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3176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple is Still Apple - Sue After Stealing... on: April 21, 2011, 07:10:04 AM
Maybe Samsung should start making phones shaped as trapezoids and circles.

...Or a squishy shapeless phone that double as a stress ball ... That'll help with those pesky dropped calls.
3177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 07:06:06 AM
I remember now, I would slide forwards - but my trousers would stay in the same place ohmy - not comfortable** tongue

First time I ran into one of those Swedish exercise balls was on a client site that used them at their desks. So I can indeed confirm said rather unpleasant phenomenon.
3178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 21, 2011, 07:01:47 AM
Like mentioned moving about is good, your eyes too, every 20 minutes or so make sure your eyes are concentrated on something farther away for 30 seconds.
As far as standing all day it would probably kill my ankle.

I try to take a 5 minute break every hour.  It does lessen my productivity (startup/wind down is definitely an issue), so I miss it sometimes, but continued health is more of a concern.

I'm on a simular schedule, as I have to step out for a cigarette every few hours. I tend to use the time to collect and refocus my thoughts to avoid forest-for-the-trees type project hiccups. I'd even go so far as to say that close to 85% of the nagging issue break throughs occured out by the dumpster while I was having a smoke.
3179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple - not quite grasping the concept of privacy. on: April 21, 2011, 06:53:37 AM
Quote from: The Article
It says that "Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device.

Are you F'ing Kidding Me??!? This rather implies an involuntary upload mechanism.

Quote from: The Article
This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services.

Oh The Hell It Don't. What is the consistent night time location. Now look up the address to see who's house that is ... Yours! Not exactly a freaking mystery now is it?
3180  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Python][Windows] Debug/Gather printer information on: April 21, 2011, 06:39:44 AM
Interesting, I'll have to scare up a copy of python to play with this. I'm guessing from just looking at the code that it's for gathering printer info from local machine only, yes? Are you heading towards something that does usage tracking by user?

Not sure if you've seen this (Page Countster), but I'm also working on a printer management project. Although not actively at the moment as the project is back burnered.
3181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wasting Ink in Your Printer? on: April 20, 2011, 08:29:51 AM
Just keep in mind that the printer's squares page generally also does a calibration for the nozzels. So if print quality degrades ... you gotta do the printer's test page to dial it back in. Wink
3182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: April 20, 2011, 07:44:08 AM
Honestly, I can't stand computers ... So I have to sit down.
3183  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Quick Simple MP3 Player on: April 20, 2011, 07:42:36 AM
M3 sounds cool, I'll add it to my things to try list.

@Curt - I still haven't had time to checkout Unlocker x64...  cheesy
3184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wasting Ink in Your Printer? on: April 20, 2011, 07:37:31 AM
While the article is quite accurate, this caught my eye:

Quote from: From Article's Comments
Many Laser printers do something similar. I found this out the hard way when the "waste toner bag" exploded in one i was using and sprayed a toxic cloud of black dust around both the inside of the printer and the area surrounding it. The printer probably put about 1/4 of all its toner into the waste on each refill.

While laser printer toner cartridges do have a waste hopper, it is only there to catch the remnants of toner left on the drum after the image transfer process. It is not there to catch cyclically purged (wasted) toner from a cleaning process. The cleaning cycle on a laser printer is strictly a manual (and frequently service mode only) procedure.

As an example... Most Drill-N-Fill operations never empty the cartridges waste hopper because that would require disassembly. Which is the very think they are trying to avoid by drilling a hole in the cartridge to refill it with toner. They do this based on the assumption (gamble) that they can get a few extra life cycles out of the cartridge before the seals (which have a 1 year shelf life...) fail. The get away with it simply because the waste hopper doesn't fill up that quickly because the bulk of the toner is actually getting used. Unfortunately the (frequently expired) shelf life of the seals causes many of the DNF cartridges to fail. While DNF cartridge waste hopper overflows are also a problem, there not nearly as common an occurrence.

I work for an IT company that among other things re-manufactures toner cartridges (about 1,000 a month). We do a complete tear-down and reassembly of each cartridge, with new seals, and we have an extremely low failure rate. ...I do believe these two points are associated. Wink
3185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Amazon the new Apple? on: April 20, 2011, 06:50:41 AM
But they're delivering infinite growth and managing stakeholder benefits with increased value propositions for stock holders and buzz market 3.0 showing social network integration success that raises brand recognition and promotes sustained market penetration and higher market share in value-added markets in socially driven...

I'm not surprised at all.
Ugh, I almost vomited when I read that.

Me too, but fortunately I was skimming so it didn't fully register all at once.
3186  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Server - Apache problem running out of memory on: April 19, 2011, 01:40:34 PM
First of all, while mouser states "we don't know" he really means "he doesn't know" smiley I tried to explain, but oh well...

Thanks for the clarification, it makes the story much less frightening... smiley

I've never worked with Apache (I'm an MS/IIS guy), but I googled the Apache exhausts memory under load thing and it seems a rather common problem. There were some really bad hiccups early this afternoon 12-1 (EDT). And I was wondering if that was SoftLayer, or a lunch activity peek close to 20? (I guess both is possible)

Anyhow, how do the Keep-Alives factor into this, or (are they disabled) don't they?
3187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HELP! Failed System Restore on: April 19, 2011, 08:59:43 AM
For the really odd network issues like everythings live but somehow still not connected, keep these two in mind:

netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

When you run the reset command, it rewrites two registry keys that are used by TCP/IP. This has the same result as removing and reinstalling the protocol. The reset command rewrites the following two registry keys:
   SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\
   SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DHCP\Parameters\


netsh winsock reset

This command resets the Winsock catalog to the default configuration. This can be useful if a malformed LSP is installed that results in loss of network connectivity. While use of this command can restore network connectivity, it should be used with care because any previously-installed LSPs will need to be re-installed.

Note that resetting the Winsock using netsh winsock reset catalog command in SP2 removes all the third-party LSPs and restores Winsock to factory default setting. Existing programs that uses their own LSPs, need to be reinstalled again. Example.. Google Desktop Search.


Much time and aganoy has been saved with these.
3188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please help me with a video card issue (April 2011) Now resolved on: April 18, 2011, 11:20:13 AM
now, if you all will keep the relevant parts of your anatomies crossed…

But I can't type with my eyes crossed...
3189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Growing Green != Going Green on: April 17, 2011, 09:39:10 AM
Too bad, remember what happened once the alcohol prohibition ended?
eh, no?

The "War-on-Whiskey" ended with it, along with most of the more common reasons for people to be shooting each other in the streets.
3190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Growing Green != Going Green on: April 15, 2011, 06:45:23 PM
me reason all kinds of drugs isn't legalized is not public health issues, it's the cash flow. The corrupt politicians want their bribes, and the police/military/etc wouldn't want their funding cut or lose the ability to play with a lot of fancy toys. The general population would be better off, though, we'd see crime rates drop quite a lot, and organized crime would lose a helluva lot of their cash flow. But it just ain't gonna happen. Too bad, remember what happened once the alcohol prohibition ended?

+1  Thmbsup
3191  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)
3192  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
3193  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?
3194  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?
3195  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!
3196  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
3197  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.
3198  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).
3199  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.
3200  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.
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