Saturday, May 20, 2006

Security and Firewall

ShixxNOTE is multi thread client (you can create note, write text and send note to others) and server (one program thread is always listening and waiting on default program port "2000" for incoming note) application. If you have program installed and you can send and receive note(s) normally then everything is OK, but if you have problems with communication, then check your firewall settings. Firewall programs like Zone Alarm or Windows Firewall will block all traffic for programs which are not in list.

For example if you install ShixxNOTE and you have Zone Alarm installed also, you will get message "ShixxNOTE is trying to act as server will you allow it ?". This is normal, because ShixxNOTE is really server, so if you want to receive note(s) from others you must allow ShixxNOTE to act like server.

If you have Windows Firewall on, and you are having problems with sending or receiving note(s), you must open TCP port "2000" and name it for example "ShixxNOTE Port". If you block that port ShixxNOTE will not work properly, sending and receiving of note(s) will be blocked. If you ever get this dialog bellow you must click button "Unblock", then ShixxNOTE program will work properly and you don't need to open port manually.

Windows Firewall dialog on Windows XP where you must click Unblock button to enable sending and receiving notes If you don't know how to change network settings ask your network administrator for help. If some other application is using port "2000" you can change ShixxNOTE port on "Network Settings" dialog (right mouse click on ShixxNOTE tray icon located in your task bar and select "Settings" option).

In "Network Settings" dialog change port to some other if you need. But then all other computers in your LAN or Intranet which have program installed must do the same (change port to new one) to receive note(s).

If you have any problem or question regarding this article please write me on mail

Kind regards,

Ozren Sirola
ShixxNOTE Program Developer

ShixxNOTE Little about Sending Note

As you can see in picture above ShixxNOTE can read your network neighborhood and you can send note up to 20 recipients with one click on Send Note. Also you can save recipients in a group "Save Group" and saved group name will appear under the note menu.

If you can see group "Office One" have more than one recipients. Maybe you didn't notice but recipients can be Computer name, IP adress or email address. Program will recognize that and will send note to all. If email recipient is in group that your email client will be used to send mail.

One important thing is that you can send note to people who doesn't have program installed !! Then ShixxNOTE will use Windows integrated messaging (like NET SEND) to deliver note message (text only) to recipient.

So hope you can understand benefits of ShixxNOTE in better communication in your office.

Soon new version will be released and I will write new article in this blog what will be implemented in new version and what bugs will be fixed.

Till than try program,
ShixxNOTE Download Page

Regards to all,
Ozren Sirola

ShixxNOTE Network enabled sticky notes program

Full description:

ShixxNOTE is a personal organizer, desktop sticky notes (post-it) program, instant messaging application (LAN messenger) and a communications tool used across a local network (LAN), Internet and via e-mail. Easy to use personal info management application and powerful communication tool. It features an alarm, backup and restore function, and many other features. It is configurable and stable. It is multithread client/server network tool that lets you display notes on your desktop and send them through your LAN, Internet or via e-mail to other users. You can write anything in note, like what you want to do today, or something you want to remember. Note color, size, font, paragraph format and other settings can be changed. Custom note colors (themes) can be saved. You can set an alarm and expiration for any note. Also you can export and import note(s) to or from file. When you send note to other users, they will receive exactly the same note on their desktop if recipient have also program installed, otherwise program will use Windows Messaging Service (Net Send, WinPopup) and on recipient computer message box will appear with note text and sender name. It is powerful and most simple way to communicate with your colleagues on work or with your friends on the Internet. Program starts at system Start-Up and it is visible as a tray icon.

Another description of program:

Desktop sticky notes (post-it) program, that allows you to keep desktop sticky notes and also send them across the network to others. The program runs in client/server mode and transmits messages or notes to selected ShixxNOTE clients on the network. You can also send messages to machines that do not have ShixxNOTE installed, in which case the program will automatically use the standard Windows Messenger service to deliver the message.

In ShixxNOTE, creating a note is a matter of making a double click on the program icon in the system tray. Once created, a note is displayed on your desktop and can be instantly shared over LAN, the Internet or email with all the interested parties. You can share notes with specific recipients or groups of users, save, print, export and import notes, set alarms and expiration dates, save notes to files and fully customize their appearance to match your desktop theme.

It is multithread client/server network tool that lets you display notes on your desktop and send them through your local network (LAN), Internet or via email to others. Easy to use personal info management application and powerful communication tool. It makes writing notes to your self or to your colleagues very easy and instant. The sticky notes appear "stuck" on your desktop, and it is pretty hard to forget something that is written on them. It is configurable and stable.

All computer users which work in a small or middle office. Where they have all computer integrated in a Local Area Network. This user can be working in some dentist office, or can be some student on University.