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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help guidance as a beginner of Android world on: March 10, 2015, 08:23:01 AM
For a simple PDF reader, MuPDF -- if you really want to, you can build it from source too smiley
77  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: March 08, 2015, 08:37:40 AM
{Penguins and Polar Bear Image elided}

Classic.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 05, 2015, 03:57:18 AM
If nothing else, if the hw is good you could do a complete wipe and install and at least have a running Laptop with a clean OS on it.

I'd not be so hasty to do this unless there is a recovery option available (alternatively, clone the existing drive and keep that or the source drive safe somewhere for future reference) -- if the OS that's on there is or "inherits" from an OEM install, there may be OEM-specific files that having access to later may make one's life easier.

I agree that determining the key via the likes of ProduKey as suggested is a good idea.
79  News and Reviews / DonationCoder.com Newsletters / Re: Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers on: March 03, 2015, 07:04:53 PM
Thanks for the newsletter smiley
80  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Syntax in Different Programming Languages on: March 03, 2015, 07:02:04 PM
On a possibly related note, are you familiar with Rosetta Code?
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Linux Distro for Windows HDD recovery on: March 02, 2015, 07:44:04 PM
In the last week or so I used SystemRescueCD to pull data off of an HDD -- the contained GNU ddrescue was quite useful.  There are some related utilities ddrutilty (among other things has some nice NTFS-related tools) and ddrescueview which don't appear to be on the ISO, but I was able to fetch them (one had a precompiled binary and the other was easy to build from source) while booted into SystemRescueCD.

It took some studying to learn how to use GNU ddrescue (note: there's another program with a similar purpose and name), but the results so far appear to be that I was able to recover all except one file.



The following things seemed worth considering before getting started:

  • Consider practicing on something you don't care about too much -- and consider doing so before an emergency.
  • Arrange for some place for the logfile(s) to be saved to -- I used some USB memory.
  • Arrange for a device to save GNU ddrescue output (not necessarily logfile) to -- typically one is likely to want something that is larger in capacity than the sum of the partitions one wishes to attempt recovery for.
  • Don't overwrite past logfile on subsequent runs -- work off of a copy.
  • Consider an initial run that doesn't try hard to recover much -- if you decide later you want to wipe the good areas, the logfile for the initial run may present less trouble.
  • If dealing with NTFS, examine ddrutility -- there's a contained tool that may make the pass through an NTFS filesystem faster.
  • Don't attempt individual file recovery off of a fresh result of running GNU ddrescue -- clone first and work off of that.

These are not faults with the documentation, FWIW smiley

I was happy to learn that sometimes even HDDs with trouble can be "mostly wiped" by leveraging an appropriate GNU ddrescue log file and an appropriate invocation of the utility using its fill mode to target "good" areas.
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: March 01, 2015, 07:43:02 PM
Have you tried the browsers that won't run using a freshly created account?
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: February 24, 2015, 01:26:54 AM
Hopefully this topic/thread is still of some use to some of us smiley

Started using Chrome recently and what I've collected so far that doesn't appear to be listed include:

  • Android Resource Navigator
  • Android SDK Samples Search
  • Android SDK Search
  • PDF Viewer
  • React Developer Tools
  • The QR Code Extension
  • Vanilla Cookie Manager

Of note is 'The QR Code Extension' - it works offline (so what you want a QR code for doesn't get sent somewhere over the network) and it doesn't require additional permissions like some other QR extensions.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 24, 2015, 12:48:39 AM
I think the most irritating thing here is that these are 'trusted' vendors

Comodo seems to be a well regarded security vendor which is doubly disturbing (though i suppose not altogether surprising, it's not like it's the first time something like this has happened)

So where's our "anti-virus / security vendor" scanner Wink
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 24, 2015, 12:46:43 AM
So when will legitimate security vendors (whoever they might be) start reporting when there are fishy root certs installed?  Because I don't know about you, but when I look at the collection of root certs installed on my machine (run the certmgr.msc management console plug-in program), there's no way I could say which (if any) didn't belong. 

There are 100 or so certificates (including 27 "Untrusted certificates") installed on my system - and I think that my anti-malware should tell me if they're OK or not.

I agree about it being impractical to tell -- didn't have that many here, but there were a few completely unfamiliar ones.

Something to help assess what should and shouldn't be there does sound like it could be useful....not sure how practical and effective it would end up being, though perhaps much better than nothing.

Wouldn't really trust what one specific vendor had to say about a specific cert (cf. the value of VirusTotal, Jotti, etc.), but with a collective assessment, may be some suspicious things could be detected.

86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 23, 2015, 11:18:15 PM
Thanks for sharing...tip of the iceberg, anyone?

Nice to have instructions for removal (near the end of the article).

On a side note, I found it particularly irksome that for the GUI-ishly inclined that one has to "Add/Remove Snap-in".  Grrr!  On a positive note, the Ghacks article described a language-independent way of accessing the UI window that's relevant for this process, and that is much appreciated.  Some other articles describe steps that use searching which don't work on (at least some) non-English-based Windows machines (at least they didn't work for me).

Screenshots would be a plus for some of the steps to help guide (though of course that probably wouldn't help in the case where searching is part of the instructions...).

87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 21, 2015, 07:47:49 PM
I think I stand by this. I am making my own problems with upgrade woes but my current comp is custom built that we did as a project and when it's your buddy building it you know generally there's no weird stuff (initially!) on there.

I haven't found a practical way to assemble appropriate notebook PCs, but for desktop / server, have almost always gone with custom.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 21, 2015, 07:46:15 PM
Are you saying that you overwrite their OS with the installation media that comes with the hardware?  

In my case, I have purchased separate installation media -- can get a bit expensive, but then these days there are some places that offer the purchase of PCs without a bundled OS.

Didn't mention this earlier, but up through this post I've had notebook PCs in mind.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 21, 2015, 07:12:18 AM
I overwrite too.  Definitely takes time to set up from installation media first time (e.g. today from W7 SP1, literally had over 130 updates total), but apart from avoiding the questionable content that is preloaded there are a few additional benefits IMHO:

bloat reduction
a somewhat more up-to-date image to restore from and possibly customized more to one's taste
a bit more flexibility regarding use of HDD -- e.g. can use the space reserved for restoration (i.e. onekey) for other purposes

May be others have additional / different reasons for doing likewise?
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 20, 2015, 01:48:53 AM
Thanks for sharing this.

The article contained some nice links:

91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy New Year! 恭禧發財! 새해 복 많이 받으세요! on: February 19, 2015, 05:57:58 PM
Happy (Old-Style?) New Year!

May much luck come to us all smiley
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 17, 2015, 05:52:14 PM
That was quick work!

Thanks smiley

...and the second link even mentioned:

  http://www.phrenopolis.co.../perspective/solarsystem/
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 17, 2015, 07:08:30 AM
Ever wonder why you never see any maps of the solar system drawn to scale?

Nice.

How about something similar for atoms and molecules with their electron clouds? Wink
94  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: February 04, 2015, 09:39:51 PM
Thanks for the post!  Some items from the FAQ that might be of interest.

Quote

...

Why does Atom send usage data to Google Analytics?

In the same way that aggregate usage information is important when developing a web application, we've found that it's just as important for desktop applications, especially during the beta program. By knowing which Atom features are being used the most, and how the editor is performing, we can focus our development efforts in the right place. For details on what data Atom is sending or to learn how to disable metrics gathering, visit https://github.com/atom/metrics.


The current claim appears to be that among other things a hash of the MAC address of one of the network interfaces is collected:

  https://github.com/atom/m...er-content-collected-data

It's unclear whether one gets a chance to opt-out of the initial transmission.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet of Things thread (IoT) on: February 04, 2015, 07:37:08 AM
All your dirts are belong to us.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: February 04, 2015, 07:26:52 AM
The article says it will be able to use a version of Windows 10 from Microsoft. Would this ruin it?

Not sure why that would ruin it.

Sounds somewhat similar to being able to use Mathematica on the Pi.

Also, AFAICT, it's not just that you will be able to use a version of Windows 10:

Quote
The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: ALERT! How to test for GHOST security hole now affecting major distros on: January 31, 2015, 09:25:19 AM
Thanks for the heads up.



It appears I got lucky this time -- apparently recent versions of NixOS are unaffected (14.04, 14.12), though 13.10 may be vulnerable.
98  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: WhenLast (Android app) on: January 24, 2015, 09:47:46 PM
So, no notion of a DUE date, just always telling you how long it's been, and the ability to ask for a reminder after a certain amount of time.

I like this idea.

What he said.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 20, 2015, 02:17:45 AM
UEFI is a replacement for the system BIOS, not a drive partition manager. You only need UEFI if your system drive is >2TB because a BIOS cannot boot from a GPT partition table.

Sorry for making confusing remarks regarding UEFI / GPT.  I had them fused inappropriately smiley
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 20, 2015, 02:10:40 AM
I think someone here explained that with uefi or something, there is boot information that is stored and distributed on all the connected drives, so if one is disconnected it won't boot anymore because info is missing.

I don't know about the info being stored in a distributed manner -- may be that happens -- in the local case I believe what I wasn't terribly happy about was that some critical info is stored in the PC's nvram that is required for appropriately using the disk (specifically regarding booting).  Having to manage that was something I didn't feel like doing -- at least not at that time smiley
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