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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

itsme1234 Re:Laptop hard drives (243 comments)

Don't know about the GP but for me my files are MINE. Not that I care much, the media disks I keep unencrypted for other reasons, but each family member who needs access to some of the pictures, documents, scans, whatever has access already on his own devices and his own way of taking care of what he needs.


Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

itsme1234 They are opening up the packs, testing... (143 comments)

... and using only the "good" elements (when one or two elements fail the battery is dead for laptop use).
This is precisly what I've been doing for many years, any decent flashlight (or R/C or electronics) forum has at least one huge thread about people doing this.

I have an electric bike pack made out of the best cells recovered from (dead) laptops batteries. I've been using the individual cells for (flash)lights for years and in fact there are so many fake (or just "cheap") 18650 on the market now that if you don't know where to buy and what to buy you'll end up with something worse than a good cell from a bad 10-15 years old laptop battery. It is so bad that it is worse than SD counterfeiting...

about 2 months ago

US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

itsme1234 Not a strong chain if the IP is the strongest link (84 comments)

There are dozens and dozens of anonymous VPNs available, plus starbucks, McD and so on free wifi, etc.

If the strongest link in the chain the identify of the "last hop" connecting to the web server they're seriously screwd.

about 2 months ago

A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

itsme1234 checking out stuff? (82 comments)

Sure. Ever heard of libraries?

Now having a web server waiting for a connection from a tablet to unlock the toolbox (so you have power requirements + extra nuisance) is certainly something I DON'T want to mess with when I just want to go ahead and screw (pun certainly intended) something.

about 2 months ago

UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

itsme1234 Broadway Hotel, 2-4 Burlington Road West Blackpool (307 comments)


Come and take your 100 pounds for this.

Streisand Effect anyone?

Last review from tripadvisor:

"I spent two nights for my son's 18th birthday at this hotel, but had I read the reviews 1st I wouldn't of stayed at this hotel. The breakfast was disgusting, the tables and cutlery were filthy and the dining room looked as it hadn't seen a hoover in months. In our bedroom the shower head was useless cause you had to hold it yourself as the holder on the wall was broken also I don't think they clean the showers regular cause it was filthy, we couldn't turn the TV on, the floor was dirty. In my son's room he couldn't turn the heating off so had to be too hot all night "

about 2 months ago

A Library For Survival Knowledge

itsme1234 Christmas!?!?!? (272 comments)

WTF, 100-200 titles on f* Christmas!?!?!??

Including "A Christmas Carol-Charles Dickens-Audio (mp3)" ?

That would help for sure... and somebody complained about pdf's...

about 3 months ago

A Library For Survival Knowledge

itsme1234 Obligatory Heinlein (272 comments)


American Vodka, Corn Liquor, Applejack, Pure Spring Water, Grade "A" Milk, Corned Beef & Potatoes, Steak & Fried Potatoes, Butter & some days Bread, Smoked Bear Meat, Jerked Quisling (by the neck), Crepes Suzettes to order. !!!

Any BOOK Accepted as Cash!!!!
Blacksmithing, Machine Shop, Sheet Metal Work-You Supply the Metal.
FARNHAM SCHOOL OF CONTRACT BRIDGE Lessons by Arrangement. Social Evening Every Wednesday.


Ring bell. Wait. Advance with your Hands Up. Stay on path, avoid mines. We lost three customers last week. We can't afford to lose YOU.

No sales tax.

â"Hugh & Barbara Farnham & Family, Freeholders"

about 3 months ago

2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

itsme1234 Re:Hard to find (71 comments)

I guess distribution in "dead tree" form is getting harder and harder: http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

There was another case where a whole issue (like all/most copies) got "lost in the mail" and not only they had to be reprinted but postage had to be paid the second time...

That much about having the "heart in the paper".

Yes, Amazon has it as well for kindle (and all the associated devices, including android kindle app, etc.). I think subscription is (or at least used to be a while ago) really cheap (like $0.99/month) but DRMed (easily stripped for the "no-touch" kindle, you just need the serial number and the local copy from the kindle) and nonDRMed for issues bought separately.

There are some more options too but I wonder why they don't offer it directly from the site; yes, it is some extra work but I'm sure they can do it well (and they already sell some stuff directly so they are set up to process credit cards). Sure, most people would prefer to "one-click" buy from Amazon or Google Play but I think is better to have your own channel too where they can't ban you or remove the books from customer's readers, etc.

about 3 months ago

Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

itsme1234 sounds like a hoax (324 comments)

Or something essential was lost in translation.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

itsme1234 Re:iPage (115 comments)

Outstanding! "We refer you to figure A". Yeah.

Also I liked the "PDF Warning". So 2001sh...

about 3 months ago

Accessing One's Own Metadata

itsme1234 I wanted my "EU Data Retention Directive" data too (94 comments)

I wanted my data ever since I've heard the first time about the Data Retention Directive (now longer in force since earlier this year, GOOD).

Mind you, they don't keep only the metadata for you calls but also a lot of "control plane"/out of band communication mobile-network. Apart from this being extremely interesting for law enforcement it's interesting for me too! That is the location part of the data.

Yes, I know I could keep a diary or keep a GPS logger with me but that needs a lot of extra effort - even for the most automated solutions (charging, downloading, etc - mind you this was well before smartphones, probably today you could do this much easily, especially if you are plugging your phone into a charger each time you step into a room...).

Anyway the point is that I've never got the data. Even if I would be willing to pay for it, every 6-24 months (that's the retention interval that was in the law).

about 4 months ago

California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

itsme1234 Re: The worrisome part (233 comments)

I did some tests a while ago (it was around Occupy XXX) and ustream did just that, if you set it up to stream+save (I don't know exactly the option but anyway there aren't many possible) nothing would stop it. Take out battery, no problem, the video (whatever was on transmitted already) would appear in your online account after a short timeout.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

itsme1234 Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

Android makes it possible to actually replace the launcher. Windows Mobile didn't do that, and that is where they failed.

I'm calling the shenanigans on this one. There were (are...) plenty of launchers for Windows Mobile. From the well known and better ones:

spb pocket plus
resco explorer

about 6 months ago

UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

itsme1234 boy, those filters were a pain (115 comments)

Bought a while ago a T-Mobile (.co.uk) SIM and got stuck with "you are not allowed to view user-generated content".

WTF!? Whole internet is "user-generated". I mean they were blocking youtube and flickr.

They unlocked it on the spot in the shop once I managed to get there during working hours (of course weekend was a bust as they closed early Saturday and opened Monday 10:00). Of course, you couldn't do it over the phone, they really wanted to check your age.

about 6 months ago

Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

itsme1234 Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

And Google Play RATINGS. If you used your real name on email and you had a not-so-common name you had good chances to have a review or rating on angry brids to come up in the first restuls when somebody googled you. WTF?

In fact what does it mean "Pseudonyms Now Allowed", precisely? You could change your name anyway for like 3 times and yes, it was supposed to be your own name but of course there was no way to police this for normal accounts. Of course, the drawback was that if you wanted to comment on Play (or youtube) as John Doe you would still show (for people you communicate directly with) as John Doe in Hangouts, Mail, Drive (John Doe shared a document), etc.

Mail you chould change but I think the others not. Anything changed here? Because if not the change is "meh...".

about 6 months ago

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

itsme1234 usually will not do the sdcard partition (91 comments)

Last time I checked the standard Android encryption will not do the sdcard partition (I mean not the physical card, but the partition on the internal flash, usually the biggest chunk of it, like let's say 11 out of 16GB). YES, some manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola (possibly many more) have their own solution (I bet a really crappy one but never mind that) and it would do mostly everything, including the big sdcard partition and (if needed) even the physical sdcard.

Anyway bottom line is that:

a. depending on the phone you might not be able to encrypt at all /sdcard
b. ANY activity, including storing random (non-private) crap on the phone and then removing it helps. However, this is no maggic bullet.

about 6 months ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

itsme1234 Re:... and the water is wet (231 comments)

Funny thing is that they messed up the command(s) to the flash memory and created a super-brick bug that would terminate your phone if the great "wipe" feature was used (for reference google MMC_CAP_ERASE).

about 7 months ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

itsme1234 Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

Well how are you using the phone otherwise? Do you keep it locked in some booby-trapped safe? Otherwise you can still lose it and it'll be in a much worse shape than it is when you sell it with keys wiped and storage formatted (even if technically not fully wiped even if still encrypted). It might be unlock-able, it might have some SD-card you regularly keep in it (but you wouldn't leave there if you sell the phone). etc.

about 7 months ago

Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

itsme1234 ... and the water is wet (231 comments)

Yes, most devices we use don't actually wipe the data when you "reset to factory settings". Even desktop OSes don't do it (either by default, either at all, need special tools, etc). I bet this feature is really low on the "to do" list for most manufacturers of not only phones but also wifi routers, TVs, wireless cameras, you name it. We didn't (or maybe barely) manage to educate them not to put trivial backdoors, secure wipe is a long way out.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

itsme1234 Re:I Use Streets and Trips on RV Trips (174 comments)

Sygic has TomTom (Tele Atlas, well in Top5, maybe Top3 players) maps and is currently on sale ($70 for "World" and about half that for North America or Europe or something like that).

If you want desktop/Win 8 there is Here (Nokia) Maps (again, "top data") - free.

There are multiple usable solutions based on Openstreetmaps (which has fantastic coverage in most parts of the world). Anroid has for example Be-on-road for "full navigation" and Mapswithme for simpler (but much faster) "map browsing" - both free.

Everything mentioned above works (also) off-line and basically world-wide.

The problem is that good programs are out there but somehow people don't seem to find them. I'm sure there are some very good ones I've never heard of even if I read regularly about this. Even starting way back, with the first iPhone (that didn't even had GPS at all, and no 3G and "data" was anyway more expensive and rare than now), with Google Maps that didn't have any "real navigation", no re-routing, nothing - even on technical sites Google Maps on iPhone was given as the best navigation solution. While in the meantime you had "full" turn-by-turn navigation from at least 3 big vendors, offline, some with traffic info (for some countries), some running on phones (with real GPS!), etc. But people (and by that I mean even technical bloggers) just didn't know.

about 7 months ago


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