11 10 / 2014

"With the advent of password managers, the large majority of all passwords should just be randomly generated, and replaced with a single password that provides access to all the others. This solves both the strength and memorability problems for 95% of your passwords."

03 10 / 2014

One of these days I’ll get to destroy a server…. VIDEO:

27 9 / 2014

Moving a picture in MS Word…

Moving a picture in MS Word…

(Source: reddit.com)

23 9 / 2014

Great collection of text manipulation tools

09 9 / 2014

From previous post by krebs: “A source close to the investigation told this author that an analysis revealed at least some of Home Depot’s store registers had been infected with a new variant of “BlackPOS” (a.k.a. “Kaptoxa”), a malware strain designed to siphon data from cards when they are swiped at infected point-of-sale systems running Microsoft Windows.”

09 9 / 2014

Moving Montgomery Forward with Gigabit Speed Networks

24 8 / 2014

"Bluetooth is a very well designed standard that is actually very reliable, and keeps its transmission rate well below what the current SNR will support, unlike wifi. The *problem* is cheap manufacturers who buy second rate parts for their bluetooth transceivers since 1) most people don’t use their bluetooth functionality and 2) most people won’t know why since bluetooth doesn’t provide signal strength indicators. The manufacturers cheap out like this because there’s no minimum standard for bluetooth devices, nor a common test that all devices need to pass."

Great explanation on why Bluetooth devices usually aren’t very good

(Source: reddit.com)

22 8 / 2014

Best IT marketing video I’ve seen… Good job solarwinds

20 8 / 2014

Dan adds: this one was new to me… cool feature:

Put You at the Front of the Print Queue

Do you always end up in the office-printer queue behind the guy who decided to print War & Peace? Rather than sending documents to just one printer, you can select all the printers in the office and have your document print on the first one available. Go to System Preferences and then Printers & Scanners. Select your favorite printers on the network and then create a printer pool that includes them. Next time you print, select the pool rather than an individual printer.

(Source: popmech)

08 8 / 2014

This is what Russian users see when they try to download Java… Makes me want to move there! Found here.

This is what Russian users see when they try to download Java… Makes me want to move there! Found here.

(Source: java.com)

06 8 / 2014



21 7 / 2014


On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the Sea of Japan.  At about 6am that morning, I arrived at my summer job at the American Embassy in Tokyo where my task was usually to start up the computer which had been turned off over night.  But on this morning, I realized the system was already engaged and that a surprisingly large number of workstations had been left on over night. While rare, I had seen this pattern before when a Washington deadline for information was looming.

17 7 / 2014

From this AskScience thread, “What happens when I take a USB drive out without ejecting?”:

When you eject a USB drive, the operating system flushes all buffered data to the drive and closes the software device. This guarantees that everything you wrote to the drive is actually physically written there. If you do not do this, you stand a chance of losing data or corrupting files.

But… this doesn’t affect Windows users:

Interestingly, Windows disables write caching for “removable” devices by default because the developers of the OS figured that most people are likely to just yank it out without “safely removing” the device first. (You can examine the write caching in the Device Manager > Properties > Policies tab of any of your disk drives.)

Note: you can still mess up your USB drive if it’s FAT32 formatted… So please use a modern file system!

16 7 / 2014

Cool piece of MS history…

“It’s a widespread convention that the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiates a Find operation. Word does it, Excel does it, Wordpad does it, Notepad does it, Internet Explorer does it. But Outlook doesn’t. Why doesn’t Outlook get with the program?

Rewind to 1995.

The mail team was hard at work on their mail client, known as Exchange (code name Capone, in keeping with all the Chicago-related code names from that era). Back in those days, the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut did indeed call up the Find dialog, in accordance with convention.

And then a bug report came in from a beta tester who wanted Ctrl+F to forward rather than find, because he had become accustomed to that keyboard shortcut from the email program he used before Exchange.

That beta tester was Bill Gates.”

(Source: blogs.msdn.com)

15 7 / 2014