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Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:48 AM »
Sorry I haven't been around much over the last few months - been totally obsessed by my cello!!!

Understandable. Being a bass player, the cello (along with the saxophone) is an instrument I always wanted to take up. be able to play melody for a change...can such a world exist? :)

Lots of nice melodies available fro the bass - just a shame they were mostly written for the cello and a damn sight harder to play on the bass.

Cello is inconvenient for travelling but pales into insignificance with double bass hassles (I used to play bass years ago)

My advice it take the plunge -  get a cello and go for it - apart from tuning you have a good head start from bass!!

It will be 2 years in March since my first lesson and the obsession become more urgent every day - now playing in 2 orchestras and various ensembles including a cello quartet (great fun) ....  :-*


From a concert last week - I am second from the right at the front

Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC?
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:39 AM »
Uploaded on Oct 20, 2011

"Alla Hornpipe" from Handel's Water Music, Suite #2 in D major.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of my father Mervin Smart (1934-1991) who loved Handel's music.

Know it dates back a while but just seen the video - cool!!

Sorry I haven't been around much over the last few months - been totally obsessed by my cello!!! (Also I get enough input about computers during the day). Played this Handel in a concert last week ;-)

Living Room / Re: driveless cars
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:31 PM »
"Your car needs to reboot to install updates" WTF!

Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE!
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:07 PM »
After you install Windows Technical Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

Clever trick - why not just leave the recovery partition alone?

Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE!
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:59 AM »
OT - out of curiosity why is anyone still using OpenOffice at all? Barely developed these days and seems to be the only thing that uses Java anymore (and that in itself is a good reason not to use OO).

Why not jump to LibreOffice which is much better and doesn't rely on Java and is actively being developed?

As for MS Office - 2007, 2010 will be the last versions I use from choice simply because you have a DVD and can install on desktop and laptop (or 3 PCs fro the Home and Student version). No interest in Office 365, and if Windows becomes a subscription service I will decamp to Linux (or even Apple - except I can't afford that) when end of life on the final none subscription version happens. Having said that manufacturers are already struggling - trying to sell subscription based products with their hardware is just going to make sales even harder. So many of the big names are already pulling out of PC and laptop sales in Europe (including Sony, Toshiba and Samsung) - it is only going to get worse.

Living Room / Re: DoCo...I need your help!
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:45 PM »
Sorry to hear your news - difficult times :-(

Living Room / Re: No iPhones 4u
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:11 AM »
Unfortunately stuck with EE here as the only mobile carrier that has reasonable courage.

Should update that last comment as I hadn't realised within 6 months O2, Vodaphone and EE have all withdrawn contacts from Phones4U

Agree 100% with TalkTalk/Carphone Warehouse assessment - and they are actually quite unpleasant to their customers when they try to leave!

Living Room / Re: No iPhones 4u
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:13 PM »
Another example of corporate greed from Vodaphone and EE - rapidly heading towards a UK duopoly.

Cudos for Dixons picking up staff but it makes you wonder how long any of these third parties involved in mobile phones are going to survive now that the big brands want to move their sales in house whilst gobbling up the smaller mobile phone companies.

Reformat your flash drive to NTFS and use System Image in Windows 8 control panel. Should work - though it may not recognise the flash drive.

If it doesn't then shrink a hard disk partition and make a big enough partition to make a backup and then copy the contents to the flash drive after the backup

Yes please too!

All gone now :-(

Living Room / Re: Building Another Budget Gaming PC...
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:08 PM »
When I built my PC, Carol suggested I use the Antec 300, which has turned out to be my all-time favorite case for the price.  I was able to find the One on sale for $50 so I opted for it.
-MilesOhToole (June 17, 2014, 05:59 PM)

Glad you liked it ;-)

My last build used one of these and I am a convert - huge fans, huge fun and really flexible case for the price and cracking build quality (and it comes with a 3.5 inch cradle and internal 2.5 inch cradles for SSDs).


Built a couple of machines with these for customers too and they were pleased.

What melodrama. I got a new notebook with Windows 8, and after my initial panic, was pleased and pacified to find I could make it quite decently Win-7-ish with the free Classic Shell. (If someone's already mentioned that here, sorry; I don't have time to read the whole topic.) As Win 8 is clearly faster and more responsive than 7 (which was already great, IMHO), I really don't see what the problem is.

You sure quicker/more responsive isn't just new install syndrome. I am using 8.1 on my laptop and after a few months it has started slowing down like all other versions of Windows??? Plus I have had to disable Fast Startup because it doesn't work properly on my laptop (and I have seen a number of customer machines not booting properly or at all because Fast Startup has screwed itself up).

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 24, 2014, 11:14 AM »
Looks like an excellent link that might have some ideas for you:


Specifically, point 4
4. Login to WHM (Web Hosting Manager) and click on "Contact Manager" under "Server Contacts" menu. Make sure you placed "2 or 3" on Alert Priority Assignment right beside "Recently Uploaded Cgi Script Mail". This will email you on a daily basis (if there are uploaded pages or scripts) that are set to use your smtp or mail on your server which could be the source of spam abusers to send out spam using your ip addresses. Setup a filter for it and it always is prefixed on the Subject: "[newmailcgi] Recently Uploaded CGI scripts" take note that even php form mail that are insecuredly setup to send spam are also reported to your email address setup as contact manager on your server's WHM. Make sure to actively monitor this and when it happened to give ample warnings to the user who uploaded this.

Fantastic exactly what I was looking for. I have also managed to get LFD and ClamAV sending email warnings and a daily off peak AV scan of the system.

LFD alerts are particularly useful because it also warns of email flooding events instantly which means I can quickly suspend an account while it is investigated.

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:22 AM »
Is there any way to restrict write access to the server to a whitelisted IP list?

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:20 AM »
Just looking at that MySQL stuff (thanks 40Hz) and I am coming to the conclusion I don't want to do this anymore - too much stuff to learn to be able to be effective and no inclination to learn it.

All I want to do is run a few websites for local people I know and friends and not have to cope with bastards constantly attacking and disrupting everything.

So frustrating!!

Be far simpler in the long run to go back to hand coding pages in HTML without using any scripting languages!!!

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 21, 2014, 04:02 AM »
I suspect it is a CRON job - my data centre says they have no such feature - anyone know how to set up a cron job to do this?

Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap
« on: May 21, 2014, 03:11 AM »
it sure seems like whatever Carol experienced was corrected

We live in hope :-)

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:45 AM »
OOOOOOOOOOO  if that really works it will make my day!  :-* :-* :-*

Living Room / Re: Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:16 AM »
Thanks I will check that out - that would be ideal - but it would also be nice to have a report of any new files added to the server - since I don most of the website maintenance for clients I shouldn't see much that I don't expect.

Out of curiosity does anyone know any way to scan MySQL databases for potential injection issues?

Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:13 AM »
I use 7-Zip to expand the SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0.exe [or whatever version number], then move the file, ImgBurn.exe, to the ImgBurn folder -- update completed. Universal Extractor, original & mod versions, works too.

Fair enough but you shouldn't have to!

Living Room / Website hacking - tools to help spot issues
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:35 AM »
I have been building websites for a few years now using Joomla but recently my server seems to be under regular attack.

The attacks seem to be of the form that a php script is injected into a folder and used to pour out spam.

The trouble is with a lot of websites it isn't practical to wade visually through dozens of folders regularly to look for scripts.

The data centre has scanned the server for malicious scripts but I have already spotted and deleted a few that were missed.

Life currently feels like a war of attrition - I am spending so much time dealing with issues I now either need to pack it all in and give up or find a way to monitor user accounts to ensure I catch scripts and deal with them efficiently.

I am not sure how these scripts are even getting there - it isn't the clients I have. Even websites that are running the latest build of Joomla and a few well known and trusted extensions seem to be plagued.

Has anyone any suggestion where I can start.

One simple solution is to find a way to get the server to report when files are added to user accounts (preferably by email so that I can constantly monitor what is happening - with a couple of a notable exceptions most of the websites only change occasionally) - does anyone know a way to do this?

Any help or suggestions would be gratefully received.

The server is running Apache and WHM/CPanel.

I am not particularly technically minded when it comes to Linux - I just want to set up and maintain a few small local business and individual websites and not be driven batty by constant annoyances.

Will check it out - thanks

Seems to work on my copy of Windows 8 OK

Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead!
« on: May 01, 2014, 06:07 AM »
not if it is 16 bit app, and anyway compatibility mode has a pretty hit and miss success rate

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