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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Syncovery/SFFS open to suggestions for support for various cloud services on: March 18, 2014, 07:11:46 AM
Granted I know nothing about this software but after poking around their site a bit I already like them. I'm currently on the fence about exploring cloud based backup options (for ~2TB), so I hit the purchase link to see what the cost of this puppy was. While I was racing for the usual sales/marketing hide the salami game that pervades everything these days. 2 clicks in I found the most unbelievably crystal clear description I do believe I've ever seen. https://www.syncovery.com...cweb.cgi?co=am&step=2 (hopefully that link will work).

Standard vs. Professional editions, it quickly and concisely cuts to the list of what Standard Edition doesn't do, which makes the edition decision painlessly simple ... Why the hell can't everybody do that?
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 03:57:27 PM
Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile.

I know what versatile means... but what do you mean?  Does it have free rotation?  Not just horizontal and vertical?
Yes, it has free rotation. It also - via creatable/changeable skins - allows the caliper jaw length/size/shape to be modified.

Versatile enough? smiley

For some applications, I guess, but I don't think I ever needed to measure pixels diagonally.   Grin
Is this all Screen Calipers does?

I didn't either think I would either until I ran into some odd shaped stuff that required diagonal measurements. And basically yes, but it does it very well.

If you're not worried about the diagonal stuff, v1 is still (freeware) available for download if you dig a bit.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 01:30:25 PM
Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile.

I know what versatile means... but what do you mean?  Does it have free rotation?  Not just horizontal and vertical?
Yes, it has free rotation. It also - via creatable/changeable skins - allows the caliper jaw length/size/shape to be modified.

Versatile enough? smiley
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:33 PM
a couple of people have said that Screen Calipers had difficulties on 64-bit Win 7. One said he solved the problem, by installing new video drivers.

For the record: I have Screen -Calipers -Compass -Protractor and -Shapes, on 64-bit Win 7, with no problems. All purchased on offers.

+1 - I've been using Screen Calipers (v1.0 and up) for years on x64 XP/03/Vista/7 and never had a problem with.

Is Screen Calipers similar to a pixel ruler?   tellme

Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile. Mind you this is based on an ~7sec analysis of PR because I'd never heard of it before. But the caliper style and digital readout of SC just makes it to handy for me to look at alternatives (never fix what works).
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [INTERVIEW] John McAfee's New Cognizant App Puts an End to Spying on: March 17, 2014, 12:03:47 PM
I was considering a smartphone lately, I think you've just helped me make my decision (against).
Will be interesting to hear reports from users.

I do a lot of work in the mobile space at both the API and marketing level. I can tell you... it's worse than anything you hear in the news. I can't post details as I'm under NDA.

I bet. But eventually it becomes exhausting to try to out think ALL of them. I am one of the many who just have to chip off what I can and hope that it's not worth a 3 letter agency going nuclear on lil ol me while risking their true capabilities.


Unfortunately that's just what the 3 letter crowd is counting on, people that are too busy, tired, and or badly uninformed about how intimately technologies are becoming integrated/inserted into their lives.

As 40Hz has said in many places before, "This is a people problem not a technology problem". Sure security on the internet (and etc.) is something that people in general need to pay more attention to. But after a certain point - which is where we're all at with the feds and the internet - it's like not being able to trust the voltage coming out of the wall because the power company is actively trying to fry all you shit.

(Who saw the Walking Dead last night?) How do you deal with people that are just to dangerous to trust?
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 11:37:13 AM
Sadly if the US government wasn't wasting so much time peeking in our backyards and panty drawers, they'd of had time to grab a few shots of the rest of the planet and we'd know where that Malaysian plane went.

...

The day SETI succeeds is the day SETI (as a public science project) will cease to exist.

Yes, but at least we'll know that when SETI shuts down...The Invasion is only months away ... So we get a little something out of that deal.

P.S. ^That^ is why I suck at being an optimist. Wink

^ So just think what it will be like if they ever find intelligent life on this planet.

Yeah, like that's ever going to happen. cheesy
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 07:11:11 AM
+1 on the high 5 - Holy Shit! That's Funny (and true)!

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

Sadly if the US government wasn't wasting so much time peeking in our backyards and panty drawers, they'd of had time to grab a few shots of the rest of the planet and we'd know where that Malaysian plane went.

News flash for the NSA: The plane isn't on friggin FaceBook ... So zip up your flies, go out side, and do some real work for a change.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 13, 2014, 02:06:28 PM
@SJ - Just thinkin'...Samba 4 now has the ability to act as a basic AD DC...

Never tried it personally. Have you?  huh

 ohmy Might be fun to play with, but I'm still trying to get Samba installed on something in a VM so I can play with it properly. I tried getting TinyCore TCL installed in a VM at lunch today...but never did find an install button in the damn thing. CD.iso booted fine, right to DT ... But the VM's HDD is raw and the install shortcut isn't where the instructions said it should be.  Sad Derp! cheesy
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 01:16:42 PM
...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy

Need to get some leathers.  Cool

I've had the same leathers for over 20 years. They work fine...but only so well. What I need is Tropical Breezes instead of this Arctic shit we been getting lately. Wink

You wear colors as well?   tellme   My part of the Big Chill already came and went.  It's back up to a Tropical 75 with a light breeze.  smiley

Hehe No colors, I'm not much on the pack mentality, and I don't follow orders worth a damn.

You're way down south, I'm central FL, so the afternoons here are nice...but morning sucks. By the time I got to Main St. last Saturday at 9am, I looked like Giampy's ^cat^.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 12:03:09 PM
...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy

Need to get some leathers.  Cool

I've had the same leathers for over 20 years. They work fine...but only so well. What I need is Tropical Breezes instead of this Arctic shit we been getting lately. Wink
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 11:25:19 AM
.. and those still battling winter
 (see attachment in previous post)

Loved this one. I'm so tired of cold weather I could scream. Christ, I didn't run all the way over to Daytona Beach for Bike Week so I could see girls walking around dressed in parkas FFS! ...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Free book for the Tiny Core Linux distro on: March 13, 2014, 07:17:11 AM

Cool! Thanks man! ...Now all I need is time.. (eek).
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 13, 2014, 07:11:44 AM
client to gateway, of course.  Otherwise it would not be blocked.  smiley  ISP's just want to be paid for Business se even if it is only occasionally
As stated:  Users is at HOME.  That is why the issue.  If they were on a business internet, no problem.

Crap, totally missed that bit. Still it shouldn't matter what the ISP blocks with a VPN, as all the LAN protocol requests should be router through the tunnel...not raw through the internet where it could be blocked.

As for the WDN, I haven't had any problems with it lately.  Like for 4 or 5 years?  Should I have?  Of course, I did add the referenced QDN to the matching IP in the Hosts file correctly in both the server and the client systems (I have never known why the Server would need to know its own name but I was told to do that once a long time ago and it solved the problem once and for all).


It's rather sadly common for people to botch the name resolution on a WDN configuration. If AD can't properly identify itself, it can't authenticate its own activities...and tends to self destruct in very creative ways. constant replication errors (even with a single DC), difficulty joining machines to the domain, and slow client logins are common signs of a bad DNS configuration. I've seen workstations take 20min from login to desktop due to improperly configured DNS on a WDN.


As for all the mapped drives, that has always been a complaint of my own.  Technically hese could all be subfolders of the main USERS folder with permissions mapped.  I inherited this mess running on Server 2008 R1 and am just trying not to rock the boat too hard.

File sharing is a very bandwidth intensive activity (lots of status and file information going back and forth) that was designed with a 100Mb LAN in mind. So multiple mappings through a tunnel is a huge performance killer. If the VPN clients are configured properly (e.g. share access is going through tunnel) you may actually be having timeout issue due to the excessive share access traffic. In the past I've used an internal access only FTP to allow access to a file server through a VPN to avoid bottlenecks (but that too has its drawbacks).
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 12, 2014, 12:31:06 PM
Worse, if you run as admin in windows 8,  for some odd reason the drives you create with net use as admin can then only be accessed when logged in as admin 
windows 8 seems to have changed a lot of the way mapped network drives are configured

That's what session isolation does. Running as Admin (or an admin users acct) loads and modifies that users profile only. And drive mappings are of course profile specific, not system global. But you really shouldn't need admin rights to map a drive. Typically use of a login (not start up) script would be the easiest way out. Have the script first delete the mappings and then create them in a non-persistent fashion so any issues that arise can be resolved by simply rebooting.

Another thing to consider is do you really need 5 separate mapped drives?? IIRC and assuming you do have a server server DFS does work in a workgroup and is an excellent way of bringing discontiguous storage locations into a single target.


...This was only a simple workgroup, not a Domain setup.  I never did find out what was IN the ULTIMATE version that was not in the Regular Version but it sure as heck worked that way.

I always laugh before cringing when I hear this. While workgroups are "simple" to setup, they are a complete and total nightmare to maintain because everything has to be done again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again... (infinity) ...Even for the most tiny and trivial changes. Which is why they are typically not done. Actually nothing is ever done after this "simple" configuration is tossed out of the box until something goes horribly and catastrophically wrong.

Less than 10% if all the workgroup networks I've encountered in the field had properly working NetBIOS name resolution.

While I'm at it, tell me this.  Do you know of any way to set a router such that all traffic originating on port 445 is re routed to another port so that people whose ISP's block 445 can connect their VPN and map to a servers sshared folders?  The SMB protocols require port 445 which many ISP's block.  Supposedly to give you better "security"  yet the same ISP does not bother to be so "protective" if you have a business account.  Then the port is NOT blocked.  What it mostly does is prevent people from working at home on their Home internet unless they pay extra to get Business Internet (or rather pay extra to Unblock those ports)

If this is a gateway to gateway VPN there should be static routes that send all LAN protocols through the tunnel. If this is a client to gateway VPN - you have my sincerest sympathy - it should be a gateway to gateway VPN.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the name of your car? on: March 12, 2014, 07:07:42 AM
I always have, and always will maintain that motorcycles have souls. You must treat them how they want to be treated...or they will kill you.

After much thought my recently acquired 2010 Harley Davidson FLTRX has been named Trixie. While the name is a bit uncreatively a play on the model designation, she's also a bit flashy (more chrome than I'm generally comfortable with), and she loves to play (as long as I don't push too hard).
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Free book for the Tiny Core Linux distro on: March 12, 2014, 06:58:07 AM
Hm... If I could get Samba running on the base core edition/version(?) in a VM. That would be a perfect place to study/play with Linux.

(Don't mind me...I have these moments periodically)
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What happened? on: March 11, 2014, 03:55:12 PM
That a right interesting (or frightening) imagination you have there Iain.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2014, 03:49:46 PM
Considering I'd missed it, sure...I'll give'em a point for that.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2014, 03:07:25 PM
^Ya know there was one year back when that I did goof up on my taxes, and the IRS actually correct the error and sent an additional $50 in my return check. Granted I'm sure the poor bastard got fired for it ... But it did happen at least once that I know of. Wink
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Problem with Office 365 and Windows 8 on: March 11, 2014, 03:03:03 PM
This company uses Outlook like a Giant Filing Cabinet and learning NEW ways here is not a good thing.

Note: Although this doesn't address your question, I can't help but point out that using Outlook as a "giant filing cabinet" is an extremely bad idea for more reasons than I have time to go into. Even Microsoft frowns on using it for that.

Did you wince when you read that too? cheesy

But seriously man, something here don't sound right. Open/Save defaults to OneDrive?!? That just doesn't strike me as normal at all. I just setup a Office365/Exchange client (in a workgroup (eek)) a few weeks ago and they aren't defaulting to Live/Sky/OneDrive. I'm thinking that maybe they (got screwed) are logging into Windows 8 with a Microsoft account instead of a Local Machine account...and that is forcing everything skyward.

Or have you seen this behavior in a "normal" deployment before?
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Staunch US Intelligence Community defender Dian Feinstein comes to her senses. on: March 11, 2014, 02:40:03 PM
I'll take this as a sign she's learned something as soon as she applies the same standard to my privacy as her own. After all, some animals are more equal than others.

Ouch!! (Now that's a really sharp stick)  smiley But you are indeed right. Thmbsup

I just hope congress can put down their golf and yachting magazines long enough to get the ball rolling and push her report through declassification. We need a head - actually a bunch of them - on a stick to put this to bed with.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 11, 2014, 06:49:07 AM
^Right On Man!!! cheesy
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my desktop email client breaking mail message headers? on: March 10, 2014, 11:58:48 AM
just for your information:

Quote from: Antispam Sniper
The message headers are not used for the classification via SpamNet.
http://antispamsniper.com/help/oewm/spamnet.htm

Hmmm...I'll have to look into that when I get home.  I want to say that's an option, and I think my SpamNet option is disabled.  NOt sure though.

I'm not familiar with the products specified, but judging by the description given it's a weighted keyword (Bayesian) style of filter so it can't alter the message in any fashion without skewing the results. Also any attempt at including the header would just introduce noise in the results due to the normally random information there causing a single (naughty content) message body result to blossom into thousands of sender recipient variations.

So unless the filter is cutting off the header for message analysis, and then stuffing that headerless-ly analyzed copy in the inbox...it would have no reason to be modifying anything.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: March 05, 2014, 01:00:44 PM
So instead of just having three simple buttons which would be "intimidating", we have one button...but with a long press option.  Really?  Is that really that much easier.  end rant.

Only if the button is green and has the words "Don't Panic" next to it.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What the Internet looks like - Undersea cables wiring the ends of the Earth on: March 05, 2014, 11:20:37 AM
^More likely easement issues and physical security I'm guessing.

That's what I meant by land use/access issues. How do we get to the land we're allowed to use, who else is going to be there, and who all is going to be shooting at us when we get there? cheesy
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