* Posts by TheGriz

10 posts • joined 17 Apr 2015

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS


BBS Days and Links386 Golf Simulator

Back in the day, one of my best friends actually had a second dedicated phone line for his BBS named "The Pub" (USA for those wanting to know) and he and myself and some other close knit set of computer nerd friends would play a round of Links386, upload the "recorded play" file to the BBS, and each of us would then download everyone else's corresponding "recorded play" and then play it back in the simulator, and you could basically "watch" your previous round of golf (of which you knew the final outcome/score), but with the added bonus of watching your buddies playing their rounds (which you did not yet know what score they recorded on the course). So it was like playing golf against each other, only not in "real time", but was still fun to do. Heck I still have an old "printed out" score sheet of one of our matches, and I looked at the date on the scorecard the other day and it's March 1st 1993, and realized that was nearly TWENTY FIVE YEARS ago, amazing. LOL

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire


I Guess This Means My Browser Can't Be Tracked?

LOL, I guess this means my Firefox browser running NoScript is safe.

Response from https://panopticlick.eff.org/

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


FireFox is the Only bastion of Freedom Inspired Internet Left

The title says it all.

Brit hacker hired by Liberian telco to nobble rival now behind bars


Corporate Culpability???

. . . he took a monthly salary from Liberian company Cellcom to carry out a sustained DDoS against their rival telco Lonestar . . .

What (if any) penalty does the adversary telecom Cellcom that hired the bloak get? That is a more interesting story in my opinion, if he was being PAID by them, they are the real guilty party here. Not trying to pardon the hacker wanna be, but he was hired and paid by one teleco to attack their competition, which in my own personal opinion is much more devious than some script kiddie DDOS'ing them for kicks or Internetz Fame.

Heads should roll at Cellcom, from the top down, based on how much their corporate management KNEW about them hiring a hacker for nefarious deeds.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

When will Microsoft kill the stupid Windows 10 version of the Start Menu, it's still absolutely horrible. Time to LISTEN to feedback and stop doggedly hanging on to something only the dumb-ass Microsoft Engineers who thought of it, like, and go back to a Windows 7 type Start Menu. I hate it so much that on every single family / friend installation I do of Windows 10 I instantly install ClassicShell (known now as OpenShell).

Hole-y ship: ISS 'nauts take a wander to crack Soyuz driller whodunnit


I wouldn't want to be one of the three depending on that craft to get me safely back to terra firma. I can hear the words during re-entry... "Hey Sergey, put your finger in this hole until it gets too hot for you to keep it in the hole." LOL

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


LAN Party Doom

Myself and my friends would all bring our PCs, including huge 21'' CRTs to a designated "host house" and hook up and play Doom "Kill Everyone" matches for hours upon hours, until like 3 or 4am. It was insane. The best memory I have, is during one of these matches, we played the same map for so long, the game itself decided it was time for a full reboot. Doom would leave player bodies on the floor were they were killed, and as such we killed each other so much that the game was having to draw and re-draw this literal multitude of bodies, that the game actually started to buckle under the strain, and would start stuttering on everyone's PC. We finally had to end the match and restart a new map, just so we could keep playing. In that particular PVP map, the BFG 9000 was located in a completely dark room, and the only way you knew anyone was in there waiting for you, was when the BFG went off and killed everyone trying to stream into the room to kill the guy lucky enough to get to the gun first. Thank goodness ID accounted for this and the BFG would only give you 3 rounds of ammo, once the guy was out of ammo, then it was a free for all to see who could survive until the BFG re-spawned. LOL

Another great moment was when you would see a PVP opponent running across flat open outside ground and you could poke your rocket launcher out a window and lead them just right as they ran and watched the rocket contrail home in on him and blow him to smithereens.

Good times, good times!

Lenovo sends EMEA exec into metaphorical burning building


Make A Better Product PERIOD!

I've been in IT for 20 yrs, and deployed hardware from Dell, HP, and Lenovo.

The Lenovo products are in my personal opinion the worst. Their L series laptops don't even have a "drive activity light" which IMO is insane. I can't count the number of times I've troubleshot a laptop or PC acting up, by using a drive activity light to ascertain what is going on with the system. Another example is with the HP 6xx series laptops you could push ONE button on the underside and instantly have access to the insides of the laptop. With Lenovo laptops you have to remove multiple screws and then literally PRY the chassis apart, you feel like you're breaking into the damn things instead of servicing them.

Bottom line is this, make a superior product to your competition and the sales will come naturally. If you try to build the cheapest of cheap laptops, well no one will want to buy them. End of story.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft


Wake Up Marisa Rogers

After I read this article I logged on to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/concern/privacy and left a message for Marisa Rogers, as follows...

Marisa Rogers, if you and your company truly want to support Windows User's privacy, you'd stop setting the "default" data mining "feature" (cough, spying) to OFF, and/or make the privacy settings during the initial setup of Windows 10 more VISIBLE to the general public, who are not certified data security professionals.

Hiding Windows 10s data slurping behind "Microsoft cares and listens to it's user base" is at best a naive approach, or at worst a disingenuous tactic adopted by a mega corporation trying to catch up in the modern world of corporate attitudes that are inching society as a whole to a true state of 1984-ism. We want your identity, and we are willing to lie to you, as long as we can make a buck off of it.

In the past at least we as society could make you stand up and pay attention, by hitting you in the wallet (because that is the only thing that has worked in the past, i.e. Windows ME, Vista, and Windows 8), but now that you have taken to role playing as PC Operating System Savior, and "given away" Windows 10, you seem to now think that means you can do anything you want with people's data, because you feel we are indebted to you.

Wake up, and if you want to really stand out in the global market place, stop trying to be like Google and Facebook, and REALLY respect the people using your software, and stop spying on them, just because you can and you think you can drive up revenue by doing so.

It takes a much stronger ethical standard to stand up and state, Microsoft is not going to stoop to the same tactics as these other mega corporations, we BELIEVE in privacy, and believe that each individual's privacy is an inherent right given to anyone with a heartbeat, and a PC connected to the world wide web.

What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?


If Some Advert Firm Charged Them Money For This...

I spent 15 years in Graphic Design and Advertising before moving to an IT career. And let me just say, this is so "forgettable" and un-inspiring that I can only assume that Michael Dell setup a fake advertising agency and offered up a ridiculously low bid, to insure they would land the work, and then intentionally sold them on something so stupid as to instantly put more money in Dell's coffers. As a graphic designer I could have come up with something better than this in 15mins, i assure you. Wow this is just BAD! I would laugh my arse off if i saw how much they paid to have it designed.

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