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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thinking of switching to WP8 from Android on: Today at 02:12:11 PM
I've got a Lumia 928, and absolutely no interest in looking at anything else. It does what I want it to do, nothing more, nothing less. I'm not interested in tinkering around with the phone...or any phone for that matter. It needs to just work and this does.

The appeal of jail breaking a devise just doesn't work for me, as the last thing I need is yet another time vampire "hobby". I'm not a gamer, and I have no interest in having a 'App' for everything under the sun that forces me to have to drill down through a list if software bits to find the widget that will tell me what I probably should just know. My fingers are tired more often than not these days...so I'd rather just used my brain instead.

My brother has an iPhone that he can't wait to get rid of because he's tired of me looking at him with wide-eyed wondrous sarcasm as I ask: Why isn't it Just Working?!? ...every time it screws up and/or crashes on him.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 29, 2014, 08:21:30 PM
The only thing I've seen recently was EMET stopping an older version of flash player in FireFox after an ad set something off.

That is an interesting one, but it will have a distinct impact on performance when turned up all the way. It noticeably slowed up the ~6mo old HP Z420 I have at the office and that's a really high-end machine.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 29, 2014, 11:36:16 AM
She gets a lot of company and client-generated PDF and document attachments with her e-mail.

With the popularity of Multi Function Printers these days, many companies are going paperless-er. And it seems like a lot of the people that set these things up always leave the default subject line in the scan to email configuration. Se people being used to accepting 'Xerox/HP/Lexmark/whatever model X created document' for a subject line while dealing with 50-100 of these a day can make it easy as hell to miss a bad one. Especially if the attacker matches up the default naming convention of the manufacturer with their name ... Or picks something inconspicuous and relevant like Invoice, Receipt, or Purchase Order.
This happens mainly because nobody wants to have to stand there in front of the damn thing and type a bunch of anything in on one of those tiny assed touch screens. So default, default, default, and send it is. Every friggin time.

Anytime I have to setup scan to Email on one of these devices - which happens a lot given the business we're in - I change the subject line to something that is relevant to the sending company to avoid having their Emailed scans adding to the problem.

Given the popularity of the technology, and ease of blending in...those things can be a real bitch to spot. And as a card carrying BOFH, it truly pains me to say it ... But it's damn hard to blame the user for missing one of these.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 29, 2014, 07:01:06 AM
It's a more a risk minimization strategy rather than a risk elimination process.

That's definitely an important distinction, as security software is like birth control. Everything is 98% effective...and the last 2% is entirely up to you.
5  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Need a Script to Move User Files Into a Subfolder on: July 29, 2014, 06:53:30 AM
It seems that if there is not adequate permissions to move the file, it
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Now I just have to point it at the 568GB of faculty files and I should be just about done with this part.

Is it about now I should mention the hidden format command?

Hay, either way I'm done...so it's all good.. cheesy

Probably get skwire to mark as DONE if your OK with it.

Werks 4 me.
6  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Need a Script to Move User Files Into a Subfolder on: July 28, 2014, 05:46:39 PM
@AlbertiX - Thank you!

Thank Abterix for that

 cheesy

Well I ran it live on the production system and it worked perfectly. I even discovered an interesting ("Feature") side effect. It seems that if there is not adequate permissions to move the file, it will loop at 30 second intervals and stall on that file. The advantage here was once noticed, all I had to do was reset the permissions on that file and wait 30 seconds for the script to continue ... Which was way better than having to start the whole shebang over from the beginning.

Now I just have to point it at the 568GB of faculty files and I should be just about done with this part.

Thanks Guys! You really saved my ass on this one.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 28, 2014, 12:30:25 PM
Store it in the Cloud!

Generally speaking, how much do you trust Cloud? I know that even Cloud is (as expected) under attack.

The Cloud is about as rife with penetration options as Linda Lovelace's entourage ... But I'm guessing he's unaware that I only deal with business/commercial class networks.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 27, 2014, 10:39:16 PM
The damage done by ransomware encryption was annoying, but less an issue since she had clean and very recent backups of all her critical stuff.

I've only ran into that one once during an accountant was checking their personal webmail at work episode. All the stuff on the server was saved using the Previous Versions feature (I really like that one), and all the stuff on the workstation was... hehehe ...Well they won't do that again.

Rule 0: No critical data is ever to be stored on a workstation.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Need a Script to Move User Files Into a Subfolder on: July 27, 2014, 10:25:27 PM
Okay, initial small sample testing looks good ... But I'm going to get some sleep before a try touching this off on a full scale test. I've been pulling 16 hour days for 3 weeks straight on this gig so being fried is a state I past long ago and remember fondly.

Oh and yes the structure is figurative (they actually use name fragments), I was just tying to describe the problem as clearly as possible.

Thank You!
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Need a Script to Move User Files Into a Subfolder on: July 27, 2014, 01:03:37 PM
Okay first let me say thank you, I'd been hoping you'd show up here as I've seen your work and had a feeling you were the guy for the job. smiley

Now the bad news...

It was/is really close in that it did move all the files, but it didn't move any of the folders that were in the Student\ directories. It instead looped and created a documents folder inside of all the sub directories and moved the contents into them.

...And yes it was only a copy that got torched. cheesy
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 27, 2014, 12:39:55 AM
Thankfully, she realized that itunes had never triggered winpatrol, so kept saying no- so many times that it asked if it was bothering her.

And that is a classic example of Defensive Driving on the Information Highway! The user was paying attention - OMFG!!!!!

Our clients are typically divided into one of two categories:
   Those that actually read the damn message - Usually resolved with a phone call.
   Those that are infected with (stupidity) something - Tends to cost them a bit (slow learners *Shrug*).


No security software is or can be effective if the user simply and absentmindedly clicks OK ... Reading really is fundamental ... Give the wife a hug, she earned it. cheesy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Russia offers over $100,000 to de-anonymize Tor on: July 27, 2014, 12:26:03 AM
I thought the NSA already had backdoors/vulnerabilities in Tor. Wasn't something like that mentioned in another thread here on DC?

Was that the same thread where it was pointed out that they (the DOJ et al) actually funded the friggin project? This is turning into a question of what language do you want whispered into your ear when you're bent over..?
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Need a Script to Move User Files Into a Subfolder on: July 26, 2014, 06:43:37 PM
Okay so I'm in the middle of a nightmare project (cleaning up a kludge while virtualizing and updating the servers for a school) and was hoping someone could give me a hand with this part.

The file server (is a mess) has a group of user folders for the students under D:\Students\Users (so far so good). Now in that Users folder there are folders for each year, that contain folders for each student. The problem is that I need to get all of the files, in all of the student folders, for all of the years, moved into a subdirectory (called Documents) of the student's folder ... So that it will synchronize properly with the newly created Domain DFS Root's User Home folders.

So what I'm looking at is this:

Users\
   2012\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)

      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   2013\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   ...
   2024\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)
   2025\
      Student 1
          (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          (All Their Files)


And what I need the script to make happen is this:

Users\
   2012\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)

      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   2013\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   ...
   2024\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
   2025\
      Student 1
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 2
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      ...
      Student 199
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)
      Student 200
          Documents\
              (All Their Files)


Now if I have to run the script once from inside each of the Year folders that's fine...especially if it makes the script easier to create... cheesy ...I just don't want to get stuck manually moving all the files for 3,000+ Student folders.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 26, 2014, 04:19:03 PM
"On the other hand, people who reported drinking beer and wine frequently had a 41 percent and 33 percent lower risk of developing stones respectively than people who did not consume the alcoholic beverages."

Shit, in that case I'll never get one. beerchug
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 26, 2014, 07:30:59 AM
Really miss ole George ... .
 (see attachment in previous post)
IMO George Carlin was the only true sage of the 20th century.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 26, 2014, 07:27:02 AM
So, you are either going to live your life afraid of the Boogey Man everywhere you turn. Or you are just going to live your life and only worry about confirmed Boogey Man sightings. And the Boogey man's name isn't Condaleezza Rice. The last big confirmed Boogey Man sighting, the name was Ed Snowden.

She's got a point there folks ... Not to mention that keeping people spooked, off-balance, and afraid of each other is all part of "the game".
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 25, 2014, 12:18:13 PM
Okay, Now ^That's^ Funny!
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 25, 2014, 12:09:32 PM
agreed on that but then WHY do the Mfrs. make them that way?

Because people keep buying them..?

It generally works fine for short term usage, but if left too long - and the time varies - it go boom. Some of the machines here have remote access. An they're the ones that fail when an outside user tries to connect ... Gateway goes Ping-Pong Poof!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 25, 2014, 12:01:37 PM
For the record, 40HZ, maybe I can one-up your #4.  We had people who, when the office CABLE IP went down, they would whip out their cellphone and connect their WiFi to IT.  But leave their WIRED connection plugged in TOO!

Yep. One up me it did. (That's pretty awesome btw!) And the proof it never happened to a network I was responsible for is: I'm not in jail right now for clubbing the person who did it to death with their cellphone. Grin
cheesy Kiss Thmbsup
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Printer's Ink on: July 25, 2014, 06:29:11 AM
Please insert 4,294,967,295 Formatted Floppy Disks..
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Weird Router Issue Hoping someone has seen before on: July 25, 2014, 12:52:11 AM
StoicJ.  The default gateway is the same whether wired or wireless.  It is the same router and shows being 10.0.50.1 no matter which connection is active.

Yes, as it typically is in these cases. The problem is that the routing table has to play 50/50 on which interface to access it through (because they'll both try to have priority). One registers, then the other one registers, then the first one registers again ...(this can go on for days)... Then they both miss...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 23, 2014, 06:26:04 PM
^ I'll take the bait:

what did these people use before bitcoin?

Nothing, crime didn't even exist before Bitcoins were created. But instantly after their manifestation the entire planet en masse went criminally insane.

what would they use if there were no bitcoin?

They'd all have to go back to swapping hen weights and handjobs.

 cheesy
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 23, 2014, 12:09:55 PM
I also like the fact that i can use my software like pdf xchange etc, which i prefer over my android reader (ezpdf). 

Do they have a native app?  If not... don't really plan to use it.  Non-native app use sucks unless you're not in tablet mode, i.e. have a keyboard installed.
really why?  no it's not native.  just regular.  I don't understand what could suck.

I think he's referring to the tablet required Finger Friendly Factor. I love the PDF Xchange application version for DT use, and am about to switch to it here at work on my 8.1p workstation. I did my best to make peace with the native Metro PDF viewer, but it just annoys the hell out of me (can't search/print/move the damn thing).

 So you're saying that PDF Xchange has an app version??
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 23, 2014, 11:45:10 AM
it's like drinking warm piss. Oh... got a story about that, but, maybe later.

You got a story about drinking warm piss?!? O_o ...Was this during a trip to Brazil by chance??
25  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Extra Credits: Propaganda Games & Why Games Do Cthulhu Wrong on: July 22, 2014, 06:59:36 AM
While it's an interesting philosophical debate on the sanctity of a mythological "force" ... I gotta go with tomos on this. It's a game. It's supposed to by fun. There's plenty of time and opportunity IRL to deeply grasp just how badly life can incredibly and pointlessly suck ... It doesn't need to be feathered in for entertainment value.

This is why the original Grimm's fairy tails - which really were - got touched up a bit and given happy endings. Because cautionary tales don't have to be aphoristic and horrifying.
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