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Can't find it at the moment, but one of the hacking news sites had an article on hostel code that could be embedded in xlsx files, and a bunch of other types of MS Office document.

Bottom line, low-tech is best tech ...(because AV scanners miss stuff all the time)... Just contact them and ask if the file was sent intentionally.

This policy is mandatory at our office with any unsolicited attachments.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:57 AM »

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:22 AM »
Coinbase is erratically overcharging some users and emptying their bank accounts

Shit... Better keep an eye on that action.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:01 AM »
Really, some UI steps that Google puts into Android are an abomination.

+1,000 - God I miss my Windows phone!!

These would not seem to be the actions of a pukka civil servant per se, but rather the actions of the master, so secure in its position that it can overtly demonstrate a boorish/arrogant indifference to any public opinion/objection.

Maybe it's a first step in a process of desensitization of citizens towards a creeping erosion of rights and/or civil liberties - in the hope that, eventually, protest fatigue may set in and apathy take over.

Hay! ...Now that's the page I'm on too! :D

Or maybe it's jumping the gun a bit? Speaking of which, at least in the US, the citizens still have the ability to ultimately protect themselves from the State in a worst case scenario, via the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution (i.e., the right to keep and bear arms), despite the seemingly ceaseless assault by the State, on those rights, at every opportunity.
Other Western democracies don't seem to have anything like that.

There's no doubt that the second amendment will get obliviated at the appointed time. It's just being left in place long enough to give the holdouts a false perception of accomplishment. With a war of inches it's just a matter of getting the other side to perceive events in a fashion that makes them beg for what you wanted to do to them in the first place. Kinda like the way everyone was cheering to destroy their own "right" to personal privacy on September 12th... It doesn't really matter who really perpetrated the 11th...(theories abound)...the point is the moment to strike because the audience was open wasn't lost on those that were looking to seize control ... And now here we all are (on fucking camera..).

...Then again we could at least try to appreciate they're finally being honest enough to admit their complete lack of honesty..   -Stoic Joker (January 25, 2018, 08:11 AM)Well, yes, that would seem to be true, yet, though that is an amusing comment, the implications could be quite frightening: It would seem that the gloves are off and the intrusive spying is brazenly admitted to. It's an in-your-face middle digit sort of "How do you like them apples, buddy!?" to the American people at large (never mind the rest of the world).

Yepper... That's exactly what I was driving at with the (dark humor) wise crack. Hence the setup line above it. ;)

Some people (not me, you understand) might say that "The USA would seem to be unequivocally "stuffed", but I couldn't possibly comment.
The NSA really is turning into quite the mad dog off its leash - Christ we are so screwed.

Then again we could at least try to appreciate they're finally being honest enough to admit their complete lack of honesty..  :-\ :D

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Chinese man sparks explosion after biting iPhone battery to check authenticity

 :o WTF would posses someone to even think of trying something that absurd?!? Had he been watching an old spaghetti western marathon or something??

Now that's quite colorful ... Which mail server test gives those results?

Living Room / Re: Looking for Data Recovery Service
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:59 AM »
Me neither. Maybe you think it to be silly, but did you try standard disk imaging software (to clone the disk bit by bit onto a new drive) with the portable hard disk in upside down position?

I have seen that silliness work on 2 different occasions, quite some years back now. Once in a company I worked at and once in a PIII computer I owned.

lol, I'm down with the voodoo method. but it does the death click no matter which position I try to spin it up in. It didn't lose 0 due to wear, the heads hit the platter on impact so the surface has been marred. No 0 == no read anything ... It's going to need professional help. :(

Living Room / Looking for Data Recovery Service
« on: January 17, 2018, 03:33 PM »
Okay... So I have a client that is an animal clinic that had a bunch of really important files on an external hard drive ... And said hard drive got knocked off the counter by one of their cats..

The cat is fine.

The hard drive however, is toast. As apparently the platters were spinning as it fell - so the heads weren't parked - and it's now exhibiting the can't find sector zero click-of-death behavior. So any and all software based recovery options are completely out-the-window. This is going to require professional help.

So... Does anyone have any first hand experience with a reputable data recovery service that they could/would recommend?? I never ran into this particular class of pickle I don't have an existing favorite.

Thanks in Advance,

Stoic Joker

Official Announcements / Re: Big News: New DonationCoder Server
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:09 PM »
I have solved the problem.  Only took 6 hours of screaming at the screen.
Finally, you're behaving like a professional  :Thmbsup:

-cranioscopical (January 16, 2018, 08:37 AM)

Indeed! ...A true professional would maintain a steady cadence of profanity in a blended cross between magical incantation and mantra. It's all part of the process and greatly assists in focusing ones rage (er...) energy towards guiding the hammer blows to their best effect.

 :-\ At least that what I tell the wife.. :D

Weird. Now I'm not denying you experience the problems you experience, but it is the first time I heard of it and I have been using Windows 7, XP, 8.1 and Server 2012 machines to connect through VPN to RDP to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Server 2008 and Server 2012 machines for hours and hours on end, without any issues of any kind. And yes, that includes even sessions where I VPN/RDP to one system to another system in another network on a different location and then need to use Citrix to access yet another computer in another location. A mish-mash of connections that I sometimes have to go through, because of a legal minefield that do not allow me access directly.

But no crapping out of RDP through VPN in any combination.

Same here ... However I did run across an issue with one client that kept having repeated issues with the target machine locking up due to an issue with the print spooler. It's a rare but known issue with certain printers and RDP that seems to manifest most often if one is coming from a slow/overloaded network (e.g. like from a hotel). Disabling the connect to local printer option for the RDP connection mitigates it for the most part.

There is no existing list of known problem child printers...however I do suspect that anything that is host based on either end of the connection would be a prime suspect (just a hunch..).

I do find the timing rather interesting with all the folks being so happy with how well Windows 10 runs on older hardware ... That now have an entirely new holy-shit-class reason to have to run out and buy brand new bleeding-edge hardware which will of course be priced to match accordingly..

But I'm never-the-less obligated to schlep through the process in the name of due diligence. Because it only takes one enterprising asshat to pair this with a broadcast based delivery system to get it into some low hanging fruit internal server from a workstation email (ala CodeRed) to turn the whole thing into a big steaming shit show.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:51 PM »
Christ my luck is shit these days... Just found out that the Multibit BTC wallet has been killed off - And my current Multibit wallet has become seriously unstable. So...

With the need for importing/exporting private keys and such...(BCH stuff)...what is a good Windows desktop wallet to use these days??

@panzer - Thank you, I really needed a laugh this morning. I'm about to be forced into a job change and haven't even smiled in over a week ... That actually made me laugh out loud.

Actually I think he'll be served perfectly well with a notebook with passwords written down. I love KeePass but I don't see my Dad dealing with such a system.

I've long been a fan of the phrase "The old ways are the best" ... Because it does rather frequently seem to prove true. However...

Given the many exploits currently in the wild - many of which have lengthy dormancy periods - it would probably be best to roll his machine back to a restore point prior to the incident before doing a through offline scan to ensure nothing is waiting until the coast is clear...or just quietly monitoring some C&C channel awaiting instructions.

Living Room / Re: How can I blank out my laptop camera?
« on: December 11, 2017, 03:06 PM »
Just put a piece of that lightly frosted scotch tape over the lens. It will still show as video, but appear badly out of focus ... Emulating an "equipment issue".  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Help Recovering Windows 7 password
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:58 AM »
I've always used the Trinity Rescue Kit

General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome on Windows Phone
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:27 AM »
Well poo...

I'd already tried most of those the other day, and none of the few remaining options worked either. And this particular web interface - which is trying to AppCache for offline use - is construed as mission critical by our micro management team ... So it looks like a forced jump to Android phones to get to the straight Chrome (spyware) browser.

Thanks for checking.

General Software Discussion / Chrome on Windows Phone
« on: November 28, 2017, 10:59 AM »
We just did an update on our business software and ran into a bit of a glitch. The web section of the software now requires Chrome to access. And a large enough to be a real problem portion of our staff are currently using Windows Phones.

So does there exist any Chrome/Chromium based browsers for the Windows Phone?

Preferably looking for something that someone has tried/knows will work.

General Software Discussion / Re: Cool Retro Music Devices
« on: November 27, 2017, 10:56 PM »
I've got a 30 year old Curtis Mathis stereo in my garage (for shop music) does that count?

Living Room / Re: Happy Thanksgiving to DonationCoder folks - 2017
« on: November 23, 2017, 08:54 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving all!

« on: November 22, 2017, 03:14 PM »
I don't know how to create that as a fully-functioning shortcut/link in any folder elsewhere though. I mean, I created it elsewhere, but it doesn't function, nor does any shortcut made to it.

I just copied the Desktop (create shortcut) file to the desktop, dropped an exe file on it, and it created a new shortcut on the desktop that worked just fine.

Quick way to get to the folder is Win+R (run dialog) and then type shell:SendTo, press enter and it pops right open.

I had to look it I thought I'd share.. :)

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 21, 2017, 06:12 AM »
However, make sure that you are very careful with your private keys, as if anyone sees them, all your coins are GONE

In what context are we using "see"? IRL Shoulder Surfing/Trojan upload, or potential exposure on the chain during the transaction?

Hay, did I mention it's great to see you back? :D

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