Sunday, November 27, 2011

Visits from Saskatoon

Nice to see that there are some today (27th November 2011)

I guess I can be prepared for the second onslaught!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Business Cyber Bully

There is a world of difference in the antics of the traditional Cyber-Bully and businesses that don't like what is being said about them on the Internet.

The use of the word "World" is quite fitting here!

Over the last few years I have been seeing the Internet degenerate into a free-for-all that is now largely abused by the masses. For a system that was developed for the interchange of scientific information it has now become a morass of uneducated and illinformed computer users.

My main concern is the use of this new technology to dilute the original useage and usefulness of the World Wide Web  as a research tool  into what is now largely an entertainment. I am also not concerned with the use of this technology by businesses for the furtherment of their marketing and other commercial activities. However, where this breaks down is the use of the Internet to provide customer service and allowing of consumers to post to freely to forums.

When I started my critique of the use of the Internet my observstions were related to the nonsense that I was seeing on most forums and the general low quality of the content seen on many websites. The ability and the use of the medium as a platform for shill tactics and spreading hate on RIP-Tribute websites.


A very minor incident involved a company that I happened to comment about on this website. The page, I thought was fairly non-confrontational at its  outset. However due to the communication with one employee of that company, and many follow-ups from the owner, some of the information was escalated.

The dialog that then ensued degenerated into a bout of Cyber-bullying conducted by the owner of the company and was fueled by an unknown number of either former employees or others with "axes to grind" with respect to the company in question.

The extent to which this bullying developed has been detailed on other pages on this website. In comparison to the current nonsense that other cyber bullies have stooped to, the incident to which I was reacting pails into insignificance.

At no time have I made threats although I have been intimidated to remove content from this website. This is not only childish and unprofessional (in my opinion - theRCMParecoming) it is not the way to carry out business using the Internet.

A screenshot from my website - tempusfugit.ca

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Occupy Movement

The problem  that I have with all this is that the people, largely young people, that follow all this are the same as those who do not see anything wrong with file sharing and copyright violation.

The issues may not be fair and the laws governing them ineffectual but this does not mean that actions of the Occupy/Anti Globalization lobby are just.


I guess it is because I consider, I am, one of the 1%.

I bet they all have smart phones! I don't but I do have a fair investment in Apple. I remain to be skeptical about Facebook.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Open Season on Blogs

It would seem that it is seen to be a worthwhile activity  to spam the authors of blogs with email offering things to blog about.

These offers, generally of a technical bent (this is supposedly the theme of this blog), sometimes are accompanied by free copies of software on the strength that you review it on your blog.

The originators of these emails have obviously not read any of the posts on this blog or they would have seen that I do not review anything by request. In fact if they persist in sending me the emails they will get a review naming them and their practices.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Comparing the AMD E-350 and E-450


See website for more details on the differences between the AMD E-350 and E-450 APUs

I have configured an Asus EeeBox PC EB1021 which uses the E-450 APU. Looking at the UEFI BIOS I could not see any options that would allow overclocking or adjustment of CPU or memory timings.

UEFI BIOS

The "pre-boot" environment.

Sometimes referred to as BIOS, the pre-boot environment (PBE) is the location of the code that is responsible for starting your computer when it is first switched on. Hardware is defined and configured for a specific operating system to load and perform in the way that is required by you the owner and the manufacturer of the hardware.

The PBE is where you can control what drives to use and their type, the memory allocation and timing, the cpu settings and much more. Some of the features of the hardware used in your computer may not be addressable  from the PBE. This is usually by design as changing the settings would either compromise the operation of the computer or the wishes of the operating system vendor.

Links:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Activation

Pages on this blog relating to Windows Activation. How Activation works and what can be done to circumvent the steps taken to ensure that you have a legal copy.
The effects of Windows Updates on the performance and features of your computer

Methods to circumvent the methods used by Microsoft to combat piracy are discussed here in theory. There are no step-by-step instructions on "how-to" do this for yourself. This is the realm of other websites such as Lifehacker and MyDigitalLife.

Aircrack Android

Running Aircrack-ng on an Android powered tablet or smartphone.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Aircrack-ng

Aircrack is  the popular WiFi hacking program.

Here are the links to other posts on this blog and to re-posted pages from www.tempusfugit.ca.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blog Spam

The Spamming of Blogs and websites.

The following are some examples, not exhaustive, and more will be added as I re-post from my website and as they come in.

Blog Spam is the unsolicited approach by the vendors of products to owners of blogs in the hope that they will promote the products. Often a free copy of the software or some other incentive is offered.

Another popular tactic is for a spammer to make a comment on a blog posting. The comment often contains a link to the website or business that they are trying to promote. Depending on the sophistication of the spammer the comment may have a click-able link (A tag or Hyperlink) embedded in the comment. If I see comments like this and I determine that the comment was made just for that purpose I will either delete the comment or I will re-post it with the hyperlink removed.

I started a page previously, but this will be the main page.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CoWPAtty for Windows

What Joshua Wright says about coWPAtty:

 "coWPAtty is designed to audit the pre-shared key (PSK) selection for WPA networks based on the TKIP protocol." - Joshua Wright.

Along with CoWPAtty, the author (of CoWPAtty) has claimed to have written a suite of "Offensive" tools for 802.11 security auditing (with one "Defensive" tool)

External Links:
Pages related to WiFi cracking on this blog:

iPlayer

This is the starting page for all the posts related to the BBC iPlayer that are featured on this blog. Please follow the links and search this blog for information on specifics.




Links:

Aircrack Symbian

Running Aircrack-ng on a Symbian powered smartphone.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VLC - VideoLan Media Player

The media player of choice.


VLC player is Open Source, hence free, it is the most versatile media player that I have found. I install this as a matter of course on my newly configured media machines.

You can download VLC from the VideoLan website. VideoLan also host the libraries for libdvdcss - for defeating CSS encryption on DVDs. As far as is known this decryption library is only for the Linux platform and possibly works compiled  with the OSX operating system on Apple hardware.


  • error 0x80030309 vlc - This error is most likely to be due to the fact that the file attempted to be played by VLC was encrypted.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hidden Menus

You will not see this statement on forums that are dedicated to unlocking BIOS. You will, if you read between the lines, see confirmation by the experts, what I am saying here.

You cannot unlock menus in a BIOS/Pre-boot environment if they were not there in the first place.

BIOSes such as Insyde H2O are purposely built to provide only limited features and there is not likely to be anything hidden that can be revealed or unlocked by a quick patch or modification.

Just because you can find a forum that is dedicated to providing help for computer users to unlock their BIOS's it does not mean that there is anything to unlock on your particular computer.

The statement in red above was taken from such a forum and what the moderator was saying was that he can only help to unlock menus that were placed in the BIOS and then locked so the user cannot assess them. It is more than likely, especially if the BIOS is Insyde H2O, that the menus are not there to be unlocked.

The statement in red is a paraphrase of:
sorry, if the option is not in the bios i can't add it. i can just unhide if it's there but hidden.

It is in the interest of those running the forums to foster the notion that you can unlock ANY BIOS, it is a way of generating traffic to their forums.

Bill Gates on the BBC's "World at One"

I  never thought that I would agree with Bill Gates in his assessment of the current economic situation (or anything for that matter!).

He remains optimistic in that there will be a solution and that this temporary "stagnation" (as opposed to a "down-turn") will eventually sort itself. He was hinting, but didn't come out and say directly, that a global economy that is based on perpetual growth is not sustainable. The extension of the debt crisis is fueled by the desire to return to a situation of growth.

Perhaps the "stagnation" is the new normal.

This was probably something that Bill was saying as part of his Foundations work on Sustainability. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

The mistake of using a dash in a domain name

While the domain name may be easy to read and look like the name of the entity with the spaces replaced by dashes it is both difficult to spell out to whoever you give it to and is a paint to type, especially on a mobile device. You are far better off using your imagination and come up with a name without the dashes. You cannot use the underscore character but that would yield the same problem.

I know this as in the past I registered a domain with the hope of establishing a business in "Vanity" domain registration and email provision and administration. This venture was not successful for a number of reasons one of the least of which was the domain name.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Windows Validation

Page to start the discussion on the validation of Microsoft Windows either legally or otherwise. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Why Anonymity Matters

Anonymity is the corner stone of Free Speech.

If cannot make anonymous comment then you are beholden to those that do not want you to say things about them that they don't like or if your views are of a differing standpoint to theirs.

Governments have an upper hand on this as they can control Internet access and pass legislation that companies and citizens within their jurisdictions abide. When it comes to those citizens themselves and when the disputes are cross-jurisdictional things are not so clear. Issues with national security take presidence and to a lesser degree issues with copyright enforcement.

It is likely that this post is going to be found by those that are looking for ways to avoid being detected when they are downloading copyright protected media. This is not my main concern. Although that this is big business and there are many that would like to offer you a solution, I am more interested in this from an academic perspective. I have in the past detailed and reviewed such services, however, due to the type of response that I was getting from some of the posts I have changed my emphasis in this regard. You will still find some of these reviews on this blog but I am not really interested in helping others break laws and circumvent legislation. I am interested in what the industry and governments are doing to combat this problem.

The more general issue of anonymity as it relates to the ability for citizens to make comments on things that may not be in line with the views of their governments and other citizens is the real issue here. The evolution of technology is potentially allowing a far greater level of vulnerability and "Big Brother" will have tools that make the current abilities look like those from the Stone Age.