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226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: March 02, 2014, 01:56:39 AM
Replaced a screwdriver set recently with the following set:

[attachthumb=1]

JK 6089C (Amazon Links 1 2)

It far exceeds what I was using before (which was really no good).
227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: February 24, 2014, 07:27:56 PM
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...there are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

via bottom of Martin Fowler
228  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQRL (Secure Quick Reliable Login) on: February 21, 2014, 10:13:29 PM
Obligatory Wikipedia page.



A ghacks.net article too.
229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 19, 2014, 02:20:35 AM
Wasn't sure either -- looked up the phrase "strax tillbaka".  One result suggested something like "be right back".  May be that's a hint?

May be clues elsewhere?
230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 17, 2014, 11:54:52 PM
With 58 57 of them, with one a day, might make an interesting set to be rotating through on one's desktop smiley



Did any one else see something other than black for the 58th one?
231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Aptik - a system backup and migration tool for Ubuntu-based distro users on: February 17, 2014, 11:51:19 PM
Nice to hear that it seems to work with Mint!

Thanks for sharing thumbs up
232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: The TTY demystified on: February 16, 2014, 02:15:15 AM
Seems like a nice write-up, though haven't gotten through the whole thing yet.

Thanks for sharing this thumbs up
233  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware the Samsung rootkit on: February 15, 2014, 06:28:44 PM
A couple more searches and I ran across this gem on the XDA Developers forum.

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I noted that this malware was actually monitoring ALL your media files that are in some known formats (MPEG, OGG... and even JPEG images), in order to MODIFY them on the fly, storing a personnally identifiable tracking ID in them, within some obscure extension subtags permitted in these formats.

MarkAny describes this process as "watermarking". This behaves like a rootkit because once the malware is running, it then attempts to HIDE this watermark to the normal OS I/O operations, in order for these files to appears as if they were still clean of any alternation.

BUT....

This watermarking process not only has a very intrusive effect (no this is not a keylogger process, but a process that will report to some internet server in Korea all media files that contain any other watermark inserted by "MarkAny ContentSAFER" from another PC/user. The watermark is personnally identifiable because MarkAny ContentSafer is installed SILENTLY as a REQUIRED bundle with other softwares requiring an online registration (for example when installing Samsung Kies, you need to register an account at Samsung, and this registration includes this personal data which is sent SILENTLY to MarkAny to associate your generated UUID which will be stored in YOUR media files, with YOUR identity).

Wow.
234  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HotSwap! A very cool free utility that most if you don't need on: February 14, 2014, 03:35:18 AM
Thanks for the feedback -- still no luck here though.



I checked via host-tracker.com and they seem to get through from 17 locations (if IIUC).  So it looks like some problem on my end.



I can see their content via startpage's proxy feature.
235  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HotSwap! A very cool free utility that most if you don't need on: February 13, 2014, 11:00:46 PM
Not having much luck getting through to the site for HotSwap.
236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / *NIX: Mounting .vdi Files (Even Dynamic Ones) on: February 11, 2014, 11:20:48 PM
Wanted to get at a file in a VirtualBox guest OS without starting up the system in question.  The data was stored in a .vdi file (dynamic).  It turns out that one can mount such .vdi files using some qemu tools.

From thkala's answer on serverfault:
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First you make sure that the nbd kernel module is loaded with the max_part option set to a number high enough to accommodate all the partitions in your .vdi image:

# rmmod nbd
# modprobe nbd max_part=16

Then you use qemu-nbd to attach the image:

# qemu-nbd -c /dev/nbd0 test.vdi

You will get a /dev/nbd0 block device, along with several /dev/nbd0p* partition device nodes. You use them as any other disk. Once you are done, you unmount everything, and disconnect the device:

# qemu-nbd -d /dev/nbd0

To determine the relevant partition device node I used cfdisk on /dev/nbd0, but it may be that a simple use of the blkid command may be enough.  partprobe may or may not be necessary after the first qemu-nbd invocation.



I first learned about this approach via How to mount a VirtualBox VDI image, but the specific instructions in the main post didn't quite work (though with modifications suggested in the comments things worked out).
237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Continuing with XP on: February 07, 2014, 01:54:27 AM
Nicely put!
238  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Continuing with XP on: February 06, 2014, 12:56:08 PM
I'd be concerned about the point wraith808 mentioned.

Putting on a tinfoil hat, the XP support ending thing isn't exactly a secret...
239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: February 06, 2014, 09:01:54 AM
I found this comparison quite useful:

http://iqjar.com/jar/an-o...le-board-micro-computers/

Thanks for this!
240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Continuing with XP on: February 06, 2014, 09:01:05 AM
What Shades and mouser said.
241  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Take a full page screenshot in Firefox using built-in commands on: February 06, 2014, 03:52:58 AM
Nice tip!



The other day I noticed that I can watch video, listen to audio, view PDF files, etc. in Firefox without external apps.  So when is the Firefox / Emacs merger?
242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: February 04, 2014, 05:21:19 PM
Similar experience to wraith808 here.  My current opinion is that a certain amount of vertical space is important but after a certain amount, horizontal space seems more important (e.g. for comparing two (or more!) documents, segments of code, etc. - sideways seems to work better for me).



On a side note...points I've learned to consider for external displays:

  • how easy it is to adjust physical orientation
  • how easy are the buttons to push
  • how long is one forced to view unnecessary info (e.g. a company logo) when turning the display on
  • how much heat do I feel from the display (less the better)
243  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The nerd in me loves this - The sounds of Sorting on: February 02, 2014, 02:09:27 AM
Excellent finds  thumbs up

...but why is it that I expected the dancers' heights to have been correlated with the associated numbers...
244  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Robot Odyssey - An incredible programming game from 1984 on: January 28, 2014, 12:49:42 AM
The day I figured out you could carry other robots inside your robot, I was blown away

Ohhhhhhhh!  Hadn't figured that out smiley

I don't suppose a robot could carry itself inside...
245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Robot Odyssey - An incredible programming game from 1984 on: January 26, 2014, 07:01:22 PM
Fun game...didn't finish it though smiley
246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ghacks.net website asking for donations on: December 24, 2013, 08:37:45 PM
You can also send Donation Credits to ghacks.

Thanks for this tip!
247  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 24, 2013, 01:02:31 AM
 Grin
248  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: December 15, 2013, 04:06:25 AM
Thanks for considering smiley
249  DonationCoder.com Software / Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app) on: December 14, 2013, 08:35:06 PM
Any chance of being able to retain and display past N days worth of predictions (perhaps prepended to what is fetched)?

Motivation for this is: I typically try to consider what to wear based on what the weather was like recently.  So if today's prediction is significantly higher or lower than yesterday's I feel that is useful to know.  (I guess it might be even nicer if actual past data was used instead of past predictions, but that soiunds like a whole different project.)
250  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Idea Thread - Post Your Program Ideas Here on: December 14, 2013, 06:37:02 PM
Software that slices audio given some simple description of where to slice,

Audio input specified by URL or local file path (absolute or relative).
Slicing instructions contained in a simple text file.  At minimum, times to slice at (beginning and end points for each duration) would be specified.  Possibly names for the resulting files might be included.

Output would be multiple audio files.
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