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326  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Authorities suspect a shark tried to eat Vietnam's Internet on: January 10, 2015, 08:57:55 AM
So...who owns the shark?

The FBI says it's North Korea.

Yes, and - being under alien (mind) control - they used alien technology to HacK the shark and make it attack the cable.

 cheesy
327  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: January 10, 2015, 08:54:33 AM
Stoic Joker, you seem happy with the solution you chose, but I'm thinking back on how you gushed about Exchange a bit at the top of this topic.

Oh dear ... I hadn't realized I was "Gushing" - That's not very Stoic of me - I'll have to be sure to curtail that in the future to keep my reputation intact.. cheesy Wink

But seriously, the solution discussed here was/is for my home lab network and replaced an aging/EoL (Virtual Server 2007) Windows Server 2003 POP/SMTP server that I'd been running for a decade. It only controls my personal domain with a small number of mailboxes. So given what else I do I didn't want to spare the resources doing a full blown Exchange implementation because it would cut too far into what I have available for experimentation.

Note: I'm the Network/Systems Administrator for one of the largest IT companies in the area, and we have an MSDN subscription. So experimentation can occasionally require quite a few resources when I use my home lab as a 'the other end' of a test setup.

Point being I didn't replace Exchange with hMailServer, we still run Exchange at the office. I used it to replace my - self hosted - personal domain mail server. Both are stellar solutions for their appointed tasks (Crap - I think I might be gushing again..).


I thought I'd throw out that I use Exchange on Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 run virtually on my Windows 8.1 home PC.  I don't use the email function, just the calendar, but I know it can be done.

That must be one hell of a calendar! cheesy I do believe it is safe to say that Virtualization is by far my favorite technology to play with.


At the time, I used Virtual Box by Oracle, as SBS2008 wasn't listed as Hyper-V compatible.  I learned by trial and error that it actually works fine with Hyper-V (better in fact).

I don't think there is any MS OS that can't be run on Hyper-V - I've got a copy of DOS v6.22 virtualized on my lab domain now. It really is amazing how few resources a server OS requires when it isn't having to futz with the hardware.


I apologize if I've gone off-topic, or made you second guess your solution.  Maybe I'll solicit a critique on the advantages of the other solutions written here.  I'm really a novice as I haven't used the email of my Exchange at all.

Looks on topic to me.. If you try using Exchange for you Email, just remember their are a list of caveats a mile long with self hosting because of spammers, and viruses making everyone paranoid as hell about anything coming from a residential IP address.

I'm not saying not to do it ... I'm just cautioning not to go live with a critical system (like your primary Email address's domain) until you're sure your ISP allows it, your - server side - spam filter will hold, and you have enough space for what Exchange is about to do -(transaction log size will skyrocket)- to your hard drives. And etcetera...


Can Exchange go right on your Windows Server 2012?

Yes, Exchange 2007 and above will run in Server 2012.

I know Server 2011 required the Standard addition for Exchange, unless that's another Microsoft ommission.

For a single server implementation common sense requires the Standard edition of Exchange, as the cost of Enterprise licensing is pointless outside of a huge multi server corporate environment.

Does your Server 2012 even come with Hyper-V?

IIRC everything does these days ...(hardware permitting)... That's the primary reason I upgraded to Windows 8.1 at the office.
328  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 09, 2015, 02:32:50 PM
If the domain has not been re-pointed, then though he doesn't have control of the domain, he does still have control of what the domain is pointed to.  He didn't sell them his servers, he sold a domain name.

Huh? huh

I think he means if the new owner hasn't updated the DNS records then having access to the old(/current) hosting account -(or just Admin level access to the relevant CMS)- would give one free reign to play.
329  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2013 Way to edit embedded graphics on: January 08, 2015, 11:53:39 AM
Further reading shows a lot of ways to do a lot of things but I cannot find one that will simply enable the button that is already there.

Apparently neither could Microsoft..

That really is very odd behavior, but I did notice two rather interesting things while playing with this:
1. The same disabled 'Edit Picture' item appears in MS Word 2013 as well, but you can make some changes to the picture using the Picture Format ribbon tab.
2. While the picture format ribbon tab is nowhere to be seen in the Outlook default inline style reply. It does appear if you pop out the Email into its own window.

330  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 07, 2015, 04:45:16 PM
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On Tuesday, the currency traded even lower at 285.67 per US dollar.

Um... more like $254 from what I was watching. I really don't know how much longer I can stay in at these rates ... As 'Sunny Optimism' isn't really my 'Strong Suite'.. cheesy
331  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can anyone help break "router block"? on: January 05, 2015, 11:50:44 AM
As a rule I tend to stay as far away from all things "Parental Control" as possible. They always seem to end up being a performance robing maintenance nightmare ... But then again I also primarily do business networks. I am however a huge fan of OpenDNS.

As far as Netgear's stuff getting bad reviews, I've never seen any consumer grade 802.11n class device get consistently good reviews from any of the manufacturers anywhere, ever. Netgear's tech support I only needed to use once with a new device on a really bizarre issue, as their available online documentation is really quite good.

I've dealt with several Netgear routers (like the FVS318) in SMB applications that have survived for years without incident. Hell our office wireless has been running off a Netgear WNR2000 v2.0 for so long I forgot where the damn thing is..

So yeah...I guess I kinda like'em
332  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: patchpae on: January 03, 2015, 11:08:56 PM
Forcing PAE into an OS isn't going to help with software that isn't designed to use it.

This just strikes me as a bit silly...and patching core OS files is really quite dangerous.
333  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 02, 2015, 12:28:31 PM
Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders  The Security Ledger

Way more believable than the official version.

I think it's a combination, truth be told.

Meh, disgruntled ex employee spun into publicity stunt makes way more sense than North Korea giving a shit about some silly assed movie..

...Just saying man ... Walks like a duck... Wink

North Korea has already said they cared about the movie... and considered it an act of war.

Yeah, the usual diplomatic (street punk on the corner style) BS posturing for the 6 O'clock news team. But do they really care? I seriously doubt it.


Any rational person would agree with you.  But the leadership of NK isn't exactly rational right now.

Think about that one for a second man - crazy-as-shit only really works as a strategy if it's an act.
334  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: January 01, 2015, 10:18:02 PM
I'm game.

But I detest trying to describe/define myself, so you'll have to wing it. cheesy
stoic...any chance you are a female (sorry! i don't know!).  I need more female characters, so they get priority.

Nope, I do have long hair...but I'm a guy.
335  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 31, 2014, 11:31:24 PM
Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders  The Security Ledger

Way more believable than the official version.

I think it's a combination, truth be told.

Meh, disgruntled ex employee spun into publicity stunt makes way more sense than North Korea giving a shit about some silly assed movie..

...Just saying man ... Walks like a duck... Wink
336  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy New Year! =D on: December 31, 2014, 11:26:05 PM
Happy new year!
337  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 31, 2014, 07:45:38 AM
Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders  The Security Ledger

Way more believable than the official version.
338  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 30, 2014, 10:36:06 PM
There are 137 more pictures at the link. Anyone want to admit to looking at those?

After reviewing all 162 pictures in that series, I have decided to vote yes to eugenics...as a large percentage of those people must definitely be prevented from breeding.

...Now if you'll excuse me I have to go bleach my eyes..
339  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to be in my story? See inside. on: December 30, 2014, 10:14:41 PM
I'm game.

But I detest trying to describe/define myself, so you'll have to wing it. cheesy
340  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: December 27, 2014, 02:56:20 PM
For anyone else that might be shopping this question, I did also run across this: POP3 Server for Windows Server 2008/2012.

It looks like a great product, but I did not take the time to try it (it is dependent on the MS SMTP). And after experiencing the ease and simplicity of the hMailServer setup I don't feel bad about it either. Why, you may ask? Simple. The hMailServer cleanly did the one thing that the MS SMTP server never did want to do properly. Masquerade the Email server's actual internal name.
341  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 27, 2014, 02:43:39 PM
^Hay, at least it was just the one file. I've seen worse...much (much...) worse. Prior to XP SP2 blank passwords were allowed for network access. I've actually had to fight against disabling that policy to get an owner to "suffer" the "anguish" of typing their own initials - all lower case mind you ... And it was a knock down drag out fight to get them to use all three of them (Yeah, that's right...they wanted a 2 character password).

My father was often fond of saying: "Sympathy is in the dictionary...right between shit and syphilis". And I will love that quote till the day I die, because ... Some people really do deserve to get hacked.
342  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Windows Email Server Options on: December 27, 2014, 11:14:09 AM
Okay... So it took a metric forever for me to finally get around to doing this...but it is now done.

The old Windows Server 2003 POP/SMTP has been officially decommissioned, and I'm now running hMailServer on Server 2012 std.

The hMailServer setup was completely painless, and the administration is about as self explanatory as it can get. I'm currently running full logging to see how much of what the built-in spam filter actually kills, and so far it's all good.
343  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 27, 2014, 11:01:58 AM
I hear Ya ... I just like to watch shit run up hill on the odd occasion it happens.

And yes, I document everything. I also make frequent comments regarding/referring to said documented issue ... Just to make sure nobody get/has/even thinks about pretending to "forget" why something exists. cheesy
344  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 26, 2014, 10:17:53 PM
Because those IT guys are toast. And deservedly so IMHO.

While it is tempting to jump there, I think the point of initial access should be considered. Because if some 'C' level suit decided to use fluffy1 for their password ... Then it ain't IT's ass that should be on the line.

I say this because I'm sure we've both been in situations where someone was throwing their weight around to get something really stupid (like a 3 character password) put in place.
345  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 25, 2014, 01:36:10 PM
Unless I hear it's an unusually well done picture, worth watching for that alone, I probably won't.

Me either. This whole fiasco is looking more like a publicity stunt to me. Because any halfassed intelligent (truly independent) hacking group would have known better than to risk triggering a Streisand effect stampede to the ticket booth.
346  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 24, 2014, 12:45:46 PM
Unfortunately, people have evolved to the point where they are much akin to electricity in that they will always take the path of least resistance.

This IMO is indeed the crux of the problem.


Until the 'responsible professionals in our field' can come up with something new while at the same time come up with something that makes every insecure method more inconvenient for the end users that will cause them to jump ship to the new method, nothing will change.

Okay, this part made me giggle. Not because it's wrong...because it isn't. But because of the above stated issue ... People are lazy. The classic AOL class End (L)user wants to simply click on the magical 'Deliver me from all evil nastiness that is or will ever be' button one time when the computer comes out of the box. ...And then that should - and is to must be - the absolute complete and most utterly totally impenetrable shield of magical protection that is defended by winged demon monkeys that instantly fly to the rescue while they blindly click on any and every idiotic god damn thing that flies across the screen.

I'm on vacation ... But never the less I get an email from the brass who's in panic mode because of some browser window that appeared making them think someone else was looking up stuff on their workstation. My "responsible professional' response... was simply to state that this is why it is recommended to lock a station before walking away from it so we don't ever need to have conversations like this. It ain't like I haven't mentioned this little nuance like 14,000 times in the past ...(high-five for guessing why)... Derp! wallbash

Security is something that is practiced. It cannot be installed, or baked in to any degree of absolution (pun intended). Computers will never be totally secure, for the same reason that the roads will never be perfectly safe. Because no matter how much protection you build into the vehicle, you still can't compensate for the fact that the pilot is freaking stupid.
347  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 23, 2014, 01:06:49 AM
20 Gifs That Teach You Science Concepts Better Than Your Teacher Probably Can - StumbleUpon

I'd not seen all these collected together in one place before.

So... Are you going to share your C:\ drive with the rest of the class ... Or do you have a different link we should be using.. cheesy
348  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 23, 2014, 01:03:41 AM
Depends on the jurisdiction I think. Here it only applies to "covered" communications. Many US corporations are now operating on a minimal retention policy. They only retain as much and as long as the law requires. With the exception of regulated securities-related communications; and tax documents and/or communications with government revenue services - which I have been told need to (or should be) be retained indefinitely.

BINGO!

Not to mention that legal issues are frequently exacerbated by excessive documentation. Like Sony who obviously could have massively benefited from a teensie bit more delete button action. Sure, it might piss a judge off a bit ...(if he knew about it)... But if there are no incriminating/scandalous records...then there's no reason to be talking to a judge.

You just need an established policy, that allows enough latitude, to let folks delete their junk mail ... Savvy?? Wink
349  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 09:18:36 AM
A secret is safe with three, if two are dead. This is the only thing that struck me regarding the Sony/Email fiasco.

The message format/fact that it was an Email is IMO irrelevant. Because... If there exists a document, that contains damning/damaging information - that you have within your power the option of destroying with impunity - what the hell did you save it for?!?

This to me is a people problem.
350  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 14, 2014, 08:59:17 AM
Keep in mind that oil prices dipping like this could be a signal for a crash.

Highly doubtful...unless it being intentionally orchestrated. The Oil Err... "Energy Companies" are simply running out of bullshit excuses for keeping the prices jacked up to crippling rates. Last I heard the US is producing 80+% on its own oil so the middle east boogie man (blame game) shenanigans don't fly anymore. They've fracking well known (pun intended) for years they could drop the price to a reasonable level and still rake in mountains of cash per minute - just like they still are right now - without vimpirically draining the economy for fun and profit Ferengi style.

This kind of crap is precisely why these elitist market ghouls need to be publically executed (by the public) as a warning to others.


Canadian housing prices just dipped for the first time in 5 years. Spain & Greece have 50% youth unemployment. The Japanese economy is a shambles.

Blah Blah Blah - Global Economy... Yet another daffy excuse for pillaging the middle class ... Who for some odd reason always seen to get obligated to take the brunt of the damage in the interest of protecting the aristocratic 1%.

 
The US has 0.34% cash to debt (near zero liquidity), which indicates that they have a lot of market power.

"Zero Liquidity" (e.g. no cash) equates to "Market Power" how exactly?? If you're broke, you're supposed to stop buying shit ... Unless you're intention is to star in one of the many blond jokes that end with "But I still have checks left?!?"..


The oil price crash is likely part of a broader economic war on Russia. GATA was right about the PM market being manipulated. They all are. Legislation is in place to bail-in the banks (i.e. steal money from people to cover bank losses). New legislation on derivatives went through. The derivatives market is 20x (or more) the size of the world economy. Will pension funds be raided? Can we say "bubble"?

The key to Russian Roulette, is you're supposed to point the gun at your own head when the trigger is pulled...not the head of guy next to you. Which is why we need to bring back the guillotine (French style) to assist in educating the aristocracy on what constitutes 'acceptable risk' - for the greater good...


That could push people to put their savings into assets that aren't affected by traditional economic factors, and Bitcoin fits the bill.


Or more likely push people into putting their savings into something that is dependent on an infrastructure that can be pulled out from under them at a moments notice in the interest of national security, or some other totally fabricated bull shit "reason".


Right now with the price like it is, it seems like a buy & hold or buy & spend (with some holding) price. It's pretty cheap now.

Nothing is ever "cheap"...if it's all you have.
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