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3176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deduplication, encryption, security and... Dropbox on: April 15, 2011, 12:31:33 PM
Just add periodic blocks of completely random machine code to you sensative documents. That way even if somebody does manage to successfully decrypt it, they'll still be left scratching their heads trying to figure out what they missed.


(jk - don't shoot me...smiley)
3177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Allow Domain Users to install local Printers on: April 15, 2011, 09:34:58 AM
Okay, ran across this article and decided to share it with the rest of the class.

Note: The closer you follow the instructions, the sooner it will actually word (e.g. I'm not admitting how long it took me to realize what I missed (the first 14 times)).

Allow Domain Users to install local Printers (and Network Printers) without Admin rights via Group Policy [Yes it is sometimes necessary...]

http://www.magalan.co.uk/...without_admin_rights.html
3178  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: April 14, 2011, 02:28:21 PM
First off I'd like to thank you for this great program. But the weeks that are displayed seem to be wrong.

...That's why they are adjustable. Which week number (clock text or calendar) is off by how much?
3179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Growing Green != Going Green on: April 14, 2011, 02:23:38 PM
Hm... I have long hair, but I quit smoking weed years ago, and while I like the whole green thing to an extent, I think global warming is bull shit.

I have no idea what to make of this 1% issue...

Why don't they find out what 20% of it is caused by and bitch about that instead?
3180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Salaries of Charity CEOs on: April 14, 2011, 02:07:46 PM
still part of me cant help but think - maybe it would be better not to have the highest power $500,000 a year salaray ceo, and sales people paid with giant commissions, and instead hire people who really believe in the cause.

Damn Straight!
3181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unlocker 1.8.7 released - 01/05/2008 on: April 14, 2011, 02:02:31 PM
... try it - If I can remember).

ehh... I would have been just as fast installing it as posting about installing it  tongue

If I was at home on the x64 machine in question, yes ... But I was not... Hence the wait. Wink
3182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your approach to this help desk procedure issue? on: April 14, 2011, 07:08:37 AM
So my questions are:
  • In your experience is auto-generation of tickets common (e.g. via email), and do you personally prefer that or not?

That seems to be driven more by the size of the company than anything else. When the number of support people/clients go past a certain point ... The ticket system is required.

However it depends on the issue being reported. Our ISP had a ticketing system I just found out about a few months back. Previously I would call in issues, sit on hold, and then get someone (who had to be told the story again). Now I create a ticket online, play a few rounds of phone tag, and then get to explain the ticket's issue description to someone. ...So neither is really "faster" IMO.


  • In your experience do help desk departments often provide direct access to ticket creation via form?

The bigger the company, the more common abstraction becomes (the human touch/contact thing takes time). So anytime they can put something in front of you other than a body...Is a $aving$


  • Do they allow access to viewing/interacting with the trouble ticket system and user's open tickets via web?

^^Not to sound like a broken record^But...^^ We have the potential to use a externally accessible customer access ticketing system. As there is one included in the Kaseya network management system we use. I just prefer not to, as I feel the I get more/better info from direct interaction with the client.

We have over 4,000 clients, we do not have a phone tree. People call and talk to people ... It's one of the things (part of the service) we pride ourselves on.

  • How do you feel about this level of access for individual users?

After a certain point/size it is a necessary evil.
3183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unlocker 1.8.7 released - 01/05/2008 on: April 14, 2011, 06:38:45 AM
Looks like it finally supports 64-bit now too (Guess I'll have to try it - If I can remember).
3184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question about setting up a Tor router on: April 13, 2011, 06:52:25 PM
Hm, isn't there any encryption going on between the TOR nodes? Thought there was. Nevertheless, you do need SSL/whatever, otherwise some nodes inbetween could be sniffing traffic.

That's the impression I had also. The SSL/VPN is/was only for the last mile when traffic hits the Tor exit point.

Also, google around a bit, there's various attacks against TOR - it's not 100% security.

hehe What is these days...  cheesy

TL;DR: if you're doing anything risky (whistleblowing, hacking, or just about anything in China) you'll need to combine TOR with access from "somewhere not home" - preferably public or "borrowed" WiFi with a cloned MAC.

I keep my hacking activities restricted to networks I've been authorized to penetrate. Wink

As for encryption overhead, it wouldn't be noticeable unless you had sick bandwidth - more than a saturated 100mbit link. And since TOR goes through a lot of little-guy home links, you'll be lucky to see 100kbyte/s.

To be fair I am reflexively a bit harsh regarding encryption. But it just irks me when it keeps being pitched as a security magic bullet. Seen too many $3,000+ C2G VPN setups that took the (4 digit) street address (or worse) as a pass key.
3185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question about setting up a Tor router on: April 13, 2011, 06:40:28 PM
This is such a fun topic that I must grab myself another vodka before starting in on it...

Back! smiley

Vodka! Uh oh...  cheesy


Yes, it's possible, but why would you want to?

Primarily curiosity.

It will slow down your transfers a lot.

Anytime encryption is involved, I assume performance will be sacrificed (that's just the nature of making any given workload bigger than it was to start with). Out side of that, is there and additional performance hit?


Yes. The way the network works is to route traffic through many clients. This slows down traffic much more than a normal connection.

So we get traffic shaping backwards, and all the messangers are on tricycles. Well that sucks.


If you could get the TOR client to act as a proxy server, then route everything through that, tada!

 think I'm missing the distinction. A proxy is/would be at the network edge anyhow ... So why not just make it the router and then let the servers (only) bypass the Onion part?


However you work it out, your LAN connects to the WAN. TOR acts to route traffic through its network on the WAN. So no matter what, if you're using it as a proxy from inside the LAN or setting it up as a kind of router, the effect is the same.

So... Either way it still sucks the same - Which is where I was at before. You threw me with the Tada ... But I'm guessing that's a because you can shut it off Tada...Yes?


I also weep... with jealousy... I used to live in Gangnam Gu in Seoul, with the fastest residential connections on the planet... and I miss them terribly... Sad ;-(

I set up a client's network on it, selected a workstation at random, ran a speed test, got 35Mbps, aaannd almost shit myself.

Anyways, I hope that helps point in the right direction somewhat.

Yes, you talked me out of it. Thank you.
3186  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 13, 2011, 06:04:58 PM
Keep up the great ideas, suggestions, clues, etc.  Definitely some good ideas on this thread and I know gothic (dc server admin) will be trying some of this stuff to see if it has any effect or triggers any epiphanies.

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What are the chances of a file system glitch making the server think the file is smaller than it really is?
Seems unlikely to me -- if that was happening, i would think the server would be experiencing much graver catastrophic crashes in all kinds of operations.

Not if the corruption is isolated to an area where the OS isn't. Not to mention (if the servers are virtualized) the issue could also exist at the parent machine level.

I had a virtualized mail server that turned into a zero byte file after the power went out once to often. I had recovered it several times before, and typically ran chkdsk on the virtual machine, and then on the parent machine ... But I (got in a hurry) "Forgot" that time and ran it on the parent first. (sh)I.T. happens... smiley
3187  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 13, 2011, 07:21:52 AM
Can you temporarily disable download resuming to see what (if any) effect it has on the behavior?

Even if the server had a shaky connection to the backbone, the chances of router munging a packet to perfectly resemble transfer complete I just don't see happening.

Nobody jumped at the script timeout angle, and it doesn't appear that any are being used.

There are to many client side variations experiencing the same issue for the problem to exist on that end.

(Bear with me I'm just thinking out loud here. smiley)

What are the chances of a file system glitch making the server think the file is smaller than it really is?
3188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Question about setting up a Tor router on: April 13, 2011, 06:51:12 AM
Yes, it's possible, but why would you want to?

Primarily curiosity.

It will slow down your transfers a lot.

Anytime encryption is involved, I assume performance will be sacrificed (that's just the nature of making any given workload bigger than it was to start with). Out side of that, is there and additional performance hit?

If you could get the TOR client to act as a proxy server, then route everything through that, tada!

 think I'm missing the distinction. A proxy is/would be at the network edge anyhow ... So why not just make it the router and then let the servers (only) bypass the Onion part?

If you're looking for anonymity, try www.iPredator.se. It's a VPN with no client records kept. They don't keep payment info, and they don't keep logs. It also slows down though. But it's easy.

I don't really have anything specific to hide ... I'm just curious about the technology ... And was thinking of doing some "Live Fire" testing with it.

 I've also been seriously thinking of switching ISPs (to a fiber connection) and a Linux box flavored router solution might be fun when I do it.
3189  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Changing a folder's name text colour on: April 12, 2011, 08:37:33 PM
Under certain circunstancias the name text become blue or green. I don't remember why. Compressed files or so.

NTFS Compressed files are blue, and EFS encrypted files are green.
3190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Question about setting up a Tor router on: April 12, 2011, 06:35:33 PM
So I've been hearing a bunch of stuff about this Tor thing, and I started to get curious. I did a bit of poking around on their site but it seems that it's mainly (or only) a client side type widget. Is there a way of setting up a Tor (Onion Router?) at the border of a network so that all (or rather most) of the client traffic can be sent/routed out through it?

I was thinking of setting this up as a (some flavor of) Linux box on the edge of my home lab. Is this do-able?
3191  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 12, 2011, 05:50:46 PM
I may have just got lucky, but IE9 grabbed that file and all the others at the link f0dder posted just fine on the first shot.

I tried it again and it downloaded completely in all 3 browsers, as well as wget.

Great, We've confirmed the problem is intermittent.  wallbash
 cheesy
3192  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 12, 2011, 05:39:14 PM
A small company is a collection of people that rise or fall based on how well they work together, and how well the result of that work is accepted by the consumer. I'm pretty sure that's where wraith is at.

Large companies (/faceless evil mega-corporations) Like Shell, Bank of America, etc. are On-the-Other-Hand, subject to a corporate think (Feed the Share Holders) mentality that transcends the people (or humanity for that matter). I'm guessing is more J-Mac's take.

IT companies tend to all try to look as big a possible - Even when they're only 1 or 2 people working out of a spare room. Which makes the line blurrier, true.  But any group of people (IMO) can sit down and decide amongst themselves that they collectively screwed-up. And then do something positive about it.

Does that help any?

---------------------------

Sorry to bail on you 40Hz, but I thought maybe we should hush on the tangent...before we bother the adults...  cheesy
3193  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 12, 2011, 03:43:52 PM
Wonder if the gun ownership ratio made those statistics better...or worse.

Has no impact on it what so ever actually. How much coastline does CT have? We have well over 1,000 miles; over half of the drugs smuggled into the US come right through FL (remember Miami Vice? smiley ...Yeah that's right here in FL).
3194  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 12, 2011, 03:27:48 PM
I seem to recall reading somewhere that there was an issue with certain php download scripts that retrieved the requested file from a mysql database and were responsible for corrupted downloads. Had something to do with buffer settings iirc.

That does sound familiar, but I was thinking it was only an ASP thing (but I could be wrong). Had to do with disabling the caching if script execution results and just spitting it up the wire ... Yes??
3195  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 12, 2011, 03:24:59 PM
Another data point.  The initial download of http://carrolld.dcmembers.com/minecraft/2011-04-07.png in Chrome produced a 24KB file.  In Firefox it stalled at 156KB and Opera stalled at 209KB.

I may have just got lucky, but IE9 grabbed that file and all the others at the link f0dder posted just fine on the first shot.
3196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For a good cause, please take a moment to donate some goodwill only. on: April 12, 2011, 12:11:49 PM
Done! And every time someone comments in this thread and brings it back into my unread posts, I vote again.  Wink

Hay! Good Plan! [Click]  Wink
3197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wear Looser Clothing to Avoid Losing Energy During the Day on: April 12, 2011, 12:10:12 PM
So that's why mom always dressed me funny ... She was just thinking of my future.
3198  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 12, 2011, 12:06:56 PM
@SJ - Note: this is how it works in CT at least. It may be different where you live.

Yeah, I'm in the south ... Our version of the "Three Step Rule" is never be more that Three Steps away from your gun... smiley   (Seriously) The last stats I saw on the news for FL was 1 in 10 for armed license holders ... And I think half the other 9 just do it anyway.
3199  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the hell is OpenCandy? on: April 12, 2011, 07:02:38 AM
Those that do not remember history are doomed to repeat it.

Perhaps so, but those that fixate on history are just doomed.

They seem to be trying to get it "right", so I say give them a chance (face it desperation will only make it/them worse). Just watch them like a hawk...and if the screw-up once. A mass Exodus of support should send the needed message.

If the developer/marketing relationship can't be somehow "Self Policed", the lawyers will get their hooks in it deeper, and the internet will end up quickly sucking as bad as basic cable.

Renegades point of "people gotta eat" is (unarguably) true. And straight donations are not an effective business model (i.e. Getting one million people to send you $1 doesn't actually work). So alternatives are needed, and some may require more vigilance than others.

On a side note: You are correct in your assessment of my (lack of an extensive) criminal record. But I do know several "felons". Some are indeed "unrecoverable" ... But many were just in a bad place, at a bad time, and made a bad decision.
3200  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Partial (corrupted) downloads from a server (Not a valid win32 application etc) on: April 11, 2011, 11:55:21 AM
Does the server allow download resuming?
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