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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processes and/or folders to exclude from malware scanners for Exchange email on: May 24, 2015, 07:16:11 AM
Is there any provision for wildcarding in the MBAM exclusions? Because if you could do a wildcard exception for *Outlook.com or 207.46.0.0./16 (the MS owned IP block that Outlook.com runs on) that should cover everything flowing between OL & Ex.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processes and/or folders to exclude from malware scanners for Exchange email on: May 22, 2015, 07:06:00 AM
I'm a bit confused here... Windows/desktop AV software isn't going to be able to see/catch/prevent hostile Email attachments flowing through an Exchange server. And there shouldn't be that many software installs happening on the Exchange server. So... What problem are we trying to solve?


I'm generally adverse to running AV on an Exchange server, as any of the activities that would cause one to encounter something they would catch should never be happening on a server anyhow. Direct access to any of our servers are stringently controlled (e.g. strictly forbidden). What I do use is a combination Spam and AV filter that sits between the SMTP receivers and the Exchange MB db that deletes or quarantines anything untoward as it comes in before it gets to exchange. In the 3 years we've been running it I've never seen the AV FP yet.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 03:40:28 PM
So what does this mean to little guys like me who own a random domain?

It means your right to privilege of privacy (or the illusion thereof) is irrelevant because the NSA, DHS, and other ultra nosey government agencies are gagging hard to create a completely dystopian police state. And it's for the people to understand that the sudden and instantaneous destruction of their livelihood and all they may hold dear - even if entirely "accidental" ... Is necessary and good for the betterment of all, or at least the - more equal - part of the all that matters..

Quote from: the Article
The Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) was created by ICANN, the body that oversees internet namespaces such as .com/.net/.org etc in co-operation with various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) in attempt to increase accuracy of data supplied in domain Whois records

e.g. The Fuzz want to be able to capriciously fast track the incarceration of any site operator at any time for any reason. because...the boogyman damnit!

This is just more pointless idiotic nonsense that is being rammed down people's throats that they need to spit out and scream bloody murder about until everybody up the chain is at risk of permanent hearing loss.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 11:32:18 AM
Fine, So now in "honor" of WAP Day ... Every June I'll change my whois information to something new, and completely off the wall because it none of their damn business who I am or where the hell I'm at.

Did the check clear??? Good...now go have a nice chat with the letters F, and O...
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 19, 2015, 05:02:15 PM
Thanks for the update. I've been thinking that mouser needs to come up with a new award just for you because of the unique level of OMFG What??!? class issues you consistently encounter. It is always truly intriguing to join in your issue threads.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 11:20:38 AM
[{000214A0-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
Prop3=19,11
[InternetShortcut]
URL=https://www.ot.com/

Okay, I saved ^that^ using Notepad to a file named Kalos.url, double clicked it, and it opened in IE just fine. That was using IE8 on Server 2003
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 06:53:31 AM
EDIT: the extension .website doesn't seem to work in Win7

Bummer. Can you post the contents of one of the .url files so I can see what it does in a Win 7 VM?
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 06:36:52 AM
If the admin(s) closed off access to the command-line, he/she/they should definitely have closed down PowerShell. The latter is much more powerful.

he hasn't! lol!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  tongue tongue tongue

but renaming .url to .htm doesn't go to the website unfortunately (I thought it did because I didn't realize it actually renamed to .htm.url)
so what should an htm file contain in order to visit an url?

I'd have thought that .url work as assumed as well *Shrug*

But here's an odd bit. I dragged the icon from the IE address bar for this page to the desktop, and it created a shortcut, and then opened it in notepad.

Quote from: File Contents
[{000214A0-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
Prop3=19,2
Prop4=31,sharepoint question - DonationCoder.com
[InternetShortcut]
IDList=
URL=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=40758.0;topicseen
IconFile=http://www.donationcoder.com/favicon.ico
IconIndex=1
[{A7AF692E-098D-4C08-A225-D433CA835ED0}]
Prop5=3,0
Prop9=19,0
[{9F4C2855-9F79-4B39-A8D0-E1D42DE1D5F3}]
Prop5=8,Microsoft.Website.43357907.EF374370

Now after poking at the properties dialog a bit I found that the file has a (hidden reguardless) file extension of .website (Windows 8.1 OS). If I create a new file in Notepad (with the above contents), and save it as a .website file (the extension disappears, but...) it works as assumed/desired.


Stripping it down a bit, apparently this is all that is necessary to get the shortcut file to work:
Quote from: Bare Minimum Working File
[InternetShortcut]
IDList=
URL=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=40758.0;topicseen
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 08:47:39 AM
What "problem" are "we" trying to solve here?? MITM attacks...on what exactly?? It's publically available content ...

Take the case we have here in Turkey. The government liberally censors the web, and the next logical step is keeping a log of who reads what. Then I'd be in deep trouble for just reading something like this.

1984 feels very real in this part of the globe. https may delay it for a while, and I'd support that.

Yes...and hence part of my usage of the word placebo. The base assertion is that SSL is a knight in shining armor that will Keep Out All "Bad People"... However several curtain peeking events over the last year or so show that this is not entirely true. Because some of  the (er...) "More Equal" animals on this planet have a master key (of sorts) that allows them to get a free pass through the SSL "wall"...that's really more of a screen door...if you just so happen to be a bonafide extra special member of the right boys club.

So to me it's really more if an 80's era cartoon superhero hiding their secret identity metamorphosis behind a small plant...with the plotline based expectation that nobody will notice..
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 07:42:24 AM
My problem is the added expense. I'm only running a few free sites.

Me to, and I include the added resource requirements for all the (IMO unnecessary) encrypting as everything is getting stuffed up the wire.


But as for me, if all I'm doing is serving random content with closer to zero people looking at it than I'd like to think, why do I need to pay extra because it's a 'good idea'?

Amen to that! ...What "problem" are "we" trying to solve here?? MITM attacks...on what exactly?? It's publically available content ... So it would be an idiotic waste of effort to break into a stream of data that you could much easier just go read on your own. That's like encrypting all the billboards on the side of the highway so people have to get and be wearing very special - and very expensive - glasses to be able to read your advertisement messages. WTF is the point? ...Complexity for the sake of itself?? A placebo level of reassurance that people are then "protected" from an academic exorcise that nobody in their right mind is dumb enough to bother with?


It's been said there is a time and place for everything...and I do believe that to be true. But encrypting everything, everywhere, and at all times is just paranoia to the absurd. These hyper paranoid pundits need to unplug, crawl out of their basements, and reacquaint themselves with how interaction with a real person actually works.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 14, 2015, 11:24:15 AM
It might not hurt to point out to the brass that the Blast-Effective-Zone could have been a lot smaller if they would have let you put in a proper domain back when you originally asked for it.

Because I'm guessing - from the descriptions you've given in other threads - that most folk are romping around with Admin rights. And the only truly proven method of ducking the 0-day stuff is by using reduced (e.g. user level) permissions ... Everything else has time and time again proven itself to be nothing more than a feeble attempt to water seal a screen door.

P.S. Feel free to quote me on that.. Wink cheesy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 13, 2015, 06:49:33 AM
Either go to folder view settings and disable 'Hide file extensions for known file types' (so it stops doing the double extension), or do the rename at the command line with ren *.url *.htm
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 12, 2015, 11:10:47 AM
So... This is actually less about SharePoint (and its configuration), and more about finding an automated link harvester that you can turn lose on a SharePoint site ... Yes?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 08:07:42 AM
if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)

Good point.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 09, 2015, 09:16:21 AM
That might also explain why my PDF printers would seem to just disappear from the system entirely, even though the software appears to be working fine. If Windows can't talk to the device any more, it should disappear from the printer list. From Windows' perspective, it has effectively been unplugged. Actually, the more I think about it, the more likely that scenario seems.

Not quite. All things printer are controlled by the Print Spooler. So when the spooler starts it checks the registry (in 4 locations) to see what if any printer objects are to be loaded. If a device is offline or unavailable (for a multitude of reasons), it will still be loaded but be displayed in a greyed out state. It never removes anything ...(ever)... Which is frequently a performance issue if many offline/disconnected printers are installed on the system, especially if they have aggressive reporting/monitoring utilities that will then bring the shebang to a screeching halt. This is why our service department has a purge unused drivers policy to keep the Tech's machines from constantly crashing due to the spool having to drag a load of - for testing only single use - unavailable print device drivers.


This is why seeing the error, and knowing (before/after what step) when it is being thrown would help in figuring out what the issue is. A fax driver is simply a standard printer driver that prompts the user for a phone number before sending it (as a print job) and the number to the (frequently a Multi Function Printer) fax device.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 09, 2015, 07:33:26 AM
Okay, so outside of having installed one once to experiment on/with - which I ended up never having time to do, I know nothing about SharePoint. But I've been watching the agony which is this thread for a week and thought what the hell I'll see what I can find..

To that end I can across the following link which may or may not be helpful in-and-of-itself ... But might at least help shed some - more specific - light on which part isn't working:

http://www.sharepointdiar...int-document-library.html

The article seems to imply (to me...) that this should just work in a normal HTML link fashion, so it's possible some key part is either currently offline or misconfigured.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 09, 2015, 07:06:13 AM
^And the black eye award goes to the corporate masters ... Now that's the best news I've heard all week!

Power to the People! Thmbsup cheesy
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 08, 2015, 06:43:27 AM
So, maybe we are looking at it all wrong, and simply need to eliminate the cause of the error "write protection message".

Personally I would love to see a screen shot of that error message to try and ascertain its origin. As I too have always had very good luck with the native Windows Fax & Scan utility. This could very well be just a configuration issue.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 07, 2015, 07:39:28 AM
One of the people here started getting odd emails a few days ago that were of a type she would never expect.  The wording was pretty "graphic" and appeared to be requesting a reply.  All of our systems have up to date AVAST as well as Malwarebytes.

I gotta say this part keeps troubling me ... In what way was it how graphic?? Because if someone is "wasting" an apparently previously unknown - and therefore undetectable - exploit ... It's not inconceivable this could be a (very) targeted attack.

If at all possible, it may behoove you to recover those original Emails for analysis, by law enforcement personnel if the "Graphic" nature was in any way...credibly...threatening..
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 06, 2015, 06:50:56 AM
^Nailed it! Thmbsup
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology moving anxiety... on: May 05, 2015, 10:35:47 AM
While for the most part I stick with my now 0 nicotine eCig, I do still occasionally (at the end of ruff days...) sneak out for one of the wife's cigarettes. At which point the absolute last thing I want to even see is anything electronic...unless we're about to play how high will this MF'er bounce.. cheesy
Pardon me for saying so but I think you may have the wrong idea. Aren't your wife's cigarettes meant to get you high, not elevate the device?

Indeed ... Which is precisely why I don't want to be bothered with any electronics while I'm...mellowing.. Wink
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Technology moving anxiety... on: May 05, 2015, 06:51:50 AM
Unless I take it outside (when I'm at home) for a smoke instead of my tablet, then it's news and "Dice Wars".

While for the most part I stick with my now 0 nicotine eCig, I do still occasionally (at the end of ruff days...) sneak out for one of the wife's cigarettes. At which point the absolute last thing I want to even see is anything electronic...unless we're about to play how high will this MF'er bounce.. cheesy
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 06:32:27 AM
"Oh look! Some client wanted a MS Project chart. Well, bang that out for me as soon as you can."

"Forced", sure. But not as part of the basic job description, but something that showed up on a one-time basis.

Quite true, not everyone has the luxury of a rigidly defined job description. Some of us routinely get hit with whatever whoever can think up to want ... And are then expected to just shit the thing in an hour.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 03, 2015, 07:33:49 AM
I'm not sure I'd trust the salt to make it that unreadable...and hammering the outside casing only warps the platters a bit. So for a low tech destruction on a drive that can't be electronically burned (or shot...), I go with disassembly, fold the platters in half by hand (surprisingly not that hard), and then hammer a sharp crease in the folded platter.

It's certainly not the best way, but entertaining. smiley

Entertainment and catharsis are important, yes.


The salt is just to increase electrical conductivity and help corrode it over time. They're at the bottom of a large garbage bin.


...But this part was really more of a question. Like, for someone with professional data recovery equipment (and a 3 letter name..). What impact would the corrosion really have on the readability of the platters? I'd almost swear I'd seen it done on a DR companies promotional video somewhere.


A few of them really did cave in nicely though. Not as deep as the shotgun blast though.

Here again it's a question of professional DR folk being able to straighten the platter if the metal hasn't been deformed (as in silly putty level stretched) enough to alter the alignment.

Hell, even with the shotgun blowing a quarter sized hole in the platter (blue shirt visible through drive in blown up photo), TBH I'm not entirely sure pros couldn't glean something useful off the remaining (arguably) pristine section of the disk ... Because DR is nowhere near the center of my skillset.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 02, 2015, 12:54:10 PM
Data Recovery... (see attachment in previous post)
...Not Going to Happen!  cheesy

When you lack cool toys, data destruction can be done low-tech.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8-CuGIJqA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8-CuGIJqA</a>

I'm not sure I'd trust the salt to make it that unreadable...and hammering the outside casing only warps the platters a bit. So for a low tech destruction on a drive that can't be electronically burned (or shot...), I go with disassembly, fold the platters in half by hand (surprisingly not that hard), and then hammer a sharp crease in the folded platter.
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