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Hardware & Technology / Why I’m done with Chrome
« on: September 24, 2018, 04:02:19 AM »
Why I’m done with Chrome

A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience. From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you. It’ll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you.


Looks like some more people are starting to realize that RSS feeds offer a whole lot more than your average SNS.

Hardware & Technology / Recommended Endpoint Protection these days
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:03:47 AM »
I was asked for recommendations for enterprise level endpoint protection products so I wanted to ask Th3 Core if anyone had either used or worked in a big operation with a decent Endpoint Protection package. I don't even use AV on most of my systems anymore so I'm a bit out of the loop these days as to what's good.

Right now the organization is looking at
  • Palo Alto Traps
  • Cylance Advanced Threat Protection
  • Carbon Black Defense
Anything to say about these or suggestions to add?

Water Cooler / Damn earthquakes
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:18:21 AM »
Got hit by a M6.1 quake this morning in Osaka, Japan that has basically stopped transportation in the area. I really hate these things. Fortunately I only ended up with a lot of things knocked off shelves and monitors tipped over. I just hope that this isn't the start of a big quake swarm where the later ones are even bigger.

Hardware & Technology / Anyone using DNSSEC?
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:34:20 AM »
Have any of The Core bothered setting up DNSSEC for their domains?

I've been reading articles that range from "It's the future of DNS" to "Forget about it". Just wondering if anyone here had experience they could share. Before I invest the time and money I wondered if it was even worth my time for the average site. I could see the benefits if I was running the PayPal site, but I doubt the sites I'm running would be the type that require secure DNS.

Water Cooler / Ham-tastic
« on: February 01, 2017, 05:34:31 AM »
Well, I finally followed through on my long-standing threat to get licenced.  Passed both the Technician and General amateur radio exams and am now waiting to show up in the FCC database so I'll officially be a Ham. I still have a lot to learn, but at least I'll have my ticket to operate.

Hardware & Technology / Goodbye Feedly. Hello InoReader.
« on: January 18, 2017, 02:01:55 AM »
When Google dropped Reader, and the developer of FeedDemon ended the project, I was a bit lost for a good RSS feed reader.  Like a lot of people I jumped on Feedly. I even got in early on the paid Pro version and snagged a lifetime subscription. I'm a heavy RSS user and wanted the most features possible.

Fast forward a few years, and Feedly development doesn't seem to be going anywhere. You can't even make a keyword feed or filter keywords out of a feed. The interface is nice, but they just don't let me fine tune my feeds.

Always looking for an alternative that's better, even if I do have a Pro Feedly account, I came across InoReader. This is a feed reader on steroids. The options menu alone had me hooked. They's got the basics down pat, and have an extensive set of rules and filters so that I can keep all of my thousands of feeds yet only have them show relevant information. Not sure why Feedly couldn't have done this from day 1. I'm finally enjoying curating my RSS feed collection again.

Ungoogled Chromium Strips Away the Privacy-Invading Features from Chromium

Chrome and its open-source variant, Chromium, are great browsers, but there’s no denying that Google’s got eyes deep inside both to track all kinds of stuff. Ungoogled Chromium is a special build that strips as much of that stuff away as possible.

I've used other stripped down Chromium variants, like SRWare Iron, but they're always just far enough behind the curve of updates that I've abandoned them. Not sure if this one will keep up with the frantic development of Google Chrome, but it's on GitHub and I like their thinking

Hardware & Technology / Cheap web host - one time payment
« on: September 27, 2016, 02:26:31 AM »
Saw someone mention this host on another forum. This looks too good to be true.
One time payment and you own the server space for life? There's gotta be a catch. Hosted in Canada.

Anyone heard of this?

They have a huge sale on now. Looks too good to be true.

Hardware & Technology / Two years spamming spammers back
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:34:26 AM »
Two years spamming spammers back

I created a bot to respond to these types of emails…

    Sarah: My husband dead two years ago and the family members wants to kill me and my children and seat on the inheritance he left for us with bank here l am now in a hiding with my kids and the documents of inheritance is with us…

    Bot: Very nice! Where abouts are you located?


Password-protect your Wi-Fi hotspots and ask for user details too, rules ECJ

Europeans who provide Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t liable for copyright violations by the strangers who use them, according to Europe’s top court.

However, there’s a whopping big “but.”

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) also ruled that the holders of infringed copyrights can demand that those Wi-Fi hotspots be password-protected to deter future violations.

What’s more, users will be required to “reveal their identity to be prevented from acting anonymously.”

What a brilliant plan to stop the spread of open WiFi...

IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

IPv4 address exhaustion is making it harder to measure the size of the Internet, even as IPv6 deployment accelerates.

While IPv6 activity doubled in 2015 (to 400 million addresses by year-end), the vast majority of users are still on IPv4 addresses, mostly via dynamic assignment or behind carrier-grade Network Address Translation (NAT) boxes.

Facebook ads still slipping past Adblock Plus via stripped-down code

The Adblock Plus crowdsourced hacker militia can’t keep up with Facebook’s disciplined army of engineers.

When Facebook first announced it would circumvent ad blocking software, Adblock Plus (ABP) built a workaround in two days, boasting that “We promised that the open source community would have a solution very soon…This time that community seems to have gotten the better of even a giant like Facebook.”

But it’s been a month since Facebook broke ABP’s last workaround, and the social network’s marketing messages are still getting through. Despite the fact that ABP’s browser extension gets the final say on what appears on your screen, it can’t build filters fast enough when Facebook has total control over the code it serves.

Traffic / Common Search: large-scale, nonprofit search engine
« on: August 08, 2016, 06:09:50 AM »

Noticed this search engine project because they just made a Tor node available.

They are only using publicly available data sets, mostly Common Crawl.

Hardware & Technology / Common group e-mail reply address
« on: July 01, 2016, 08:30:19 AM »
I was asked to make an e-mail address on a new domain, like:

This e-mail address would forward to a bunch of customer service agents. However, none of these customer service agents are members of this domain. They want the ability to reply FROM to the customers. (The customer would only see when receiving replies from the agents.)

I can't add this address to the domain that the customer service agents use. (Long story)

My first idea was to put the domain on Google Apps. They have a new thing called Collaborative Inbox. It's a fancy Google Groups interface that looked like it would work... but to work correctly these customer service agents would need to be members of this Google Apps account. The company didn't want to pay for multiple Google Apps accounts for this purpose, so I'm looking for another solution.

Any relatively cheap solutions you could suggest?

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