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101  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Raxco (aka PerfectDisk) 35 years celebration with 35% of any product on: May 25, 2013, 01:17:51 AM
Just use the code 35THBDAY at the checkout until 28th May 2013
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 24, 2013, 04:32:34 PM
Starts tomorrow - so tonight ...

  • Large chicken curry
  • Lentils and dahl curry
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Toffee Popcorn
  • Lager

Tomorrow FA !
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 24, 2013, 07:31:52 AM
... raising a glass only counts if there's a five (5) pound weight attached, and if you alternate hands  tongue tongue

let's see, two full ones of those German litre beer glasses would make roughly five pounds weight - one in each hand.
Sip alternately :p


Now that's a fitness regime ;-)
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The DonationCoder.com 30-Day Healthy Eating and Exercise Challenge! on: May 23, 2013, 08:34:19 PM
 Thmbsup Count me in

Does playing the cello count as exercise (or raising a glass?)
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 22, 2013, 01:31:44 AM
I offer clients ongoing support - which includes website updates and backups but some decline to take it. At the moment I am sorting things out for everyone as a goodwill gesture but I don't want to have to go through all this again so I need to make it clear to people who don't want my support what the future consequences are.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to prevent screen flickering when scrolling chrome? (nvidia issue) on: May 21, 2013, 08:06:49 PM
If you are using VMware on there it has a lot of services running all the time that won't give you a clean audio environment!
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 21, 2013, 08:04:27 PM
To be fair the hacking isn't their fault - part of it rests with me as I still have some websites using Joomla 1.5 because extensions I used are not available for 2.5 or 3 or it is going to be a massive undertaking to upgrade them because of built in forums or shopping carts and the site owners don't want to pay me to maintain or upgrade their website. I can't really afford to upgrade those sites gratis as it is going to be a lot of hours of work. As it stands I am going to make it clear that I have a clean copy as of today and if there is a problem in the future that is the site that will be put back if they don't want my support - alternatively they can make their own backups and then the ball is in their court!

To be honest I think the simplest solution is to move those sites to individual hosting solutions off my VPS and let them deal with the headaches rather than have them let hacking issues affect the whole server.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 21, 2013, 06:43:12 PM
A VPS on nativespace.co.uk
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 21, 2013, 06:33:06 PM
Thanks - getting there slowly.

Not helped by the data centre not maintaining backups as promised.

Today they restored a backup from 2012!!! Then, having spent half the afternoon working on it, they suddenly restored all the corrupted websites again undoing everything I had achieved (well mostly as I was backing up as I went along).

Why does this sort of crap give script kiddies such a thrill - it isn't even as if they see me squirm! Bastards should be castrated!
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 21, 2013, 02:29:46 AM
I have - but a lot more malicious activity has occurred since.

FWIW I have lost total confidence in nativespace.co.uk - I have been using them for a number of years and am paying a premium price because they are doing daily backups offsite. Now turns out they take the money and don't do the backups.

Up shit creek in a big way.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MySQL hacked on: May 20, 2013, 03:59:10 AM
I know it seems an odd thing to do deliberately??

I could understand websites being defaced or other malicious things to do - this just seems strange.

To the best of my knowledge no one has done any many SQL queries and all the databases are separated by user under CPanel and each has its own single user and unique strong password so how could a rogue script on  one user account affect the databases on all user accounts?
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / MySQL hacked on: May 20, 2013, 03:36:39 AM
Yesterday my server was hacked.

The behaviour was malicious and basically went through every database on the MySQL server and changed all user names to admin and all passwords to a single password.

This must have happened via the MySQL server directly because it affected all databases on the server for all client accounts.

As far as I can see no other damage was done.

Does anyone have any idea how this could have happened and how to prevent future attacks?

Currently a backup is being restored from before the incident but I don't want to have to go through this again if I can avoid it.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to prevent screen flickering when scrolling chrome? (nvidia issue) on: May 16, 2013, 03:34:16 AM
How about simply uninstalling the card and trying the one from MS update if there is one. The drivers usually do the job but are pretty basic - having said that there seem to be fewer latency issues.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to prevent screen flickering when scrolling chrome? (nvidia issue) on: May 14, 2013, 10:17:38 AM
Hate to say it but did you check to see if that as an issue fixed in new driver build?

How about the original graphic driver from HP? Does that suffer the same problem.

I suppose you could always cut your losses and just swap to FireFox or even Internet Explorer.

Reducing latency for DAWs usually means keeping it lean and mean, preferably not even connected to the internet and therefore no need for security software etc.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: May 14, 2013, 06:23:03 AM
What I have noticed with the app store (with the few clients I have that use it - most have Start8 installed) is that there tends to be an indiscriminate downloading of apps to do things - such as email clients I have never heard of.

In the long term there is going to have to be a whole lot of education about this sort of thing or there is going to be real problems - especially when locked into programs with no export features.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: May 13, 2013, 03:46:31 PM
My question exactly... and perhaps the link should be taken down?

Link removed
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 09, 2013, 07:07:00 AM
Another thought is:

Physical upgrade = new features and better be something useful otherwise users will skip it (esp. true of MS and Adobe).

Cloud solution = lots of money = minimal new development (what is the incentive when you have the market cornered and professionals by the short and curlies).

Over time I can't see MS or Adobe adding much to the feature set if the regular income is assured without any work. All those annoying developers expecting payment ... why bother.

Corel has pretty much taken this approach over the past decade with physical products and now their market share is down the toilet. With a bit of imagination and a few decent developers they could make a big comeback so long as they don't see dollar signs for cloud solutions.

In the short term I would guess people like Xara and some of the other photo editing titles will grab a chunk of the market for small companies and individuals that don't want a large regular outlay.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 09, 2013, 04:09:55 AM
u know, I've been noticing that the media seems to insist that the benefits of subscription cloud services are "undeniable".  And I'm getting really annoyed by it.  Not because there are no benefits, there are.  But the way they say it, it makes it sound like the local installation does NOT have any benefits.  And those who don't understand the differences hear this and it seems like it is gaining momentum.

The media is behaving like any good lapdog and doing exactly what they're told. The one pivotally critical detail that the cloud shills miss/overlook/ignore is the simple fact that the internet does not exist as a singular thing. It is a ramshackle group of discontiguous networks that just-so-happen to share relatively well with their neighbors. but any break in the chain of resold (to the Nth power) services that comprise the sum total internet could quite easily cripple a company if it decided to have a hiccup either at the right time, or for a long enough time. I've already had a (client's) cloud provider claim that a problem had to be on my (our collective) end because they could access the servers (INTERNALLY!!!) just fine... Yet I'm looking right at a trace route report that clearly says that their up level provider just took a shit because that is exactly where all the packet movement stops!

I've already gone ballistic on the phone when one of the cloud sales drones made the mistake of telling me that their total downtime for the previous year was only 11 minutes. Because I don't give a flying smiley what their down time is ... I need to ensure that everybody between point A, and point B stays just dandy so my company's down time doesn't spike us right into the toilet. Because if a drunk hits a pole up the street from me, and the local utility company doesn't get it fixed really soon... Guess what? My company is blind as a bat trying to function .. Regardless of whether or not the "cloud" is allegedly construed as being "up" (I'm still getting fisted).

Somewhat 'prosaically' put - but pretty damn accurate (fisting or not).

At the end of the day none of this stuff is about customers or cloud benefits or anything that matters to users  - it is all about assured and large revenue streams for US corporations. Corporation - business (extortion) as usual.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 08, 2013, 08:12:59 AM
Adobe will love the idea that nobody will ever be able to pirate Photoshop ever again. Everyone that wants to use it will have to pay for it, monthly.

Another inch closer!

 Wink

How long do you think before someone produces copies with the activation and online check code stripped out or the activation period updated to 1000 years?

If anyone thinks this will stop piracy they are not in the real world - this is a HUGE gauntlet to throw down to hackers and what's more some loyal customers who feel ripped off will contemplate using cracked software rather than be extorted on a monthly subscription.

People aren't totally stupid- they can do their sums! If you only use a product like PhotoShop and aren't interested in the rest of the suite Adobe's prices basically mean that you are buying the product over and over again every few months.

If you use a lot of CS products and are the kind of person who likes to keep software up to date Adobe Cloud is a no brainer at current prices - it is a lot cheaper than paying for regular updates. That's not to say Adobe won't hike prices once everyone is resigned to the Cloud coup.

Personally I am moving in the opposite direction. I want at least a couple of computer systems that do not connect to the internet at all and are used for specific tasks - for me Adobe products would be on one of those machines as I don'y want or need internet connectivity to edit video, audio or photographs - plus I want a DAW which needs to be as uncluttered with crap (and especially security products) as possible to work well.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 07, 2013, 06:24:39 PM
Not that long ago they did a nice thing with their CS2 (or was it 3?) product give-away and now they do this. Ah well, lets hope this move will make them see how the bottom of their "war chest" looks like.

Hmmm - no they didn't. They turned off their activation server for CS2 and had to provide legitimate users with an activation free version of the software. They turned a blind eye to others downloading the software but it was never officially the intention to give a free copy to anyone that wants one.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 07, 2013, 05:59:31 PM
Actually in the long term this might be a big boost for Linux - for me one of the big draws of Windows platforms is Adobe's products - if (as is likely - either by design or by accident) the hard copy versions cease to function at some point there is no incentive for me to stay with Windows. MS Office is already looking pretty dead to me in the long term so why do I need to stay with Windows?
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 07, 2013, 09:50:43 AM
Strange I posted a reply this morning but it seems to have disappeared into the ether ...

There hasn't been a hugely compelling reason to upgrade PhotoShop wince version 7 (except to keep compatible with Windows). It will be interesting to see how quickly CS products on disk become unusable on Windows platforms (? collusion between MS and Adobe to push the cloud agenda).

For now I use CS3 and I don't really see any reason to upgrade to a later version and certainly won't be paying a large monthly subscription.

Two things will happen: hackers will have a field day (and the growth in use of cracked software will grow) and third party developers (if they have any sense) will cash in by making plugins for CS3, 4 and 5 to fill in the gaps with the new releases.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 24, 2013, 03:49:34 AM
Seems to me it depends on why the drive failed. If it is a controller issue the only real option would be to find an identical controller and do surgery to get the drive working. If you can't find a suitable controller then the only options are storage (why?) or destruction.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 23, 2013, 03:03:53 AM
Did you buy it online? You might be able to find the invoice/receipt there.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do with an SSD after it fails on: April 22, 2013, 07:00:59 PM
Beat the crap out of it with a hammer (also good therapy)  Thmbsup
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