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by bthylafh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone have more online security tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Anyone have more online security tips?

Anyone who tells you to put your files in the "cloud" (formerly called servers) for security doesn't know what he's talking about. IMO that depends. Don't put your only backups there, certainly, and if you're even a little paranoid don't store them unencrypted. It can be a valid strategy ...
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Anyone have more online security tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Anyone have more online security tips?

There are different levels of 2FA effectiveness: The least effective and easiest to defeat is SMS/text-based, because it's not that hard for a determined adversary to redirect SMS traffic to a phone controlled by them. The most common is probably that based on a phone app, like Authy and Google Auth...
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3971
Views: 570660

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

"Too Repressed" by Sometymes Why.
by bthylafh
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3971
Views: 570660

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

A little more I'm With Her:

https://youtu.be/v38ld7jN6L0?list=PL-a5 ... 5GHdiILigL

It's a really great piece and it's also fun to watch the emcee (Chris Thile) react to their playing toward the end.
by bthylafh
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?
Replies: 12
Views: 288

Re: Easy overclocking guide or instructions for 8086K?

Press the turbo button so it'll run at 6 MHz. :P
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak
Replies: 7
Views: 324

Re: Google shuts down Google+ after data leak

I've been on G+ since the beginning; there are some interesting people still there posting, though nowhere near as many as a year or so after it started. Can't say I'm surprised. Someone must have been waiting for an excuse to pull the plug and here it is.
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Replies: 22
Views: 915

Re: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update

NovusBogus wrote:
...and these guys think W10 is stable enough for enterprise deployment? Trololololo.


LTSB's been pretty good, mostly. I have a few dozen of those in our pathologically heterogeneous environment.
by bthylafh
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini
Replies: 34
Views: 816

Re: derFunk's freebie Friday: Google Home Mini

Kansas City firefighters rescuing Kansas City cops from a stuck elevator:

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by bthylafh
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 793
Views: 107938

Re: What are you playing right now?

Just finished and enjoyed Firewatch, a steal at $5.
by bthylafh
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 4026
Views: 662828

Re: What are you drinking RIGHT NOW?

3 Blind Mice brown ale by Mother's. I think it's pretty good and it seems to have good reviews.
by bthylafh
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: House struck by lightning
Replies: 31
Views: 1193

Re: House struck by lightning

About ten years ago, shortly after we moved into our new house, we had a lightning strike. Our house was saved by our mailbox's brave sacrifice and the only effect was one bedroom's breaker flipping. The mailbox, however, had a large divot blasted out of it and left shattered masonry all around the ...
by bthylafh
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares

You really don't want to enable SMBv1, though. It's unfixably insecure.
by bthylafh
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares

How troublesome will it be to do a clean reinstall on the problem computer? You won't find the cause but it will probably save you a good deal of time and aggravation.
by bthylafh
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares

Try getting on the problem machine and accessing a box it doesn't like with its IP address instead of the hostname. You might be having DNS problems.
by bthylafh
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares
Replies: 33
Views: 1009

Re: W10 unable to access SOME of W7&W10 n-work shares

I had to enable SMB1.0 support. apparently Microsoft disabled it by default in one of their recent Windows 10 updates as a security risk. Windows 7 supports SMB 2, so there should be no reason to use it aside from compatibility with legacy devices. Even Mac and Linux support SMB 2 these days. These...
by bthylafh
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Intel Core 2 Quad 9650 Multiplier Stuck
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Re: Intel Core 2 Quad 9650 Multiplier Stuck

Try booting with a Linux live-usb (or livecd) to see if it's hardware-related?
by bthylafh
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone gives random popup ads
Replies: 10
Views: 956

Re: Phone gives random popup ads

Firefox doesn't need root, at least. Another non-root option is the NetGuard firewall: you can choose which apps get network access and which don't. Only real gotcha is that it uses the VPN API and so if you want to use a real VPN this won't work.
by bthylafh
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Retro console gaming
Replies: 101
Views: 17842

Re: Retro console gaming

derFunkenstein wrote:
Here's something weird: a guy created an app to play Atari 2600 ROMs from QR codes. The ROM data is encoded in a QR code, and then the code is read by an app on a Raspberry Pi and converted to a ROM for use with an emulator.

https://www.codedojo.com/?p=2251


Now that's pretty cool.
by bthylafh
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Phone gives random popup ads
Replies: 10
Views: 956

Re: Phone gives random popup ads

I would sometimes get hijacking popup ads on my phone when I visited a website with Chrome, so I've switched to Firefox with some extensions that violate rule #12; this seems to help. You might be able to flash a third-party ROM to your phone: https://forum.xda-developers.com/htc-10/development http...
by bthylafh
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Curved Screens General Impressions + How does it look with 3?
Replies: 17
Views: 1050

Re: Curved Screens General Impressions + How does it look with 3?

I have a curved 24" 16:9 Samsung monitor and don't notice the curvature until I get up. It's flanked by a couple flat LCDs; again, I don't really notice the difference.
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 44
Views: 2244

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

When I worked at the computer shop in the early '00s one day someone brought in a new-in-box 286 computer; it had never been opened and that thing was *cherry*, but he just wanted rid of it. Boss offered it to me and all these years later I regret a little that I declined. Ugh. I would've taken tha...
by bthylafh
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 44
Views: 2244

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

I'm waiting for PhilsComputerLab (from YouTube) to come with a VIA mini PC that supports two expansion PCI cards so I can finally get a 386-486-Pentium retro PC. I have one. Look for a PCChips M789CG motherboard. It's a VIA C3 motherboard with 2 PCI slots. Careful. PCChips has a well-deserved reput...
by bthylafh
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?
Replies: 44
Views: 2244

Re: Can solder under IHS "go bad"? should I delid?

Never before has such an obsolete CPU owed so much to so few. Kinda makes me want to dig my old dual Socket A motherboard and Athlon MP chips out of the crawlspace and fire it up for old times' sake. Be aware that they're no longer supported in Win7 due to a lack of SSE2 :wink: In the same vein, I ...
by bthylafh
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Heavy Usage Office Chair
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: Heavy Usage Office Chair

I've got a Hon chair at work also and it seems pretty good, but I'm more in the middle of the weight curve.
by bthylafh
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Quick help with Java 9+
Replies: 15
Views: 1113

Re: Quick help with Java 9+

Apropos of nothing, there's a rancher around here somewhere who will sometimes move cattle in a foul, malodorous livestock trailer, the latter emblazoned with "JDK". It gives me a grin every time I see it.
by bthylafh
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Get your Windows 95 here
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Get your Windows 95 here

Hover launches for me but a few seconds later a dialog box pops up with "quick help", which freezes the game and it crashes a couple seconds later. Win10 1803 and I've tried running it in Win95 compatibility mode.
by bthylafh
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Get your Windows 95 here
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: Get your Windows 95 here

Mostly if you were dead-set against integrating Internet Explorer into the OS.
by bthylafh
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Missing Directory
Replies: 17
Views: 738

Re: Missing Directory

If you're desperate enough to pay some money, I've had excellent results from Zero Assumption Recovery. https://www.z-a-recovery.com/ "Desperate" perhaps is not the right word, but motivated is. The directory is for the work I have done on an NIH grant that I have to document in a bit ove...
by bthylafh
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Missing Directory
Replies: 17
Views: 738

Re: Missing Directory

Ayuh, and in more than one place. It should take a nuclear war or an extinction-level meteor strike to destroy all copies of your important data - keep at least one off-line backup many miles away.
by bthylafh
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Missing Directory
Replies: 17
Views: 738

Re: Missing Directory

If you're desperate enough to pay some money, I've had excellent results from Zero Assumption Recovery.
https://www.z-a-recovery.com/