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speaking of security

Hi all.
Well, well, well, its been a while since I felt it necessary to actually put a post on here.
However, since I have a lot of security stuff to put on here and since I have a little time this evening I thought I’d have a go at it.
Firstly, a low risk ssl 3 attack is making the rounds.
For those thatuse it, and have it on in internet options you should turn it off by going to internet options/ advanced and under security disabling ssl2 and ssl3 and enabling tls 1 1.1 and 1.2 ssl apparently is old and going out of fashion.
If you are a server turning off ssl may according to redmondmag.com cause some issues for a small amount of people.
everyone should start using the new tls protocol anyway because its not got this issue.
If you use open ssl as your package and a lot of Linux servers do, then there are updates for you that you should have installed by now if you havn’t autoupdated already.

Should you be concerned with the attack?
Probably not, it needs a server to have a bad cert, and then another attack, redmondmag.com describes that an attacker would need to send several hundred https requests to get a ddos style attack to even cause the floor in the first place.
Keep your certificate up to date and don’t click any suspicious files or emails.
I recommend you rout any attachments through dropbox google drive or a throw away sendspace account though.
And speaking of such services, a virus that’s made the rounds last year in yahoo has started making its way through fishing emails.
It is bank malware and attacks a system coming in via fishing email and attachment.
So the easiest way to avoid it is to not look at suspicious emails.
the attack uses the drafts folder in gmail to send attachments and data passwords and bank info to the creaters of the malware without you knowing.
The best protection is to be carefull what you click.
Though it should be secured if google announces to you you have an issue, follow instructions and change your password.
If the suspicious activity is in fact because you are emailing in another country that is not the one you made the account in, then you can dismiss it.
It goes without saying that if you are moving to another country perminantly that you should change your account profile to let google know where you are.
The yahoo article did say though that if you get the malware you won’t know and its hard to detect so the easiest way to avoid this is not to get infected in the first place.

This next one is an older one but is valid from this month.
ms was made aware of a way now patched for someone to hack into your fat32 file system via the access driver.
There is a patch for this which will require the system to reboot twice after updating but the easiest way to avoid this is to use ntfs for everything including your flash drives.

And last but not least, a multi attack using unpatched floors in adobe acrobat, pluss fishing email and several other floors in the system is round to hijack things.
However if you never went at that suspicious attachment or web link then you wouldn’t get infected, adobe 11.09 is the latest update and you should have it by now.
Also, currently under investigation, is an specially crafted ms document with infected ole macro.
You have to open an infected file via a fishing email or something to get the infection though.
There will be an update to this but that’s about it.
Java 8.25 is out, and while you can run it on xp it does warn you you will not get full functionality.
Finally on the tech front according to coolblindtech.com, there has been several new nexus and apple devices including the new nexus 6 and the apple I pad mini 3 coming out soonish.
There is a new iTunes 12 for windows which has a weird interface to which is a bit of a mission to use but still.

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More security News and updates for you

Hi folks, in the “no shock” department, I just caught up with Dairy Queen Confirms Breach at 395 Stores which is quite a lock in the amount of information that someone can take from you. One I haven’t read yet, Malware Based Credit Card Breach at Kmart may be the same type of thing seeing that we are still seeing these and will continue to see things like this until the industry changes. In a way, I wish there was something we can do to help ourselves from these types of attacks. Check out these articles and do the best you can.

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Technology podcast 203 is here!

On our RSS feed we just posted podcast 203. Since the show notes didn’t go through, here they are. Lots of things to read if you wish.


On this podcast, we have an interesting discussion in regards to the biggest security issue I’ve seen. I also will demo L.A. Metro’s version of an app to help get around the bus and train system.

Things of interest to read

App links

  • Version 2 of Go Metro which has since been updated for fare increase info and other bug fixes.

    The app still works the same.

We hope you enjoy the podcast, and we’ll be back on another edition very soon!


Enjoy!

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technology podcast 202 is now available!

Hi folks, on our RSS feed, we have just released podcast 202. On it, Phillip Tracy, Scott VanGorp, and Herbie Allen are along with me to discuss IOS8. Some Strong Language

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The bad points about the soundblaster play

Hi all.
never thought I’d actually
be doing a double posting on this but I am.
I have a few points about the soundblaster play that I am not happy with.
1. while it seems ok with games and I have played with some 3dfx in the physical card its sadly not much.
Fact is when I tried to play with the new fsl engine deathmatch was running, the card switched off all the effects and ran it as stereo.
it looks like half the effects in fact do not work.
2. clipping.
While there is a slight quality improvement, the volume of the card for headphones really over 6 % is an overkill.
for a speaker its 20% on amped speakers but it is overkill.
The processing of music is quite nice.
However with speech it appears the card will crackle and cut out a lot, also is the fact that it will do this when pressing keys.
The effects are the same as my realtech card obviously you can adjust them but I was hoping that programs would access them on demand having them on all the time is no fun, believe me I have tried.
The 3d effect is nice but even so, I still don’t know.
in some cases quality is a bit less.
If you want to use it for music which is what I may end up using it for, then that’s fine.
But for standard games, and other such lot I won’t be using my soundblaster for that, the power of the card is just about as much as the realtech card in my laptop which is crap.
at least when this clips it doesn’t take everything with it.
And that’s another thing, it appears the control centre is an inaccessible overlay for the control panel, not much use.
while pushing buttons I muted sound and had to plug in another device to unmute the sound.
When switching to another device say for one program windows does not always reconfigure itself so I had to start another screenreader to switch nvda back to the sound mapper in order for me to get speech.
In short, I am finding it quite hard to find any reason to keep the sb play.
My idea was something that would run so I could run speech from one card and something from the other.
With all the issues I am having with the card, I am no longer sure.
I do hope that I can get the card configured right and maybe it works.
If I keep it I will use it for music only maybe though to be honest the only time I have found it usefull is listening to midi on headphones and there is not even a midi device in the card.
For 38 dollars I guess its not to bad but I have no idea what I will use the card for.
For normal stuff my realtech works well.
I guess if I have it loaded to my amp, have everything including windows going over the card and then using it for winamp only and maybe Skype and teamtalk which may be all I use it for who knows.
Its not a card I’d use for speech.
later

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Review of the soundblaster play

Hi all.
Long time no type.
Well anyway I decided to get new soundcard this week for some of my job related stuff.
After searching the local computer stores I found from pb tech in nz, the creative soundblaster play external sound card.
Price 38 bucks including gst.
The card has full eax effects bass boosts, environment emulation and 3d fx called cms effects.
Good for music and games.
The card itself is the same size and weight as your average usb memory stick.
The sides are tapered at the edges and concave in the middle.
On the rear face of the card are 2 ports the one closest to you is usually the earphone/ speaker jack.
This can take everything from earphones, buds, right up to amplified speakers with the standard analog jack.
The other is a microphone jack which can take basically any microphone.
pulling off the other end of the card will review a usb port.
I recommend you do not plug this straight into a
jack as the card is big and if you knock it you will break the port or card.
I recommend an extention lead.
Warning! I found this out the hard way, that if you plug the card into a usb hub with any cooling weather that be laptop fans or external cooling that it is not grounded for any proximity noises.
in fact if you pick up the card and drop it while connected you will hear that sound come back at you.
So its not shielded really so be carefull.
Right, plug in the card.
Now make sure you have a speaker connected to it because windows will default to the card, right now I am at a loss how to make different programs choose the card or the internal, right now windows is all on the card, however I will probably try to have everything on the internal except for maybe winamp and stuff though who knows.
Anyway, we get to the software.
right now, the card can be used in basic mode.
If you are happy with basic mode, and don’t care about the extra features, after all your card will if you make it do so support 48000 hz 16 bit stereo and mono output hd dvd right now without anything installed.
I assume you are a geek like me and want to install everything.
1, open the cd.
Brouse around.
AAh so many files I wander what this setup does.
Yes you can do it that way but there are some dangerous ms files you must not load else you will have to restore because of you bashing your internet explorer program for new windows and tabs.
did this yesterday and just had to restore today.
Luckily I have points back a while and was able to restore to a couple days ago when all I did was install an update to the antivirus program.
Also note some settings will not be set right if you do it this way.
You will need sighted help to get through the first few screens.
Once you are out of the shell client launcher though just hit next till the cows come home.
Another note though, if you see buttons like graphics 1234239t5sdf8534 or something these are graphic buttons.
Most installers have one button which need to be clicked.
if you have 2 buttons one is tipical and one is custom.
I think this only happens in one app so that should be ok.
Regestration.
once you complete everything a success message will appear on the launcher.
I don’t know if there was any screen after that because I just closed the launcher down.
on restart, you will have several things popping up at you.
1. the reg program starts.
Firstly select the device you have hit refresh if its not there but it should be selected.
do not try to enter purchice data or anything because its visual.
hit next.
fill out your info the fields are marked.
hit next.
select no because if you don’t you will get yelled at.
hit next.
hit ok.
hit ok and that’s done.
Next the updater comes up.
hit run now
hit next
when the dialog comes up hit alt I twice.
hit check.
wait, if an install button comes up hit alt I again it won’t necessarily do so.
hit alt f4 and you are done.
A few things I left out.
the installer for windows will warn you at some point about possible malicious hardware not passing ms whql tests.
hit alt I to install the hardware.

Next, I recommend you do the following using msconfig, ccleaner or other such program, remove or disable the volume app.
the app is not usable no matter what and you don’t need it.
Next
The programs installed.
1. creative sorce5.
startup wizard works but the rest does not.
Alchemy.
looks ok but I have not really got many games to test with it bar gtc maybe or teraformers.
I just updated shades of doom 2 so whatever.
Audio centre.
junk.
audio control panel.
99% of that is accessable.
you can enable eax which is like the internal realtech environment.
For us users don’t use it.
cms effects.
This is for 3d, I have not found effective uses for this but its interesting.
There is a slider for each and you can adjust it as you will.
Website.
I did try to register with the site but to be honest I had a lot of issues trying to do it as not all forms are labled and combo boxes are strangely coded.
That’s about all.
Manuals and other stuff are in compiled chm help files and can be read with html help or belabolka though I have mastered enough of the operation to not need this.
audio properties
In recording, acg is your microphone boost feature.
there are various bass boosts and other effects but to be honest I couldn’t get those to even work right.
Its a bit of a mixed bag.
later all

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IOS 8 is now here!

Hi folks,
This will be my first IOS update since I got my phone. See podcasts 191-194 for details on my search. On an up coming podcast, I’ll be on the line with two beta testers who have done the testing. We’ll dysect what Apple Vis has posted, we’ll talk about their experience, and I will then take the opportunity to update my phone and see if anything breaks. This may be a podcast on its own, we’ll just wait and see. Please check out apple vis to get a list of possible issues so you are aware of them. There is one big thing that may be a problem for me, but I think we';ll play it by ear. Please take the comments to heart when reading negative comments. There are people who aren’t going to be happy no matter how things are released.

IOS 8 has gone through 5 different betas before release. My understanding is limited, but nobody can find every bug on eveyry possible senario. The list of bugs that Apple Vis has posted are known by apple. If you would like to leave me your comments, the boards await you, or write me at tech at menvi.org.

Please be civil, as I’m new to IOS still, although I’m familiar of its working, and I’ve read everything.

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Podcast 201 is now available!

Hi folks,
Podcast 201 is available on our RSS feed. It includes some fresh books news, and Herbbie and I talk about accessibility stuff.

Show notes:

On podcast 201, Freshbooks gets revamped in regards to its folder on Sendspace goes. I introduce Herbie Allen who is along to talk with me about accessible apps, programs, or the lack there of. A true story follows that in regards to phishing. Enjoy!

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Fresh books is getting new hours, folder now updated

Hi folks,
In talking to Freshbooks this afternoon in regards to a thought I had while in there today, they notified me that they will have extended hours. Starting September 2, 2014: they will opperate from 8 am ET to 8 PM ET.

On a side note, our fresh books folder on Sendspace has been updated with podcast designations at the beginning of each segment. I hope that this helps where you can find something of interest. Any questions? Reach out.

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The ever awaited podcast 200 is now available

Well, after a very long time, I’ve finally hit 200 episodes. Go to our RSS to download the 214mb file.

Here are the show notes.

Welcome to podcast 200. After 8 years and some change, I’ve now gotten to 200 episodes. We’ve had this podcast since March of 006. On this edition, we’ve got a Live Journal demo which I’m not

impressed with, we’ve got freshbooks and other odds and ends. We hope you enjoy the podcast!

What to read:

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A first time admin’s look at windows8

Hi all.
While I have been a big fan of windows I can see the pitfalls in the 8x os, and why some don’t like it.
Before I get started, I’d like to put a few disclaimers out and notes.
1. since the system in question is a family one I didn’t really bother customising it in fact I hacked into it as little as I could, installing the minimal software, to clean it and to have it speak about 2 programs.
The rest were libraries and other programs for the system, updates, etc.
2. Due to the first note I did not customise it to my prefs or try to dig to deeply into the os, this is not and I strongly say this, not from someone that has used the os for 2 months but for one that has had to handle this for 12 hours.
I should also stress, that your entry i3 does not cut it as far as I care on startup of any os, if you have an i5 dule or quad then you will understand me.
I also only removed the bloatware about 5 programs and 3 startup entries that I felt I could get away with,
And that were actually in the way.
I needed sighted assistance on 6 separate ocations.
Most of these to be fair was removing the crap that got in the way the other was for windows update, to 8.1.
If you need to use 8, use 8.1 it is at least a bit more 7 like.
Also note, The system has been at my place before and has a full ms account, and internet access already loaded before on my network.
With these out the way I’d like to start.
This was going to be an audio podcast but I just couldn’t be bothered at the end of it.
This all started because one of my family I do work for and is quite messy asked me to service her new windows 8 laptop that she had issues with security and wanted me to look at them.
I didn’t exactly get to the security issues but I did manage to get if not all the most annoying bloat off the box.

There are several things I want to touch on today.
1. the file explorer.
I have no words to describe the file explorer in 8 thank god I have 7.
The explorer app is a nightmare.
I had only had to interact with it on a minimal level but its all ribbons, all of it.
I don’t mind ribbons but I couldn’t get edit menu up or anything I was used to, I was able to get round most stuff with the right click menus but to be honest I really think your explorer windows should not be so cluttered.
I had a job getting round the new explorer.
The first thing I’d do with windows is get a file manager that looked like classic explorer and used it.
2. the start screen.
I had less of a problem with the start screen and the metro app store in 8.1 than I had on 8 but to be honest I didn’t have to touch the 8.1 store that much.
The screen for all versions is a real pain, to much info, and where is the nice neat programs menu, I’d use classic shell any day to be honest I know there is dis advantages but at least you get access.
The bing search idea may be good but if you don’t want it you shouldn’t have to waid through adds and stuff.
The good thing is you can turn a lot of this off if you muck round a bit I didn’t however.
3 the control panel.
If you type control into run or control userpasswords2 I was happy that these did work but please switch to small icons view before you brouse the panel so it looks at least to me ok.
4 misc.
While I sertainly can see some performance increases in windows 8.x systems you need a quad x64 bit or a flash stick to get advantage of them.
win8 started slowly on the i3 I used it on, but then win7 on my first gen i3 starts just as slow if not slower.
If you are using an i5 quad or duel then well.
Win8 startup for me was slow.
The store on 8 is really hard to navigate and hit the right thing.
I didn’t use any shortcut keys to really get things moving.

But enough about all the basics, if you are an admin like me you will be cursing me at this point because I am not moving fast enough for your sole and you are wanting that first cup, never fear I am done.

Note! I am not sure if you need all these steps at all, but I used them for what I did.

Setting up.
If you are setting up for the first time you need narrator or at least a portable of nvda.
The easiest way to get this to work for you is to turn on the system with the flash drive already connected that has your kit on it including nvda so it doesn’t pop up autoruns at you.
Once you have started the system, your first point after sighted assistance or narrator to login is to get nvda installed.
Don’t look at your work, nvda needs to be installed into the mess you have on there you need it and that’s all I have to say about it.
If you are not blind ofcause then you don’t need to bother about this step.
2. I highly recommend the following minimal settings.
1. folder options, set registered file to be shown, you will loose this in the upgrade to 8.1 but it doesn’t matter so much.
2. at least for me I immediately went to the bios setup luckily the entry level satellite l830 had a semi accessable sstem setings panel for the Toshiba.
The only setting you should change and this is in all bioses is to have the function keys go to standard and not overlay mode.
It makes it a heck of a way easier to close apps and stuff.

You may or may not need sight for this.
While it never happened with me, I suggest to all that you have an external mouse for your sightling to use or keep the touch pad active and use an external board I had no issue with this but then I did need help.

Next is what you do The first thing I’d do is either using the iexplore command from run go to pcpitstop.com and run a full diagnostic test, this should tell you what is what.
You are not looking for emptying caches, driver updates, crapware, spyware or anything but you are looking for potential hardware issues.
If you get a standard run of tests with minor failiers then you are ok to continue.
Next go to google and search for intel driver update note you need internet explorer in admin mode, but if you have used pcpitstop before you will need it in admin mode anyway.
Check for drivers, the most important one is the display, and networking, if there are extras, install them.
Next if you have something like an amd display like I had using the amd auto driver utility is essential as it updates every amd device you have on the box.
Just don’t install the gaming evolved app, its not blind friendly and is added crapware.
Saying that if this is your box, you will probably appreciate the free online content, a friend that got this appearing on his box immediately made an account and started rocking, just get it out of startup as it will run on all accounts and you don’t want your boss to know what you do when he is not watching do you?
Next sound.
If you have an entry level sound card like a Conexant you may or may not be able to turn off effects and audio enhancements at least I did not find a way to do this but I didn’t dig there was a few panels I never went to, if you are buying a system I suggest at least a sat pro or tecra Toshiba or an entry level business machine as they tend to use realtech hardware, and while not the best at least its stable and you can turn off most stuff, just don’t hit the disable all effects otherwise your sound card will sound brassy and violently hard on the ears.
Though not needed if you can update to the latest touch pad drivers you may have better luck with controlling the pad but I didn’t in this case.
In fact the only driver I needed to update with the display.
Next bios, I don’t know if this was crucial but I updated the Toshiba bios to ensure I had everything right.
some sites for manufacturers like asus are not that accessable however most bios updaters are basically, run, hit a couple keys, wait for 10 minutes, and restart.
Note you may have to hit f1 to get the system to boot.
Next, you can continue with the update or your own stuff.
I recommend you go to windows features and install the extra server http, ftp telnet and secure client protocals and supports.
as well as printer services and the dotnet stuff that has been not installed by default, it is not needed but it helps in the long run especially if you have a range of stuff to do later on.
I’d then thake a break, and go to what you are going to do.
The first thing I’d do is remove all the unneeded stuff I mean avg, Norton, and all unneeded software, note you will need help with this.
2. the windows defender should be able to handle protection, at least till the user finds something else they want to put on, slow suites of software are not the answer.

Next I’d go to msconfig, and in the advanced boot options set the max processers to be used at boot to the maximum on the box usually 4, because windows starts with 1 by default for boot and only uses this stuff afterwards.
Restart and move on.
Next I’d install and configure all desktop apps, libraries, adobe reader, 7zip, java, etc, ccleaner.
don’t run ccleaner disk cleaner or anything just yet because you are not done yet.
Next go to windows update and install all updates important and optional, the windows update app is a bit weird but the control panel one bar a few things is ok.
Install all drivers software and stuff sadly hiding an update doesn’t hide it for me at least updates kept coming back.
Once you are updated, go to the store, and update all apps, you can’t install windows 8.1 without this I got a message that it was blocked by the system admin and only changed after I had done all this.
Now you can update.
At this point, it will take a while to download, its large, put on some coffee and chill.
2. it will start and update, put on your dinner, eat it and watch tv for 2-3 hours and come back.
Next, if you are blind listen up.
You will not have sound for the initial setup, or at least I didn’t have a sightling hit express, I’d prefur to customise my settings but I couldn’t see so I did that.
Next depending on your ms account setting you need to do the following.
1 for a local user, hit create account hit the small signin link at the bottom of the screen and sign in as usual.
wait till windows has finished prepairing you get no speech then you are ok.
If you are having a ms cloud and a few probably will, you will get 3 extra boxes.
1. you will be asked to verify your mobile number or other recovery options I’d recommend the phone option.
enter the last 4 digits of your number and hit next.
Next get the code from the net and then enter it from your phone.
Next hit next you will be asked about one drive I recomend if you don’t use it you turn it off but whatever.
Next windows will say prepairing windows, and you have to wait.
Once you are done you may need to update updates from the stores.
I didn’t, I then needed to install about 200mb of windows updates and drivers, keep checking as windows will ask for more updates.
Eventually things should settle out and you are done.
If you are doing admin work on another system I suggest you start nvda in portable mode or narrator,
next uninstall nvda and you are done.
if you however want to use ccleaner to clear the box you can do that, clear the old installations and
updates and junk.
next use disk cleanup in admin mode.
to do this the easiest way is to get command prompt running in admin mode by searching for it and then typing cleanmgr.
select everything and hit ok.
then leave the box and wait several hours for the thing to clean.
At this point you should be done.
if you want you can turn on java access bridge in signon options of the access centre, sticky and other key shortcut keys, and disabled adobe reader in ie.
I didn’t do all of these things but I do at least recommend you run the access assistant in adobe reader and have it not save documents in a brouser as I have had it become a problem.
And you are done.
uninstall nvda, restart and put everything back to how you found it ncluding sound schemes etc.
In conclusion while there was a lot I could have done I did most of it and I am happy for now I don’t have to fiddle with windows8 at all.
the biggest gripes, metro apps in general, including the store the start screen and file explorer as well as the extra search panel and the default behaviour of the control panel.
uac only came up once or twice for installs or admin mode run-throughs.\
While there was a lot I could have done extra now I think about it,
everything that needs doing is now done.
maybe I’ll get to the extra stuff or not.
later

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Technology podcast 199 has been available

Well,
Podcast 199 has been available for awhile now, so lets catch up.

Welcome to podcast 199 of the technology blog and podcast. On this edition of the cast, we have something special for you. After some accessible tech news, we have a review of the Magnatune music application for the i/device. There is a separate Magnatune app which is not as feature rich of this one, and its just called Magnatune in the itunes store. We hope you enjoy the cast!

Those are the show notes. The RSS feed has a copy of the file. Hope you enjoy it.

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Help us improve NVDA’s default voice

this message from the nvda developers.

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>
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>http://www.nvaccess.org/speech-synthesizer-survey-1/
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>and then fill in the questions at the end.
>
>Thanks for your input.
>
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>Executive Director, NV Access Limited
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Technology podcast 198 is now available!

Well,
It looks as though the show notes won’t be put up, even though it is a small file. So, I’ll put the show notes here for everyone to see. There’s nothing I can do about this one.


Hi there. Welcome to the technology podcast, podcast 198. On this edition of the podcast, we have a few things for you. The main segment of the program is going to review a program called Dice World which has 4 games in one. In our security segment, Sandwich Chain Jimmy John’s Investigating Breach Claims is the biggest thing I think you need to read. ‘White Label’ Money Laundering Services, Q and A on the Reported Theft of 1.2B Email Accounts, and New Site Recovers Files Locked by Cryptolocker Ransomware are mentioned as well. One blog post which was posted days before this release which is a critical mention is this blog post entitled Something of interest in regards to cybercrime which means a lot to me. Please take a look at that blog post as well. If you would like to challenge me on dice world, my username is Jared9607.


We hope you enjoy the podcast, and you can get it off our RSS feed for your convenience.

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Technology Podcast 197 is now available!

Technology podcast 197 is now available!

The Link for the RSS is right here. I am going to give you the show notes I hope you will enjoy the show.


Welcome to podcast 197. On this edition of the podcast, Jared Rimer reviews the Capital One Mobile app including Sure Swipe. We also have credit card talk, GW Micro news, and an extra podcast from Radio New Zealand This Way Up which talks about Cybercrime. This segment is our longest segment. All of our contact information is at the end of the podcast. Please check the blog for contact info under our heading 3 called pages, if you wish. This podcast is 1 hour and 49 minutes in length. We hope you enjoy the program, and I’ll be back soon with another one!


We hope you enjoy the show as much as I have putting it together.

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GW Connect and skype kit

Here is some news I saw on Friday.

Dear fans and supporters of GWConnect.

We were notified by Microsoft earlier today that support for SkypeKit, the heart of GWConnect, ended yesterday, July 31, 2014 and no further updates will be available. In addition, on Monday August 4, 2014 SkypeKit will stop working which means GWConnect will also stop working. We were hoping for a different outcome but this is beyond our control. We also hoped for a greater warning but again, we just became aware today.

Everyone who purchased a 12-month license for GWConnect will receive a prorated refund. In other words, if 11 months ago you purchased the 12-month license, your refund will be much smaller than the person who purchased it today. There are no 1 month licenses that ran for less than 1 month so those are not affected. We will contact everyone who is receiving a refund as quickly as possible.

We sincerely wished for a different ending but we truly thank all of you who supported this fine product. Please stay in touch with us as we continue to provide new and better products in the future.

Best Regards,

Your AI Squared team

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Something of interest in regards to cybercrime

Edited to make some slight corrections and added and E-mail address.

Hi folks,
I saw something on twitter about a project in regards to cybercrime so I reached out. I got a call this morning from an Alicia Good. If you’re in the Georgia area, they would like to hear from you. Here’s a snippit of the E-mail which will tell you more.


A major cable TV network series will be taping in SAVANNAH, GEORGIA this fall. The show seeks to help VICTIMS of all types of online crimes, big and small such as stalking, identity theft, hacking, bullying, harassment and revenge get justice they deserve. While doing research on cybercrime experts,I discovered your Twitter handle and wanted to see if you could help us get the word out to the community and victims of these crimes and injustices. I’ve attached a flyer for your review and would LOVE to hear any suggestions you might have on finding these stories.

Attached was a flyer, but since I mainly target a blind audience, I’ve asked for some other ways for you guys to check this out. If you want to call, please call (310) 954-5892 which is a call to Los Angeles. You’ll ask for a guy by the name of Phil. This is their facebook page where you can read more and like their page. I did talk to them about my stories of cybercrime, but right now, they are only interested in a small subset in Georgia. To E-mail, please contact them at castinglaw at gmail.com replace spaces where appropriate and remember to put the at symbol. They hope to branch out if this takes off. If interested, please get in touch within the next two weeks. Thanks.

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technology podcast 196 is now available!`

Hi folks,
Podcast 196 is now available on our RSS feed. Here are the show notes.


Podcast 196 has technology news in the Security Aspect that might be of interest. Banks: Card Breach at Goodwill Industries is one article, and Card Wash: Card Breaches at Car Washes is the other. I demo how to turn on do not disturb and how to change the time when it comes on. The contact information is at the end. The entire podcast is an hour and 4 minutes.

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An open letter from FreshBooks founder Mike McDerment

Hi folks,
I received the following in my E-mail. Its An open letter from FreshBooks founder Mike McDerment which talks about raising funding to make the service better. In earlier podcasts, I’ve talked at length about how when i started with Freshbooks, they weren’t accessible, but yet, things have improved and the app they have is even accessible. Here is the freshbooks segments from my podcasts which are archived on Sendspace so that if they wish, they can listen to them. I want you all to go over to the Freshbooks folder and download the segments for yourself if you don’t believe me This is a great company, and this company is really doing the best they can. They even helped me understand the app in which i downloaded and had some questions. My support ticket with them even proves that they are knowledgable about accessibility, and will do the best they can. They passed along my feedback, and I bet that they will update the app with my suggestions. One of the updates on freshbooks itself delbt with accessibility, and I praised them on it. If you don’t have an account, you may sign up for one. If you want to give me credit, please use my referal link which will give you instructions. If you wish, and you have trouble, give them my name, Jared Rimer, and I’m sure someone will help you sign up over the phone. This is great news, I hope they continue to get the money they need to make this service the best it can be.

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windows update silverlite new build

Hi all.
this is a small note, Microsoft has released a new build of silverlite in a critical release.
No idea why all the article says is that a new build was schedualed to come out today, why it was not released within the next montths updates is strange, but I guess since its cross platform its the way it is

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