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Sunday, April 16th, 2017
12:07 pm
And the spam / scams continue
Be careful out there!

I received the following email which almost caught me:

From: John Worley <john@johnathanworley.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 2:54 PM
Subject: Quick Boston question
To: <me>


Hi Richard, 
My name's John Worley and I'm reaching out because I noticed you're in the Boston area on your LinkedIn. 

I recently completed my Masters at Stanford and have started a new service in Boston where we send housecleaners to houses/apartments to do basic cleaning (bathrooms, take out the trash and cleaning sheets) for $20.  

Would you be willing to answer a few quick questions about it? Here's the questions (it will take under a minute): goo.gl/forms/<redacted>

Thanks so much! 
-John 
 
 
 
 

Now the $20 fee seemed low and was a little curious.

Of course hovering over the goo.gl/form/<redacted> and seeing it was really going to a different URL was a total tip-off.  

I wonder where www.johnathanworley.com would take me?

One of these days I'm going to put a sandbox up so I can research these things in more detail.

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Sunday, March 12th, 2017
11:45 pm
Another iCloud Security Hole?
I already posted this to Facebook, but I'm posting it here for a wider / different distribution ...

This came from an email message I received from Elcomsoft.  I have no reason to doubt them.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2017
1:21 pm
Another Microsoft Windows Telemetry "Fix"
In the process of putting together some "new" Windows 7 machines, I managed to install some of the Microsoft "Fixes" that activated the Telemetry "Stuff" that would eat a CPU or so sending data back to Microsoft. (If you start Task Manager and see compattelrunner.exe eating CPU or running at all, you have this problem.) After investigating solutions, I came up with the following:

  c:
  cd \windows

  cd system32
  takeown /f compattelrunner.exe
  icacls compattelrunner.exe /grant %username%:f
  rename compattelrunner.exe compattelrunner.bad

  cd compattel

  takeown /f diagtrackrunner.exe
  icacls diagtrackrunner.exe /grant %username%:f
  rename diagtrackrunner.exe comppattelrunner.bad

You would need to cut-n-paste this into a .bat file and run it as an Administrator or just cut-n-paste it into a Command Prompt window running as an Admistrator.
Saturday, January 28th, 2017
1:40 am
Intel i5 Strangeness
I've been trying to figure out why one of the Dell E6410s that I provided to Arisia was much slower than the others. The two in question are both being reported by the Dell BIOS and Win7 and i5-M520s running at 2.40GHz. One is coming up with Novabench numbers of in the mid 400s and one is coming up with Novabench numbers in the mid 500s. The second is what I would expect given two other Dell E6410s (an i7-M620 running at 2.67GHz and an i5-M560 running at 2.67GHz) are coming up with Novabench numbers in the mid 500s. The two in question are both running with the same amount of DDR3-1067 memory (2 2GB DIMMs) and the similar 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drives and using the default Intel GMA HD graphics and the latest E6410 A16 BIOS and the same version of Win7 Ultimate 64bit with the exact same software installed. The hard drive cache size etc. really shouldn't matter since the difference is in the Novabench CPU sub score.

Careful inspection of what the BIOS is reporting shows that one has a CPU Processor ID of 20652 and one has a CPU Processor ID of 20655. Googling that shows that while they are both Arrandale / Capella / Westmere chips, but the "faster" CPU Processor ID of 20655 is actually an i5-460m which other benchmarks show as performing better than the i5-520m!

Now, the bottom line question is why are both the Dell BIOS and Win7 reporting both incorrectly as i5-520m rather than one as an i5-460m? I wonder if this is really just a BIOS bug that then gets passed up to Windows.
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
2:07 pm
Microsoft Warning
KB3035583 is back as an "Important Update" even if is isn't selected by default. This is one of the ones to "Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1". I recommend everyone be careful not to install it.
Friday, September 11th, 2015
12:46 am
A Glut Of Office Supplies
I've been going through the excess office supplies from this year's World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon), Sasquan, in preparation for making a list of them and repackaging them to send on to next year's Worldcon, Midamericon II, in KC. It appears we have done our fannish duty to increase entropy by adding to the number of paper clips, push pins (seriously they ordered like 1700 and used less than 500 most of which were returned), pencils (144, of which I'm pretty sure 96 were left over from the last Worldcon), staplers and staple removers (8 each), and of course staples. Actually I'm really not sure what I was thinking when I ordered a box of 5000 staples to go with each stapler since only about 50 staples was actually used in each stapler. (Yes, I did most of the office supply ordering.) Also I ordered 500 sheets of cover stock for one area (2 packages of 250 sheets per package). It appears we wound up with about 2000 sheets of cover stock (at least 8 packages) and 4 of those packages had about 5 sheets each taken out and the other 4 packages were unopened.

My hope is by making a list of what we are shipping the 2016 Worldcon in KC there will be less excess ordering. Yeah. Right. (And yes, when you are dealing a million dollar budget, this is all in the noise. But I still find in humorous, especially in that "I've been up for too long" sort of way.)
Monday, August 31st, 2015
8:10 pm
More nonsense from Microsoft
This article has some information about Windows 10 misfeatures that M$ is now pushing back into Windows 7 and Windows 8:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/08/30/windows-10-spying-on-windows-7-and-windows-8/

The following commands (at least on windows 7) will uninstall the patches referenced in that article:
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
5:14 pm
Green Line D trains on the C branch ...
So, on Sunday the MBTA was reporting hosed service on the D Branch of the Green Line due to a disabled train at Longwood. Their twitter feed talks about various options like busing, taking the C branch, or using commuter rail to Yawkey. However, I have at least one eyewitness report (L's BF) of a train that stopped at Kenmore, announced that everyone going between Fenway and Beaconsfield should get off for busing, then proceeded down the C branch to Clevland Circle where it took track at the end onto Chestnut Hill Ave, back onto the stub tracks between the Clevland Circle and Reservoir stations, back onto the D branch, where it reversed into Reservoir Station and stopped. From there it continued down the "Highland Branch" to Riverside as normal. All with passengers on it. I'm wondering how often the MBTA actually does this?
Sunday, April 19th, 2015
7:13 pm
Robert's Rules and Voting
So a question came up today while I was presiding over part of the Arisia Corporate meeting (due to a chain of unfortunate occurrences - I am not one of the principal officers but am instead currently Convention Treasurer and happened to be filling in for Clerk / Secretary who was unable to make the meeting; the President was also unable to make the meeting; the VP was presiding for most of the meeting but had to recuse herself from running that part of the meeting as it involved appointing her to something which needed to be voted on). As it turned out my ruling would not have affected the outcome, but still.

Once a vote has started, if other members enter the room, should they be allowed to vote? I ruled that they could and no one moved to overturn my ruling, but at least one member questioned it. If it matters, the vote was by secret paper ballot.

Was I correct?
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
9:45 am
Arisia Relaxacon
I'd be remiss if I didn't plug the annual Arisia Relaxacon, Friday 29 May to Sunday 31 May in Dennisport on Cape Cod. It is probably my proudest contribution to Arisia. Relaxacon is one of the things I feel I made happen as Arisia President. I am glad it is still happening ten years later. I know ten years isn't long in fannish terms. Anyway ...

Come for ...

Hanging out in the Con Den (with shared meals - a cross between a Con Suite and a Staff Den)
Games
Movies (perhaps a marathon viewing session?)
Swimming (ocean, pools (indoor and outdoor) and Jacuzzis), Child play area, beach, jogging
Explore the Cape, geo-caching, local trips & hikes & other sights
Whale watch, nearby shopping, restaurants
Free Wifi Access
and of course SMOFing!


It's at the Corsair & Cross Rip motels, 41 Chase Ave, Dennis Port, Cape Cod, MA.

www.relaxacon.org
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
5:40 pm
Puppygate ... the dangers of fast printers ... and ... how I wasted about 100 sheets of paper ...
So, I went to print out Deidre Saoirse Moen's recommended voting strategy to combat Puppygate using the link in the Slate article. After a couple of minutes, I realized the printer was still printing. So, I had to get up and hit cancel. Fortunately it was just an HP5000 (12 ppm) as opposed to an HP9000 (50 ppm) as that probably would have gone through an entire ream of paper instead of the only 100 or so pages of paper I did waste. I really should be more careful. (The link in Slate posted to her blog post which had many, Many, MANY comments.

If you are not familiar with Puppygate, check out Slate or EW or even grrm post here http://grrm.livejournal.com/417125.html
Monday, February 23rd, 2015
1:42 am
Boskone
Boskone was last weekend. Still haven't really recovered. For some reason Boskone was more work than Arisia. And it's not like I've finished all my Arisia work either (still need to finish another debrief report and all my expense reports). The combination of the all the snow, Arisia, and Boskone this year has been real special. I haven't really looked at FB since early January and now I'm about two weeks behind in LJ too. Sigh.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
12:45 am
Well, that was Arisia ...
Finally home from Arisia as of about 7 PM tonight. Went thru the USMail, caught up on LJ, probably going to punt trying to look thru a week of FB, but I should check out the events I've been invited to, and then there are the 3300+ email messages of which about 3000 are new and 300 are Sasquan related that I really should catch up on.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
2:30 pm
NESFA Relaxacon
The room block for the NESFA Relaxacon (http://www.nesfa.org/lexicon2014/index.html) (July 25th to 27th) in Burlington, VT closes soon. It should be a good time in a fancier hotel than the Arisia Relaxacon. People should make their reservations soon.
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
9:47 am
For those of you who didn't see my post on FB ...
 For those of you not on FB ...

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

-Rick
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9:41 am
Poor Arthur ... ;P
I'm thinking it is time to start recycling some of Arthur's* boxes** and burning them as fire starters. About 2 months ago he had 2 boxes in the family room.   He's up to 6 boxes at the moment between the shoe boxes that A left for him and boxes I've gotten from Ebay. There are 2 more boxes in the front hall with Xmas gifts to unpack. So, if I don't do something, he'll be up to 8 boxes at the end of the day. And he only uses a couple of them on a regular basis - including the smallest one which is too small for him.

* Arthur is a cat.

** We are talking cardboard shipping boxes that he likes to sit in; not the other type of cat box.
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Saturday, December 7th, 2013
9:37 pm
DC in 2017!
 DC in 2017 Worldcon bid being announced at #smofcon www.dc17.org www.facebook.com/dcin17 www.twitter.com/dcin17 This entry was originally posted at http://paradoox.dreamwidth.org/5859.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
Thursday, November 28th, 2013
10:09 am
Happy Thanksgiving!
(and OBTW, I'm way behind on email - I haven't really had a chance to deal with much email since last weekend.  So, if it is urgent, please call or text me.)
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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
9:01 pm
Well it's been about six months since Balticon ...
In case you've forgotten, my car, Victor, a 1999 Volvo V70 T5M, passed 220k and 240k miles the last two years in May on the Balticon trips. It's been about six months since Balticon. Guess what that means? Yep, we passed 250k miles on Monday while driving around Boston.

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Monday, September 16th, 2013
2:26 pm
First World Problems ...
WGBH just gave me two "free" tickets to their $150 pp Food and Wine Weekend kickoff reception on Thursday night and invited me to the VIP invitiation only pre-reception. I wonder what this is really going to "cost" me in the long run.

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