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Thanks for the newsletter -- as usual, found some bits I'd missed :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Chocolatey...opinions? portable?
« on: September 13, 2015, 08:00 PM »
Thanks for the idea and FAQ pointer.

I imagine existing packages are likely to provide hints too :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Chocolatey...opinions? portable?
« on: September 13, 2015, 05:41 PM »
I use it all the time.  What do you mean by 'portably'?

Thanks for the comments.

I'd rather not "install" on a system but rather be able to have it and the associated apps be "portable" in the sense of "portable apps" so for example transportable on usb media.

AFAICT, the typical set up requires a specific environment variable be set on the system (got the feeling that just via a .bat file was insufficient).

Looking at some of the supported functionality I guess even if Chocolatey itself could be made portable, quite a few of the apps would not be (at least some aren't packaged in a "portable" way).

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: September 13, 2015, 05:38 PM »
(I cant find any comments there) can you quote?

Feel a bit silly doing so (but see spoiler).  Is there no result for searching the page for "Gary Matthews"?


General Software Discussion / Chocolatey...opinions? portable?
« on: September 13, 2015, 02:37 AM »
Anyone tried Chocolatey?

...and anyone successfully using it portably?

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 13, 2015, 12:41 AM »
Does any one know of comprehensive documentation regarding the specifics of all (or nearly all?) MS KB updates?

Apart from looking around at various articles, posts, am currently constructing URLs of the form:<put-a-relevant-number-here>

I see them -- thanks!

As useful as that private test area was, it involved quite a bit of ugly hacking around with a bunch of scattered areas of the forum codebase, and in my effort to keep things clean i am hesitating porting it over.

Less maintenance sounds better.  Though is it possible to get one's old content from a backup?  I hadn't quite finished going through what I'd put there before the (early :)) transition over.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 09, 2015, 02:20 AM »
You could do it with Powershell by using it to do the updates rather than relying on the Windows Update application, so rather than the reactive approach in the script above it would be proactive.

ie. Powershell fetches a list of updates available, compares against a list of unwanted KBs, hides any if found, and then invokes auto-update (which will automatically skip Hidden updates), or does the other updates itself.

So goes the theory.

Hmm...that would involve changing operational procedures :)  If I'm willing to go that far, perhaps I should look around (or wait) for more options to appear.  At any rate, it seems like keeping an eye out for an alternative approach to updating seems in order.

Thanks for your thoughts!

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 08, 2015, 06:31 PM »
On a related note, is there a convenient tool to help with preventing the installation of a specific set of updates?

I wonder if it's technically feasible / easy to have a program that scans / parses the appropriate Windows Update window for update identifiers and warns if certain ones look about to be installed.

Perhaps something in AutoHotkey?

Seagate wireless hard-drives provides undocumented Telnet services accessible by using the default credentials of 'root' as username and the default password.

via and http://www.theregist..._poisoned_purloined/

FWIW, other vulnerabilities surfaced too (see links).

IIUC, this type of device has been mentioned in a few threads over the years...hence the post.

Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading
« on: September 06, 2015, 11:24 PM »
Have tried myself but I wonder whether any of the mirror sites for Project Gutenberg might work better:

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 06, 2015, 07:10 PM »

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 05, 2015, 07:04 PM »
Modern OSes all use this newer method, but that older method is still in the code, but disabled, for compatibility and fail-safe purposes if it's ever needed...or someone's nutty enough to want to use it.

Ah, do you happen to have a handy reference for the specifics (i.e. which versions of which operating systems)?  I hadn't realized some degree of sanity had prevailed.

Another reason for things along the lines of Enigmaze?

Security experts constantly tell users not to reuse passwords on multiple accounts, but the message often falls on deaf ears. Now, officials at Mozilla are finding that advanced users don’t always follow that advice either after discovering that an attacker was able to compromise a Bugzilla user’s account by using a password taken from a data breach on a separate site.

via https://threatpost.c...ability-data/114552/

I see that following the link has the option checked by default now - thanks!

Clicking on that link worked -- thanks :)

Now, what do you think about making a link next to "Click here to search using the Advanced Search form" and have it such that the bypassing is enabled?

Some consequences might include: additional people might try the option and additional people might realize they are trying the option.  I confess to thinking erroneously that clicking on the existing link would enable the option and didn't look to verify.  Shame on me!

P.S. If you know of a better browser, or one you're currently having luck with that also runs under NIX - please let me know!

Still looking...I tried some things under:


But some look / went unmaintained.  On a side note, others have mentioned Pale Moon -- I haven't found a package for it for the flavor of *NIX I'm using though so it may be a while before that gets tried.

In the mean time, I've started to migrate my data out of browsers (e.g. bookmarks) so that when the inevitable security problems occur, perhaps the damage will be limited :)

And I also added an option to bypass the search index on the advanced search form -- this will result in a slower and more thorough search for partial word matches, and is able to search for words less than 4 characters.

Thanks for the option :)

Is it easy to make a link (perhaps an additional one) to the advanced search page have the bypassing index option selected by default?

General Software Discussion / Re: Weird Firefox hangs since 40.x?
« on: September 03, 2015, 06:58 PM »
Finally got 40.0.3 compiled along with a patch:

Yes, different platform :)

Still have crashing, but perhaps there will be less.  Just tried tweaking:

check you have OMTC disabled (in about:config layers.offmainthreadcomposition.enabled should be false)

So it's possible (likely even?) some of the crashes here are not related to the original report.

Thanks Ath.

You may be looking at an Avast (or other antivirus product) inserted certificate :o

In the local FF installation, Tools -> Page Info -> View Certificates brings up a dialog box with two tabs with titles "General" and "Details".  The image you posted looks like it's from (or very similar to) the content of the Details tab.  I was looking at the General tab.

The bottom-most section of the General tab is titled "Fingerprints" and it lists SHA-256 and SHA-1.  May be one or both of those values are computed by the browser and not "extracted" / "obtained" from the ceritifcate?

At any rate, as you pointed out, it seems the certificate only mentions SHA-1, so may be that's not so great in the medium to longer term.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:57 PM »
Here's another IPv6 issue IMO (depending on configuration):

if you use IPv6, your machine may obtain an automatically allocated IPv6 address, and the scheme for creating such addresses uses MAC addresses, as described here. In that case, your MAC address can be inferred from the source address in the IP packets your machine emits.

via https://security.sta...-packets/70906#70906

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns
« on: September 03, 2015, 04:19 AM »
I came across a longer list ("List of Windows 7 telemetry updates to avoid"):

KB2952664 Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
KB2990214 Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 to a later version of Windows
KB3021917 Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements
KB3022345 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3035583 Update installs get windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
KB3068708 (replaces KB3022345) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
KB3075249 Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
KB3080149 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry

via https://www.wilderss...tes-to-avoid.379151/

There may be more than one list there and a number of scripts, FWIW.  A number of claims being made on the thread definitely got my attention.

Tried connecting the DPT-S1 to an Android device via USB cable (with an adapter).  The timing appears to be a bit tricky, but occasionally it seems to work such that the micro sdcard within the DPT-S1 will show up accessible within typical file explorers on the Android device.

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