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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

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:21 PM »
Thought this might be interesting to some: Successful completion of the first off-chain atomic swap.

Hay, does anybody know how the hell you're supposed to get the BCH from the BTC fork back in August?? I had some coin in an old Multibit wallet back then, but I gots no clue on how to jump the fork (for lack of a better/correct term) with it..

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:59 AM »
^Yes true, will see if it improves. Overall seems slightly more sluggish but will see that too.

Be interesting to see what happens. Between home and the office I have 2 nearly identical HP Z440 workstations, both are configured with the exact same CPU & RAM. But the home machine has an NVMe drive, and the office machine has a mechanical SATA drive. Software type, amount, and configuration is also almost identical.

Office machine using Windows Update in Settings took almost 2 hours to complete the 1709 update.
Home machine using the Windows update/media creation utility took about 15 minutes.

Download time not included, this is time back to desktop after initiating reboot.

After install both run fine ... Except for the office machine blowing the Hyper-V switch apart, which the home machine did not do (even with the same configuration).

Talk about random... Damn.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:49 AM »
Updated to 1709 on my laptop today. Only few minutes so far, the only thing I have noticed so far is Settings is slower to open, noticeably slower, not sure why ....
THat's bad as it was already very slow on my desktop to open.

Seems to me that they're always a bit sluggish when they first (OOBE) boot until it gets everything sorted out (/cached straight), especially with a mechanical drive. Disk activity will hit the ceiling in a flash on those things.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:42 PM »
1709 through Windows Update killed my Hyper-V virtual switch. Couldn't find/delete the old one, and couldn't create a new one I had to dig up a MS FixIt to get the thing back online. But the FixIt did work ... It's apparently a fairly common problem.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: pCloud
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:37 AM »
I [...] encountered the one thing that immediately set it apart to me.  It created a drive on my machine- a virtual drive that does not store files locally.


So the 14GB that I have from pCloud shows up as a drive on my PC, but doesn't take up space on my PC.

Isn't this what OneDrive used to do, then Microsoft removed that feature, and now they've just added it back again last month in the latest version (Fall Creators Update) of Windows 10?
I don't know; I've never had a virtual drive installed by OneDrive. A couple of others had the feature but they weren't sync clients exactly. I use OneDrive pretty extensively, and haven't seen that option, but then again, I haven't gone looking for it.

How would you do that in Windows 10?

A virtual drive I've not seen in OneDrive, but it does act as a virtual folder that will let you pick and choose how much of what (if anything) will get synced to the local machine (Account tab--> Choose folders button).

The lack of encryption with OneDrive makes me a bit nervous ... I've been thinking of scrapping mine.

The problem which I was trying to solve was the removal of the click-bait captions on the Windows 10 lock screen pictures. Windows downloads these (often beautiful) images for the lock screen but then covers them with these little spammy captions/links like "You'll never believe where this island is..." and baloney like that.

How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen.

and/or enable the press Ctrl+Alt+Delete requirement - This removes the 3 anchor text dots also.

I loved the MS Lock Screen pics, but hated the annoying/distracting messages on the pictures - So the text is gone now.

Folder path to LS pictures: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

Copy elsewhere and rename all to *.jpg to save/use/view normally.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:49 PM »
Well... BTC is certainly taking a Red Candle ride through the freaking floor now..

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:54 AM »
one question - does that fee go up exponentially -- if someone wants to transfer more bitcoin, will it cost proportionally more?

Not exactly. It depends more on how many coin fragments are involved in the transaction. Much like the difference in paying for a $10 with a 10 dollar bill vs. paying for the same $10 item with a huge pile of unrolled change. The pile of change - representing the various fragments of BTC making the total - will take much more work (e.g. larger transaction size) and will therefore "cost" more to get done.

...It once took me almost 4 weeks to get a pile of mining dust transferred to an exchange, because of all the tiny ("sub") transactions/confirmations involved in getting it there.

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