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76  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: June 09, 2015, 06:35:59 AM
You need to install the MS Visual C++ 2010 redistributable package for the bitness (x86/x64) you're running.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 08, 2015, 07:24:19 AM
I've been trying to tease a prompt out of several of mine for weeks to no avail. I'm wondering if this may have some bearing on the situation: Microsoft bars more enterprise devices from seeing Windows 10 upgrade 'nag' campaign
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: June 08, 2015, 06:45:19 AM
One of my techs has one of these: C2G 30504 33in USB 2.0 to IDE/Serial ATA Drive Adapter Cable

It has proven to be about twice as handy as it looks...and it looks pretty handy to start with.. Wink
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 06, 2015, 06:35:11 PM
I ordered a Dell Precision M3800 for a client a few months back. It's extremely light, fast, and has an easy to use well laid out keyboard. Text on the 4k screen is indeed just as tiny as one would expect...but it does run nicely at lower resolutions that are easier on older eyes.
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 03:05:19 PM
It started out as Windows Live Folders in beta.  When launched, they called it skydrive.  Then because of (stupid) trademark ruling and the fact they didn't want to pay sky for nothing, it became onedrive.[1]

The folks (idiots) that were in it from the beginning (like me) got free "loyalty upgrades" a few years back. Which is why I (became foolish enough to try actually using it) have 50GB of free (for "life..." - Ha!) storage on OneDrive.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 02:55:59 PM
Sync Stability[/b]
If Microsoft had this part of the system under control, I would just give them the crown. It’s a better UI at a better price. However, the sync stability has been a nightmare. They are trying to embed this into the operating system, but honestly, they just fucked it up royally. Constant sync errors and confusing UI makes me worried about losing files constantly. The error icon is constant and the solution (re-open the file) is sketchy at best. Microsoft Office asks me the question, “Do you want to keep the server version or yours?”. This would be fine if they gave me a way to DIFF the two versions. How the hell should I know which is the right version?! They were supposed to be sync’d. No one else is editing!

You can see how Sync problems are by far the most infuriating issue. The importance of a stable sync can not be exaggerated.

While they're right about OneDrives abysmal sync behavior, IMO they're also a bit too kind. If you're syncing multiple locations/devices (I do) to the OneDrive the sync devolves into total chaos. And god help you if you make the mistake of opening a file in both locations - not editing it, just opening it - because now you'll have 3 copies of the file (renamed by location) all of which are just a teensy bit different...enough to throw sync errors until hell wont have it.

Mine currently say 4 files couldn't be synced. Now as to which 4 files that might be I haven't a $&%^#%^#%$&$ clue...because it doesn't apparently feel that that information is pertinent.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: May 30, 2015, 07:12:45 AM
but in my experience mixing formatting (by pasting) in any Office software leads to problems of one kind or another

Correct. A common cause of large Word documents corrupting is when multiple authors use different formatting methods. One of our clients had this issue a few years back until they got together on a uniform formatting method. And they haven't had another self-destructing document emergency in about 5 years since.

Pasting text with complicated formatting will frequently make a mess of things in my experience, so I've gotten in the habit of always using the right click Paste Special - strip formatting - option.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 30, 2015, 07:02:54 AM
^Guilty - There was a rash of iPhone crashes at our office the other day ... Which strangely coincided with a lot of giggling coming out of the IT department.

...Reason unknown. undecided cheesy
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processes and/or folders to exclude from malware scanners for Exchange email on: May 29, 2015, 06:57:21 AM
I did find out their techs refuse to help people because this apparently is only noticed by businesses (those running exchange server) and the Malware bytes we bought and paid for was only Premier./  The best they had (i thought)  but they say it is Not for use in businesses.

O_o That's a hell of a hair to split. If I go to Hotmail.com, I get redirected to Outlook.com...(just like for the full blown hosted MS Exchange)...because that's where everything MS mail is sent these days. So given the behavior you've described it should be just as error prone when mom & pop home user X tries to access their Hotmail/Live/Outlook account.

I say set up a test using a straight-up-free-for-home-use Outlook account...and if/when that fails the same way, nail'em to the door with it.
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 26, 2015, 06:46:28 AM


This definitely needs more attention ...(Ransomware Decryption and Removal Tool)... I hadn't realized the option even existed.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processes and/or folders to exclude from malware scanners for Exchange email on: May 24, 2015, 07:16:11 AM
Is there any provision for wildcarding in the MBAM exclusions? Because if you could do a wildcard exception for *Outlook.com or 207.46.0.0./16 (the MS owned IP block that Outlook.com runs on) that should cover everything flowing between OL & Ex.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processes and/or folders to exclude from malware scanners for Exchange email on: May 22, 2015, 07:06:00 AM
I'm a bit confused here... Windows/desktop AV software isn't going to be able to see/catch/prevent hostile Email attachments flowing through an Exchange server. And there shouldn't be that many software installs happening on the Exchange server. So... What problem are we trying to solve?


I'm generally adverse to running AV on an Exchange server, as any of the activities that would cause one to encounter something they would catch should never be happening on a server anyhow. Direct access to any of our servers are stringently controlled (e.g. strictly forbidden). What I do use is a combination Spam and AV filter that sits between the SMTP receivers and the Exchange MB db that deletes or quarantines anything untoward as it comes in before it gets to exchange. In the 3 years we've been running it I've never seen the AV FP yet.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 03:40:28 PM
So what does this mean to little guys like me who own a random domain?

It means your right to privilege of privacy (or the illusion thereof) is irrelevant because the NSA, DHS, and other ultra nosey government agencies are gagging hard to create a completely dystopian police state. And it's for the people to understand that the sudden and instantaneous destruction of their livelihood and all they may hold dear - even if entirely "accidental" ... Is necessary and good for the betterment of all, or at least the - more equal - part of the all that matters..

Quote from: the Article
The Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) was created by ICANN, the body that oversees internet namespaces such as .com/.net/.org etc in co-operation with various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) in attempt to increase accuracy of data supplied in domain Whois records

e.g. The Fuzz want to be able to capriciously fast track the incarceration of any site operator at any time for any reason. because...the boogyman damnit!

This is just more pointless idiotic nonsense that is being rammed down people's throats that they need to spit out and scream bloody murder about until everybody up the chain is at risk of permanent hearing loss.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 11:32:18 AM
Fine, So now in "honor" of WAP Day ... Every June I'll change my whois information to something new, and completely off the wall because it none of their damn business who I am or where the hell I'm at.

Did the check clear??? Good...now go have a nice chat with the letters F, and O...
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 19, 2015, 05:02:15 PM
Thanks for the update. I've been thinking that mouser needs to come up with a new award just for you because of the unique level of OMFG What??!? class issues you consistently encounter. It is always truly intriguing to join in your issue threads.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 11:20:38 AM
[{000214A0-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
Prop3=19,11
[InternetShortcut]
URL=https://www.ot.com/

Okay, I saved ^that^ using Notepad to a file named Kalos.url, double clicked it, and it opened in IE just fine. That was using IE8 on Server 2003
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 06:53:31 AM
EDIT: the extension .website doesn't seem to work in Win7

Bummer. Can you post the contents of one of the .url files so I can see what it does in a Win 7 VM?
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 19, 2015, 06:36:52 AM
If the admin(s) closed off access to the command-line, he/she/they should definitely have closed down PowerShell. The latter is much more powerful.

he hasn't! lol!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin  tongue tongue tongue

but renaming .url to .htm doesn't go to the website unfortunately (I thought it did because I didn't realize it actually renamed to .htm.url)
so what should an htm file contain in order to visit an url?

I'd have thought that .url work as assumed as well *Shrug*

But here's an odd bit. I dragged the icon from the IE address bar for this page to the desktop, and it created a shortcut, and then opened it in notepad.

Quote from: File Contents
[{000214A0-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}]
Prop3=19,2
Prop4=31,sharepoint question - DonationCoder.com
[InternetShortcut]
IDList=
URL=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=40758.0;topicseen
IconFile=http://www.donationcoder.com/favicon.ico
IconIndex=1
[{A7AF692E-098D-4C08-A225-D433CA835ED0}]
Prop5=3,0
Prop9=19,0
[{9F4C2855-9F79-4B39-A8D0-E1D42DE1D5F3}]
Prop5=8,Microsoft.Website.43357907.EF374370

Now after poking at the properties dialog a bit I found that the file has a (hidden reguardless) file extension of .website (Windows 8.1 OS). If I create a new file in Notepad (with the above contents), and save it as a .website file (the extension disappears, but...) it works as assumed/desired.


Stripping it down a bit, apparently this is all that is necessary to get the shortcut file to work:
Quote from: Bare Minimum Working File
[InternetShortcut]
IDList=
URL=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=40758.0;topicseen
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 08:47:39 AM
What "problem" are "we" trying to solve here?? MITM attacks...on what exactly?? It's publically available content ...

Take the case we have here in Turkey. The government liberally censors the web, and the next logical step is keeping a log of who reads what. Then I'd be in deep trouble for just reading something like this.

1984 feels very real in this part of the globe. https may delay it for a while, and I'd support that.

Yes...and hence part of my usage of the word placebo. The base assertion is that SSL is a knight in shining armor that will Keep Out All "Bad People"... However several curtain peeking events over the last year or so show that this is not entirely true. Because some of  the (er...) "More Equal" animals on this planet have a master key (of sorts) that allows them to get a free pass through the SSL "wall"...that's really more of a screen door...if you just so happen to be a bonafide extra special member of the right boys club.

So to me it's really more if an 80's era cartoon superhero hiding their secret identity metamorphosis behind a small plant...with the plotline based expectation that nobody will notice..
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 07:42:24 AM
My problem is the added expense. I'm only running a few free sites.

Me to, and I include the added resource requirements for all the (IMO unnecessary) encrypting as everything is getting stuffed up the wire.


But as for me, if all I'm doing is serving random content with closer to zero people looking at it than I'd like to think, why do I need to pay extra because it's a 'good idea'?

Amen to that! ...What "problem" are "we" trying to solve here?? MITM attacks...on what exactly?? It's publically available content ... So it would be an idiotic waste of effort to break into a stream of data that you could much easier just go read on your own. That's like encrypting all the billboards on the side of the highway so people have to get and be wearing very special - and very expensive - glasses to be able to read your advertisement messages. WTF is the point? ...Complexity for the sake of itself?? A placebo level of reassurance that people are then "protected" from an academic exorcise that nobody in their right mind is dumb enough to bother with?


It's been said there is a time and place for everything...and I do believe that to be true. But encrypting everything, everywhere, and at all times is just paranoia to the absurd. These hyper paranoid pundits need to unplug, crawl out of their basements, and reacquaint themselves with how interaction with a real person actually works.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Virus or ?? on: May 14, 2015, 11:24:15 AM
It might not hurt to point out to the brass that the Blast-Effective-Zone could have been a lot smaller if they would have let you put in a proper domain back when you originally asked for it.

Because I'm guessing - from the descriptions you've given in other threads - that most folk are romping around with Admin rights. And the only truly proven method of ducking the 0-day stuff is by using reduced (e.g. user level) permissions ... Everything else has time and time again proven itself to be nothing more than a feeble attempt to water seal a screen door.

P.S. Feel free to quote me on that.. Wink cheesy
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 13, 2015, 06:49:33 AM
Either go to folder view settings and disable 'Hide file extensions for known file types' (so it stops doing the double extension), or do the rename at the command line with ren *.url *.htm
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: sharepoint question on: May 12, 2015, 11:10:47 AM
So... This is actually less about SharePoint (and its configuration), and more about finding an automated link harvester that you can turn lose on a SharePoint site ... Yes?
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 11, 2015, 08:07:42 AM
if there is a separate printhead in the printer, as in e.g. most canon printers, surely that will dry out (?)

Good point.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 09, 2015, 09:16:21 AM
That might also explain why my PDF printers would seem to just disappear from the system entirely, even though the software appears to be working fine. If Windows can't talk to the device any more, it should disappear from the printer list. From Windows' perspective, it has effectively been unplugged. Actually, the more I think about it, the more likely that scenario seems.

Not quite. All things printer are controlled by the Print Spooler. So when the spooler starts it checks the registry (in 4 locations) to see what if any printer objects are to be loaded. If a device is offline or unavailable (for a multitude of reasons), it will still be loaded but be displayed in a greyed out state. It never removes anything ...(ever)... Which is frequently a performance issue if many offline/disconnected printers are installed on the system, especially if they have aggressive reporting/monitoring utilities that will then bring the shebang to a screeching halt. This is why our service department has a purge unused drivers policy to keep the Tech's machines from constantly crashing due to the spool having to drag a load of - for testing only single use - unavailable print device drivers.


This is why seeing the error, and knowing (before/after what step) when it is being thrown would help in figuring out what the issue is. A fax driver is simply a standard printer driver that prompts the user for a phone number before sending it (as a print job) and the number to the (frequently a Multi Function Printer) fax device.
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