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Here we go again

Hi all.
Well here we go again with another wrapup of the weeks craziness.
Firstly I am back.
the 10 days away can be found on my personal blog at smeveriss.wordpress.com
Lots of articles are round.
I won’t comment on all of them because to be honest, I really have not much for to much of them.
Firstly.
Updates for flash and ms, most of the updates for windows this year centred round office.
java 8.05 and java 7.55 updates came out yesterday.
No issues have been found on any of my machines with this update, however after a scan for viruses, then the install on my primary xp box it decided to be bad and die.
With xp out of support, the machine is in limbo.
No idea if I will bring it back or if I will never bring it back or bring it back as Linux or what.
After using 7 for a few years now I needed that little push to get over to 7 and I got that yesterday.
After spending 5 minutes finding minimal solutions to some outstanding issues I think I won’t be going back to xp at least for net surfing.
There are several reasons those on xp should update to a new system that is not xp and security though one of the things is not one of the factors I’d choose.
I hate fully the reasons Microsoft says you should update the system.
There are a few reasons.
Especially if you get a faster computer, there is the speed and boot time especially with solid state drives.
With a lot of newer stuff things improve keyboards etc.
My Toshiba hybread for example has a touch keyboard which although still a keyboard, requires almost no effort to press the keys in fact pressing the keys like I used to press keys is a thing of the past.
The fact that instead of hitting the keys but touching instead its a learning experience for me I also don’t have to do to much to type at speed.
2. Wireless, especially for those that are coming from old 150mbps n wireless and anything from g and lower should find an increased internal transfer speed with files, updates, and other things.
Your 100mb net connection is toast compaired to the 300mb n wireless.
Now if you get a 1g net card and a duel wirelesss for your desktop then ok but for most users with laptops 300n is standard now.
Quieter, your xp box may be noisier than what you have.
This new laptop fits over my cooler desk much better.
There are still a few issues that are outstanding.
1. compatability.
Especially with some older direct sound games its still an issue for 3d fx.
If you have an internal realtech card 3d soundback for vista in compatability mode may work for you.
If you are running a 64 bit os and not a 32 bit one like I am now you will not have dos support to play your old games like eamon and any modern ones that run in dos.
Soundrecorder is a bit of a sticking point however if you have xp you can get sndrec32.exe and load it somewhere 64 bit systems will get an error about registry on load but no issue after that.
I have 7 with uac off so bar the start search menu its the same as xp is.
For the average home and business user I would not go over 7.
I am not saying 8 is bad but there is more hastles for you, uac needs to be turned off fully or adjusted, if it is done the way ms does it then metro apps have to die to.
If you don’t want to or don’t use metro apps then turning those off would be fine.
The latest reported update has ms releasing updates for 8.1 with added features.
The ability to start apps documents music, etc with desktop bydefault or metro apps.
The ability to boot to the desktop automatic or closing apps going to the previous app and or the desktop and a few other things.
Ms is finding out the hard way that consumers now have choice and are moving.
A tablet with windows is not on everyone’s hit list in fact only 1% of all users use that os on a tablet.
apple and android are winning out.
2. pc users are going 7 or simply just getting a mac or going Linux.
27 % of users businesses still use xp.
Its possible ms may go out of business if they don’t make their users happy and they are trying to do just that.
If I were ms I’d go back to either a 7 or xp interface, and then leave the desktop alone!.
And I wouldn’t beaf up uac to much the way its going on in 7 means at least I can turn it off easily enough.
Or at least I’d have a trusted list or trusted drives or something.
Sadly its the older programs that probably have issues more than newer ones, also if you need to change system files for stuff then you have an issue.
The newer stuff should be ok but there are reports of programs needing 4 or more prompts to install and not one.
If ms is so set up on getting using uac then we should get the android system.
Ie I update flash.
I will get flash, requires the net, plays videos.
Install or not.
Or openoffice.
A suite of office components that does word spreadsheeting and presentations.
needs java the internet, and whatever else.
Or I could install my offline game I know needs no net or something and be told something like sound recorder, requires the internet, email, system access.
That’s obviously a virus, obviously I could still load it if I wanted but it would be on my shoulders maybe it would be blocked as a matter of course unless you manually unblocked it.
The way ms is securing is becoming a headache for users.
Being a tech I sympathise fully.
On my system that has a lot of older programs on uac is off.
On my other systems uac is on but those systems run vary few old programs and mostly modern ones.
A user on that system will usually never see uac at all unless he is changing something or updating something whit itself doesn’t have a digital cert.
they all use 7 ofcause.
I do like the incremental update system they are using though for those of us that traditionally needed to wait for an update need only update to the next increment in series of os updates.
Potentually as long as you went to the next increment you could continue receiving support for your os infinitely as long as you keept the updates going and did the version updates.
I think though ms should abandon 8 and get 9 out and fix their ass quickly.
I do hope ms rethinks themselves, though as their plans were noble their methods were not as noble and to be honest if they don’t we will have more issues.
Ms should return to what it does best being the desktop environment.
Lets have none of this tablet noncence from them.
At least lets not try to have them the same interface expecting people to run things that way.
Even some blind users I know complain about the start screen and these are honest techs.
Heartbleed.\
Yeah read that, its a doozy
no ways about it.
In fact I am sure it was why this site was down for 2 days when I returned.
open ssl is updated, as I understand it it will be the smaller companies that will have to struggle.
As I understand it recreating your inscription keys is the hard part and not updating the systems.
I doubt I’d stay off the net because of this though.
From radio nz this way up podcast it appears all big companies, google, paypal, ms, amazon etc have already patched themselves by now.
Your smaller to medium sized website may not have.
As I understand it you can’t just role out the update, you have to change your key directly with each server and its estimated that this could take at least a year minimum.
maybe 2 or more.
Its known now though I wouldn’t be to concerned about the hackers making a free lunch on this.
The fact is keeping your passwords updated, and watching activity is one thing, its best practice and the net should be safe.
One thing is good that has come from this if you can call any of this good is that open ssl authors have received several million in donations to continue their work.
This has highlighted that opensource people including those that run our security actually do need cash to keep going its not all free.
If you can then go for it.
There is a fear that someone will make it closed source.
Yes the net has been a bit weak and yes in the future there will need to be more regulations but making it closed is just a bad idea.
So much community driven stuff makes up the backbone of the net from 3d printers to programs I think it would bee wrong to close that all down in favour of security and cash.
Lets hope that out of all of this that opensource is pushed more than conercial stuff or at least in equal parts now.
It already is but I was not aware till now that most of the net is actually opensource.
My early and limited history in fact states the net is us controlled and run by us government.
These books are out of date now though.
Its conforting at least to know that the net as stable as it can be is just a large Linux node.
It sertainly stairs ms in the face with some of its oses.
If it wasn’t that games were the factor or that I had spent a lot on games and other things in the past I may have gone with Linux and a windows vm.
may still eventually do that though I need a hardware vertualised system, and this laptop is not that good for vms.
laters

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More Heartbleed coverage

Well, I listened to the Security Now program I posted a link to on my last post on this situation. It does not look good, and sadly, we can’t do anything but stay off the net. I do not think anyone will be staying off the Internet just because some critical bug was found by researchers. One server that was effected could be somewhere that you are hosted. Heartbleed Bug: What Can You Do? is an article by Brian Krebs who talked about what we can do. Sadly, if this is what it takes, than we must try. They have said that we do not know if anyone has exploited this bug yet, but now that it is known, criminals will go ahead and do that.

One thing that Steve mentions in the podcast is that there was a similar bug with DNS, although he didn’t know or remember what it was. It was quietly patched, before talked about. Unfortunately, this came out, and now everyone is scared. I always say that we should be as careful as possible, but this is so out of our control, we can’t do anything.

I highly urge everyone to get a copy of Security Now. This Sendspace Link will give you a copy. If you want to read transcripts or see show notes, Go over to the Security Now page via GRC’s web site. He is one of the lucky ones that aren’t effected by this, but tons of people are. Stay safe.

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Final CSUN coverage commentary from blind bargains coverage

Well,
Blind Bargains is done for now, and i listened to the rest of what they had. Here are my thoughts of what interested me.


Hi folks, Here is the roundup of the rest of the stuff from Blind Bargains that I found personally of interest. For the full list, visit the audio index of blind bargains. I’m condensing this post in to one, so that it saves space.

There are a couple more I found interesting, but not enough for a comment. Feel free to check these out, or anything else, and let me know what you think.

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Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Fixes

Here we go with security updates from Adobe and Microsoft. This article from Brian goes in to detail. Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Fixes is the name of the article.

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Heartbleed in the news

Hi folks, we have a big thing coming that seems to effect a lot of servers around the world. They are calling it heartbleed. Brian Krebs, and Lastpass, among others have written articles about this serious bug which was found by researchers. ‘Heartbleed’ Bug Exposes Passwords, Web Site Encryption Keys comes from Brian. LastPass and the Heartbleed Bug goes in to detail on how Lastpass specifically works as well as giving information on how they run. I think this article is also worth the read. Sadly, we can’t do anything but be as secure as possible. Please check out these articles for your information, and we’ll catch up soon.

As a side note: This Security Now podcast which is available through Sendspace through a limited time, talks about this in detail. Thought I had it for listening when it came out, but I didn’t. I’ll be checking this out. You should too.

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Technology podcast 189 for April 6, 2014

This podcast is packed, and I’ll let the show notes speak for itself. You may get a copy off the RSS feed for yourself.


Show notes


Welcome to the Technology Podcast, podcast 189. In this edition of the podcast, Teletender is discussed as it pertains to my opinions of the service. Philmore Voice Mail talks about what happened in regards to the potential patent case. We reached out to Teletender, but have had no response. We have a review of an interesting product, the Honeywell WIFI Talking voice thrermostat. We pass along the search results we searched for honeywell voice thermometer search results as there are items that may be of interest. Here is the Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control web site which gives you links to buy from a few different places. Prices may vary. Finally, final thoughts and a track from Magnatune, we’re not evil to end the podcast. We hope you enjoy this 1 hour 23 minute podcast and we’ll see you on another edition of the podcast coming soon.

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One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard | Ars Technica

One big reason we lack Internet competition: Starting an ISP is really hard | Ars Technica.

This is an interesting article about providing internet to homes and businesses. Take a look if you wish.

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Fact-Checking Experian’s Talking Points

This article posted last night entitled Fact-Checking Experian’s Talking Points makes things real interesting. Now, I really don’t know what is happening, but yet, neither does anyone else. I hope that there will be something coming out of this case, and Experian comes out and tells the truth of what happens. I just hope that my info wasn’t taken, or anyone elses, for that matter, and if it was, it wasn’t used at all. We know it was sold, but thats all. Very confusing.

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U.S. States Investigating Breach at Experian

I’m glad to see that states are getting involved to find out why a guy got lots of money to allow people to search on millions of us. This article entitled U.S. States Investigating Breach at Experian is an update to a story I saw off of Brian’s blog. I’m glad he’s continuing to write about this. I mentioned when posting the last one, that my credit card company had told me that Experian is one of the three major credit reporting agencies. This definitely doesn’t look good for them, thats for sure. Wonder if we’re going to be getting some money maybe? Something for the trouble that we have to trust this company? I personally would love to see the states force this company to pay iup for all of the people that were looked up since they baught the company that was allowing this criminal to be paid for looking up our personal information. I guess I can dream, but this will get interesting. This article was posted on the 3rd of April. Let me know what you think pro or con.

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Android Botnet Targets Middle East Banks

I’m a bit behind, this article posted on the 2nd of April. Android Botnet Targets Middle East Banks is written by Brian Krebs, and he talks about this malware. Since Android is pretty much open, this type of thing is going to happen. I’m not saying that Apple may not have something slip by, but when you’re so wide open like Android, you’ll have tons of programs like this one. What do you guys think?

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5-year-old Ocean Beach exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability – 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego

5-year-old Ocean Beach exposes Microsoft Xbox vulnerability – 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego.

This is one smart boy. Check out this story.

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CSUN of interest from the weekend of listening

Over the weekend, I caught up on some CSUN content thanks to Blind Bargains. Here is what I thought was of interest.

I still have a ton to listen to, but if you want to see the full list of podcasts Go to the podcast index page where you will find more.

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a lot of posts

Hi jared.
Wow, there are a lot of posts to comment here.
First zip codes, I know my own, but they can be a real bitch to search for on some sites especially your own.
The 3d museum.
Hmmm interesting on a diagram side but though I did a 3d model servey 3d printing of stuff so I can feel it though interesting really is a bit of a waste, why not re print my eye instead.
The museum you can feel sounds nice but really we should be focusing on how to make disabled people normal rather than making things more accessable.
We have the tech, so we should use it for usefull stuff.
The only reason I care about things being accessable is because I am blind.
If I wasn’t then I wouldn’t care so much.
The new braille display sounds interesting though never using one and not having the cash its a bit mute.
THe eye beacons sound major usefull, going to strange places would take a while to navigate and especially when in strange places for a limited time.
This nicely brings me to my reason for writing a post instead of commenting.
From next friday the 4th april to sunday the 13th I will be out of the office.
I will be in australia in strange places going up strange rivers in strange boats and staying in strange friends strange houses.
Yes eye beacons will be usefull.
laters

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ZIP Codes Show Extent of Sally Beauty Breach

I read this article entitled ZIP Codes Show Extent of Sally Beauty Breach which sheds more light on the Sally Beauty breach. This definitely can’t be good, but from what I’m reading, the Target breach was still the biggest. I’m hoping that comnpanies will learn from these big breaches, and they try their best to make sure our information is as safe as it can be.

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A 3d-Printed Audio and Tactile Museum Experience from Tooteko

From anAFB convention, blind bargains posted an audio interview of interest I actually enjoyed. A 3d-Printed Audio and Tactile Museum Experience from Tooteko caught my attention because we could never really get an idea what was in a museum until now. While it is still indevelopment, this is a cool idea. What do you think?

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A Live Demo of the Hims Blaze EZ

Now this is interesting. Blind Bargains interviewed someone at HIMS, and this is definitely interesting. A Live Demo of the Hims Blaze EZ

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Indoor Navigation using iBeacons

From Blind Bargains, this podcast was worth the listen. Indoor Navigation using iBeacons caught my attention because we always have a hard time navigating different places. Always interested in things like this, even if I can’t use it of yet. Interesting concept.

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Introducing the International Association of Accessibility Professionals

From Blind Bargains, this audio podcast talks about a new company that may be of interest. #CSUN14 Audio: Introducing the International Association of Accessibility Professionals

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Bullying and students with disabilities: strategies and techniques to create a safe learning environment for all

I found another book from todays list on BARD dealing with bullying.


Bullying and students with disabilities: strategies and techniques to create a safe learning environment for all DB 77771

McNamara, Barry E. Reading time: 5 hours, 27 minutes.
Read by Erin Jones.

Disability; Education

Professor of special education draws on research and case studies to provide an overview to understand and address bullying of students with disabilities. Discusses specific school-wide programs, offers intervention techniques for parents and staff, and lists resources for students. 2013.

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Domain Registrars ID Cyber-Criminals With Secure Domain Foundation API

This article entitled Domain Registrars ID Cyber-Criminals With Secure Domain Foundation API is an interesting one. I personally, in my opinion, think this could be a step in the right direction. Fahmida Y. Rashid wrote this article for Security Week, and its a good one to read. What do my readers think of this?

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