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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: plink - a super intuitive multiplayer music experience on: August 28, 2015, 11:43:56 AM
Awesome! Kinda like the old: "I was just playing out on the rooftop one night when someone I couldn't see started jamming with me!" updated for the Internet era. (Still happens in college towns and cities a lot. Happened to me a few times, except I was just playing in my bedroom with the window open when it did.)

Now how cool is that? Cool
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP) on: August 27, 2015, 10:02:32 AM
I'm actually starting to use Enigmaze.

So basically, it's time to go back to using PasswordCard?

Why not? It's still a handy method to employ.

FWIW I use a variation on that methodology for access to my client's servers with their 20+ character admin passwords. Extremely secure - and it gets the job done.

@Wraith - nice find!  That Enigmaze book is pretty cool.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP) on: August 26, 2015, 08:29:44 AM
I'm currently using Enpass (www.enpass.io)

I haven't tried it (was a bit surprised by having to enter an email and a captcha for a free download), but a quick google suggests it is a password database that does not offer auto-fill like LastPass and others, is this still the case?


It's limited as far as autofill goes.  They keep promising additional browser plug-ins RSN. But we're still waiting.

That however, isn't a showstopper for me because I never use autofill since it's a security weakspot. Besides, the "passwords" you'll find in my EnPass database aren't the actual passwords anyway.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP) on: August 26, 2015, 08:22:09 AM
I'm currently using Enpass (www.enpass.io)

are you using that with any kind of two-factor authentication?


Edit// I took the liberty of changing the thread title to "LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP)"

No. But as no user data is stored on their server (which is only used to sync between devices) would it be all that necessary? The data is encrypted by your device and remains on your device(s) so I don't see where some man-in-the-middle attempt would make any difference. All data is encrypyed and local. You wouldn't even need to decrypt in order to synchronize. It would be a little more work for the local clients  - but EnPass wouldn't need to worry or know about any of the the actual data.

Am I missing something?  huh
well,
as you know, I'm no expert. But the idea that all anyone needs is one password and then they have access *all* my passwords, and more - I find that pretty scary.



Me too. (And I'm no expert either. Grin) Which is why I memorize passwords to critical things such as my bank accounts etc.

But even with that, the passwords in my password manager are not the actual passwords. They're merely memory joggers for the actual passwords. You'd need to know how my "system" (which is pretty idiosyncratic as I'll be the first to admit) works.

Not that it matters. Experts generally agree passwords are better than nothing but far from secure with today's computer resources and state of number theory. Passwords are risk mitigation rather than risk elimination tools.

Unfortunately, nobody is quite sure what to replace passwords with. So passwords it is for now.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP) on: August 25, 2015, 04:32:54 PM
Am I the only person in the world who just remembers all of his passwords, instead of trusting any service (be it online or offline) to store it?

Yes.  smiley

Yeah. I think so too.  tongue

(Although I do memorize ALL my banking access codes.)
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP) on: August 25, 2015, 04:29:16 PM
I'm currently using Enpass (www.enpass.io)

are you using that with any kind of two-factor authentication?


Edit// I took the liberty of changing the thread title to "LastPass alternatives with two-factor authentication? (including premium LP)"

No. But as no user data is stored on their server (which is only used to sync between devices) would it be all that necessary? The data is encrypted by your device and remains on your device(s) so I don't see where some man-in-the-middle attempt would make any difference. All data is encrypyed and local. You wouldn't even need to decrypt in order to synchronize. It would be a little more work for the local clients  - but EnPass wouldn't need to worry or know about any of the the actual data.

Am I missing something?  huh


7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Startups and the Big Lie on: August 25, 2015, 01:06:20 PM
Grin

Give them food then.
I read a novel about gold fever in California. If you want get rich put a restaurant.

Our era is a terrorific story about lies.

Perhaps the best business is teaching other good business. And if for some reason the thing goes wrong at least you have no risks.

 

Could well be true.

One thing for sure...all those companies that served the needs of startups back in the 90s (Dell, OfficeMax, Staples, Kinkos, Steelcase, etc.) made far more money selling those young hopefuls equipment and business services than the vast majority of those startups ever made with their own businesses.

There's a lesson there. A bride brings home a husband. A bridesmaid, 20 offers from hopeful suitors for a date. Do the math... Wink

If I were to ever start another new business, it would be a bank.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: August 25, 2015, 12:53:51 PM
I'm currently using Enpass (www.enpass.io)

Syncs across virtually any platform (Linux too!), no user data stored on Enpass servers, one time purchase - no subscription, no sign-up required, sync through any cloud service, all encryption (AES256) handled by your own device. Full feature desktop client is free. Mobile platforms run around $10 for the "pro" (i.e. full) version. Trial versions available.

Lots to like here. I've been using it for about 6 months. Zero problems to date.


9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance - TechSpot on: August 24, 2015, 12:02:06 PM
I know, I know ... You're preaching to the choir there man.

I know.

But ignore me.  I'm mostly just jealous. Grin
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla to replace add-ons with Chrome compatible extensions on: August 23, 2015, 12:42:42 PM
So have you found a good alternative browser yet Wink

No...although (against my better judgement and personal philosophy) I find myself using Chrome (and Chrome derivatives) more and more as FF seems to want to freeze or get hung up more often than I'm willing to put up with. The only browser I get more annoyed with is Safari - which seems to have problems with everything lately. But since it's an Apple product, that's no surprise to me.

I'm kinda glad I don't spend one fiftieth as much time online as I used to. If I were as heavy a user as I was formerly was, I'd be beside myself. The twenty minutes or so I'm online most days (these days) makes this web nonsense marginally easier to put up with.

FWIW, if MSoft ever gets their act together with Win10 (which they will...eventually) their newest browser looks to be moving into position to be the most promising of the lot. But only time will tell.

P.S. If you know of a better browser, or one you're currently having luck with that also runs under NIX - please let me know! Thmbsup
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla to replace add-ons with Chrome compatible extensions on: August 23, 2015, 08:07:54 AM
I sense a little circling of the wagons at work here. But I'm hoping I'm wrong.

However...

Requiring an extension be certified before it will work (in the name of "better security" for end-users) just the old walled garden argument once again. I'm pretty disgusted to hear Mozilla saying it. But Mozilla is like so many other "open" projects that woke up one day and realized they were (theoretically) giving away a few million and not seeing much in return money-wise. Do I detect a hint that they're having some hopes Google will buy them out eventually?

Time was when the open project crowd had more faith in their users - as well as considerably more respect. The philosophy used to be: "We can only advise. You're free to do whatever you want - including completely borking your system if you choose not to listen to our advice. It's your system and your decision - not ours."

Now it seems that Mozilla (having previously decided - after much faux hand-wringing - to cave in and embed DRM support in FF) has now determined that their users also need a nanny.

My but how times have changed!

(It's enough to make me sick.) Angry
12  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Game Over. No, really... "The Flock" will shutdown after all players die on: August 22, 2015, 07:38:16 AM
The first game that ships with a built-in expiration condition? And gets the purchasers to go along with it?

Brilliant marketing move if nothing else. Helps create a steady market for future games, rather than have whole cultures grow up around extremely successful ones like some have. Cuts down on resales and future bootlegging too. Wonder how many other games will eventually have similar tombstones built into them...

Or am I just being cynical right now? Wink
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance - TechSpot on: August 22, 2015, 07:27:43 AM
In my new machine I've got 1 SSD, and 3 6Gbps HDDs in a RAID5 array ... Guess which one is faster.. Wink

...and guess which one is significantly more expensive for the storage obtained - and which will likely need to be replaced sooner?

(Sorry. Couldn't resist - even though an SSD is a fine thing to add to a system. tongue  Wink)
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Much RAM? 4GB vs. 8GB vs. 16GB Performance - TechSpot on: August 21, 2015, 07:43:22 AM
Once performance is adequately addressed it's time to think about convenience. For the last 5 or so years I've made it my practice to almost always max out the installed RAM. With servers in a multiuser environment, it's definitely the way you want to go.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Computer on: August 19, 2015, 10:20:42 AM
…In years past I always built my own...but I just don't have time to do all the research necessary to effectively play the price point razor edge of leading/cutting edge hardware…

Et tu Stoic?

Same here. Unless it's something that's being purpose built, customization makes more sense than custom-building these days. The 'bang for the buck' is usually very competitive or better than a custom build would be. And you get a warranty. Plus a copy of Windows (if you're still using it tongue) at the cheapest price point that's generally available.

But that's part of the ageing process I guess. Unnecessarily sweating technical details and pulling ones hair out no longer seems as much fun as it used to for some odd reason.

Anyway, that box sounds pretty sweet. Rock it for all it's worth.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 19, 2015, 10:07:39 AM
While Eli explains things clearly, he over-uses repetition in my opinion. These introduction video's could be 75% shorter if he didn't use repetition so much. Not sure if this is only the case in his introduction videos.

Although he should be commended for the amount of helpful videos he's made, the repetition thing kinda ruins it for me.

He does get a little gabby - as I warned. And he most certainly could reduce his runtime if he weren't so obviously winging it. But so it goes. (Far be it from me to ever criticize someone else for being overly wordy. I could never be that much of a hypocrite. embarassed )

His info is accurate however. And the price is certainly right. So I continue to watch his stuff even though I'll admit I'm usually also doing something else while I am for exactly that reason.  Wink
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 18, 2015, 04:06:12 PM
@SB:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLJbP6vBk2M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLJbP6vBk2M</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svKA2fk1gm4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svKA2fk1gm4</a>

They're a little "gabby" but still pretty good. Thmbsup
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 18, 2015, 03:59:37 PM
Note: if it's just you - and only you - who will ever be accessing the server, you can also simply grant Full Control permission for the Everyone group across the board and be done with it.

O_O ... Ggaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

I knew that'd getcha! Grin Grin Grin

Oh!...Hey!...You ok? Here...just sit a moment and take some deep breaths!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 17, 2015, 10:22:01 PM
whoa 40...I like where you are headed with this.  I don't understand hypervisor yet, other than it means a virtual machine, lol.

There's two general approaches to virtualization. One method (Type-1) is a bare metal installation with all OSs managed and running under a hypervisor - which is basically just a framework environment for hosting operating systems. Examples would be Xen or Microsoft's Hyper-V. (Think: hardware ---> hypervisor ---> hosted OS)

Type-2 hypervisors are installed under an operating system, and abstract the system resources of that OS to allow virtual machines to run under it. Virtualbox works like that, as does WMWare's workstation. (Think: hardware ---> host OS ---> hypervisor ---> hosted OS)

There are also hybrids like Proxmox, so it can get a little confusing.

Of the two approaches, the Type-1 is a more elegant solution. Type-2 can sometimes be less ideal because the host OS that the hypervisor is running under can crash thereby simultaneously taking down all the VMs running under it as well. So the type-1 hypervisor is better for a VM server, whereas the type-2 is (to me) better suited for running turnkey applications - or virtual workstations - as opposed to servers.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 17, 2015, 10:03:20 PM
You mention DAW...are you saying that you are going to be comfortable running a DAW on some kind of vm? 

It would be fun to try, but I don't think I'm quite that ballsy enough to do it with a production DAW just yet. So I'd probably set up such a machine to dual boot and also probably use a swap-able boot HD to do it at this point.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 15, 2015, 10:12:48 PM
i've been managing it for years, and i'm getting tired of it.  I'm looking forward to having a box or two where everything goes.  And i'm also interested in unifying all my increasing number of devices i'm using for different reasons.  You were right, having a server is great...kind of a turning point.

i've been reading about hard drives a lot.  Thanks for recommending the enterprise drives, i wasn't convinced previously.  it's still confusing...take western digital...they've added so many colors the past few years, it's so confusing.  I liked their black caviar drives previously because of the 5 year warranty.  These used to be considered their enterprise drives.  but now they are calling it their "desktop performance" drives.  They also have their NAS drives, which are Red.  And a Red Pro, which is like more enterprise but still desktop, lol.  Their new line of real enterprise drives are called RE, funny enough ("real enterprise?").  the 4TB ones are running around $245 on newegg.  I'm not familiar with the enterprise line of other brands.  I'm fine with the cost, I experienced the deathstars in the early 2000s and have since tried to not compromise on hard drive quality for any kind of cost purpose.

oy...so much stuff.

You betcha there's so much stuff. Welcome to my world. Grin

Seagate and Hitachi also do enterprise grade. I've used the WDs, Samsungs, and Seagates e-drives with good result. Haven't tried HItachis in a server yet.

For business clients I always recommend they go with the disks that come from the manufacturers of their servers. They pay a premium (sometimes a significant premium) for those. But those babies get QC beyond what the prosumer world has any expectation of getting - and they're priced accordingly. And single sourcing a business server from a major manufacturer also simplifies warranty claims and service contract agreements by having everything come from one manufacturer. It eliminates finger pointing for one thing. And for big companies, that extra convenience and additional assurance alone is worth the higher cost.

I'll probably build one more server for myself before I call it a day with all this. If I do, I'm seriously considering using 2.5" drives and loading them into an ICY DOCK ToughArmour enclosure of some sort. Whatever I decide to build, it will be running a hypervisor with all the servers under it running as VMs. That way, I can setup a new server, or reallocate physical resources anytime I want to. Intel is doing some interesting stuff with their Xeon line lately.

Scope out this monster. It's expensive with it's $4500 est. selling price - until you think about what you're getting: 18 cores supporting hyperthreading and 36 threads.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt62JyJo1iU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt62JyJo1iU</a>

Running it with a selectable boot from either a drive that configures the who shebang as a DAW/Synthesis workstation; or off a second drive setup to run a hypervisor for a fully virtualized server farm the rest of the time is where I'd like to go eventually. I've outgrown my fascination with rooms full of blinking lights and the roar of fans. Grin
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 15, 2015, 05:31:00 PM
@SB - I forgot to ask...which version of Windows Server do you have? Standard, Essentials, etc.?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Windows 10 a trojan? on: August 15, 2015, 05:25:31 PM
Two words: Linux Mint. (Sorry. I couldn't resist.) Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 15, 2015, 05:07:15 PM
also 40...you said to use ntfs permissions to control users...the dev says the opposite.  he says to use sharing permissions and leave ntfs fairly wide open.  and i think that's because of the way he has designed his software, in his words, to play "fast and loose" with ntfs permissions.  this raid solution is like this...you can pull out a drive and access the files no problem any time.  so all his raid is doing is like merging the same directories on different drives together (like windows libraries).  so i think that has to do with why he recommends the sharing.


If he does, that doesn't give me warm fuzzies about his technology...but what can you do?

Ok...if that's the case, do it his way. My point was, when implementing access security, primarily use NTFS permissions - or share permissions - but don't get too fancy with both. Keep one side dirt simple. There are arguments for both approaches. I prefer NTFS permissions, but it would take me a while to explain why. And it's mostly because I'm more familiar and comfortable with that approach.

If you're getting drives, maybe consider opting for "server grade" or "enterprise" drives if you're getting big ones. They're not that much more expensive. A few bucks at most - and they're far better built and reliable. These are the drives primarily engineered for NAS and related applications. A 4TB runs for around $200 - $225 (street) last I looked.

I'd check with your RAID solution first to see if these are a potential problem for it. Because it's generally best to go with the recommended brands and model numbers when doing RAID. Some cards are extremely fussy about the drives that get plugged into them.

Maybe somebody can shake JavaJones's tree and see what he thinks about all this? He's in the "biz" too. But he deals with a greater variety of client types - and sees a broader range of oddball projects - than I do.

Luck! Thmbsup

P.S. Your first act after you have a server up and running, plus all the Microsoft updates installed, and all your hardware drivers checked and updated, is to make a system image and create a recovery repair disk. Do it before you add any users, create shares, etc. You want a pure vanilla "known good configuration" and properly functioning server image to fall back on if your project one day decides to all go sideways. That way, if you (or somebody else) borks something big time, you have a "genesis image" to reload and be on your merry way with. Figure twenty minutes to put your server back up vs several hours doing it from scratch.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 14, 2015, 06:02:28 PM
What x16wda said.

I'd actually take it a bit further at this point and probably just copy off the data and redo the server. It doesn't take that long. And at least that way you'll be sure to annihilate whatever gremlins may still be lurking in your present setup. I'm also not super happy with how that RAID is behaving right now, so I'd probably want to wipe and reinitialize the array while I was at it  - and check for the most recent firmware and drivers for the card.

Besides, it's all good exercise. Because many times you'll need to do a server twice when you're starting out with Windows server. One time to gain experience. The second time to set it up the way you now realize you should have done it in the first place.

I must have redone the first NT Server I ever built six times in the course of three days before I was happy with it. (It used something like 18+ 3.5" floppys to do the install. So it took a loooong time back then.) Novell was even worse if you decided to format and certify your own HD instead of buying one already formatted and ready to use. That alone could take the better part of a day.

We've all been there so it's no reflection on you. Just part of the entry fee to get in the game. smiley
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