Mon. Mar. 25, 2019 – day to catch up

Cool and damp, maybe I’ll fix the dang thing today….

Didn’t rain yesterday, but it sure got sopping wet humid by the end of the day.

After spending all day Saturday at the hamfest, and most of Sunday gimping slowly around the house, I feel like I lost a weekend. So today should be a ‘catchup’ day. No not ‘catsup’ or even ‘ketchup’ as I prefer… although there must be a day for that, but ‘catch up’ as in getting some of the list done that got skipped over the weekend.

Or maybe I’ll crawl back into bed as soon as every one is out of the house. I’m that tired….

n

53 thoughts on “Mon. Mar. 25, 2019 – day to catch up”

  1. Subbing again today, for the home economics teacher. Several teachers out today, 5 at my count. Only 4 subs available. The school had a couple more but basically told them to never come back. Must be a real idiot to get fired from a sub job.

    Next year the school is going to try and get regular subs, such as my wife and I, badges with our pictures on the badges. Currently we just wear a generic tag. I would also like to have a wireless signon for the regular subs as I am currently using another teacher’s credentials. I am her favorite sub so I get a lot of leeway.

    Spent three days last week in the RV at Fall Creek Falls State Park. Really nice park, one of my favorites. RV sites have full hookups. It did freeze one night cutting off the water for a few hours. I had water in the tank on the RV so we were able to take showers and do other things that required water.

    Grandson turned 1 year old on Friday so we journeyed to Hendersonville (near Nashville) to attend the birthday celebration. He was one month premature so I guess you could say he is at the 11 month level. Amazing progress in one year when you realize what all has to be learned, especially coordination. Not walking or talking yet but getting close. Standing up on his own while holding on to furniture and making intentional noises when playing. You really notice the changes when you don’t see the child every day.

  2. Marginally related tech content–

    I got a notice that I hadn’t used one of my online accounts and it was in danger of being flushed. It is a service that allowed you to build web based forms, and the backend to do things like inventory or ticket tracking. I mocked up some stuff when I was with my last employer, and then mostly forgot about it. The fact they are still in business, and only flushing my inactive account after 8 or more years is pretty incredible.

    I dutifully and curiously tried to log in and see what I had there. Nope. I’m pretty sure that sometime in the last (almost) decade they changed their log on requirements, and my old pair didn’t work. I’ve had that happen before and there is usually a popup telling me so. In this case, I just clicked on reset my password, since the email was still active.

    I got the email, clicked their link, and then started my battle with poor UI design and semi-clueless support.

    My first password attempt was rejected and I got a message that it needed a special character.

    My SECOND version got rejected and I was told I needed a number.

    My THIRD version got rejected because it contained a dictionary word.

    At that time I got tired of playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and fired off a note to their support link, pointing out that IF they were gonna require all that cr@p, they should spell it out on the page and NOT make users keep guessing at the requirements, and OH BY THE WAY, get with the program and start following NIST guidelines and NOT some 5 year old security wive’s tales….

    Today I got this:

    We understand your concern. Please follow the guidelines below for creating a strong password.

    Password cannot be the same as your username.
    Password length should not be less than 8 characters.
    Password length should not be more than 250 characters.
    Password should contain at least one special character.
    Password should contain at least one numeric character.
    Password should contain both uppercase and lowercase characters.
    Password should not be the same as your last password.

    In case you have any issues in [sic] that, please feel free to write back to us for any further assistance.

    Note that their emailed list doesn’t include anything about the dictionary word requirement. THEIR OWN support staff doesn’t even know or can’t properly communicate their requirements.

    I’ll make a new account if I need their service in the future. Meanwhile, maybe my old zombie account will clog up their pipes for another year or two before they flush it…

    n

    (NB- if these requirements sound fine to you, please see the Appendix in the NIST report- https://pages.nist.gov/800-63-3/sp800-63b.html#appA

    “The most notable form of these is composition rules, which require the user to choose passwords constructed using a mix of character types, such as at least one digit, uppercase letter, and symbol. However, analyses of breached password databases reveal that the benefit of such rules is not nearly as significant as initially thought [Policies], although the impact on usability and memorability is severe.

    […] estimating the entropy for user-chosen passwords is difficult and past efforts to do so have not been particularly accurate. For this reason, a different and somewhat simpler approach, based primarily on password length, is presented herein.

    Many attacks associated with the use of passwords are not affected by password complexity and length. Keystroke logging, phishing, and social engineering attacks are equally effective on lengthy, complex passwords as simple ones. These attacks are outside the scope of this Appendix.”

    Added- remember that this is for an extremely low value, free site with no exposure of my PII, so this is almost exactly how I responded to their rules, quoted from the Appendix–

    “Research has shown, however, that users respond in very predictable ways to the requirements imposed by composition rules [Policies]. For example, a user that might have chosen “password” as their password would be relatively likely to choose “Password1” if required to include an uppercase letter and a number, or “Password1!” if a symbol is also required.”


  3. or “Password1!” if a symbol is also required.”

    I use a dollar sign.

    When I worked at Tau Beta Pi developing their online chapter reporting system passwords were a problem. One of the people on the executive council worked with security at IBM. The requirements that he demanded be put on the passwords was ridiculous. Minimum length of 10 characters, one number, one special character, no more than two repeating characters, cannot contain chapter name (abbreviation such as TNA for Tennessee Alpha), no reuse of the last 10 passwords, etc. All this to protect what was basically information of little value outside the organization. All anyone could possible get was an email address.

    After several years I had enough of having to reset people’s passwords. I changed the requirements to a pass phrase. Anything up to 250 characters with a minimum length of 10 characters. Users liked that much better. I also implemented a password reset system where the password was emailed to the email on file for the chapter, generally the chapter president.

    One of the propeller heads at one of the chapters was aghast that the password was in plain text in the email and that I was storing the password in clear text in the database. First I was not storing the password in clear-text, but encrypted with a unique key. However I could decrypt the password at will as I knew where the key was in the database for each account. It was not an obvious key and knowledge of the system would be required to get the key along with knowledge of the encryption (I designed) that was used.

    I had to explain to the individual this was no less secure than a password reset link that was in cleartext in an email. I also explained that I doubted anyone was scanning his emails looking for the pass phrase to the site. I continued to explain that the security requirements should match the asset being secured. A low level, practically zero, information site does not need high security that is difficult to maintain and difficult for the users.

  4. Fall Creek Falls is a really nice park. On a trip up to East TN a couple years ago, my son and I diverted to stop there and do the ropes course. Lots of fun. It added an hour drive time to the trip, but even without the stop, it was worth avoiding the nightmare that is Chattanooga.

  5. The restaurant and inn that was at Fall Creek Falls has been torn down and will be rebuilt. I saw the rope course information while I was there and it seemed interesting. It is not yet open for the season.

    There are a many great state parks in TN. I don’t understand the fascination with the Smokey Mountains. Yes, it is scenic. But it is also crowded. You have to go through Pigeon Forge then Gatlinburg (really crowded) or use the bypass which still has a lot of traffic. Other option is through Townsend which still has traffic. There are a lot of trails in the park but unless you get there early there is no place to park. I know some back ways but so do a lot of locals which still creates traffic issues.

    I think that Smokey Mountain National Park is one of most visited parks in the US. Location has a lot to do with the number of visitors. There are millions of people within a day drive from the park. Along with Pigeon Forge which is a major tourist destination that drives a lot of visitors to the park.

    Personally I would rather spend time at the state parks, many which have water features, decent camping facilities, even for RV’s. Overnight rates are reasonable and even more so if using veteran status or national park pass.

  6. I grew up in Illinois but we spent almost all of our camping time in Indiana State Parks. I haven’t been in decades, but they used to be VERY nice, each with something featured to see or do, beyond just camping there.

    n

  7. this is worth a read, or at least a skim:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-24/different-view-venezuelas-energy-problems

    BTW, I spoke with a ham Saturday with family in Venezuela. His mom (80+) and adult daughter both still live there. He said, no matter what you see online or in other media sources, the reality is WORSE. His mom was robbed upon exiting the grocery store. Gun in face, “give me the bags”. No money, just stole the food. His daughter is trying to emigrate legally and faces about a year more delay. He showed me video on his phone of almost completely bare store shelves. It was the equivalent of a CVS or Walgreens, with NOTHING left in the pharmacy area, and little more than bottled water on the store shelves. He says they used to send food and supplies to Venezuela, but stopped because none was getting thru to his family.

    Not surprisingly, he is a prepper and advocated for stacking it high.

    n

  8. Brad said:
    ”Since Steam’s support for games on Linux is now so good, my last excuse for using Windows pretty much evaporated. The only other reason I can imagine are PDF forms that really require Adobe Reader – but I haven’t run into one of those in a while…”

    Look at the easy to find Linux utility Xournal. It’s more like a “Paint” program, with that sort of text tool. I found it very useful, some time back, for filling out a PDF form that was otherwise difficult to edit.

  9. On Windows, I have a 2006 auto service manual (purchased at significant expense) that requires Internet Explorer. I have not been successful in getting it to work with any other browser on Windows or Linux. I emailed the publisher asking how I could use it on a tablet, since tabs don’t run Windows, and I refuse to put a computer in a dirty shop environment. Crickets. All older similar pubs are able to be used anywhere, even on my phone.

    Makes me sour on the auto industry, which increasingly discourages owners from maintaining their cars. And, yes, I know there are alternatives to the manufacturer’s service manual, but I still consider that to be the best source, although these pubs are dramatically worse than than the ones from just a few years ago.

  10. On Windows, I have a 2006 auto service manual (purchased at significant expense) that requires Internet Explorer. I have not been successful in getting it to work with any other browser on Windows or Linux. I emailed the publisher asking how I could use it on a tablet, since tabs don’t run Windows, and I refuse to put a computer in a dirty shop environment. Crickets. All older similar pubs are able to be used anywhere, even on my phone.

    I remember a script, something like “IE 6 For Linux”, which would wrap all of the necessary components into a nice, neat package for execution of Internet Explorer under Wine. If I had to guess, v6 was the target.

    Alternatively, just run XP in VirtualBox.

  11. Hey, anyone know how to turn off the “maximize window when moved near the edge of the screen” feature in win8? I don’t even know the right keywords for google…

    n

    Nevermind, I did find it with the most generic terms, never would have looked in the Ease of Access settings

    added- 28 MILLION hits. NOT a popular feature then.

  12. Not surprisingly, he is a prepper and advocated for stacking it high.

    Failed society. When the sewage backs up, everyone will die of some nasty infection. Venezuela is an excellent if tragic experiment on a nation-state scale.

    During my three month sentence -er- tenure, I picked up a brutal staff infection in one finger just due to lack of running water at our test facility. Thankfully, a month of antibiotics (two courses), antibiotic ointments from a *fully stocked* CVS, and my wife digging at the infection with a scalpel eventually brought things under control.

    If I lived in Venezuela under current conditions, I probably would have been dead.

  13. Um, one of the things he confirmed was people using the open air sewer (river) that runs thru the city — for drinking water — and that people were ‘looking for gold’ in the sewage because of the collapse of the money.

    n

  14. I’ve had surgery twice to remove different staph infections. One I could have lost my arm. F’ers didn’t mention THAT little nugget until AFTER the successful surgery.

    n

  15. I just saw an update from the Apple event that the Portland transit system will now accept Apple Pay.

    When we lived in Vantucky, the fare enforcement on the Portland light rail consisted of three people.

    Wait? Apple is introducting a credit card?

  16. “When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.” – Thomas Sowell

    Which explains alot about current conditions.

    n

  17. Which explains alot about current conditions.

    People want to believe, hence Robert Francis’ makeup which makes him look like he has Addisons.

    I kinda-sorta listened to the news in Chicago last week. The city council is going heavy on socialists.

  18. On Windows, I have a 2006 auto service manual (purchased at significant expense) that requires Internet Explorer.

    Can you print from it? Maybe print the entire thing to PDF.

  19. Good article about FirstNet, which is a parallel broadband network for first responders. Houston is installing now, poles with antennas every block or so. Fiber pushed between them. Can’t be cheap.

    https://www.cablinginstall.com/articles/print/volume-27/issue-3/features/design/firstnet-the-third-dimension-of-public-safety-wireless.html

    “FirstNet will be a wireless network for first responders that’s as robust and reliable as land mobile radio has been.”

    n

  20. Just got a call from “Microsoft Support”. A recording said my license key (to what?) had expired and all my services would stop working. Need to call a 1-866- number to reactivate. Want to take bets that number is not really Microsoft? I didn’t think so. However people will still fall for this scam. I was tempted to call but the thought of having my number in their database quickly squelched that idea.

  21. I was tempted to call but the thought of having my number in their database quickly squelched that idea.

    I called one day and played really dumb. It drove the fresher crazy as he tried to get me to surf to a particular page and download the “diagnostic”.

    Hunh? What? You-are-ell?

    They don’t call anymore.

  22. F o u n d and w a t c h e d the video from N e w Z e a l a n d.

    Run. if you can’t run,
    Hide. if you can’t actually hide out of sight, and before the attacker sees you,
    Fight. because you are already dead if you don’t.

    Our constables actually teach the next evolution of this, because it’s not usually presented with the caveats, and hiding doesn’t work if he knows you are there.

    Avoid- similar to run/hide
    Deny- access to you and yours- lock and obstruct doors, etc
    Defend- by attacking in whatever way you can because YOU ARE ALREADY DEAD.

    He went back in several times. He mag dumped into the piles several times. Then he went individually to make sure.

    ONE guy tried to fight, and got to him just a split second too late as he swung the rifle around.

    It happens very quickly. Then it takes forever.

    I’m not going to link. Bitch u t e . com has it up currently. He gets out of his car at 6:00 minutes and it’s over in 10 minutes. The actual attack is done in about a minute. there are several points where he reloads, drops a mag, or has some sort of malfunction. He leaves and comes back several times.

    The video isn’t great quality wise, it’s shot with a head mount and moves around a lot, it’s fairly low rez. There are 2 or three places were blood is visible, but the color is washed out and it is not gory. It is horrifying, but if you want to see what it’s really like to be in a mass shooting, I hope we never have a better source.

    n

  23. WRT this article:

    Dozens Of Tankers Stranded In Houston Ship Channel After Chemical Leak Contamination

    heard on the scanner earlier today when they opened the affected area to one way ship traffic, so they are moving them out…

    n

    added- and the wife reports that the local facebook group has got people in it convinced that the city and state are lying about any exposures, and we should all hide inside. We’re 40-60 miles away. When I pointed out the web access to the raw air quality monitoring sites, she told me they already knew about them and think the numbers are being faked. Jeez. Now I wonder if this woman had her kids vaccinated.

  24. Seems that Dr Dre (rap artist) took the more traditional route…

    Nobody Forgot About Dre’s $70 Million USC Donation; Rap Icon Deletes Post About Daughter’s College Acceptance

    “Rap legend Dr. Dre has deleted an Instagram post bragging about his daughter getting into the University of Southern California (USC) without “jail time” – seemingly referring to the recent college admissions scandal – after news resurfaced of a $70 million donation he made to the university with producer Jimmy Iovine in 2013.

    In the now-deleted post, Dre wrote “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!” – along with a photo of himself and daughter Truly Young holding her acceptance letter. ”


  25. I remember a script, something like “IE 6 For Linux”, which would wrap all of the necessary components into a nice, neat package for execution of Internet Explorer under Wine. If I had to guess, v6 was the target.

    Alternatively, just run XP in VirtualBox.

    Sorry, I wasn’t being clear. Must have been before the coffee kicked in. I don’t want to run this service manual under Linux. I want to run it under Android. Couldn’t find anything remotely close to a solution. Running Windows in a VM on Linux doesn’t matter for me, since I have Jerry Pournelle style multitasking: a Linux box and a Windows box. Never liked multi boots.

    I know the dealers run computers in their shops, but I wouldn’t do that. Maybe some day I will have a small sealed NUC or similar box that would tolerate a shop environment, but not now. Besides, I can use my older manuals on a tablet very conveniently, even taking it right up to the work at hand. This is just part of the foolishness of the changes in the auto industry. Don’t even get me started on the closed software architecture that resides in the cars. Liability, you know.

    This manual runs just fine on the IE that comes with W10. Trying to figure it out manually got me nowhere fast. The architecture appears to be that of a web site, with over eight thousand files. Some are XML, which I can see are the text. The rest are graphics files with common formats such as JPG, GIF, and PNG. There are also other files. Something ties them all together in the browser. Without that key, it is impossible to manually assemble it into pages.

    I did try some Linux solutions but they seemed to require Adobe SVG or something. Anyhow, I still couldn’t get beyond the IE requirement, so why bother?


  26. Can you print from it? Maybe print the entire thing to PDF.

    Paul, thanks for the printing suggestion, but I would have to “print” each subject to PDF manually. There are a few hundred subject “pages” per chapter, and 25 chapters, quite a task. Worse, I would lose all the hyperlinking that actually makes it more useful than a paper document. This manual is designed for hyperlinking, which is actually pretty good compared to the old way of doing things. My older manuals are simple PDF collections, with one file for each chapter, and they mimic the printed manual. Those can obviously be read anywhere that supports PDF. I thought I would be getting something similar in this new manual, but no.

    In another thought, I bought in to the paperless office 30 (?) years ago. The rest of the world didn’t. I really like reading things on a screen, where they are clear and sharp, and can be zoomed and made visible from across the room if necessary. I can also mark up anything, and not deface the original, while keeping the marks. I can do so much more than with paper. Unfortunately, this requires discipline, especially in the business world, which is still enamored with paper and faxes. Scanning the paper is only a partial solution.

    OK, in a SHTF situation, I will be toast. I have thought about that, but remain dedicated. Besides, my life might not be worth living without the conveniences.

  27. @JimB

    Random idea for your manuals: assuming that you can read/look/use the file under Linux, why not get a Raspberry Pi connected to an inexpensive HDMI monitor? Cost would be about $50-80 (Pi + power supply + small wireless keyboard).

    That won’t help if you can’t view the file in a Linux-based browser, though. Just a random thought. (Pi’s are fun to play with, though.)

  28. My grandson is finishing his freshman year at USC in Civil Eng’g. He got in on his own although I did pay for some ACT tutoring, but that was all legal and upfront (no side door).

    His sister is now a junior in high school and I am doing the same for her. Nothing criminal here so we will not have to hire Avenatti.


  29. Look at the easy to find Linux utility Xournal. It’s more like a “Paint” program, with that sort of text tool. I found it very useful, some time back, for filling out a PDF form that was otherwise difficult to edit.

    Thanks for the tip. I looked at it, but it apparently converts the filled form to a flat PDF, which can’t be edited by the next person in the paperless office. I will eventually try it, however, the next time I need that.

    In reading about Xournal, I found pdffiller.com, and Master PDF Editor, which might be solutions for me. Will give them a look also.

    Back when Adobe made a Linux version of their free reader, that worked for me. It is gone now. Besides, I won’t have Adobe products in my house if possible.

  30. Rick H,

    I have always wanted to play with a Pi, but my copious spare time as a retiree has kept it near the bottom of my list. No, can’t run the manual on Linux. Don’t think it is practical to run Windows on a Pi, but there are other small solutions that can. Nick or Lynn mentioned one some time ago, and the concept intrigued me. I have always been fascinated by small boxes that consume flea power. When I was active in ham radio, I also liked QRP (low power) transmitters. I once made a CW contact across town using only my external VFO, power output unknown, but waaay less than a watt. Fun times!

    I still have a couple MSI Atom desktops, both single and dual core. They take something like 26 watts running full tilt with a hard drive. Not bad, but there are better solutions now.

  31. “200 Million People At Risk: National Weather Service Warns Worse To Come In Apocalyptic Midwest Floods”
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-03-25/200-million-people-risk-national-weather-service-warns-worse-come-apocalyptic

    60% of the USA’s population is at risk from floods ? No freaking way.

    “The areas under the highest risk of moderate to major flooding, according to NOAA, are the upper, middle and lower Mississippi River basins, including the mainstem Mississippi River, Red River of the North, Great Lakes, eastern Missouri River, lower Ohio River, lower Cumberland River and Tennessee River basins.”

    That is not 200 million people.

  32. I got my dad something similar in shape, capacity and price to this —

    https://www.amazon.com/Desktop-Windows-64-bit-x5-Z8350-Graphics/dp/B07L1RC3K3/ref=sr_1_4?crid=H496YEHPW9MJ&keywords=windows+computer+tiny&qid=1553559354&rnid=2941120011&s=pc&sprefix=windows+tiny+compu%2Caps%2C158&sr=1-4&tag=ttgnet-20

    added a 64gb SD card

    hung an old kbd and mouse off it.

    Run up to 4 youtube streams before it started to stutter a bit. Skype worked well.

    Had to install the old MS games and make it look like win7 so he could use it.

    n

  33. That’s it! Read the specs on Amazon, impressive. I would sooner play with this than a Pi. I can get real work done with it. No offense meant to the Pi devotees, but I need Windows.

  34. Put those old atom sff machines to work with Kodi as a media center. I’ve set up two of the old asus ones and they work fine.

    n

  35. @JimB
    How about a tablet running an RDP session to the Win 10 system?
    I’ve done RDP on Android and Apple. It’s not ideal but it works ok.

    You may have to bump the Win 10 system to Pro if it is currently a Home edition, I don’t recall if Home permits incoming RDP.
    This would allow you to keep the Win 10 system out of the shop.

  36. Kodi looks interesting. I could use it for my large collection of still pictures, although I mostly just look at them on my computer. The wife isn’t interested much. I also don’t have broadband, and there is no OTA TV here, so not good for streaming. We seldom watch DVDs, although if I ripped them they might be more convenient… if we had more of them. The wife mostly watches our DirecTV DVRs for her stuff, much of which might not be available (to us) on any other medium. I mostly don’t watch anything other than some business news stuff, and a DVR is essential for that.

    Clearly, I need a life, but it isn’t TV! Some day, I will find something worthwhile to watch, but it is more likely to be outdoors.

  37. Excellent idea, Jenny!! That seems the best solution. Why didn’t I think of it? Seems to solve all problems at once, and is simple. I do have W10 Pro. It also would be a learning experience.

    In spite of all my crabbing about not having enough time, I really do like to do things that allow me to learn something. Hey, maybe THAT is why I don’t have as much spare time as I wished!

  38. “U.S. Was Closer To Coup D’Etat Than Ever Before”
    https://www.nysun.com/national/us-was-closer-to-coup-detat-than-ere-before/90625/

    “No reader of my previous comments on the subject would expect surprise from me about the verdict of the Mueller report. No one nominated by a major political party to the presidency of the United States would have dreamed of cooperating with any foreign power to influence a U.S. presidential election.”

    “The Russian-collusion argument was always an absurd, a practically insane proposition. The fact that it enjoyed the currency it did as long as it did illustrates the cognitive incapacity of the Obama-Clinton majority to accept that they were honestly defeated in 2016. Worse than that, while it was just mad partisanship by most Democrats and most of the political press, the collusion fraud was a crime, of extreme gravity, by its perpetrators.”

    “Even today, main-line Democrats do not understand the country’s reservations about President Obama’s flatlined new normal of no growth in family purchasing power, evaporating “red lines” in foreign policy, approval of Iranian and North Korean development of nuclear weapons with which to blackmail America and, in Iran’s case, threaten to exterminate Israel, and generally to blame white male Americans for every evil under heaven.”

  39. We retired the idea of passwords this year. Our Security guru built a bit coin mining machine that can crack 8 character passwords in a few minutes. So we bumped the minimum length to 14 characters and are educating the users to create pass-phrases. I use memorable movie titles like Gone-with-the-wind.

  40. ”’ ”’ Look at the easy to find Linux utility Xournal. It’s more like a “Paint” program, with that sort of text tool. I found it very useful, some time back, for filling out a PDF form that was otherwise difficult to edit. ”’ ”’

    ”’ Thanks for the tip. I looked at it, but it apparently converts the filled form to a flat PDF, which can’t be edited by the next person in the paperless office. I will eventually try it, however, the next time I need that. ”’

    I think I recall correctly that Xournal saves in both its own file format and in PDF, as options. I’m not sure what a “flat PDF” is but I think that the point was that it was a “flat PDF” that I had to edit in the first place, and Xournal worked for that just fine, with that kinda awkward “Paint” style text tool (and drawing tools too). Wouldn’t Xournal still work to do edits of that PDF that had already been edited with Xournal?
    I didn’t have to share the file for office re-editing, so I really don’t know. I just printed and submitted it on paper to the annoying bureaucratic outfit, and it worked quite well (with all the surprisingly easy to read text I put in).
    And… we still have not heard from Brad, for whom I made the first suggestion…

  41. Sorry, I wasn’t being clear. Must have been before the coffee kicked in. I don’t want to run this service manual under Linux. I want to run it under Android. Couldn’t find anything remotely close to a solution. Running Windows in a VM on Linux doesn’t matter for me, since I have Jerry Pournelle style multitasking: a Linux box and a Windows box. Never liked multi boots.

    Have you considered a surplus HP Stream 7 (32 bit Windows 8) tablet instead of an Android model?

  42. So now we know the 2013 cost to get your kid into USC, $70 million without having the usual credentials:

    Something’s weird there. Dre’s daughter must be dim or he wants her to graduate Suma Cum Laude with a law/med school admission already guaranteed.

    An African American girl who can read and write competently at a 9th grade level doesn’t even have to try to get admitted to places like USC. Just writing “Dr. Dre’s daughter” at the top of the application would have the admissions officer salivating, no check necessary.

  43. Good idea! add retry timeouts, and you’re good to go NIST wise….

    JimB, I use my kodi box exclusively to watch youtube videos on the bedroom tv. I installed the app for looking at my security cams, but can’t be arsed to hand type the address/access urls.

    n


  44. Have you considered a surplus HP Stream 7 (32 bit Windows 8) tablet instead of an Android model?

    Thanks. Interesting little tablet for a good price, but the 7″ screen is a bit small for my needs.

    I haven’t keep up with hardware much, as I haven’t needed anything. I have too much now! That said, I had no idea there was a tablet designed for Windows, other than the Surface variants, which are very nice, but also pricey.

  45. I haven’t keep up with hardware much, as I haven’t needed anything. I have too much now! That said, I had no idea there was a tablet designed for Windows, other than the Surface variants, which are very nice, but also pricey.

    Windows 8 was such a dud that Microsoft would license the OS to anyone for free on devices with screens 7″ or smaller. A lot of manufacturers tried that size tablet about 5-6 years ago.

    The tablets received free upgrades to Windows 10, but, yeah, the screen size was a problem.

  46. Chromebook laptops and tablets ate MS for lunch on the low end. Chrome with the remote desktop extension added just works. I use it everyday. Control of my Win pcs at both home and work. Better security than MS RDP too.

  47. “Just got a call from “Microsoft Support”. A recording said my license key (to what?) had expired and all my services would stop working. Need to call a 1-866- number to reactivate. Want to take bets that number is not really Microsoft? I didn’t think so. However, people will still fall for this scam. I was tempted to call but the thought of having my number in their database quickly squelched that idea. “

    I was beginning to feel left out, but Monday afternoon I got a call from an unrecognized phone number so I let it go to voice-mail. When I retrieved the voice-mail a very robotic voice said:

    “This is the IRS and since you have not returned our calls and have let this call go to voice-mail the authorities are on their way to arrest you and seize all of your property unless you call 1-800- immediately”.

    Well, we are still here, possessions intact and of course, reported the phone number which is that of scammer that has been operating for years from this number. Why is this still happening? Yes, facetious question.

  48. Ѕimⲣly a smiling visitоr here to ѕhaгe the love (:,
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  49. I was beginning to feel left out, but Monday afternoon I got a call from an unrecognized phone number so I let it go to voice-mail. When I retrieved the voice-mail a very robotic voice said:

    “This is the IRS and since you have not returned our calls and have let this call go to voice-mail the authorities are on their way to arrest you and seize all of your property unless you call 1-800- immediately”.

    They have called the wife’s cell one to three times a week now for several years. She dutifully blocks the new phone number each time. If she could, she would call in a hit on them. As much as they have harrassed her, I would pay for the hit.

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