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tech 264 is now up

Tech podcast 264 is now up. We cover Seeing AI, my thoughts on breaches, and audio game hub version 2.x. RSS feed for the area on where to get the podcast. Hope you enjoy this extended version since I have not done a podcast in quite awhile.

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Security Now 629 is up

Hi ll,

On security now 629, it will bring out something Shaun sent me something about via Email. Here are the show notes for this particular episode.


This week Padre and Steve discuss what was up with Security Now’s recent audio troubles, more on the Equifax Fiasco, the EFF & Cory Doctorow weigh in on
forthcoming browser encrypted media extensions (EME), an emerging browser-based payment standard, when 2-factor is not 2-factor, the CCleaner breach and
what it means, a new Bluetooth-based attack, an incredibly welcome and brilliant cookie privacy feature in iOS 11, and a heads-up caution about the volatility
of Google’s Android smartphone cloud backups.


To get to security now, go to its show page on twit or its RSS feed. You can also see a complete index of shows through GRC’s Security Now page where you can also find transcripts.

Thanks for your continued support.

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IOS 11 is here

Hello everyone. APPLE Vis has tons of coverage on the new IOS version 11 that was released on September 19th. It is important you check it out, because there are some regressions in braille support in this first version. There are some changes as well. Instead of linking to the various articles and blog posts, I’m linking to their site and you can go and find the things that are of interest to you. If you’ve checked out IOS 11, please feel free to share your thoughts on this blog.

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Jaws becomes jaws 2018 this fall

Herbie tipped me off to this, and I got a chance to catch up with the freedom scientific podcast. Podcast 142 indicates that Freedom Scientific will merge all of their products in to a numbering scheme that is conventional for all products. They have Jaws 18, Fusion 11, Magic 12, etc. right now. They indicate that uniforming the numbering system will make it more reliable so people knows what will work with what. I can see this to be a good thing in the long run, and honestly, I don’t see any issues with this change. The other products will follow suit when they are updated.

For more information, you may be able to find it on the Freedom Scientific web site.

Thanks Herbie for notifying me about the change. Does sound interesting.

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Social Media Is Bad for Your Soul

I don’t post a lot on social media myself these days, except what I’m publishing on the web in the wake of articles on vocal. I’ve been interested in interesting tech, and this article I’ve found through the new vocal site 01.media was very interesting. I personally shy away from pictures and posting my every whereabout, although I do occasionally do that. I understand the risks, but i also lock down my facebook for personal reasons, but my twitter I leave open. I don’t post much of what I’m doing anymore, I do post my articles, maybe communicate with someone if I find something interesting, but for the most part, I don’t post a whole lot like I used to. Its just changed, the way we do social media. Check this article out.

The Dangers of Living Online

Source: Social Media Is Bad for Your Soul

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Patch Tuesday for September

Patch Tuesday is here folks, and that means another round of updates and security Fixes. Krebs on Security has an article entitled: Adobe, Microsoft Plug Critical Security Holes which was written on September 13, 2017. Trend Micro has an article entitled: Microsoft Office Zero-Day Vulnerability Addressed in September Patch Tuesday also posted the same day. I am looking to try and get back to blogging some over here, and finally releasing podcast 264 which has been sitting around for awhile. Please be safe.

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The article on Vocal: my thoughts on the Equafax breach

Hi all,

I posted the article and the sub title reads: Why You Should Be Worried After the Latest Breach. It posts all of the articles and my thoughts from the last few days, as well as some updates from two new articles, one of which I have posted. The site that it is on is called 01.media. That is where their technology articles are going, although some of my other work was moved to futurism, which was rebranded from omni.media’s branch. The article was updated before publication with two new articles in the same fassion I wrote it in. I’d like to thank my editor at vocal.media for her work with this article, and for getting it out quickly. I have others in the works, one will now be worked on, and so I’m happy for that. Thanks for your continued support of my work.

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Equifax Hackers Stole 200k Credit Card Accounts in One Fell Swoop

Just read this article today entitled: Equifax Hackers Stole 200k Credit Card Accounts in One Fell Swoop and I just have a funny feeling that this is going to be much bigger than we think. Vocal is going to put the article out I submitted and I also sent them the article I’m linking here to include within my piece. Once published, I’ll continue to update with new info here, or talk about the specific things in future articles. This can’t go well, and when I went to the web site linked, it said I wasn’t impacted, however, something tells me that this is not necessarily the case. I’ll watch for official word in the mail.

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The Equafax breach

Folks,

I’ve been very busy, and I’ve not even had time for podcasts. Last Friday, I was tipped off in regards to the biggest breach we’ve had in history. Here are some of the articles I’ve spotted, I’m sure one of them I’ve not read as of yet. Sadly, this was not a password breach, but something completely different. The number is staggering at 143 million plus. Information is still coming through in regards to this developing story. I’m publishing a longer piece for Vocal’s futurism.media site which was formerly omni.media. In the meantime, I’m going to leave you with some articles for you to read from Krebs on Security and Trend Micro, and Last Pass.

Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M Americans September 7, 2017

Equifax Breach Response Turns Dumpster Fire Sep 8, 2017

What the Equifax Breach Means for You

The Equifax Breach: What You Should Know September 11, 2017

Ayuda! (Help!) Equifax Has My Data! September 12, 2017

http://blog.trendmicro.com/equifax-breach-example-good-communications/
Equifax Breach – an Example of Good Communications

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Anthem reports 18,500 members involved in new data breach

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Screen reader usage, part 4 is now up

After a long break due to me changing editors, I’m now presenting part 4 of my screen reader usage series. Go get the article by going to this link. Instead of trying to gague keystrokes that I honestly don’t remember, I took a different approach to this article. I talked about how the keystrokes are completely different, and how, when using multiple technologies such as Windows, IOS, Mac, and the various readers, how keeping all of this remembered is the key. I didn’t do any keystroke posting here, as I don’t use the mac on a regular basis. I’m hopeful that people will be finding this article of interest. Thanks for reading, and I’m sure I’ll have more soon.

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Editorial, lets fix this thing or technology is all fine and dandy when it works

Imagine this situation.
You get a bit of tech from a user or family member, in this case an old obselete put together unit from ebay or similar in this case an intel dh55tc which is not made anymore, with an amd module with an old pre gen1 i3 530 at 3ghz with 8gb of ram of unknown type probably ddr2, a ralink card which died at least 5 years ago and with issues up the spout.
So here you are, turn it on, computer, click.
Me good, windows starts, and we wait and wait and wait for ages.
Me run nvda windows oooook stutter, stutter stutter.
Me fine.
No sound, no notifications, ok weird.
Me run dd.
windows, dd not found, no error ding, me ok.
Test sounds windows I don’t want to
me, fine.
Windows, no connection.
Me there is a connection.
Windows, the card sucks.
Me, reinstall card.
Windows there is a connection but its in airplane mode.
Windows, fuck off.
Me, uninstall the driver please.
Windows, insert card, me no.
Windows ok its gone.
Windows says no connection after reboot.
Me install driver, windows ok, connection found.
Me, why,.
Me: google what is this ralink thing, and why can’t I get drivers for it.
Google: according to cloud databases this brand is no more it has been deleted, the new node says the product is legacy.
Me lets buy another one, I find and buy another card, it costs a bit more than a standard card but its duel and tp link.
And its in the mail hopefully.
Right, no sound.
Me run all the fixits.
Windows its fine.
Me update driver, windows says need to get rid of the old one.
Me fine, accept my usb device.
Windows no.
Me ok alt tab hit alt n, wait 10 minutes, windows, I have sound.
Me: ok so now what.
Me, lets ask google.
me : google, the sound does not work right.
google: your user profile is corrupted.
Me, so lets make another one.
I do, Me, windows open the old profile, and transfer all the data over please.
Windows, I don’t want to.
Me: hit’s reset.
Windows starts.
Windows sounds work.
Me: thank the lord.
Windows: I can access the files now.
Me: transfer the files.
windows does so.
Me: delete the old user account.
Windows, confirm deletion.
me: confirm.
windows freezes.
Me reset.
Windows starts the account is gone the files are transfered.
Me, start google drive and install it as does not work.
Windows installs it, the account sets up fine so does onedrive.
Me: install dropbox.
Dropbox, invalid account please make another one.
Me: fuck! off!
It does and I set the mail up.
Me: outlook get mail.
Outlook: ok.
Message from dropbox, your password is expired.
Me: ok, I am really close to taking a hammer to the ceo of dropbox.
Dropbox comes up and I reset the password and login no trouble.
As this dialog shows this has been my week’s work.
My uncle has this old intel out of date board obselete hardware server 320gb hdd which he uses for a few small things which can not be migrated to the cloud.
This includes an isp mail database.
Sadly this database got lost in the corruption.
In addition outlook saved the database for its email in the users/username/hiddenappdata/local which is also hidden.
And sadly I never checked it when the user got dammaged so its gone.
And there is no backup.
Luckily the system is a non critical subsystem, the main datasources are cloud based ms and google respectively.
The last time this happened on the previous server, the encripted hard drive or rather one of its supplies caught fire.
The board died and it had to get recovered at cost.
It is recovered but everything is all over the place in a corrupted mess so who knows.
I have changed it so outlook saves in the documents/outlook files folder so it isn’t but yeah.
I need to check to make sure the dropbox and adobe cloud syncs are updated and then I should be fine.
Technology is nice till it breaks and being a tech the stuff breaks in interesting ways.
Oh if only for the old days of dos.

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This month’s patch Tuesday

This month’s windows updates

Hello all, this month has seen quite a number of fixes, and if you’ve not been around, this is definitely something to read. Trend Micro of course has a great roundup entitled July Patch Tuesday Addresses Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft HoloLens which was an interesting read. I did not know much about this product, but there is other stuff besides that one. Of course, we can’t forget about Kreb’s coverage with Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes which is a good read as well. Lets stay as safe as possible.

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Microsoft’s New iPhone App Helps Blind People ‘See’ | Time.com

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audio game hub

Hi all,

My phone was showing a large amount of app updates today, one of them being audio game hub. The biggest change is that all of the games are going paid unless you want to watch adds. The other is that all casino games will remain free. That is what it shows in the notations for the update. The app version is 2.0.13.

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updates for the month

Well.
I usually don’t post a piece on here especially because ms doesn’t post any info however.
Updates for windows are out no office, adobe reader, flash abbyy fine reader, some applien studio products, amd drivers, codecguide.
and ccleaner.
There is a lot of them.
Read up if you want.

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Tech podcast 262 is now available!

Hi all,

I just released podcast 262. I almost released 263 thinking I already posted it. I can’t believe I almost did that. I’ll be happy to release that one next week, so you can enjoy this one which you can find on our RSS feed and of course, please feel free to let me know what you think.

On this podcast, I talk about my initial experience of windows 10 from podcast 261. Also, Shaun Everess is along with his demo on the game blind cricket which I’ve actually won. I hope you’ll enjoy the show.

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What has been going on?

Hi all,

I know I have been dormant lately, lots has been going on.

First, tech 261 has been released and can be found on the RSS feed. On it, I talk about MENVI’s 20th anniversary and how it all got started on the web.

Next, I have been reading a bunch of stuff, but have not had the time to blog. Krebs has posted some stuff about recent breaches, and it seems like thats where we’re headed. Read anything of interest from Krebs by going to this web page.

My computer up and crashed after I recorded the first segment above on 261, and I had to learn a new operating system as well as a new keyboard.

I published part 3 of the screen reader series, and started a draft of part 4 which talks about my learning the mac and just some thoughts on the different types of keystrokes and resources out there. I don’t remember enough to do a whole course on some of the commands like I did with Windows and DOS, but hopefully readers will have an understanding on the challenges of learning Voice Over which is quite complex. Read part 3 which was posted on June 28th on Omni by clicking on the link.

I’m thinking of writing something on my experience of learning Windows 10, but I’m not really sure how to do this because there is so much that is different. If you have any ideas, let me know.

I think thats it. I’ll try to post more, I’ve been dormant but read interesting things from Krebs and Trend Micro I’d like to blog about but just haven’t had the time. I hope that changes. See you all soon.

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Screen reader series

Hello folks,

Its been quite a busy time of me writing lately. It didn’t help that the person that helps me was away, but things are back on track. I’m curious on your thoughts on my screen reader series. I’ve had the first two published on omni. Part 1 was published on the 8th of June, and part 2 was published on the 9th. I hope you all enjoy the articles.

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Antivirus and the disabled computer user

Hello folks,

I really need some help, and it deals with AntiVirus and security. I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials, but have found in my opinion that it doesn’t work as advertised. I saw an article online about creating a file, with some code. The antivirus should pick it up while saving the file. Its not harmful, but it is a test of sorts that checks the antivirus. Its called eicar and you can google it.

MSE did not pick up this file while saving, and saving the file and scanning it showed that it was fine. I wrote an E-mail list with Jaws users on it, and someone recommended Sophos home free which i downloaded. Someone else just said that it was not accessible, and that I’m better off with MSE.

The problem we’re running in to is that we need antivirus now more than ever. Even if we’re careful, things can be downloaded that are not wanted, even when visiting a site we intend to visit. With all the breaches, something is better than nothing, but in my opinion, security essentials is not cutting it.

I do not want to install something that is not accessible, although i want something where I can set some options, and forget it unless something comes up.

It should be able to scan as something is downloaded, notify the user if something is not right about the file, and do daily updates and weekly scans.

If anyone that reads this comes up with something accessible that is free or low cost, I would be greatful.

We should not live without something that can protect our PC’s. Just because we don’t browse much, doesn’t mean that sites we do could become a problem. Its sad that antivirus has become such a problem with companies, that they make it useless to us.

We use a computer just like everyone else, and I hope to publish a series on screen reader usage. Two articles are written, and I am hoping to start a third. I know these developers are aware of access tech, as we once had the access to a lot of the products out there, but as I said, MSE is just seemingly to just pick things up at random, and it doesn’t pick up something that is tested to make sure the program runs as it should.

What are you using? How does it work?
I do not want people responding who don’t use antivirus. That will not be helpful to me.

Thanks for your time.

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