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Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:41 PM »
Congratulations! All the best to a beautiful couple!

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Living Room / Re: Backup Power for USB device -- does it exist?
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:19 PM »
Glad it worked - to be honest I wasn't sure if when the computer booted up it would perform some initialization that would reset the USB hub and drop power on the ports for a moment.

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Living Room / Re: Backup Power for USB device -- does it exist?
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:24 PM »
Would a powered hub do the trick?

    - RPi <--> powered hub <--> device

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The Humble store has another free Steam code.  This time for a game called "Orwell".

Free for the next 24 hours or so.  The key must be redeemed by Sep 1.

  - https://www.humblebu...dle.com/store/orwell

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Living Room / Re: Do Not Buy a Smartwatch Right Now
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:39 PM »
My watch isn't even smart enough to have a battery, much less a Snapdragon of any sort.  I have to wind it each morning.  All it does is tell me what time it is (+/- a minute or so), and what the date is.  And that's pretty much all I want my watch to do.

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bonjour service\mDSNResponder.exe (dont yet know what this does...

I don't know what ACDSee is using it for, but bonjour is a service discovery protocol that lets programs find services in a peer-to-peer setup on networks.  I'd guess that ACDSee uses it for some sort of media sharing on the local network.  Something like DLNA.

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You might want to post a few words about what the script is supposed to do and what goes wrong.

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Syncback touch sounds interesting, but very expensive if you're paying for it

I haven't tried the Syncback Touch feature for phone backups yet.  Keep in mind that each Syncback Pro or SE license includes 2 "Touch" connection licenses.

The add-on Touch license costs does seem expensive  - $35 for each additional device seems like a lot.

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I see it's now (without discount) more expensive than Syncovery

The prices are similar (Syncback Pro shows as $5 less than Syncovery Professional edition for me - maybe that's different for a quote in something other than USD?), but one thing to keep in mind is that for home use Syncback's single license allows install on 5 machines.  Syncovery's single license allows install on multiple machines, but only for use one at a time and by only a single user.

I haven't used Syncovery.  I have used SyncbackPro for quite a while: the UI can be complex, but I've found that the software's functionality is great.  And once the backup jobs are set up you don't really have to navigate the complex UI.

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Huh.  I didn't know that Underwriter Labs owned Futuremark.

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:18 PM »
surprisingly Justin Timberlake

I thought I had seen him in several movies but it looks like just "Alpha Dog", which my recollection is that he did a really fine job there.  I also enjoy his comedic performances whenever he's on Saturday Night Live.  Anyway, while I'm not a fan of his music genre, I'm not surprised he would put in a good performance acting in a movie.

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Steam Giveaway
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:59 AM »
Thanks!  Not sure if I'll ever play them...

But you're sure to get your money's worth!

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: June 04, 2018, 07:05 PM »
Xenonauts is currently being given away as part of GOG's summer sale.

They're also hinting strongly that there's more to come:

Get Xenonauts FREE for keeps! Saving the world ain't simple, Xenonauts recaptures the original X-COM: UFO Defense gameplay for all its depth and complexity – a highly recommended play for curious fans of the X-COM reboots and series purists alike.

The Xenonauts giveaway lasts 48 hours until June 6, 1 PM UTC. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates – we're not saying more giveaways are coming, but we're definitely not saying they aren't.


And they've added a dozen or so games to GOG Connect.

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FlexiPDF on offer "until Tuesday". Pro version for €27.95 here, not sure of the $ price

$27.95.  I had to use this URL: http://softmaker.com/go/flexien

If anyone else has problems seeing the offer, the coupon code is apparently "flexioffer".

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:14 PM »
Hacknet Deluxe is free on Humble for another day and a half (until 26 May 2018 10:00am if my date/time ciphering is correct)

  - https://www.humblebu...store/hacknet-deluxe

You get a DRM free download and a Steam key that has to be redeemed within about 2 weeks.

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Skype has a US calling option with unlimited minutes for $3 per month.  However, it's not clear to me if this also provides you with a phone number so people can all you (called a "Skype Number") or if that's something you have to pay separately for. 

Disclaimer: I haven't used Skye in years, and Skype gives very little information about these features without having an account.

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There are quite a few duplicate file finder programs out there designed to find files that are the same even though the names and/or time stamps are different.  I'd imagine that most of them would be able to report 'orphans' as well.

Unfortunately, I haven't used any of them in ages so I'm no position to suggest one, but I think googling for "duplicate file finder" would net you something worth trying.

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Today I had a hard drive crash.. Not fun.

Weird coincidence - I had a similar drive crash earlier this week, The disc was largely usable, but apparently some bad areas had grown to the point where important files were becoming unreadable and programs started crashing.

I used robocopy to get a new disk set up that allowed me to get working again, but I didn't get a list of the problem files.  I wish I had known about unstoppable Copier.

One thing I don't understand is that the Windows Event log was mostly useless in figuring out what the problem was.  Nothing at all in the log until the very day that things got so bad I had to immediately replace the drive. Until then, the problem manifested mainly as browser crashes which are normal enough that it didn't occur to me the hard drive was the problem.  When it go to the point that I was sure there was a serious problem, all I saw in the event log were two ATAPI errors after I rebooted. I had rebooted thinking that maybe a reboot might be all that's needed to get the systme stable again, as is so often the case with Windows.

Anyway at least those two errors clued me in a little bit about what the problem was:

    event 11 atapi: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort2

But I had little idea which drive was \Device\Ide\IdePort2 - as far as I can tell, that doesn't match anything in Device manager or the properties for any of the drives in device manager.  I finally figured it out by trial and error, but it seems to me *something* should just tell you which disk \Device\Ide\IdePort2 is.

Anyway, if you ever see ATAPI event 11, take it seriously.

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I use Spamihilator (https://www.spamihilator.com/en/) a freeware spam filter.  It' not actively developed as far as I know (last release was in 2014), but it works and I haven't run into any bugs so the lack of new releases isn't a problem.

It has some sort of training system/tool/mode, but I don't know much about it. It seems to identify spam pretty well out of the box, and all I have to do is whitelist emails and domains that get identified as spam that I actually want to get.

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There's a chrome browser extension called hashpass: https://github.com/stepchowfun/hashpass

That repository has links to some other implementations (Android, python, etc) in case you were using this or some variation on it.

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Wow, my precaution was to move my hand nearer to the mute button on my keyboard before I clicked...

That's a novel antivirus technique!  ;D

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Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: March 03, 2018, 05:58 PM »
Anyone actually understand what's happening there?

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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Apparently even CSV files (!) can be vectors for an exploit: http://georgemauer.n...7/csv-injection.html

I find that having a Linux VM to open files I don't trust (Office docs, PDFs, etc) keeps my mind at ease.  VirtualBox is free and will work great for this.  It's not necessarily completely fool proof (I imagine that even OpenOffice could be have some vulnerability), but I figure it would sandbox things well enough.

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Would the github alternative above accomplish more, or is it the same thing?

The github suggestion was just a simple way to get something like a single page website for free.

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Regardless of the FUD, I think the technique is fascinating.  From the little I understand, the attack uses instructions that access inaccessible memory, but the instructions are "never executed" so they don't cause the program to crash. However the processor does "speculatively execute" the instructions so they affect the cache. And by observing the cache behavior the attacker can determine the contents of memory that the program is not permitted to access.

Amazing.

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