73 posts • joined Tuesday 6th May 2008 21:27 GMT
We recently had the lounge redone, inc new carpets. This let me hide and trunk my surround cables nicely.
On the remote side, I'd previously used Philips Pronto RU990 and Marantz TSU9000 remotes (IR & RF 433Mhz) to drive most devices.
But I've now amended that, and gone with OpenRemote on my Android devices. I can design the GUI on line, build the logic myself and run the server on my little NAS. And it works. Although it is beta and can do odd things.
A cheap (sub £150) Onkyo network enabled A/V receiver let's me power on the TV and PS3 (via HDMI) and, more importantly, control the PS3 via HDMI entirely - no more IR/Bluetooth or proprietary remote. And the Onkyo is DNLA enabled, so it can play NAS stored tunes, or indeed (if I use the Onkyo app) play anything on the Android devices.
Throw in a comparatively cheap LightwaveRF controller and some a relays and the lights (or in my case, heating) are in the game. I've also gone nuts with Philips Hue and OpenRemote is doing the lot.
Have a look, it's quite nice :)
I originally took out a 512K connection with Telewest, at £25 a month.
I then added XL TV at £25 a month on top.
And then a phoneline (yes, I should have bundled) and wound up paying £60 a month. This was all about 10+ years ago.
Since then I've been upgraded to 1MB, 10MB, 30MB and now 60MB at the same price, and enjoyed a SB4100 Surfboard CM and now a SuperHub 1 (2nd one, as the 1st one had a fault).
Had a V+ HD box, and since migrated out Tivo (got on the pilot, having had a Series 1 Thomson TiVo). VM also lobbed in a £10 pcm mobile SIM for being a long term customer, giving us a £9.50 pcm credit. They've now modded that to include data.
So, overall, especially now they've made TiVo menus much faster, I can't really moan that much. In terms of costs, I've done quite well. Although the additional few quid may make me reconsider buying Netflix, which we have on trial again - but it's rare the bill hits touches £70-75 with bills (we don't pay for inclusive calls)
NB: I do NOT work for VM, and my phone line does buzz like a sod and probably annoyingly needs a repull, but overall - could have been a lot worse....
But will it make it into/remain on the Chrome extension store once "sideloading" is blocked?
Guess I'm stopping with Iron....
My NAS inbuilt AV scanner (ClamAV) lit up this morning with a bunch of TIFFs.
I suspect false positives, as these are TIFFs which (in two cases) have been sat idle for a few years and last touched as part of an archive/backup.
Jotti and VirusTotal also only showed ClamAV reporting those files with the 'issue', so if you are running ClamAV, I'd consider a pinch of salt with your virus scan reports this morning....
I read this and my eyebrows and chin parted company in opposite directions.
After reeling them back in, I do ponder the sanity of this, or if it's a REALLY badly worded "at launch" statement, to indeed be followed up with "coming via updates".
Our PS3 plays games, watches Netflix, plays BD, DVD and occasionally CDs (although mostly was used to rip CDs for later digital playback), plays music from the NAS via DLNA. The only thing I never did with my (old) PS3 was put Linux on it. I did use it for PS2 games, which the Slim can't do, sadly....
ISTR the Wii didn't playback DVDs due to licence/BoM cost issues - and I'd be (sort of) ok with PS4 users being told "Pay as little as possible for the 'machine'" and then add the components you need later (i.e. transcoding/decoding licences, if not free), and download a DLNA "app" from the PS Store - but for Sony (who built their entire history on audio) NOT to include CD playback by default is a bit odd...
And after the whole "always on" furore, the idea of streaming music might be an issue for some there too. I may have signed up for PS+, but I've not signed up for Spotify, Music Unlimited or the Google Play offering.
I'm also surprised that DualShock 3's just "won't work" (or have been made not to). Put Sony's on PS3 keyboard on the DualShock and lo, you have a touchpad. As mentioned before, if Move works, the others should too....
And PlayTV (whilst not HD) will be another dead duck to add to the pile.....
Quite. They clearly did all their testing in the lab, wearing trunks. Didn't they check what floats?
I could be (read: probably am) wrong but...
...I wouldn't be looking at SSIDs, precisely *because* they change.
The BSSID (MAC) however is highly unlikely to change (unless the owner has/is tweaking their router firmware) - and thus if you show up on BSSID/SSID pair 1 one day, but change the SSID the next, you'll still likely have the same BSSID. And given that a BSSID is visible regardless of the SSID visibility, it's going to be "visible".
You could use something like DD-WRT and script a router reboot and MAC change every day, which doesn't affect your SSID and thus need client reconfiguration, but that may be a teensy bit extreme!
I was given a 'Parking Charge Notice' by this lovely brigade.
I had a very amusing afternoon taking some pics, and systematically destroying every single one of the points raised in their charge notice. Account closed.
Interesting reading about them on Pepipoo and Legal Beagles forums too....
Re: Can't Google remove the apps from phones
Quite. Back in 2010 IIRC (and as this link points out) : http://readwrite.com/2010/06/25/google_activates_android_kill_switch_zaps_useless_apps
I'd have thought they could remove the app from the phone, unless there are paid for app issues - but if you don't "return/uninstall" an app after 15 mins nowadays, you're money is gone anyway.
service credit? No, thought not....
My phone actually wasted more battery than normal as it spent most of the day looking for a signal....
<Joly> "HELLO! I'M ON THE PHONE!" </Joly>
Marvelous article, but missing the marvel that was the Sinclair Microdrive! Where else could you tease out a few more K of storage by stretching the tape? :)
Not withstanding the joy of VPN, utilizing DNSCrypt will (or bloody well should) entirely stuff your ISP from viewing your DNS traffic, unless they get all MITM capable...
Then all that can be done is IP blacklisting, which, as mentioned, will block "quite a few" sites. HTTP Host Headers anyone?
re: Vimes' & J G Harston's comments - OpenDNS sort of do this now - it's crowd sourced reviewing, and sites may well find themselves "categorized" incorrectly, with all fun that ensues. See here for an example : http://www.techpavan.com/2009/07/14/website-blocked-opendns-wrong-category-unblocking-solutions/
I suspect various legal beagles will (again) be employed to ensure the wording used on any ISP block carefully avoids libelous comments, and that all blocks are for "suggested" content....
The thought of someone from CSC ru(s/i/n/)ning Microsoft amuses me.
As per my recent post (http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1951457) - this now sort of covers "data at rest" (albeit 128 bits is, as mentioned, not entirely 'weapons grade').
Box (not sure about GDrive) allow for WebDAV style access (GDrive does periodic sync?) - so I suspect some people will use local encrypted containers (think Truecrypt, ZipFolders, etc etc) mapped as local drives, and sync the container archive (encrypted file) to GDrive/Box.
Thus, even if a provider hands over keys/access to those files, the files are still encrypted - assuming of course the container encryption method utilized isn't comprised as well.
The true tin foil hat wearers will of course access their data via a virtualized/LiveCD machine, via a (decent) VPN - giving three layer encryption. Four if they use VPN and decryption certificates held on another device entirely.
It drives the vector back to being the endpoint, and thus (you'd hope) warrants/process of some kind.
That "back door" is more than likely "on the wire" and/or an access gateway in a providers DC(s). Nearly all the mechanisms out there (GSM, HTTPS etc) are "data in transit" methods, not "data at rest".
Once at rest, data is much easier to manipulate. If it's encrypted at rest, handing over keys is also easier as there is no session "fun" to play with (or your data is signed with 'your' key, the providers key and 'any other key duly requested to be included').
As per the article, you go for the point of least resistance/easiest entry - in the iPhone example, it's the attached computer. In other darkened rooms, it's a rubber hose.
I wonder when "utilizing encryption for the hell of it" will become "obstructing officers in the course of their duties".....(never mind being asked to hand over keys under RIPA)
Re: New Security Application
This reminds me of Jimbo & The Set Jet back in 80's kids TV land...
"The premise of the cartoon is that Jimbo was originally intended to be a Jumbo Jet, but his designer could not tell the difference between inches and centimetres, resulting in his diminutive size"
Re: Change your DNS?
"Vanilla" OpenDNS (or indeed, use of ANY non-ISP based DNS service) will use port 53, and your ISP can easily "hijack" that and force it to their own servers.
OpenDNS DO provide DNSCrypt for exactly that - it (a) runs on different ports and (b) is encrypted and (c) certificate based - so it's going to be a sod for the ISP to get around.
The DOWNSIDE of any of the above is DNS is just a resolver - if the block is at IP level, then you're still hosed.
The only solution's are then a proxy, or a VPN.
As I've said before, with my tin foil hat on, I predict that someone will call for the outlawing (read: revocation) of ALL existing SSL certificates, with new ones being issued by Government signed keys, and any traffic which cannot be 'inspected' getting blocked....
Re: "nobbles DNS lookups" - correction
Not quite. All the ISP has to do is intercept and re-route all port 53 traffic, then regardless of which DNS IP you *think* you're talking to, you're not.
I do this at home, to ensure anything on my LAN *cannot* bypass my OpenDNS settings.
If you want to get around it, go investigate "DNSCrypt", as that encrypts your DNS and allows you to point to an upstream server which isn't on port 53.....
(and moving on beyond DNS resolution, any IP which is blacklisted will still be blacklisted, so regardless of how you lookup/get the IP resolved, a filtered site is still a filtered site. Unless you start using a VPN...)
...states "We should mention that the My Maps section of Google Maps is not in this release, but Google assures us that it will arrive shortly."
And given "maps engine lite" lets you edit specifically new custom maps, I hope it's just having a quiet (brief) lie down.
So they're tracking all Canadian email then, ay?
I love Reader. I was most upset when they lost the ability to share a select list of posts (outside G+) but could cope with that.
I then used it to help a blogger who had moved (and lost) all their posts - I exported their entire archive for them from Reader, and lo, they managed to import them onto their newly hosted blog.
Don't kill it!
Or they could just implement one of the PAM based systems already out there, for hordes of people, say - those Android users who can use Google Authenticator. But that's free and thus not something they can charge for :)
Actually on a computer maybe - Prisoner Ben (and his blog) have been going for a while (although he's now free) - albeit he was blogging by proxy, sending his posts out by mail to be typed up - but it's a very good read!
...has the carcass been interred for the mandatory 5 years for not handing over the decryption keys?
So, the teeny fact that this is part of the UI baked in with Android, and can be enabled/disabled by flashing an upgrade zip onto the ROM, means nothing to the court? (similar in fact, to, let's say, common sense?)
Let them try taking on Google directly, who provided the functionality as stock.....
aka Intel RST....
This sounds rather similar to Intel RST (available on Z68 and Z77 boards, amongst others).
My rig has a 64GB SSD (on SATA3), "in front of" my 1TB RAID5 array (sadly only SATA2).
It carved my boot time down 50% and does make a hell of a difference if you use the same apps regularly. I also shoved a total of 8GB DDR3 in (up from the original 4GB) and now it never even touches the pagefile.
Also, if you have a big enough SSD (or choose to run a smaller cache), RST also lets you use a partition on the SSD, instead of the whole thing - so you could put the O/S on the SSD and use the SSD to cache the other items.
You'll still not up your Windows Performance Index though, as Windows doesn't "see" the SSD, it still assumes HDD and thus limits the drive performance rating.
Worth considering if you're upgrading your main system components anytime soon... :)
Ouch, my wallet, it bleeds!
The thing costs almost as much as a PS3, which is a bit much just to be able to wander around with it. As above, the average Smartphone lets you game, and does a shade more than just gaming.
Having got a PSP (ah, UMD), I'm not going to shell out another (effective) PS3 in beer tokens just so I can play the same game at home as well as on the hoof!
Only a problem when it fails...
I was previously aware of the Android licensing system, whereby you bought an app, and it periodically dialled home (to Google) to check if it was allowed to run under your account.
This however, bit me in the bum last week, when I was on holiday, in Greece. No roaming data enabled, and lo, my nice games which may have been fun to play here and there, locked up and told me the game wasn't licensed/authorised, and to cough up - which was annoying. If it had said "Erm, I need a data connection for 30 seconds and about X kb" I'd have been happier.
I don't have a problem with the idea of encrypted apks/installations either - as long as it's hassle free - and if that stops the above "argh, I can't validate" stupidity - then fine. Google Play allows me to push any purchased app to either of the two devices I have, automatically - so unless the authors/Google also start introducing "only one active device per app" stupidity, it won't be a prob for me.
Interested to see how (if at all) Titanium backup will handle things though....
But but but....
What about Chase HQ?
The joy of having a little pixelated arm slap a (monochrome, if you were on a speccy like me) flashing light on the roof, and off you went!
Or Turbo Esprit? That even had on dash indicators with clicky noise! :)
Best do it quick...
Before they shut off analog signals then! :\
I too have a clock, but as I have a Logitech G19 with an LCD clock on it, I could remove it.
I also wrote my own gadget, as Windows 7 Home Premium didn't do "location aware printing", so I wrote one that changed my default laptop printer based on which WLAN I was connected to. Not overly elegant, but it worked, and was a fun task.
HomeEasy (www.homeeasy.eu) make both an SMS receiver, and an RF remote which can turn a heating remote on/off (either zero voltage or in-series with a thermostat).
Quite nice to ring/sms the house on the way home and have the lights on, heating on etc ready to get in. They do door openers too, but I don't have them.
Their parent/sister company does wifi remotes too, but they are not "sideways" compatible, usefully :\
If Sony added this to the PS3 as an app, it'd be quite nice - although obviously they may well need to recommend upgrading your HDD (or buying an external one).
The PS3 browser blows extremely large chunks, and there is no YouTube "app" (just in-chunk-blowing-browser). Got a PS3 eye/camera? Then you have a microphone for voice control. Got it wired up to the 'net? Then you have broadband access. Oh yes, and the DVD/BluRay already there.
Google/VirginMedia have recently added YouTube remote support to the VM TiVo box, and it's really nice to browse YouTube on a big screen whilst searching via your phone (rather than hideous remote or on-screen keyboard).
It's not the buying...
It's the use case for the e-ticket...
1) UK (or indeed most) Airport security stations (where your boarding card is needed - "DO NOT USE MOBILE PHONES IN THIS AREA" - so if you haven't printed your on-line boarding card/barcode - hosed.
2) Screens - if you do get the barcode up on screen, it doesn't always scan.
3) Signal - No signal, no download - although one airline did provide me with a PDF I could save, with a barcode, but again, see (2) above.
4) Print Quality - following on from (3) - I've printed a PDF in decent quality, only to find one of the two barcodes on the paper didn't work. This also seemed to be the case with the people in front of me in the queue.
So, if you can use the phone to get a printed ticket from a machine, do so!
"Monitors" (such as British Gas give to customers for free) are fun and informative. I know what costs what in the house now, have verified the new washing machine & fridge are actually more cost effective, and that all the "stuff of standby/permanently on" stuff in the house (like DECT phone base stations) costs me 9p an hour, to "idle" the house - so there is room for improvement (save pennies), which I like to know.
However, "Smart Meters" which collate and distribute said information for other people (gummint or power companies) - not something I want. I don't tell BP where/when/how fast/slow I drive my car - I just pay for what I need/use.
"Just wondering why using opendns isn't making any difference."
OpenDNS = just DNS with bells on, all it does is return an IP for a site.
If your ISP ONLY "blocks" at the DNS level (by handing you the IP for a webserver with "Stop being naughty" on the homepage) then "any other DNS provider" should work.
However, if your ISP block at the IP level, then you won't get out. Or, if they engage DPI, and look for a known hostname (which may change IP address) then that'll be blocked too.
It's trivial for your ISP to force route your web and/or DNS traffic via a proxy for inspection. Hell, I run DNS interception at home to ensure all machines (regardless of local config) use OpenDNS via my router, and DHCP option 252 to shunt all non-HTTPS web traffic via my home proxy (with adblock).
All the Piriform apps (not just CCleaner) are worth getting. Defraggler (as mentioned), Speccy & Recuva (damned handy).
Also - consider photorec - free deleted file recovery tool which is very thorough and useful when things go wrong.
If you use Eraser (as you suggest), why not grab Sandboxie too, to further bolt down web browsing and ensure no little nasties get to remain on your machine via Flash/Java etc, without having to block their usage. It also uses Eraser (if you have it) to clear itself up on exit.
Then of course there is Soluto - for optimising boot, and Secunia PSI to keep track of what needs patching and again increase security.... :)
Do you chaps dictate your articles?
Shouldn't the strapline be "Email address typo leads to ICO spank f
I got told 24 hours (ish) ago to upgrade from Docs to Drive on my Android tablet & phone. About an hour ago I got told my drive was ready. No real huge issue, I could still drop into "Docs" mode, and I will only carry on using it for docs :)
Nothing new on that unlock screen...
It's a standard feature on HTC kit these days!
How to lose customers and annoy people...
I had to check the date there for a second. Not April the 1st yet, is it? Bugger.
It *would* be cheaper for them to use an existing CPU set & architecture, but as mentioned, that means the devs have to learn another set of skills.
Also, no backwards compatibility? Again? Seriously? (although again, if they move away from Cell tech, nothing would work without an emulator, and as one commenter suggests, that would take SOME doing).
Unlock codes are sadly also easy to do - buy disc with leaflet, install game - enter code from leaflet and game plays. Code flagged as "used" (ala PSN) and tied to your PSN account, so you can at least move consoles as you can now, in case one dies.
BUT, and this is a big but - at present, if your PSN account is banned, you can still play offline. If you can't validated your games/codes, due to a banned account, you can't play? (as if you are banned you need a new account, etc etc).
Similarly if they also (or alternatively) banned the console, then it's technically useless - are they going to refund you all your money/console etc? Seriously risky propositions ahoy.
So *IF* it's true, it's a bloody stupid idea!
Given they are providing a DNS service instead of the botnet doing it, why don't they simply redirect all web requests to a nice (official) page showing their IP, and what they need to do.
If the users don't believe it, they'll call their sysadmins, who should promptly sort it....
Strapline = Bloggers.
Article = Blaggers.
And here was me thinking you were denigrating the blogosphere!
Useful program, SandboxIE.
You can force any (well known) browser (or, if you configure it yourself, lesser known ones) to run entirely sandboxed. Any files that change from that app (inc. LSOs) can be wiped on exit , so only your existing session is affected. The only thing that will recur after that, is your IP.
Disclaimer: Happy SandboxIE user - nothing to do with the developer :)
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