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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website access for someone in a temprarily Down Zone on: December 19, 2014, 12:48:46 AM
I need to be able to be 1000% certain that they could not accidentally do anything to their normal setup since this is a once in a blue moon occurrence caused by forces unknown at this time.  I cannot risk making any changes to their normal browser or laptop

The httptunnel software is an app that runs on your system and only provides the tunnel while it is running, and only for those apps that have been configured to use it. Everything else will work normally on your system and not use the tunnel.

I do recommend using a portable browser more for convenience than any thing else, to avoid having to configure, and reconfigure each time you want to use it or stop using it, and this can be any portable browser that can be configured to use a SOCKS proxy. I don't know anything about a portable IE, I don't use IE.

But I have checked and both portable Pale Moon and portable Firefox can be configured to use this.

One you have configured the browser to use it, it's as simple as launching the tunnel software, waiting for it to connect, then running the portable browser. When you are done, close both and go about your life.

As long as you are not making any configuration changes to your regular browser, nothing should go wrong.

As far as setting up a portable installation of the tunnel software on a flash drive, I do not know if that is possible. I was not referring to using a flash drive in my response. Perhaps the word "portable" threw you off? I only mentioned that because the browser would be self contained and any changes made to it would not affect their default browser. It doesn't need to be placed on a flash drive. It could very well sit in a folder on their hard drive, with a shortcut to it on their desktop.

I would suggest you download and try the free low speed service they offer and configure a portable browser to use it. Then you will understand how it works and the experience will probably answer most of the questions you might have about using it, and also allow you to be able to explain it better to them.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website access for someone in a temprarily Down Zone on: December 18, 2014, 05:25:10 PM
They can try this: http://www.httptunnelclie...ns/http_tunnel/client.asp

I have used this one before. They have a free service, but it's at dialup speeds. If you need faster, you have to pay. A month of service is about $5.

They can try the software and see if they can get it configured and working first, on the free service, before considering paying for faster speeds.

This works for more than just browsers, too. Works quite well for some P2P software/networks, IRC, instant messaging software, etc. It works with any software that can be configured to use a SOCKS proxy.

Years ago, Martin used it to access my chat room, MSN, and a bunch of other stuff, when the ISP at his college dorm instituted protocol blocking (everything except http/https was blacklisted by default). And the company has not raised their prices in over 10 years. It's still the same $5/month.

If they travel a lot and run into this problem frequently, it might make sense for them to have the software installed and a portable browser configured to work with it. Then it's just a matter of running their software and starting up the portable browser whenever they have a problem. No need to have to configure it more than once, and with the free service it's always ready, on standby, and won't cost them anything to just have it ready to use.
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Silder Revolution (not Wordfence) Hacked on: December 17, 2014, 12:58:07 AM
The web development company I work for has a client that got hit on Sunday. I discovered it, just as I was about to do some work on his site and couldn't log in.

A little more info on this...

Over 1200 themes sold on ThemeForest were vulnerable to this back in September, around 300 of which were never patched...and the users of the themes that were patched, most did not receive notification that they need to update their themes. (which is how our client got bit)

ThemeForest also gives away a theme or template every month, so any collectors out there most likely has at least 1 vulnerable theme in their collection that can not be updated (freebies don't come with updates).

You can find the list of vulnerable ThemeForest themes, here: http://marketblog.envato.com/news/affected-themes/

And this is only the ones they know about that had the vulnerable plugin integrated into it. If the designer never mentioned it in the theme's description, then it's most likely not on the list and the vulnerability status would be unknown.

And there could be more premium themes from other designers and theme shops that are vulnerable, as this premium plugin seems to be a very popular one that premium theme designers love integrating into their themes.

And this is why I hate premium themes and plugins. For most of them, there is little to no support for automatic update notification. You can end up with a ticking time bomb and never know it, till it's too late.

If these were a free plugin and themes from the official Wordpress repository, users would have been notified through their admin panel and/or email as soon as an update was available, with most of them being given the opportunity to fix the issue as far back as 3 months ago. And it's dead simple to update if it's from the repository...one click & it's done. With premium themes & plugins from ThemeForest, it might not be so simple, as they are not known for designers that follow best practices when it comes to keeping the theme or plugin separated from the site's content.

And if you get hit with this and have no idea how to clean up your site, it will cost you plenty to have someone do it for you. Securi charges $99 to clean up a site hit by this, and the company I work for charges even more. It could have been really bad for our client, who luckily only had 1 site hit, even though he has used the same vulnerable theme on a bunch of sites.

He found the problem using Wordfence

Quote
I found out where's the problem with Wordfence

If you are referring to

/wp-includes/template-loader.php
/wp-includes/js/swfobject.js

Those are not Wordfence files, if a plugin uses WP's Includes folder to insert js and php files I would not use it to start with...

How are the updated one's not Wordfence's files if the fix is to re-download the archive?

I'm not sure... I wasn't affected.  I just figured someone might benefit from knowing in the case that their site was displaying the same symptoms.

Wordfence is a security plugin for Wordpress that can detect this malware. The fix is not to re-download the Wordfence archive...it's to download the Wordpress core files and reinstall it, overwriting the affected files. Then either update or remove the Revolution Slider plugin, or the premium theme that has it integrated into it.

Now this is a good starting point to finally replace WordPress by a static blog generator.

Totally not necessary, when the problem is not Wordpress itself, but an outdated 3rd party add-on. If we applied that kind of logic to OSs, we would have to get rid of them all, as there are exploitable outdated 3rd party apps available for all of them.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 03:12:29 PM
I guess I know what I'll be doing with my weekends, for awhile.  

Netflix + this list Kiss
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website Find: 7CupsOfTea.com on: December 16, 2014, 04:08:47 AM
They are oddly secretive about their funding sources to date. Possible reason why below.

They will definitely need to be very careful how they set things up since non-pastoral and/or paid counselling (and related mental health services) are strictly regulated (and require a license) in many places. I don't see state regulatory agencies that license clinical psychologists and licensed social workers giving 7CoT carte blanche to just start offering services online. (And despite what some 'free market' warrior types may think, those regulations are in place for very good reasons.)

That was why I was wondering if they were going to do paid referrals, sort of like a more social 1-800-dentist, but with therapist referrals.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: production salt-water pwrd car on: December 16, 2014, 12:48:02 AM
I used to have the same problem with my kitchen faucet, having to constantly replace the washers...until about 10 years ago when my new landlord replaced the faucet with one of these:

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I don't know what brand he bought but it only cost him $20 and I have not had to change a washer, since.

He explained to me that the need to constantly replace the washers was caused by a worn seat, and the faucet I had was so old that it was impossible to find replacement seats for it. Therefore either he replaces the whole faucet or I would have to continue to keep replacing the washers on a regular basis, and eventually even that would not work any more, and the faucet would end up leaking, even with brand new washers installed. So, he can either replace the faucet now, or later. He chose now, and 10 years later, I am so glad that he did.

7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: xmas advent calendars... on: December 14, 2014, 10:38:05 AM
Here is the one from SitePoint: http://www.sitepoint.com/christmas-sale/

Lots of books & stuff for those interested in web development and design.

Don't worry if you have missed any deals, as they will open all deals again for 1 day, on Monday, December 22, 2014.

In any case, you can sign up to be alerted about each deal, which includes when they open them all up one last time, at the end of the sale.


Disclaimer: I work for SitePoint/Learnable, but they did not offer me any incentive to make this post.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website Find: 7CupsOfTea.com on: December 13, 2014, 01:13:05 PM
Not trying to be cynical, but what are they selling? Or what do they plan on selling? Who is the paying customer and what is the product?

This is a for profit company, with investors. People don't invest unless they think they are going to make a profit. And profit doesn't come from pouring in investment cash and having no plan for generating income from something else.

So, they must plan on selling something, whether it's

  • ad space
  • user info
  • additional services
  • offline therapist referrals
  • something else

I am just curious how they plan to do it. And I saw nothing on the site that hints at the answer.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: Program Idea: Configurable application launcher on: December 11, 2014, 01:58:52 PM
The bridge that would be required would be something that detects a url in an editor or whatever and calls BrowserBunch with the url as argument.

I think you are making it a little more complicated than it needs to be.

You just need an executable that can be set as the default browser, whose sole purpose is to pop up a panel of options and then pass the URL to the browser chosen by the user.

Set as the default browser, it would pick up anything that isn't a link clicked within an actual browser. It wouldn't even need to be running in the background at all times, as the system would launch it as it passes it the URL as a command line parameter, as needed.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 10, 2014, 03:47:28 AM
Makes a great stocking stuffer?  huh

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000QS6W0I/
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 09, 2014, 06:50:50 AM
It's a NO-FLAKE!

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12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 01:23:58 PM
(there must be a term for it like a la carte but I'm not schooled in Haute cuisine.)

à la tête or dans la tête?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 05:50:14 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
(Sigh). Easy on the eye, but hard on the grammar. So much for crowd-sourcing of knowledge...
At least the spelling is OK.

Oh, and that's a grammar error that gives me the same physical reaction as nails on a blackboard!  ohmy

.. so you must cringe a lot when you're here?   Grin

I cringe a lot, in general. I don't keep track of where, any more.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 05:08:29 AM
(see attachment in previous post)
(Sigh). Easy on the eye, but hard on the grammar. So much for crowd-sourcing of knowledge...
At least the spelling is OK.

Oh, and that's a grammar error that gives me the same physical reaction as nails on a blackboard!  ohmy
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Old City on: December 07, 2014, 03:52:59 AM
After watching these 2 videos, I went ahead and bought the game:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjqRkmVHO8Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjqRkmVHO8Y</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl3HQ7cx9BI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl3HQ7cx9BI</a>

Yeah, an impulse buy, not something I usually do with games/software, and for good reason.

Unfortunately, I can't play this on my laptop. Sound is crackly, video is choppy, and mouse movement is very jerky. And that is just on the menu screen.

I'll have to wait till I get my desktop PC working again and try it on there. I am really hoping it works out better on there, otherwise this game will just be another example of why I don't like buying games I can't try before I buy, and why I shouldn't buy on impulse.

Looks really interesting. Unfortunately I can't run the trailer for some reason. It refuses to load in FF and crashes completely in Chrome. And this is on an i5 machine with 8Gb of RAM and no other applications running. Doesn't give me the warm fuzzies. Hopefully it's just a server-side time-out issue due to volume. I had to go over and watch it on YouTube.

Their website crashes my Pale Moon.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 07, 2014, 03:21:46 AM
Is there a zombie movie where the outbreak is caused by a computer virus?

No, but there is Apple. Does that count? tongue Grin

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 05, 2014, 12:03:47 PM
Kudos to App for whatever that thingie is called from Google.
Yeah, the results look a little weird, but I can see that could be useful in a pinch not for just slow internet speeds, but maybe for a few of the sites that have gone too script heavy.

It was supposed to be for use by mobile phone users when they hit sites that don't work well on their phones, formatted to fit their smaller screens, and without all the scripting their phone might not support or be able to handle. I discovered it a long time ago, when looking around for stuff I could use with my old Pocket PC.

But the whole idea of it translates well to those on old slow computers and/or on slow connections, which is why I made frequent use of it back in 2008 when I was stuck using a seriously outdated machine. Funny how something meant for modern devices could work so well at giving an old pc from 1997 a new life.  smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 03, 2014, 11:50:54 PM
Another option is to get a copy of the old Sam Spade app and use its Safe Browser feature. But you'll need to be able to mentally render the HTML yourself.  cheesy

[attachthumb=1]
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 03, 2014, 11:37:06 PM
For pure text based browsing: Lynx
 (see attachment in previous post)
It will drive you nuts though and it doesn't understand HTTPS, (not without adding the OpenSSL libraries).

And, Comodo Dragon still has per site image blocking.

The privacy bar in K-Meleon makes it quick and easy to toggle images (and other things) on/off without having to dig through menus and options panels. Also has a user agent switcher on it, although I can't seem to get it to work in the latest version. It's supposed to have a popup menu when you right click the button for it, but it doesn't seem to want to show on mine.

And running it in this type of text mode is a lot better looking than Lynx...and it does understand HTTPS.  Wink

[attachthumb=1]
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 03, 2014, 05:54:29 PM
I spent the better part of 2008 on an old Pentium I with 64mb RAM, accessing the internet over 33.6k dialup, so I did learn some tricks to help speed things up.

If you are not using a script/flash/ad blocker, you should.

And for general purpose browsing, when you just want to see the content and will not need to login, try this:

prefix URLs with the following: http://www.google.com/gwt/n?_gwt_pg=0&u=

It's not always the best experience for every page, but for most pages, it does work well.

You can grab the bookmarklet for it at the top of the sidebar on my old Snailware site. Use it whenever you hit a site that is taking too long to load. Wink

You can also try using the mobile versions of sites you visit often. A lot of them do work on the desktop. You said the basic HTML interface for Gmail loads, but have you ever tried the even more basic one? I bet it will load a lot faster.  cheesy

For some sites, you won't be able to do stuff like that without changing your browser's user agent to something it identifies as a mobile device. And for many sites, there isn't a separate mobile version. They have opted to just have one version for all, and use a responsive design to make it fit small screens (resizing your browser window before you visit the site might help force those sites to load smaller, lower res images). A good user agent to use would be any iPhone one, since any site specifically designed for that device will be free of any flash content.

For blogs you like to visit often, try subscribing to their feed in a desktop RSS reader. This can be one of your best options, if the site provides full content in their feed. Just be sure to set your rss reader up not to automatically refresh the feeds. Do it manually, as needed, one feed at a time, as you are about to read them. Otherwise, all of your bandwidth will be sucked up by your feed reader and you will have nothing left for anything else.
21  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 03, 2014, 01:11:45 PM
But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?

Does phonetics cover everything that you would need in a programming environment... really?  Especially with the use of templates and snippets and shortcuts.

She did go into that in the video, explaining the concept and usage of a personal dictionary.
22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 03, 2014, 06:28:00 AM

Geez folks, grab a hammock and code easy...


But if you have the skills, the equipment, and the software, what reason can you give not to use stenotype? Isn't that like advocating hunt & peck over touch typing?
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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 02, 2014, 08:44:12 AM
A short lesson in beatboxing.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nni0rTLg5B8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nni0rTLg5B8</a>
25  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding at a rate of 240 words per minute on: December 02, 2014, 03:50:48 AM
I am not entirely sure I could code at 240 words per minute, even if my brain were directly connected to my computer via a thought to text engine, unless it could translate visual thought concepts.

But that would be in the realm of sci-fi, where you could create a UI and make it work, by just imagining yourself using it.  cheesy

Currently, I'd have to say the bulk of my development time is not spent on actual typing of code, but rather testing, debugging, and research, and I don't see learning stenotype shortening the time spent doing that, by very much, even at double that rate (480 WPM).
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