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A SQL Server DBA that dabbles in Python, Linux, and math. On the rare occassions I have time, I play Go.


Dec
14
comment Are USB hard drives really reliable enough to backup to?
There is a huge array of USB drives, so answering that question in general is very hard. You can look up reliability for most individual drives, especially the upper end ones, on the manufactures websites. Also, it will matter to a degree how much you move/toss it around. As a general rule, they are reliable enough that its not an issue for an average end user, but no existing medium is so reliable as to be trusted for a sole backup.
Dec
14
comment Are USB hard drives really reliable enough to backup to?
Yeah, I tend to keep upgradin computers rather than replacing wholesale, so I have harddrives die on me from time to time.
Dec
13
comment Online Virtual Enviornments for Old Operating Systems
I have never used it so I am not endorsing it, but cloudshare may do what you want. I'm not sure it will free you from managing it though. Many cloud providers take care of backup and high availabilit for you, but, especially when talking about a VM, you still have to configure and maintain it. In the database world for instance, SQL Azure relieves you of some administrative burdens even as it creates others.
Dec
13
comment Where are Windows 7 Passwords Stored?
@ekaj define crack? If you mean you want to generate every possible 8 digit password, I suspect you could do it in much less than 22 days on a decent desktop. If you mean actually then try those to see which one decrypts your target file, that depends on how long each attempt takes, and that would take much longer. Also, 8 digits is not considered long for a strong password, and the difficult goes up exponentially with each extra character.
Dec
13
comment Where are Windows 7 Passwords Stored?
@ekaj Rainbow tables are fantastic for dealing with short hashes. They do not work well when dealing with much more than that. Brute forcing modern cryptography with a long key is hard. By which I mean be prepared to wait for months or years if you have a spare supercomputer lying around and expect to not see the answer in your lifetime if you don't.
Dec
13
comment Where are Windows 7 Passwords Stored?
@ekaj Like Kyle said, it depends on the type. Some types (normally ones that are dealing with mass market consumer products like CSS that almost have to have holes in them to work as intended, or some forms that are meant to be encrypted and decrypted by hand like the Caesar Cypher) are relatively easy to break. Modern strong computer encryption like TwoFish is very hard to break.
Dec
13
comment Firefox: Limit add-ons like Flash
Works beautifully thanks.
Dec
9
comment Ubuntu Launcher Customization
Heh, I've been using Linux off and on for years, but I'm new to Ubuntu and didn't notice the connection. Thanks.
Dec
8
comment Legal way to get movies/shows onto a non-networked computer
I am also not a lawyer, but I believe you would run into the problem that afrazier described. Worse, many DVDs include "anti-ripping" technology like RipGaurd from Macrovision. They have all been cracked, but employing the tools to bypass them would violate the DMCA.
Dec
7
comment How to rapidly switch between two desktop settings?
Fantastic, thank you. I would still be interested in powershell solution simply because I am trying to learn powershell as well, but this works beautifully in practice.
Dec
7
comment Ubuntu Launcher Customization
I['ll take a look at some of the third party options. Any idea when 12.04 will be out?
Dec
5
comment Ubuntu Launcher Customization
That is a shame. As an operatin system, I really like Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular, but I would like it much better with a few tweaks to that Launcher and they seem like they should be relatively simple things. I find I trigger it fairly often accidentally.
Nov
30
comment Program that “fences” installed programs so they do not contaminate Windows?
Depending on how far you want to take it, a virtual machine may be exactly what you want. VmWare Player is free as long as you have another license for your os of choice.
Nov
30
comment What's the difference between “Flash Drive” and “Flash Memory”?
Technically, a USB Flash Drive contains flash memory, but a lot of people who aren't obsessed with grammar use them interchangeably.
Nov
28
comment How can I test my virus scanner?
VmWare player would probably work well for this and it is free for personal use, same with VirtualBox (though after trying both, I prefer VmWare). WmWare Workstation is more expensive, but well worth it for a developer.
Nov
23
comment Is an EULA enforceable?
Great answer, though I'll add that generally they will at least be treated as contracts of adhesion. While contracts of adhesion are generally enforceable, it is much easier to challenge at least limited clauses as being unconscionable. (IANAL)
Nov
22
comment Is it safe to run a LiveCD if the host operating system is infected?
The short answer is that if you got the liveCD image from a reputable source and jus burned the ISO image onto a write-once CD-R, you can be fairly confident it is not infected.
Nov
21
comment Multi-Session handling web-browsers?
I ran into something similar a while ago, and I generally use FireFox for almost all of my browsing, but I keep Chrome around when I need to log in with multiple accounts at the same time.
Nov
21
comment Where is DOS command prompt in Windows 7
To add on, remember that Windows 7 comes with Powershell, and that is (depending on your task) often a superior replacement to cmd. Also, with cmd you can use /k to carry out a command first. So, for example, you could make a shortcut with a target of C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /K cd c:\Python27
Nov
18
comment Legal way to get movies/shows onto a non-networked computer
Heh. Ethically, I think it is a somewhat complex question. I think ripping DVD's ought to be legal. But I also think that people ought to obey the law (except in cases where obeying the law is patently unethical, but that is fortunately a fairly rare issue in the US compared to say Nazi Germany). My goal is to find options that are entirely legal.