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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hey Mouser... you still drowning in student loan debt? on: May 13, 2014, 03:03:32 PM
I remember at one restaurant someone mentioned his background saying it like "porch chew geese."  This provoked the mechanic to sit at their table and lecture them that the proper reference was "port a gee" phonetically.

While I have heard that before - having been raised in the south... - I usually pronounce it closer to the first way (por cha geese).

But then again I also use both lollygagging and gallivanting quite frequently ... I have a rather confused heritage.
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 13, 2014, 02:28:59 PM
Can I get ^that^ in poster size for my office?
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create a profiles for users on a Workgroup and disable Homegroup options & wifi on: May 13, 2014, 07:13:35 AM
I see only two ways to do this, with a domain, and the wrong way.

You will waste an excruciating amount of time trying to duct tape 3rd party solutions together in an attempt to gain control. A domain based solution OTOH would be comparably cheap if you look at the long term cost savings in just man hours of administrative overhead alone.

Yes, I'm admittedly biased ... But it's based on experience. Wink
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Patents Making You SHUT UP! on: May 13, 2014, 06:43:26 AM
Okay, so the next question is when are they going to start farming out the remote burn functionality built into smart phones? It works regardless of whether or not the phone has access to a carrier so it can be transmitted over a local WiFi network, and it erases everything on the phone. It dovetails with the above as a nice backstop for those times when the curtain doesn't go up quite fast enough..
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hey Mouser... you still drowning in student loan debt? on: May 12, 2014, 10:28:32 PM
40, thanks for the advice.  One reason I'm thinking the next class I take should be Conversational Spanish is that it can be a deal killer if you no habla Espanole around Miami.

Excellent point, I'm like 200+ miles north of you in central FL and the need for Spanish here is becoming increasingly apparent. Which is a bit embarrassing for me considering that I'm half Portuguese and can't speak a word of it. *Shrug* I just tell people that yes, I'm Hispanic...but I'm not any good at it.
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are Recovery Disks Brand Specific? on: May 12, 2014, 03:47:20 PM
They probably only really gave it significant mention in the partner channel communiques. (And I don't get those any more.)

But I do ... And have no recollection of its mention. However  there is a good bit of pompoms oriented signal to noise ratio in there too.


I do have a tendency to reflexively gloss past certain - draconian corporate - terms that conflict with my definition of fair use...

Yup. And I'm sure they're hoping most people will continue to do just that... undecided

Because the devil is in the details. And the rabbit punches and "liver jabs" are often found in the fine print. Usually somewhere halfway down on page 88 of 173. tellme

Primary detail IMO is how practical is it to actually have an attorney available to read, decipher, and explain the nonsense contained in the average EULA. Nobody in the SOHO/SMB space has the time or money for that. And I don't have a law degree, so I'm not about to try understanding the inane level of doublespeak contained therein.

- The party of the first participle shall for all eternity henceforth and forthwith be subject to all covenants not to be confined only to the herein but also to include that which is felt to be subject to any and all implied whims of the holding issuer -

Not to mention the chronically reserved right to change the content at any future point to retroactively apply to the signature acceptance of button clicking back when. So I prefer to reserve the right to error on the side of the client regarding what is to be considered fair and reasonable usage.

My 25 words or less rule you see, is strictly enforced. Wink
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are Recovery Disks Brand Specific? on: May 12, 2014, 01:48:16 PM
Well, shit. I never generally pay much attention to news about HP, as most of it's marketing crap and I figure if it's really that important they'll tell us. But this would have been handy to know back before the deadline so a few things could have been saved while still accessible. undecided

...Then again I could have just missed it. I do have a tendency to reflexively gloss past certain - draconian corporate - terms that conflict with my definition of fair use... That and I make it a policy not to trust anyone that uses terms like synergistic fiscal lubrication.

But thus is the appeal of the dark side, where things really do just work...because that's the way they were made - or remade as the case may by.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are Recovery Disks Brand Specific? on: May 12, 2014, 11:46:27 AM
And there's also a new issue that may become problematic down the road. HP has started a new policy of restricting free and open access to driver and BIOS updates for their servers. If you don't have a support subscription - no driver downloads for you! It will be interesting to see if other manufacturers follow suit - or if the practice spreads to desk and laptop models.

 huh ...Are you talking about this error popping up on a driver search??
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I've been running across it for a year or so, but generally found it to be an erroneous error that basically implied either the search was bad, or the site was flaking out (again..). Given that HP's site is always flaking out somewhere to some degree...the latter was the most popular assumption.

HP is also notoriously touchy about which number you use to lookup a device. If I try typing in ProLiant DL380, I get a bunch of scattered older generation stuff that is useless. If I try to be more specific and type ProLiant DL380 G8, I get one useless result for a riser card. However if I type in the (much preferred...) HP part number 670853-S01 what I'm after then magically appears with no restrictions. But HP has always been a bit funny that way.

Or did you read something else that said they were instating a policy shift? Dumping driver download onto the support staff sounds like a great way to inspire a revolt to me.

I'm just curious, because I've heard nothing about this ... And you'd think that kind of think would get mentioned in the news letter...Ya know?
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 10, 2014, 07:29:59 AM
AV's new roll in IT

roll or role?   Don't take it hard. Be stoic.

Shit ... I was thinking dice roll/crapshoot and tripped over the fact I can't spell worth a damn. cheesy

Oh wait, I'm supposed to be 'stoic'... :-| ...Better?
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advice needed about splitting or re-sizing a partition ... on: May 10, 2014, 07:23:40 AM
Just to emphasize something: Many of us on this thread are fans of using multiple partitions for the OS and data, etc. when you have a large drive (or putting them on different physical drives).  It's just that when you have a small hard drive like this, the downsides far outweigh any upsides.

+1 - Quite true. For an OS the size of XP on an 80GB drive I'd cut it into my usual 3 partitions for OS, current workspace, and long term storage. But for OS's the size of Vista/7/8 80GB just ain't enough room to play with once you start adding a few largish applications. Hell at the Office I had a 84GB OS partition on my workstation. It seemed like plenty of room years ago when I first set it up with a clean load of Vista. But towards the end it got really cramped trying to fit everything in that tiny space.
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advice needed about splitting or re-sizing a partition ... on: May 09, 2014, 01:15:39 PM
Third vote for a onesie! cheesy

...If you think splitting it is scary...wait till it overflows and you got to put it back together with zero free space (eek!).

One is safer.

Now if you just can't resist...(some folks enjoy danger)...shrink C: first, and then add the data part.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An interesting look at what 'Big Data' means to privacy on: May 08, 2014, 04:41:48 PM
People need to not be so eager to put their life stories on the internet. Your facebook is the easiest possible way to have your identity stolen, because anyone can get the info they need to social engineer their way into your accounts from it.

+1 - I swear it's like some kind of drug or something. I have a FaceBook account that I setup under a pseudonym about a year ago, just to see if I could. I never did anything with it; no pictures; no profile; no content. I just checked it...and I have 7 friend requests. Seriously??

...Are they trying to draw me out of my shell or something??

Zoiks.
188  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 x64 timer countdown on: May 08, 2014, 12:24:49 PM
When a timer is set it will get added to the T-Clock Timers menu. Clicking on the timer will bring up the timer watch window, where you can watch multiple running timers. They can also be canceled or just removed from the watch window by highlighting them and pressing the delete button on the keyboard.
189  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: AntiSnooper - Privacy Protection (Freeware) on: May 08, 2014, 11:47:07 AM
...

I guess I am a bit confused. As a feeble student of the magician's art of misdirection, you'd want at least two cracks at a "mark's" password and def looking at hands on the keyboard rather than the screen. So since very little software I've seen actually displays the password as you type it, depending how fast they are, you're guessing if the approx letters they are typing coalesce into a word, or if they are of the "d6keLr#" variety.

Of all the weird security concerns out there, shoulder surfing for passwords hasn't been one of mine. Either I get my back to a wall in a net cafe, or else suspecting co-workers leads down spirals of paranoia.

I hear ya man, it's not one of my top ten either ... But it does come in oh so very handy every now and then..

(an example)
You're on site to do a job for a client that centers around a anal-retentive user that doesn't wish to share their password with you (even though you're there to resolve their issue). It truly is astonishing how many people will happily give you complete unsupervised access to their machine (And. Its. Data...) for service...but will then staunchly refuse to share the password - including a temporary one... - for "security reasons".

The resolution requires frequently rebooting the computer as various configurations are tested...and the user keeps wandering off, so you end up wasting most of the diagnostic time tracking their silly ass down to get logged back into the machine.

They of course quickly get pissy about the game because you are rudely interrupting their screw off time with your constant nonsensical need to get the friggin job done.

Play time is now over. cheesy

First pass objective is first character, key count, and last character.
Second pass objective is second character, and another crack at last character (if missed on previous step).
etcetera... Wink

At all points the sum total of hand movements and locations are taken into consideration for the purpose of ascertaining what if any numbers, special characters, and capitols are used (helps with word guessing too). Close attention is to be paid to the shift keys, and for a quick make'em type it twice bonus caps lock can be pressed before they get to the keyboard.

Carefully worded casual conversation about key items (like pictures) on their desk can also help yield clues to what the target password might be.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 08, 2014, 07:13:41 AM
Symantec Says Antivirus Is Dead, World Rolls Eyes

AV's new roll in IT (Canary in a coal mine):
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191  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: AntiSnooper - Privacy Protection (Freeware) on: May 08, 2014, 06:54:17 AM
I have created it in order for keeping my screen private and activities on the computer to myself and to prevent computer screen from shoulder surfing attack to obtain passwords, PINs, security codes, etc.

Minor technical point, Shoulder Surfing involves observation of the keyboard or other input device not the screen. SS 101 in an office environment would be to position yourself to see the first (and possibly last) keystrokes, count the number of keystrokes, and then casually glance about the cubical/office to find something that fits the (x___?) criteria. This is precisely why names and common word passwords are a bad idea.

Note: As an admin, I frequently use this technique to spot check the staff.


Other than that it does seem like a cool idea that would work for password managers that have to display the password on the screen, or for working on documents with sensitive content.
192  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: No .NET Framework, no problem! on: May 07, 2014, 11:29:32 AM
I guess the thing to see is the size of the base libraries.

Yepper, that was my question. cheesy

@mouser - Understood, but I'm a bit hung-up on the absurd notion that a small utility should actually be small. Most of my C++ stuff is under 100KB, Page Countster for example for all it does is only 282KB, Got Space is 158KB...and most of that is the icon. Now if I go with C#/.NET I can get a binary that is 6-10KB, but that is going to be dependent on a runtime that may be as high as 40MB ... Which means that my supposed to be tiny little utility is now a 40MB behemoth that can't be used in a clean in-and-out zero presence fashion. That for me is a deal breaker.

193  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: No .NET Framework, no problem! on: May 07, 2014, 06:46:45 AM
My biggest objection to C#/.NET has always been the runtime shenanigans. So this to me is incredibly interesting, especially if the produced .exe is as small as the typical C# project output but still completely portably non runtime dependent.
194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 07, 2014, 06:35:17 AM
On the topic of ethanol in fuel... some new studies have shown conclusively that it costs MORE in terms of energy to burn ethanol than regular gasoline.

Sure it costs more to burn, and it costs more to make too. But the kickbacks revenue stream on top of the increase in both volume and profit margin make it all worth while. Okay, sure, the little guy takes a beating...but who really cares about that? Certainly nobody (in the upper 1% royalty class) important.
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: May 06, 2014, 11:11:17 AM
So I'm really confused what they think the magic bullet tech concept in this is.

The "magic" is that once the bullet goes in your head, you can't complain any more ... So only "happy" - or at least to scared to complain - people are left ... Making for excellent press.

It's a sheeple driven self defeating feedback loop.
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: May 05, 2014, 10:51:27 PM
Then you return to Vurbal's aforementioned mountain of stupid. (But look, it's the *next mountain over* now! Cue "Climb every mountain!"

Nice... Now I get to go to bed with that song stuck in my head. If I have nightmares about the Von Trapp family singing while chasing me with champagne and little white flowers I'll strangle you in the morning.
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 05, 2014, 05:06:53 PM
They look more like a Space Invaders player-ship to me.
another vote for 'the Space Invaders player-ship keys' Kiss

Random help file:
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To navigate within the file, use the the Space Invaders player-ship keys. [.....]


Oh hell yeah, I'll sign that! cheesy
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 05, 2014, 11:41:40 AM
Directional arrows: Up, down, right, left.  "inverted T" seems an unusual way to put it. (To me, anyway!) Is that a common tech term?

Sorry, Jim...that term really isn't popular these days. Didn't mean to confuse....  Grin

Good thing you didn't say "reverse Tau" like I've heard some geeks and 1337-wannabes call it. Grin

O_o W,T..? I'm not even going to bother with the Greek bit as all things pedantic tend to involve that or Latin it seems ... But the reverse bit? That's just wrong. How do you tell if a (perfectly symmetrical) 'T' is reversed? Are there hooks, sticky pads, or clamps or something on the back? Inverted means to turn upside down...that makes sense. Reverse...not so much.
199  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: E-mail client recommendations on: May 05, 2014, 11:28:42 AM
About 300,000 of those are donationcoder forum alert emails -- i have written before about how i use emails as a low-tech backup system (in addition to the other redundant backup systems in place on DC) -- anytime a post is made, the post is emailed to me.

Bloody bugger, Mouser!  huh

Speaking as a 'systems' person, that's insane doing that! Grin Grin Grin

Zoiks Scooby ... that's a literally more granular version of a brick level restore.
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 03, 2014, 11:53:32 AM
@cyberdiva  This may be of interest.  http://krebsonsecurity.co...es-flash-player-zero-day/

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Windows users who browse the Web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (Firefox, Opera, e.g.).

Being clueless (just kiddin 40) I don't know how trustworthy this is.

I'd have to go with yes on that one as browser plug-in updates are a case by case per-browser thing.
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