuff….

How to configure ZoneAlarm to work with VyprVPN

June 8, 2011
2 steps

1: Add the VPN networks to the Trusted Zone.
us1.vpn.giganews.com for Los Angeles, CA
us2.vpn.giganews.com for Washington, DC
eu1.vpn.giganews.com for Amsterdam
hk1.vpn.giganews.com for Hong Kong
uk1.vpn.giganews.com for London

2: Allow VPN protocol to go through ZoneAlarm
Go to the Firewall option, click the Advanced button and select the check box labelled Allow VPN protocols at high security. Select the check box labelled Allow uncommon protocols at high security.

More info  here :


Skipping songs, scratching and hissing noise in iPod nano / iPod Touch or iPhone

March 27, 2011

A couple of months ago the songs transferred from  iTunes (I use Windows 7)  to my various Apple devices started skipping, scratching when I listened to them.  I knew  the songs themselves were ok as I could play them fine through iTunes. The symptoms were : songs would skip entire parts, a hissing noise would be heard when the cut occured. The skip would happen at random and would affect some songs but not others. This happened with my iPod nano, my iPod Touch and my iPhone.

At first I thought it was because I stored my library onto my NAS and it somehow became corrupted. So I recreated it. But the problem remained. I wiped out all my devices and retransferred my songs. But the problem remained….

Turned out to be a conflict between ZoneAlarm Extreme Security and iTunes ! As soon as I disabled ZoneAlarm I could transfer the songs and no more hissing/skipping. No need to desinstall ZoneAlarm, just disable it during the transfer and you should be ok. My version of ZoneAlarm Extreme Security is

How to install GPG in Windows

February 5, 2011
  1. Install GPG base files : http://www.gnupg.org/download/
  2. Install GPGee hook to Windows Explorer : http://www.net-security.org/software.php?id=642