Archive | May 8, 2006

WinSCP 3.8.1 released

WinSCP (Secure Copy) lets you copy, move or synchronize files and folders between two machines over a secure (ssh) tunnel. It offers a simple two-panel local-remote file explorer supporting drag-and-drop, a toolbar of utilities (rename, move, copy, etc.) and intuitive operation. I use WinSCP all the time to keep remote Linux machines up to date with local Windows machines while doing development. (Actually, the “local Windows machine” is almost always using files on a networked share via SMB that’s actually a Linux file server running Samba, so I’m really just using Windows as the pretty GUI to synch two Linux machines, but I digress.)

WinSCP has just released a new version, v. 3.8.1, with a significant list of changes, improvements and bug fixes. SCP (really ssh) servers are available for most platforms and interoperate between different OSes. Check out WinSCP.

Limited User Access bugs

Garrett Fitzgerald blogs: “I noticed that Aaron Margosis had stopped blogging, but I missed that he had started back up. He has a list of ways to fix or work around bugs involving not running as Admin starting here and going forward for a couple of posts. Aaron is the creator of MakeMeAdmin, which is a little script that makes it easier to run with limited access.”

With the rampant security problems Windows has been experiencing, I reconfigured my development machine into an Least Privileged User configuration over a year ago. It’s a pain, and some applications just fall apart, especially with installing modules or updates. “Run As…” solves the problem in some cases, but others are a lot more difficult. The Linux/Unix/OSX model of security rights seem to map more easily into these situations than the “only one user is logged on” mentality of Windows. I’ll have to check out Aaron’s utilities to see if they can help bridge the gap.

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