Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The value of review websites

An email exchange with the perpetrator of torrent-privacy.com has led me to make this observation. "What is the value of a website that only seems to exist to attract traffic to itself without any intrinsic value of its own?"

This is of course my own view, it is wondered whether this is shared by others? The site in question seems to capitalize on the fact that many are dubious about the operation of sites such as torrentprivacy.com and whether they are scams.
I postulated that torrent-review.com was a scam as I had a visitor to my site that claimed that their credit card details were compromised when they signed-up for the torrentprivacy service.

Due to the nature of the communication with this visitor, who seemed to imply that I had something to do with the deception, I could only speculate that he had joined torrentprivacy via a site such as torrent-review.com.
I had no proof of this and I based my hypothesis on the fact that the torrent-review.com website showed every sign of a website that was capable of this type of deception.

In my communications with the supposed owner of the torrent-review.com website he accused me of lying about the fact he was engaged in a phishing scheme and that he was stealing peoples credit card details.

The purpose of this post is to set the record straight and to allow others to comment on their experiences with the torrent-review.com website.

I qualify my assertion that the torrent-review.com brings little to the table in that the information, while being largely correct, is nothing you cannot find elsewhere on the Internet (including the torrentprivacy.com website).

The sensationalist and scare tactics of the copy are aimed squarely at those searching for information on whether torrentprivacy is a scam.

In my opinion is is not a scam, but I could be wrong and I am not trying to get you to sign-up, I am a torrentprivacy.com user.

Whereas, this topic is of low importance to me, the fact that I have posted on this in the past has led to me making a follow-up.

I would also welcome feedback on other review websites as torrent-review.com is not alone in this sort of nonsense, it was just the one that got me to post in detail.
IMO most of the review sites are little more than shills.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Analysis of pass_creator script

Summer 2011 - I now do this on the webserver directly from the Linux command prompt.

kb2533552 installed now what?

The search "kb2533552 installed now what?" found site and prompted a cache retrieval.


I installed kb2533552, however, it didn't seem to have any bad effects on my Windows activation.
As Microsoft say this update cannot be removed once installed. I don't see that there is anything stopping you rolling back to a previous restore point but the update will keep on coming back as it will install even though you may deselect it or hide it.

If this update is anything to do with the detection of pirate copies of Windows 7 it is not known. I have speculated that it is in the past. Now I am not so sure. All my copies of Windows are showing as "genuine".

Pages relating to Windows Activation:


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Brazos hits the streets

Notebooks and Netbooks are finally hitting the shelves in numbers.

Featuring AMD E-350 and AMD Radeon 6310 graphics;
AMD C-50 with AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics

Contrary to what OEMs  have said it has been interpreted the "AMD Radeon HD 6310M Discrete-Class" chipset is just that - a discrete-class i.e. integrated (on-board) graphics with discrete performance (hopefully).

No doubt there are those that will be looking for drivers. These will be described on my website. tempusfugit.ca

Monday, May 23, 2011

AutoAdmit and Super Injunctions

The rules have changed! Have we come full circle?

There are those that think that this is solvable by legislation or public awareness. (BBC Radio 4 - "In Business" - 22 May 2011) - Mike Batt and his loaf of bread analogy.

The system is broken - don't expect people to suddenly develop a social conscience - it an individual thinks that they can do something and not get caught - they will. This can range from stealing, copyright infringement to spreading rumours about the "affairs" of football (soccer) players.

AutoAdmit - "The most prestigious law school discussion board in the world" or a rather nasty (un-moderated) "muck scraper"? or a champion of anonymous internet speech.
Quite frankly I cannot see how anything that is un-moderated can be of value. I think that is called "graffiti"

(The reason that I bring up AutoAdmit [as this is old news] is that I had a visit on my web site with someone looking for: "Jarret Cohen on behalf of AutoAdmit phone number" - which hit my page on Reputation Defender)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ryan Giggs and Imogen Thomas

I am getting fed up with all the pussyfooting around the issue.

The Scottish newspaper makes it pretty obvious. Super Injunction indeed!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to check if your AMD processor supports AMD-V

The first thing to do is to look up the specifications on the AMD website.

If this is not possible then look in your system BIOS to see if AMD-V or SVM is an option that you can turn on. It is likely to be disabled by default, and it will not appear if your processor does not support Hardware Virtualization.

However, the fact that SVM does not appear in system BIOS this does not mean that the processor does not support it. It amounts to the same thing as if it is not listed in system BIOS you will have to make a BIOS update to allow it.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Waiting for the shit to hit the fan with Windows 7

In anticipation of this happening and that kb2533552 is an elaborate plan by Microsoft to flush out the pirate copies of Windows 7 - I have a new copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM ($99).

This was purchased with my new Asus P8P76 motherboard. It will not be used with the board unless the future updates start to fail on the pirated copies of Windows 7.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Will Windows 7 SP2 fix all the bugs that were introduced by SP1?

The fact that Microsoft have withdrawn SP1 from the list of Windows Updates (for those that had not pro-actively) installed it) and the fact that a lot of Windows users seemed to have a lot pf problems with kb976932. The fact that they now have kb2533552 waiting to be installed. Seems to indicate that kb2533552 is a precursor to SP2.

My advice is not to install anything unless forced to do so. Even then you may want to hold off the update, especially if you are running a bootleg or pirate copy of Windows 7.

This creates a dilemma in that those that are most likely to install the "important" updates before they are automatically "pushed" are those that are more likely to dig around their computers and the Internet - they are more likely to find that it is easy to find a free copy of Windows.
Those that "just use" their computers and don't care what is going on behind the scenes (they just want their computers to work) - they are the vast majority that have had no problems.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Text lost when Blogger went down

"Update Kb976932 Seems To Have Been Replaced By Kb2533552 This Would Explain Why There Are So Many Hits For The Kb2533552 Page On This Blog"

This text seems to have been quoted on Windows Tweaks forum - the pages are blank now (content-wise that is).

Other links to posts related to Activation Issues and Piracy (act_links)

Where did SP1 go?

I did have a post that was called "SP1 becomes kb2533552"

Microsoft seems to have pulled kb976932 and have possibly replaced it with kb2533552.

I have applied SP1 to a number of machines (and they are the ones that I have had some Windows Update problems). The computers on which I am waiting had kb976932 in the list of important updates but not pre-selected for installation. This has now disappeared and kb2533552 is now the update that is in the list to be installed.

My advice is not to install kb2533552 until it is forced.

Once again, this issue seems to be being ignored in the computer press. It is either because that it is a minority problem that only affects pirate versions of Windows 7 or it is only occurring a a few machines. It is my observation that most of the searches that hit this blog and my website (WRT this update) are from regions where I think that it is more likely that pirating is occuring.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

DIGI+ VRM on P8P67 Series motherboards

This was another topic of a blog post that Google Blogger seem to have lost!

Most of the information on this seems to be generated by Asus themselves:

techinstyle.tv - Asusdesign


What they (techinstyle.tv) say about themselves:
We're technologists, media professionals, fashionistas, designers and usability appreciators bent on spreading the word.

What they don't say is that they are on the payroll of Asus.

Research, details and an independent review of this new technology will be found on my website.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Previous posts on kb2533552

KB2533552 and can it be uninstalled?

Update 19 June 2012:
I have never had any problems with Windows Updates giving my problems that made any of my computers problems with activation or staying genuine. The reason for this post was to report on what Microsoft had said in the notes on kb2433552, in that it was non-removable. This is irrelevant to me as I have allowed it to be installed when it was there (and for all I know it still is around in some form), and I have had no problems.

The reason that I am updating this in 2012 is that an anonymous commenter has obviously sent a lot of time writing a comment and I feel that I need a little more explanation. Please also note that comments on posts that are over a certain age will require moderation and will not appear for up to 24 hours.



The original post:
The update for SP1 (KB2533552) seems to have disappeared from Windows Update on computers that did not have it yet installed (it would have gone from the list on ones that had in any case)


Once you install kb2533552 Microsoft say that it CANNOT BE REMOVED


There is also a feeling that kb2533552 implements a new WAT (Windows Activation Technology) - one that cannot be removed with tools such as Removewat.

These posts disappeared from my blog for no apparent reason. The content has been re-posted:

The posts that disappeared after the blogger outage were:
/2011/05/after-you-install-this-item-kb2533552.html
and /2011/05/sp1-now-becomes-kb2533552.html 

Update: 9:35pm EST - the posts are still not back up! - if you are interested in seeing what I was saying I have it mirrored on my website.



Update 14th May 2011.
The posts didn't get re-posted

Links to other posts related to this topic:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Business Opportunity

The Internet and Social Media is primarily seen as a Business Opportunity not as a means of dissemination of information.

Not that there is anything wrong with using the Internet for this purpose it is when it is seen as the ONLY reason  to use it. The fact that it is there seems to give those that don't have anything else to offer a means to bombard you with spam and advertising.

There are many ways that the "enterprizing" seem to try and use the Internet for their own gain. From the simple blog with Adsense or banner ads to the creation of link farms that contain no useful information apart from links to other websites.

The (business) models that these websites follow are diverse and this page is an attempt to document some of the ways.

The sites are wide-ranging and cannot easily be categorized. Some are little more than link farms others just try and sell you something just because you found them by searching for a common keyword.

It is not as if that is exactly what my technique is (determining popular keywords that I know people are searching for) - however, I am not trying to sell anything or monetize this site/blog in any way.

Examples (as I come across them and document)

torrent-review.com is not TorrentPrivacy or BTGuard

Torrent-Privacy.com is a Shill site run by Patrick A. Peyre


Just a few notes of my own about what I have observed about torrent-review.com (NOT torrentprivacy.com)
This page was from 2009 - 2010 - edited in May 2011.


The text in green are quotes from an email that I received from a visitor to the tempusfugit.ca website:
The communication could be for real or it could have been an agent of an "Anti P2P Organization" trying to spread FUD. 

I signed up with TorrentPrivacy, purchasing their 3-month rate of 24.95/quarter, billed through Segpay.com.
I tracked down the transactions to CCBillEU.com and they were made by a person in the UK. I got their email address as well as their IP address. They purchased subscriptions to a live sex chat service. I've passed the info on to the service, letting them know that my payments will be disputed, but they can go after the guy who charged the service to get payment.

I'll let you know how it comes out. When I was doing the pay procedure, there was a glitch during the process causing me to enter the information twice. Considering what happened, I suspect that was the portal for stealing the information.

My speculation is that the visitor did actually sign up with TorrentPrivacy but through a third party, in this case possibly torrent-review.com. During that process his identity was compromised and his billing information was stolen and used fraudulently. 

Frankly, I doubt if the visitor will be successful in getting a resolution about the payment (I am not sure who he is referring to when he says "the service". I am also assuming that the IP address and email of the person in the UK who made the purchase from a live sex chat service" was provided by the VISA fraud department ---- Here is am earlier quote" 

FYI -
VISA fraud prevention unit just called me. About 3 hours after I bought TP, there were 2 odd charges placed against my card from ccbilleu.com. Apparently they do not have a secure system.

That's an annoyance. Total amount charged was only about $132, which I'll put in dispute, but now I have to get a new credit card.

Actually, this reply sounded a little terse! It was if the visitor was mad at me for recommending the TorrentPrivacy service???

How a site can steal your information

The notes here are mainly for my own reference.....

There are a number of devices to snare the unwary. The first is an offer for you to enter your name and email address

The second is the fact that the main page contains just the script:
document.write(unescape(str.replace(/@/g,"%")));

This undoubtedly replaces text from an unknown source to produce what you see on your computer screen.
The consequence of pages consisting of HTML generated by a script, means thar it is not easy to see exactly what is going on. Never-the-less, this is a good opportunity for me to review the pages that I have on NoScript.

I still remain to be convinced that using a little "common sense" may be a better method to avoid being fooled than it is to rely on an addon such as NoScript.


 About Patrick A Payre:




Partick runs a website that overly enthusiastically both BTGuard and TorrentPrivacy. He uses scare tactics and breaks the back button.

Here is a communication between Patrick and myself: 


Hello,

would you please stop lying about my website Torrent-Review.com on Tempusfugit?
You claim that signing up through my link will cause the visitors personal data 
to be leaked to me -
This is absolute bullshit, the link on my site redirects to the homepage of the 
service.

Regards,
Patrick

The answer to this is no! 
You are beyond despicable and deserve the criticism that anyone can meter on you.
Tough shit buddy. 

My response:

Patrick,
Rest assured your email responses will be mirrored to my website and blog.
I wish you every success in your Internet ventures - Not!
If I can expose (what I perceive as) scammers such as you, I will.


Patrick Peyre's responses are in green my replies are in black:        
   

you are free to write whatever you want on my review site, no problem at
all. But just have a look at where the link on my site redirects visitors -
Not to a fishing site of any kind, but to the site of the service.

Maybe you can understand why I was so pissed yesterday when you accuse me of
fishing for peoples credit card information, but as you promised to publish
this email exchange on your site, let me write a rebuttal:

1. When someone visits Torrent-Review.com, all the information I get about
him is the same you transmit when opening any website - From Google to
BBC.com, nothing else at all.

2. Outgoing links or anything else on my page does ALWAYS redirect visitors
to COMPLETELY SAVE sites. Claims of fishing and other illegal, harmful
activities are false. Period.

3. The "back-button" was "broken" as a side effect of me redirecting people
to a different page. With changes being made the problem might have been
resolved, you can check it out for yourself.

4. The review represents my honest opinion. Torrent Privacy is a service that
is rather fast, is better than VPNs in terms of security (see IP leaking and
disconnect issues), and is pretty cheap too. If you don't use something like
it, you WILL get caught (the risk is there even if you don't download any
copyrighted material, which I don't suggest anyone to do...

Just to make these things clear. If you have any futher questions just hit me
up. Also you could have send me a email before slandering me on your page...


Regards,
Patrick

With regard to point 4 above:

You can't say you get the hottest movies and music for free and then say that you don't suggest anyone does, privately!

I repeat: "I have  no interest in promoting one service over another" my concern is  the social engineering that accompanies their promotion. I use the TorrentPrivacy service and have no issues with them. I do not see the point in entering into a protracted email discussion with you as you are clearly happy with your review site.

I really do not care if your website is a scam or if you are attempting a "phish". There are many other topics that interest  me more


Please do not think that I have singled you out for my criticism, there are many others that I have issues with.

 I am not lying about what your site does and doesn't do, I am merely stating what I see and what I have had reported to me. I really cannot see the value of a website that does nothing other than provide a platform for the placement of advertisements on the strength of dubious review.

As you may notice if you take the time to look around this site (sorry I am not interested in looking around yours - it tells me nothing I don't already know) I have been looking at many services that claim and do protect your identity. Torrentprivacy is only one of those services. Quite frankly, your website is a very small fly on the wall.

KB2533552 - Are Microsoft admiting there was a problem with Windows 7 updates?

Windows update KB2533552 seems to override all the other changes to detect the pirating of Windows 7. These previous updates were causing more problems with genuine copies of Windows than they were in preventing piracy. Microsoft have admitted that there was a problem in this and have come up with an alternative update.

   Note: This post was made 11 May 2011. If you are reading it in 2012 things may have changed.

I have not installed this update but the computer this screenshot was taken had problems earlier with updates that had to be applied manually.

Links to other posts on this blog related to activation and Windows Update problems

Using AMD Overdrive

The AMD Overdrive Utility seems to be aimed at the "Gamer" - fitting as they are most likely to want to overclock.

AMD Overdrive is the AMD equivalent of the tools available with Intel powered motherboards such as Asus's Digi+ VRM and AI Suite.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Using Facebook and You Tube for marketing

The use of Social Media for business purposes is all the buzz today.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, You Tube videos are are also in the mix.

Companies have their own accounts and I guess the hope is that their followers will see their products there and participate in discussion and share their details with the companies involved.

However, this is not without its problems. If the companies are not careful they will be seen as too "self-promotional" and there is a general trend for Social Networkers to reject advertising and the companies that use social media run the risk of alienating their potential customer base as opposed to expanding on it.

Also, when it appears that the Facebook and/or You Tube is the ONLY means that the company in question is using (or at least in the main), it makes them look amateur and desperate to get attention that they would not get otherwise.

In addition, when all the comments and entries appear to come from the same users, you have to start to suspect that they are are not "self promoting".

If I make a blog post based on my observations of your activity and you (the company) visit this blog, I can see that you are visiting and where from. It is in this way that that I can confirm that the only people who are interested in hearing what I say are the company themselves. I know this because all visits originate from the same geographic location (not far from KL and environs actually)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Network speed for HD

So far I have managed to stream content from a Bluray disc to a powerline network connected PC.

The client computer is using a 46" 1080p TV, and as such can be seen to be HD. The majority of my media is of a far less technical specification but never-the-less some of it can be considered HD.

The streaming of this media is not only acceptable using 85Mb/sec powerline adapters in some cases wireless-g connections are sufficient. Only the BD quality signal seems to require the 200Mb/sec adapter connection.
No additional or special filtering has been used in this media network.

To answer the question "how far do you need to have for HD" is "it depends". It depends on what you are trying to stream and what your definition of HD is.

Like most of us who are likely to be experimenting in this technology your sources of media is likely to be that from previously streamed material. This media is also likely to have been distributed using a broadband network with a transmission rate of far less than 200Mb/sec - this makes the requirement for this speed only necessary for programs that are taken from BD sources locally on your network.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Scraping content from other websites

Scraping is the "harvesting" of content from websites, terms, model numbers and other keywords, and putting them on another website along with other content that the webmaster wants you to visit. Sometimes the content has nothing to do with what you are searching for and it is often generated by a program (not a human being)


I collect data from web pages and places then into new pages that contain content that is relevant to me. The big difference here (with traditional scraping) is that I do this by hand and NOT by a computer program. The net effect here (hopefully) is a collection of something useful and the linking of what people could be searching for and content on this site.

Scraping by design - according to WikiP:

The emergence of XML and web services has lent itself to the creation of  technologies that improve the process of extracting machine-friendly data  from web pages.


Screen Scraping: -  from catb.org

The act of capturing data from a system or program by snooping the contents of some display that is not actually intended for data transport or  inspection by programs. Around 1980 this term referred to tricks like
 reading the display memory of a smart terminal through its auxiliary port.
 Nowadays it often refers to parsing the HTML in generated web pages with programs designed to mine out particular patterns of content. In either guise screen-scraping is an ugly, ad-hoc, last-resort technique that is very likely to break on even minor changes to the format of the data being snooped.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Oneworld

OneWorld is a prefix for a number of companies operated out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan by Wayne McAlpine.

Some of the companies include:
  • OneWorldSafeDisk - oneworldsafedisk.com
  • oneworlddatarecovery.com
  • World Wide Electrical Services Corp.
  • OneWorld Networks - 1wn.com
  • oneworldoffice.com
  • OneWorldStoreFront.

I have taken issue with some of the principles involved here. I have made comment, I have NOT made any un-true statements and therefore no libel or slander is involved here.

All quotes, green italicized text, is either taken from the Web and is what the principles say about themselves or it is from a comment that was made by someone else and has relayed that to me.
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There also seems to be a connection to RAD Media Corp

What it says about RAD Media Corp on the Internet:

"If you are a small business, large corporation, or home user, we have your
security in mind. With products that can not only help to eliminate exterior
risks, but attacks from the inside as well, RAD Media Corp located in Kelowna
is your one stop for computer security software."


Links:

Surestreamer - a surge protector by any other name

Is the Surestreamer booster, noise filter, lightning protection a scam?

EDV - (Echo Dream Venture) was establish in 17 May 2010 at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Surestreamer technology was invented by Chief Scientist, Paul Chang.

Paul Chang features in the You Tube videos - is in the same vein as Number1onGoogle.

As a monumental indication of how stupid these people are they have got their Facebook page's security so that only friends can comment on their wall. This is a reason that the only comments are positive ones or ones before FB changed their privacy policies.

I don't know why I am bothering with these jokers as it is probably just another hill that I am not prepared to do battle. Never the less, it is amusing to see that they have picked up my blog post and seem to be reponding to it. Rather that promoting their product I think that it highlights the deficiencies of Facebook as a propaganda tool.

Unlike them, (at the time of writing this [6 - 11 May 2011) they were coming here on a daily basis, I do not visit their Facebook page every day so I do not know whether they have changed their Facebook privacy settings. I did try and make a comment on their wall but found that there was no "comment" button.

Links:

Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur

Visits from who I can only assume as from Calvin J. Symons, Leong Wai Kin, Muhammad Syawalfiza or Paul Chang is an indication that I have been noticed.

The shameless self promotion on You Tube is both transparent and puerile.

It is also interesting that the only people who seem to be looking are the narcissists. I could even be on a Facebook wall somewhere. That makes sense. as those that think Social Media is a means to overcome the lack of a product that works would use that and Twitter in the hope that the impressionable will be taken in.

Sad thing is, they are probably correct.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Firefox 4 and cache

FF4 seems to be doing something strange with caching (maybe that is how they got it so fast?)

If I select a proxy (in the case that I tried, the proxy was in India - I am in Canada) when I load the ip2location page it shows that I appear to be in New Delhi.

If I tell FF4 not to use the proxy and refresh the page it still looks like I am in India.

Only when I close FF4 and restart it ip2location says that I am back in Canada. The speed at which the page loads is indicative to suggest that the proxy setting is correct. i.e. it is a lot faster when I am connecting to the Internet directly and not through a proxy. However, if I reload a page that I first accessed when connected through a proxy it is very quick to load - it is if it is being loaded from cache.

I tried clearing the Firefox cache but the Indian location (or the report that I was located there) was not lost until I re-started Firefox 4. Perhaps this is a fault with ip2location and not FF.

Firefox 4 and TorButton



Since Firefox 4 is not currently compatible with TorButton I had to dig out the manual configuration of Firefox to use a proxy (supplied by Vidalia Tor).

The last download of the Tor bundle included TorButton and the usage of Tor for anonymous browsing was automatic.
If you have downloaded and installed Firefox 4 and now find that you cannot get it to use Tor then you need to set it manually under Tools->Options->Advanced->Network.
The dialog for FF4 is different from what I show here but the principle is the same.

Downloads Digest

This is a re-post of my website page downloads_digest.html

To be up-dated if it is accessed

AMD C-50 and C-60 APUs

The first of the AMD Brazos APUs to hit the "budget" notebook market.

See also the E-350 and E-450 APUs

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vidalia Tor - The Onion project

This is the start page for all my experiments with Vidalia Tor.

Please follow the links for more information:
I have extensive experience using Vidalia Tor for both Anonymity and GeoIP circumvention. I am in the process of transferring the information that was hosted on my website tempusfugit.ca, please return as I will be adding more information as time goes on.


SP1 becomes kb2533552

This information is now covered on other posts.

Please search for kb2533552

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Google Analytics

DVD43 running in XP-Mode

There is information on this blog on how to run DVD43 on a 64 bit Windows 7 computer using XP-Mode


You will have to search and follow links to those posts. The screen-shot above shows it being done.

I have a long experience with DVD43 and have worked out many ways of running it since upgrading many of my computers to 64 bit.

You don't have to run Windows 7 XP-Mode and you don't need a computer with a processor that supports vt-x of AMD-V (SVM)

Links:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Is Eco Dream Venture a scam?

It certainly looks like one with all the You Tube videos featuring Paul Chang.

Powerline networking is likely to be a continued interest and computer users will want to overcome the deficiencies of their house wiring. I have yet to see any hard evidence that the SureStream filter does anything to improve network performance. I am way too skeptical to shell out any money to find out.

Links: