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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 02:26:13 PM
I'm totally qualified for that job~! °°hic°°°

Hell... I'm even Irish°°~! It°s in my DNA.°°°

I think he°s just a dirty poser! Gimme a bottle and I°ll prove it°!

50/50 Portuguese/German mix here ...(I drive better shitfaced than most people do sober)... And I'll be applying for that job as well! cheesy
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 07:51:23 AM
The User is Drunk

Your website should be so simple, a drunk person could use it.
You can't test that. I'll do it for you.

WHAT: I'll get very drunk, and then review your website. I'll send you a document outlining where I thought the website needed help, and a screencast of me going over the website.

How's that for a job?

Considering you have like 3 seconds to either captivate or lose a visitors attention, I think it's a brilliant idea. I see way to many sites that play games with key features that no one should ever have to dig for. They should do this for application design too ... Never ever (Ever...) make the user dig..
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: March 27, 2015, 07:02:28 AM
You can try SuperF4 (free),

It is must have app for me. Since I develop programs, many a times they go into infinite loop. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+F4 instantly closes them, even faster that opening task manager and searching and killing it.

Now that does look handy! Another (unrelated) item I noticed on the authors website is Elevated Startup. I seem to recall there being several threads discussing a need for what it does...or at least appears to do.
154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 26, 2015, 06:46:50 AM
No ISO yet.  You have to do the update method:

This doesn't work for me. I can't get build 9926 to update to 10041. The instructions in that link don't do what it says it should do. I don't see a "Preview Builds" tab in Update & Recovery when I follow the instructions.

I missed this earlier, but had the same no preview builds tab showing issue with my VM. I did have some windows updates pending, so I let it install them and it pulled the 10041 update (which was not listed) in with them.


On an unrelated note, the odd redirect behavior I'd encountered trying to configure Outlook earlier (in the thread) resurfaced after the 10041 update. I typed in the browser, and ended up here:

After getting this error:
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 18, 2015, 11:30:13 AM
Maybe the Outlook/Office you were using hadn't all the necessary patches? That would be my first guess.

Yeah, mine too...that's why I did a quick upgrade to Outlook 2010 in case there was a hiccup in 2007's auto config code.

Besides, What version of Exchange is running?

It's a MS Hosted Exchange Server - Office 365 E1 package/Microsoft Cloud service.

If your Outlook is 2 versions older than the Exchange it connects to...your usually SOL.

Understood ... But this is something I've done many times from other OS's (WinXP - 8, phones, tablets, etc.) and never had a problem. It was only the Win 10 VM that wouldn't/couldn't connect. The Win7 VM I tossed together to use also used the same Outlook 2010 install...yet connected just fine. I tried 10 after 7 connected - incase it was a fluke - but still no joy. Last with Friday 10&10 no connect, this Monday, no connect, yesterday I didn't have time to screw with it ... And today (shortly after making to initial post) it strangely connected. But I also didn't get the redirected to a strange new service page when I tried taking Win 10 to the Exchange Online web access page today either..
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 18, 2015, 08:01:55 AM
I was going to put this in its own thread, but I guess I'll just toss it in here - Win 10 Outlook & Exchange not playing nice.

Okay, so for reasons that aren't important I needed to setup Outlook to connect to a users (Microsoft Hosted) Exchange mailbox. Being that for fun I though I'd try doing it in the Windows 10 VM ... I started with Outlook 2007 to see if/how compatible it might be. The auto configure ran, found the server, found the account, and then went into a loop prompting me for the credentials, which while correct were not being accepted.

 Being that auto configure was new in/for 2007, I then upgraded it to Outlook 2010, and that too exhibited the same credential prompting ill behavior. I didn't have time to try Office 2013, so that option got skipped. I had to use a copy of 2010 in Windows 7 to get the job done.

One thing I did notice during this is when I attempted to go the hosted Exchange login page ( in IE, I got redirected to some other (apparently new) MS service page I've never heard of. So I'm wondering if that redirection - which appears to be buried in the bowels of the OS - is what was killing the Outlook auto config connection. Neither the VM host machine, or any of the other VM's got bounced to this other (odd service that I can't remember the name of - Sorry) page ... And it was a vanilla install of the latest Windows 10 CTP.
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 25x~100x faster 3D printing? on: March 18, 2015, 06:46:56 AM
Okay, that's cool!
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Windows 8 login/lockscreen transparent? on: March 16, 2015, 12:17:43 PM
Is it just me or am I the only person in the world that sees absolutely no use for a lock screen?

I'm a bit baffled by it as well. Locking an active session does for security not require a decorative image of its own.
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 128GB USB 3.0 Flash price/performance/durability recommendations? on: March 13, 2015, 09:49:15 PM
I've had really good luck with the JDV10 style/series of Lexar drive for the past several years. Unfortunately they only seem to go up to 64GB that I know if (I carry a 32 now).


On the plus side, I can vouch for them handling getting wet (motorcycle...) and surviving quite well.
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2015, 11:11:26 AM
The possibilities of this are hysterical!

Like accidental track changes while jogging..
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2015, 06:50:23 AM
^That'll make a fine companion product for the WankBank - Coming Soon to adult electronics shops everywhere!
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 11, 2015, 06:44:40 PM
I'm pretty paranoid about safety things, so I won't be doing anything reckless.

That's the "beauty" of this type occurrence ... You never realize that it was reckless, until after it's wrecked. cheesy
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Moving Server 2008R2 to new hardware while keeping the current configuration on: March 11, 2015, 12:57:28 PM

Just Kidding - Yes I've done this type of thing before.

I used Windows Backup to do a Bare Metal Restore backup, then booted to the Windows install disk to do the recovery. In my case The disk configuration was changing because we were taking their single disk (single) domain controller and moving it to a RAID array. So some finagling had to be done with the boot configuration.

If you have boot issues after doing the restore, the below is from my notes on what was required to get the above box running. Not all of it is required in every situation, but much of it is documented (online) incorrectly.

MS Boot Configuration Data Editor (option 1)
For When Boot Fails Because the OS is Missing!
The following procedure is used to completely rebuild the Windows Vista, 7, 2008 boot configuration when it has either been badly damaged, or when restoring the OS to different hardware with a different disk/partition configuration.
1.   Boot from appropriate OS media.
2.   Select the current Windows installation if available.
3.   Choose Command Prompt and run the below commands (some may be optional):
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
attrib -s -h -r C:\boot\BDC
del C:\boot\BCD
bootrec.exe /RebuildBcd
bcdboot.exe C:\Windows /S C: /L en-us

(this is worth checking)
Diskpart can also be used to mark a partition as active from the Windows RE.
SELECT DISK (followed by the number of the disk – most likely 0)
SELECT PARTITION (followed by the partition number – most likely 0)
                         Windows startup recovery should now work (option 2).
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 11, 2015, 06:50:53 AM
^This - All it takes is one stubborn part, that requires just a bit more force...and an improperly secured vehicle can end up on top of you. Like using jackstands in the dirt without putting a board under them so they don't sink in while you're focused on the removal of a particularly feisty idler arm. Fortunately a friend was there at the time...or I wouldn't be now.

Sure finding the source of a leak requires getting under the vehicle. But finding out that something is leaking only requires paying attention to maintenance routines (e.g. checking fluid levels), and paying attention to any spots/puddles that appear under the car. Lift the hood once in awhile and look around so you know what it's supposed to look like, and if any odd (leak indication) deposits are starting to form.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 10, 2015, 04:55:48 PM
I haven't had time to comment on this, but for simplicity sake I'd like to +1 everything MilesAhead has said, Safety is key and mistakes tend to be painful.

One odd habit I have, that I acquired from my to always keep a shop rag handy (they're cheap as hell at any auto parts store). Regardless of what I'm working on I will always be wiping the majority of the oil/grease grime off my hands to ensure that anything I pickup will not get dropped. This is partially because - as my father said - cleanliness is critical to proper assembly. And because the parts frequently tend to be if your hands are oily enough to make your hands slip you can get cut badly rather quickly. Plus dropped parts get and/or cause damage, and dropped fasteners (or small parts) can go places - like the intake - that can get expensive almost immediately. Not to mention the Murphy's Law that any tool dropped will automatically roll to the exact mathematical center of the vehicle (making it a bitch to retrieve).
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Use a unique password for this site on: March 07, 2015, 10:06:13 PM
But security isn't about 'criminals', it's about online safety and privacy, especially for those who live in countries where their political affiliation this year could cost them their life the next.

...And that's my point. If you can't keep the alphabet soup crowd out - and you can't - then the entire exorcise becomes pointless.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Use a unique password for this site on: March 07, 2015, 04:55:31 PM
The entirety of web traffic will be encrypted in time, whether it be via HTTP 5 or simple prudence.

Why? It's a total waste processor time and effort, because privacy - as it is commonly understood - is currently and for the foreseeable future a complete myth. Sure as mouser stated above for banking and finance it is best to keep up the ruse and try to limit the number of bad people that wish to nose around in the affairs of others. But if the encryption that is to be used is not capable of keeping out all of the "bad people"...then it's really just a silly waste of time.
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft reveals Windows vulnerable to FREAK SSL flaw on: March 07, 2015, 06:26:04 AM
In other news, it appears that if one was staying up-to-date on any of the other myriad of SSL flaws over the past several years, then you're safe from this on too...when using IE.

This is the same bugg I mentioned in passing here. I did the testing on it then, and all systems passed. I just did the testing at the ZDNet links...and all systems still passed (with IE11).

Since this thing was apparently gestated back in the 90s, shouldn't they be calling it the asleep-at-the-wheel bugg..?
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 05, 2015, 06:53:30 AM
SS is not an option as this is for public facing production systems. If it was for the internal systems I wouldn't even bother with the annoying theatrical nonsense. It just baffles me beyond reason why everything to do with SSL has to be so god damn complicated. If the point of the certificate is to validate me...then it should trust the me it is validating to renew the silly thing without having to go through a bunch of horse shit to yet again confirm that I am indeed still the me that I was when I was being me last time.

I mean FFS if they can't even trust the validity of their own certificate to ensure that the me that is posing as I is truly the as to be certified me ... Then what good is the damn thing!
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is anyone doing this Bing Rewards thing? on: March 04, 2015, 11:20:28 AM
I'm just wondering if it's even worth setting Bing as default search engine.

I've been using Bing as my default search engine for the last 6 months or so and have been quite happy with it.

I'm just curious if anyone really actively participates in this promotion because I'm trying it.

This I decided was not going to be worth the effort. I did not try it...I just read through the spiel and decided not to.
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 04, 2015, 10:58:59 AM
Shit. Sad I was hoping you guys had a viable alternative. I just don't know what kind of crazy assed hoops the next guy is going to want to put me through. So with my luck -(with SSL)- the odds of going from the frying pan to the fire are ~50/50. I'd love to find one that would issue a 20 year I never ever have to suffer through this inane nonsense ever again.

Christ, every time you turn around there is yet another huge gaping assed hole in the damn thing (like the latest Apple/Google 'FREAK' Attack Security Vulnerability). And even on the rare good days the NSA (et al.) has turned it into nothing more than a sad joke anyway.
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Twitter is less anonymous for TOR users on: March 03, 2015, 04:59:00 PM
Is there any reason why they couldn't just use a burner phone for the account signup and then toss it? If the phone isn't required for subsequent logins then it really isn't accomplishing anything ... It's just security theater.
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 03, 2015, 01:48:55 PM
   I've been using a SSL for our Exchange server, but the renewal process is a nightmare. I really don't have time to waste gathering up and submitting a bunch of prove it's me/us documentation every time the cert expires. Is suffering through these types of shenanigans "normal" for SSL cert renewal?? Or is there some place that I can just pay a renewal fee and get the damn thing extended.

   Why does everything to do with SSL have to suck so ridiculously hard?? I swear they had to have been created by the DMV!
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Super Annoying Freezing Mouse (and Keyboard) - can ANYONE help, PLEASE!? on: March 03, 2015, 12:54:03 PM
I ran into exactly that last week on a brand new fresh from the box Dell server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. Both the keyboard and mouse stopped responding at the console, but if I logged into it via Remote Desktop to worked fine.

I didn't have time to fiddle with the damn thing (server...), so I just replaced both (keyboard and mouse) and it has worked fine ever since.

Probably not what you want to hear...but might be worth considering. Maybe borrow a friends for testing purposes if no spare is available.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: March 03, 2015, 07:04:31 AM
The Mac is reliant on the rather loquacious Bonjour protocol, which frequently needs to be disabled on Windows networks because it quite consistently screws up name resolution.

The much more sedate windows name resolution (NetBIOS) frequently suffers at the hands of overzealous security software blocking the name broadcasts causing them to not resolve. Typically this is mitigated by using a static address for the printer, and pointing the print driver's port at the static address.

Other possibility is the very not ready for prime time WSD port technology that causes a 20-45 second lag in the print jobs...or just fails causing much anguish for all. We -(or more specifically I)- do not allow printer installs to be left with (the sadly now default) WSD ports because of the almost 100% failure rate of the technology.

Note: Failure rate above is based on the number of time something either didn't connect frequently, or just started lagging bad enough to piss people off, within a month of the initial install. Most people snap in the 10-15 second range.
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