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by cheesyking
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: So, mechanical keyboards
Replies: 145
Views: 16387

Re: So, mechanical keyboards

As I was already heading to MicroCenter for other reasons, and since I have a lot of typing to do, I ended up buying a Das Keyboard 4 Pro with Cherry MX Browns. It's taking some getting used to by compared to the Blacks, but they at least have some pushback to them as opposed to the nearly non-exis...
by cheesyking
Tue May 29, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: remote desktoping
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: remote desktoping

I use teamviewer a lot, works brilliantly!
by cheesyking
Tue May 29, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Can't Even Edit a Little .CFG File--WTF, Man!?
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: Can't Even Edit a Little .CFG File--WTF, Man!?

Some kind of system file? Try opening notepad as administrator and using File => Open to open the file you need to edit.
by cheesyking
Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: ipsec vpn with x509 authentication
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: ipsec vpn with x509 authentication

Good to know it's not just me then. I'd love to do openvpn instead but everything I do is mandated by the other end. I really don't understand why you'd use a public CA for a connection between two parties like this. Seems like it just introduces a host of new potential security vulnerabilities that...
by cheesyking
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: ipsec vpn with x509 authentication
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

Re: ipsec vpn with x509 authentication

ha, well it turns out I was right to be confused. What happened was that I'd been given a VPN provisioning form that was missing sections for fqdns that would appear in the certs. There's no magic that I was missing out on, just an incomplete form :roll:
by cheesyking
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: ipsec vpn with x509 authentication
Replies: 3
Views: 1345

ipsec vpn with x509 authentication

I'm trying to understand exactly how this works. If you are only trusting certificates from a private CA that's only issuing certs for a specific vpn then I assume it doesn't make much difference what the certificate says (ie the CN), it's from the trusted CA so that's enough to authenticate the con...
by cheesyking
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Cisco service contracts

I haven't actually brought anything yet and wanted to arm myself with some questions before speaking to any sales people. Oh, my bad, I took your "I'm having to use a Cisco ASA 5506 for a VPN connection with someone and I'm unsure exactly how the service contract / software update stuff works ...
by cheesyking
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Re: Cisco service contracts

Topinio wrote:
I have no idea how buying Cisco works as a non-large customer, but would ask who the device was bought from and why can you not talk to them about the Cisco support contract?

I haven't actually brought anything yet and wanted to arm myself with some questions before speaking to any sales people.
by cheesyking
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Cisco service contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 1781

Cisco service contracts

I'm having to use a Cisco ASA 5506 for a VPN connection with someone and I'm unsure exactly how the service contract / software update stuff works with them. I'm working on the assumption that if I want software updates then as well as the actual hardware I'll need to buy support separately but I'm ...
by cheesyking
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 93126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Got the engine management light in my car to go out today. The only problem with this is that the cause was a bit embarrassing, I hadn't changed the spark plugs in probably at least 3 years. I guess it depends a lot on the car, but I just changed mine, after 7 years and about 110k miles. The change...
by cheesyking
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 1098
Views: 93126

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Got the engine management light in my car to go out today. The only problem with this is that the cause was a bit embarrassing, I hadn't changed the spark plugs in probably at least 3 years. The hardest part of the job was getting the stupid ht leads off the old plugs, which of course are buried und...
by cheesyking
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 23
Views: 4250

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

Indeed. The best VPN service is the one under your control. For a super simple setup of your own Swiss army penknife VPN server have a look at this: https://github.com/StreisandEffect/streisand AIUI Streisand is intended more for getting past censorship, like the Great Firewall, hence the scattersh...
by cheesyking
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best VPN, Your Opnion
Replies: 23
Views: 4250

Re: Best VPN, Your Opnion

Indeed. The best VPN service is the one under your control. For a super simple setup of your own Swiss army penknife VPN server have a look at this: https://github.com/StreisandEffect/streisand L2TP/IPSEC SSH OpenConnect OpenVPN Shadowsocks sslh Stunnel tor WireGuard It's designed to remote setup V...
by cheesyking
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Modern Apps Broken Again!?
Replies: 15
Views: 2790

Re: Modern Apps Broken Again!?

Welch wrote:
prevent you from opening the start menu and any of the new "apps".


I've run into that 2-3 times now. I think all cases were with people who had never intentionally used a modern app other than the start menu itself so I can't speak about whether the app settings get forgotten.
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. The google musi...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March
Replies: 13
Views: 3667

Re: Anyone still own a Harmony Link? It dies in March

Every so often, someone will ask why I insist on a phone with a micro-SD slot for my music collection. "Why don't you just stream everything?" Sorry, no. Then I'm completely dependent on someone else to store the bits, and on Sprint to provide uninterrupted access to them. The google musi...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: building snaps
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: building snaps

Thanks. I've been looking at these two revisions of a yaml for Telegram which uses portaudio: https://git.launchpad.net/~3v1n0/+git/telegram-build-snap/tree/snapcraft.yaml?id=ba1abd501520216e7b1c1e291350ab86a7ca26df and https://git.launchpad.net/~3v1n0/+git/telegram-build-snap/tree/snapcraft.yaml?id...
by cheesyking
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: building snaps
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

building snaps

For a bit of fun I decided to have a play around with building snaps with an eye on ubuntu core. However since I've never had anything to do with packaging software for distribution I'm a bit lost. TBH all the programming I do is the occasional webapp in flask and the odd script here and there so I'...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 7071

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

Zilog also produced a 16-bit follow-on to the Z80, the Z8000. It never caught on. I vaguely remember being told that the Z8000 never caught on because it was very late to the party. It was very late because the decode logic was apparently actual hand designed logic and took a huge amount of time to...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 5396

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

Well, I have a long-ish commute on public transit, so I run the battery down a fair bit both morning and evening. I would not make it through most weekdays on a single charge. That's probably a heavier usage pattern than most people, but not completely outlandish. Yeah but just putting the phone on...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 5396

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

Personally I'm using a 2013 nexus 5 and despite a battery change being very easy on this phone I haven't felt the need to replace the original battery yet so it's not like phone batteries only last 2 years. I hear this thought often. Before generalising your experience, it's worth noting that (for ...
by cheesyking
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Smartphones with removeable battery?
Replies: 25
Views: 5396

Re: Smartphones with removeable battery?

I just don't see user replaceable batteries as important any more. As mentioned usb power banks are a thing these days and are generally cheaper and more convenient than a spare battery for the phone. (it charges multiple devices, can be recharged independently of the phone, you don't have to turn t...
by cheesyking
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: IT ticketing software
Replies: 22
Views: 2928

Re: IT ticketing software

Yeah I think we are trying to avoid a homebaked or open source solution. In the past, when people move on it becomes an issue. Documentation is also tough to keep up to date. I don't know if it's totally out of the question, but I think they want to go with a pre built solution that would work acro...
by cheesyking
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project
Replies: 11
Views: 2302

Re: I/O of Embedded Computer - Project

I don't know anything about the specific heater you have but the late 90s gas combi boiler I have at home has an aux input for an external timer/thermostat . This is very basic and just allows the heating to be turned on and off. Assuming your heater has something similar you should be able to get y...
by cheesyking
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: CCleaner p0wnage
Replies: 19
Views: 5454

Re: CCleaner p0wnage

What on earth were people at any of those companies doing installing or even being allowed to install crudware ccleaner anyway?
by cheesyking
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:43 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10100

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

Personally I think controls in the OS should do what they say. "Shutdown" should fully shutdown the computer rather than pretending to do that. I've had lots of problems with users' machines not being able to access the network because a network driver hasn't recovered properly from a fas...
by cheesyking
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 97
Views: 14484

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Mr Bill wrote:
DragonDaddyBear wrote:
https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Over 140 million people. SSN's and more were compromised.
The website is not responding.

Sounds like that website was full of crap anyway:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/equifax-breach-response-turns-dumpster-fire/
by cheesyking
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget
Replies: 69
Views: 10100

Re: Keeping a Windows install (dual-boot) out of the way on a budget

It''s a stupid "feature" :roll: It's a useful feature that works fine for a majority of users, and can be disabled by the minority who need a workaround. Why is that stupid? Personally I think controls in the OS should do what they say. "Shutdown" should fully shutdown the compu...
by cheesyking
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: windows update error 80072F8F
Replies: 4
Views: 7169

Re: windows update error 80072F8F

So "Use FIPS compliant algorithms" us indeed bad M'kay. Apart from anything it broke several bits of software on this machine. After chatting with one of the techs at the company who's software I suspect broke the machine in the first place he suggested I use this: https://www.nartac.com/P...
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