GNS3 + Xshell 5 = Win

For those of you that may not know (and most don’t), there is an excellent freely licensed (for home use) shell, ssh, telnet and serial terminal emulator for the Windows platform that I have been using (when not using my tried and true Secure CRT) for some time now call Xshell 5┬áby NetSarang. Xshell 5 is a fantastic piece of software that has some really cool features baked in that I truly enjoy. My most favorite feature is the tabbing feature called “Arrange Tiled”. This golden nugget feature allows me to easily fill up my screen real-estate with vty session windows (or whatever session you tend to use). Marry this emulator with GNS3 and you have a command line experience that’s hard to get elsewhere.

To get Xshell 5 to work in GNS3 simply navigate to Edit > Preferences. Under the General gns3_consolesection click on the Console Applications tab on your right. Click on the ‘Edit’ button next to ‘Console application command for Telnet:’ and from the resulting menu that emerges simply use the drop-down menu to select Xshell 5 as GNS3 has built-in support for this. Now you can finally feel like a true Hollywood nerd. Happy hacking.


The Best Computer Desk You Never Knew About

I have a few wire racks in my home that I use for various purposes, to include organizing my kids bedrooms by serving as their entertainment hub. In addition to the wire rack I had managed to squeeze a computer desk in their room as well. While working on getting a new bedroom fixed up it came to me to consolidate the computer desk and entertainment rack concept into a single entity. After much pondering it occurs to me how truly awesome one of these wire racks could be as a re-purposed computer desk. After some minor shelving adjustments and a hard-wood surface purchase later, I have a fully functional (and epic) computer desk that’s on caster wheels (something I have a love affair with) and a solid work surface. I ordered the hard-wood surface online at Global Industrial for $68. Not bad.