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Sadly, I’ve become soured by the SE network. The mods are often too aggressive, the policies arbitrary and capriciously applied, and some users treat the sites MMOGs, rep-whoring and throwing around random guesses to abuse bounty assignments. I care about the integrity of the site, so I feel that anywhere that allows such disreputable behavior is not somewhere worth staying. I’ll probably reduce my contributions here and find somewhere else to help people.







Press the chemise key to continue… 😈

Programming
“Hobby programmer” for a while, in lots of languages. Some graphics and game programming, but more of a “support programmer” (libraries, tools, utilities, and small single-use programs).

Hardware
Into hardware and electronics, but prefer software because it’s cheaper to experiment with and fix. Designed and built some hardware (computer peripheral “toys”) and written drivers and software for them.

Security
Very into programming and software security. Regularly reading texts on secure programming and always researching the latest threats and learning ways to harden computers.

Repair
Enjoy fixing computers (especially software), but don’t like taking the easy/lazy way (no re-installs!) Prefer to dig in and find a way to fix the problem and repair broken things, not just replace them.

Teaching
Fairly good at figuring out what people are trying to ask, even if they don’t communicate well (teaching since eighth grade). I try to read the whole question or comment before responding, but a painfully slow reader, so occasionally may only read part of a post and end up embarrassed. (Once posted an agreement to a comment, only to notice that the original comment was mine—could’ve been worse; could’ve disagreed with it!)

SE
My accept-rate is a bit low because I don’t ask questions I can fix myself. If I absolutely can’t, I resort to asking others, but my questions tend to be such that others usually have not seen/heard of/thought of/or even considered. As such, there’re usually no answers to my questions at the time.

Images
As a visual-learner, I often add images to my posts to make them more effective. Sometimes I take photos, sometimes I create them with software, sometimes I find them through Google Images or WikiPedia.

Avatar
My avatar is a logo I created based on an emoticon I liked years ago on a now defunct game-server site. The original icon rotated and was tiny and low-res, so I made a better version and have been using it since at least Nov.14.2002.

Mod
I’ve been asked hey bro, y u no do mod? get you POWR!. I’ve considered it, but I simply have too much to do already, so I can’t take on that kind of commitment when I know I won’t be able to do as good a job as I would demand.


Apr
10
comment Switching to the File-In-Use dialog with the keyboard?
It looks like Office may have a similar problem.
Apr
10
comment Do end users need to do anything about the Heartbleed security bug? What?
And people balked when I said I still use Outlook Express 6. Who’s laughing now? :-P
Apr
10
comment Do end users need to do anything about the Heartbleed security bug? What?
You should contact your service providers and confirm that they have plans or have already taken the necessary steps to correct the vulnerability I assume by service providers you mean the websites and not ISPs right?
Apr
10
comment How to use the Internet while Heartbleed is being fixed?
Watch for announcements from organizations regarding the status of their systems. That’s fine for grandmas who use one or two sites, but what about the rest of us? :-/ This is exactly the sort of thing that makes me hate the Internet and using and having accounts on numerous sites; the management becomes abhorrent (like when CJB discontinued their free services and I had to go to each and every single site and change my email addresses).
Apr
10
comment Does Heartbleed pose a risk for past HTTPS communications?
@Full Decent, you may want to consider expanding the question to also include the situation in which there is no particular past wire-tapping. Then it would apply to a wider audience and garner more attention.
Apr
10
comment Does Heartbleed pose a risk for past HTTPS communications?
Not really, this fits perfectly well here; it just needs a bit of re-wording: Do I have to worry about affected sites that I used before (read weeks or months ago)?
Apr
10
comment How to setup Apache HTTP server with the vulnerable OpenSSL
Just use the vulnerable version, making sure to include the heartbeat extension.
Apr
10
comment Why is Safely Remove Hardware so slow?
That’s a good explanation, but it still takes the same amount of (long) time even if there is only a single drive. It does seem to pop up slightly faster if you click it a second time, but it still takes a while.
Apr
7
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Just because the program can’t run doesn’t mean it’s desirable to have the tasks trying to run them. If you remove permissions from googleupdate.exe, then it won’t be able to run, but then you’ll probably get errors every few minutes in the Event Log or elsewhere. If the tasks are not getting re-created, then some change you have made has prevented Chrome from doing so. That’s a good thing. :-) (Especially since they go out of their way to make it hard to not auto-update.)
Apr
6
comment Why half of my RAM of 8GB is missing?
The problem is well known. Maybe, but that doesn’t mean that even people who are familiar with it, let alone those who are not can simply up and diagnose it without a link to a page with the appropriate steps. If you refer to something like that, then it is appropriate to link to it rather than just expect people to go off and look it up for themselves. If that’s what you expect, then you should just mention it in a comment, not an answer.
Apr
6
comment Why half of my RAM of 8GB is missing?
@Boris_yo - You want your page file to be filled No you don’t; you want the physical RAM filled before touching the disk.
Apr
6
comment Disable the Security Essentials End-of-Life Warning on Windows XP
Stage 3: Anti-malware service stopped. You can no longer start the anti-malware service But they specifically said that things would continue to work, just not be updated and thus, potentially vulnerable. By blocking it from running it, they are countering what they promised. Their excuse is probably something like “the defs will be outdated, so letting users continue to run it would give them a false sense of security” or some BS like that. That’s BS because by now, users already know full-well that it’s old and no longer updated, not to mention even old defs still catch old viruses. ◔_◔
Apr
6
comment Accidentally deleted ALL Chrome cookies while trying to view some
Unfortunately the Google devs have decided that we are not allowed to have user stylesheets even though every other browser has had them since browsers were invented. They have decided that they know better than all of the users combined and we may not have them anymore even though they have provided all kinds of functions like UI and accessibility fixes and enhancements. Therefore, this won’t work on newer versions of Chrome, and worse, you cannot even accomplish it with a style extension because those won’t apply to internal pages. I guess the Chrome devs want to lose all of your cookies.
Apr
5
comment Encrypting a VM and folder
Actually, this seems to meet your needs. Your primary concern is that the VM does not run on unauthorized hosts. By encrypting the .vhdx file, you ensure that it will only be readable if the appropriate key is available to decrypt it. This has the advantage of not needing to mess with keys or VM-specific attributes, so it should work on any system with TrueCrypt installed (of course your not limited to TrueCrypt, so you could even use BitLocker or any other encryption system).
Apr
5
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Maybe they changed it in a version after I first noticed it re-creating them. Or maybe they exist on your system now. Just don’t go to chrome://about or it will almost certainly re-create them (even if GoogleUpdate.exe can’t run).
Apr
5
comment (When) is CONHOST.EXE actually necessary?
That sounds brilliant. None of those pages mention conhost, but the connection seems fairly clear. I will do some tests to see what kind of effects it has.
Apr
2
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
2. Disable all Google Update scheduled tasks and services… I should point out that you must only disable the Google Update tasks, do not delete them because Chrome will simply re-create them the next time you run it; it will not re-enable them if they already exist but are disabled. (At least that’s true of versions up to at least 28; I can’t vouch for newer versions which may indeed re-enable the tasks if they are disabled.)
Apr
2
comment Apply styles to pages in Chrome before extensions load
Hardly; using a (slightly) older version as temporary workaround is no more a security risk than using XP or outdated virus-defs or anything else. With even a modicum of good sense, you can be quite safe. There are plenty of articles about living perfectly securely without any kind of anti-virus running in the background. By avoiding risky behavior and using a few simply tricks like a router with a built-in firewall, you can easily continue to use this an older version and be perfectly safe for a few months until you can figure out a long-term solution like switching to another browser.
Apr
2
comment How can I generate thumbnail previews for FLV files in Windows 7?
(Incidentally, I just installed the latest version which includes an option to detect if the automatically selected thumbnail is too black and thus no good, in which case it will automatically jump forward a bit until it finds a good one. This sort of continued development and improvement makes me really back it as a solution.)
Apr
2
comment What is the reason for 7-zip / WinRAR to first unzip files to “temp” and then move them to destination?
They probably had a good reason for that, and it may have been due to some kind of limitation of systems and/or DDE on which it was based, when they first designed OLE, back in the days of Windows 3; a limitation which may or may not apply today.