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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: February 21, 2020, 07:26 AM »
But I'm with wraith808. While I do sometimes use the pinned/tiled apps, I rarely use the list of programs in the Start Menu anymore. I just press the Windows key and start typing and press enter. If the Start Menu search doesn't find what I'm looking for, I create a shortcut and give it a name I'll remember to search for and pin that shortcut to the Start Menu

Same here … Hell, I forgot the list was even there I haven't used it in so long.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:10 AM »
Only real way to deal with it is to just block unknown numbers and hope real people leave a message.

Amen to that! One of the guys here in IT got a spam call last week that appeared to be coming from his own number.

Living Room / Re: A Rogue Goose...for your Desktop....
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:02 AM »
I really miss E-Sheep from back in the 90's. Excellent but sadly 16-bit desktop "pet". But I've had Fly On Desktop running around on my desktop for a year or so. It's incredibly realistic, light on resources, and gets people all the time. I set it off on a salesman's workstation once years ago, and he damn near knocked his monitor off the desk trying to swat the damn thing.

In case anyone is interested and is doing their taxes looking for an alternative, taxact was a lot cheaper than the big two when I was doing mine.
-absoblogginlutely (January 18, 2020, 06:37 AM)

I've been using TaxAct since 2004 and am quite happy with it. They do have a few upsell naggs here and there, but they - historically - have been under $20, opt-in only, and quite easy to skip.

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: January 12, 2020, 12:22 PM »
(Just adopted from Humane Society) New addition to family, Maggie:

She is a 3 year old Boston Terrier/spring... That has been following me around the house since she got here.

I've never used RegEx frequently enough to be good at it, but I have found WildGem handy for getting through it from time to time. It's a freeware graphical RegEx query builder utility written by one of the members here at DC.

I went to register a product on Panasonic's site.  Had to enter date of birth.  When I got to the year field, accidentally pressed End.  The site's response had a certain lack of making connections about it...

Y2k v2.0?

Given all of the side channel attack issues, I'd avoid referbs these days

Presumably this some real low-level OS or firmware malware?  Hard to detect.

Do we have any reports of this happening in the major refurb channels.

I was referring to Specter, Meltdown, and friends. The original S&M patches took quite a few of the older machines right down to their knees performance wise...other's could not even be patched. And now - almost 2 years later - there are still new variants on this theme (like row-hammering) coming out constantly. So for my money, I'd go with a latest generation CPU in the hope of being able to patch it, without crippling it, when the next wave of shenanigans hits the wild.

Given all of the side channel attack issues, I'd avoid referbs these days and go with one of the latest processors in the hope of ducking the next wave of shenanigans.

I'm also a huge Dell fan (like above), but went with an HP Z440 workstation for my last machine due to (60% off) employee discount option.

Machine is a few years old now, but:
16GB of memory
Intel Xeon E5-1650
256GB NVMe SSD OS drive
2TB NL SATA RAID5 storage drive.
AMD FirePro W7000 video with 4 DP outputs - standard option in the Z4xx workstations.

With the VM's on the RAID array, I can run 3 or 4 VM's before it starts to noticeably slow down.

Living Room / Re: CafePress security incident 2019-02-19
« on: September 26, 2019, 07:16 AM »
Shit, had an article about this back in August - But I didn't make the connection back then.

Sorry Mouser.

Is this one of those "shrink-wrapped" deals that has to be installed before the clock runs out, or can I sit on it for a bit until needed?

Thanks guys. The owner is a classic end user (I'm being nice, and leaving off the 'L'), and did not bother with making a backup of the recovery code. But they did manage to get back into the account by contacting the site (CoinBase) directly.

So... Crisis averted. ...I can only hope that they make a backup of the recovery codes this time.

Or not... *Shrug*  :D

Okay, so here is the deal The owner had setup the Authy 2fa app on there phone to access their account at (for simplicity sake, let's call it) a banking site.

And then they lost their phone...

So... now, after reinstalling the Authy app on their new phone. They cannot add the site to the authy app - to get access to the site - without scanning a QR code from the site, that is apparently only on the site, that they cannot access... Did you just think of a word that rhymes with firetruck??? I did.

Which for me...begs the question: Is this kind of idiotic catch 22 level circle jerk "normal" for these (security theater fad) 2fa authentication schemes?!?

And is there any - hopefully simple - way of reuniting this poor sole with their funds?

Also (to prevent this from sounding too easy): in the long version of this story, this is not a conventional banking institution that has a brick-and-mortar storefront that someone can enter while brandishing a drivers license in front of an actual human to resolve the issue. Oh hell just can't be that, this is Crypto stuff.

There is a cell phone app called WiFi Analyzer that will give you the signal strength, MAC address, and manufacturer of the device transmitting. It also has a large single network focused meter that you could walk around with to see when you are getting close(er) to it. That might help narrow down the device in question.

So maybe it is a currently active network nearby that is being redetected..

1) Would redetected networks show up with the specific names that I'd allocated to them? I'll trawl the registry and see if and where those names are still present.
-cranioscopical (July 10, 2019, 08:50 AM)

If it is a popular in the area ISP generated name, then it could be the neighbors just close enough to look the same SSID.

2) If other machines on my network retain the names of the defunct connections, would that 're-infect' the machine from which the names were expunged?
-cranioscopical (July 10, 2019, 08:50 AM)

While I'm really tempted to say no here …(at the risk of throwing gas on the fire)... It does occur to me that there was a feature similar to that built into Windows devices that shared a Microsoft Account login.

But I believe the act of deleting it from one should also be shared with the others as well. I never played with it because I hate the vary idea of a locally used (Microsoft Controlled) Microsoft Account...I just vaguely recall running across the feature once many moons ago.

Also I really like Ath's angle above.

At the moment I can't rid my Android phone of them either.
-cranioscopical (July 09, 2019, 11:02 PM)

So maybe it is a currently active network nearby that is being redetected..

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: July 03, 2019, 08:10 AM »
Meh... If people are stupid enough to ruin an event for themselves by trying to document how much "fun" they are (not) having because they are too focused on trying to get the shot right … Then they deserve to suffer.

Best memories I have are fuzzy because you could literally get shot just for having a camera at those events … But I wouldn't trade a single one for a polaroid of a damn thing.

Life should be lived, not documented.

Only got one that I've been using extensively hear lately: Nartec IIS Crypto

In spite of the name, it's not just for IIS, it's for any Windows computer that you want to get control of the SSL/TLS protocol versions for. Simple clean interface lets you disable or reenable any of the security protocols that are being exploited in the wild.

Why reenable the problem protocols?? ...Sometimes they are required for older (mission critical) software that has to be used (i.e. MSSQL 2005 requires TLS1.0).

IIS Crypto distinguishes between client and server side and easily allows you to turn on/off needed or needed rid of older security protocols.

Oh Yeah … And it's free!

Living Room / Re: Why do I need a router?
« on: June 07, 2019, 07:23 AM »
What IP Address did the ISP's router assign to your laptop? If it is a private range address (like 192.168.x.x) then you are fine. If it is a public range IP Address, then the above is quite dangerously true.

General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla shoots itself in foot
« on: May 06, 2019, 08:17 AM »
Only FF extension I use is ABP, and v66.0.4 has it working I'm good with it.

But then again I still like IE..  :D

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: May 03, 2019, 10:47 AM »
Today's XKCD is an exploration game in the comic
Holy time vampire Batman! Return to game playing area... Ha!

 :D :Thmbsup:

*FacePalm* Oh god ^He's^ probably right...

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:27 AM »
My front doorbell is just out (think there's an electrical problem) so I want to put another bell out front that can ring inside and downstairs.  As I'm currently in a rental (always best IMO to rent when you first move), I don't really want to deal with the landlord or an electrician over this...

Understood... I've heard good things about the Ring devices (that's the one with the 6 month battery IIRC), and they will push the video to/through Alexa or dump it on an onboard SSD.

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 09:20 AM »
@Shades - Holy crap man, you never disappoint!

To give a bit more (non) detail... The situation is playing out live so the solution is in reactional flux based on randomly changing factors**. One of which was resolved by one of my - very non technical/biker type - friends who came up with a brilliantly simple low tech solution that had me in tears laughing last night due to its (in retrospect) obvious simplicity. I'll not say what it was, primarily because it's a tad embarrassing that I didn't think of it before. :-[

So for the full (and future) system I will (at this point...) probably go with a wired with DRV type setup that won't need a doorbell cam. Which leaves the immediate need - as a stop gap measure - being an economically good quality video doorbell that can be repurposed later at a different location/project/etc.. That also bell transformer powered, and works with the Windows version of the software you mentioned above. I did not think about that part before (Rush jobs bad - Yikes!).

I hope this makes sense as I'm (at work...) really pressed for time and trying to rush.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

Shortest explanation I can muster: It involves family, a woman, and it's perfectly legal (so far..). Savvy? :D

Living Room / Re: Need Video Doorbell Options
« on: May 01, 2019, 08:24 AM »
I'd be interested in this too... I've been looking for one that works on batteries rather than requiring it to be hooked in, but all of the ones that I've seen require that.

TBH I'd be a huge fan of the batteries idea if they actually worked as a live option 'B' (so it could transmit/record if the power went out**), but everything I'm seeing is posed as a powered by (exclusively) one or the other … And I'm getting to old to be (interested in) fiddling with something that needs to be futz with on some random schedule. e.g. I know I'll end up forgetting and it'll be dead-as-a-doornail the one time it is needed..

Motion activated with battery that lasts up to 6 months...right... My luck is it will trigger constantly on the neighbors wind blown shrubbery and be dead as hell in a week. :D

**There are parts of the story I'm leaving out for reasons I can't exactly mention … But let's just say "tamper proofing" this initial solution is a (Um...) factor..  :)

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