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  1. How quick we forget ... or at least I did ... I didn't even remember this post from five years ago. A lot to think about ... I'm still alive and my three ThinkPads I bought in 2010 - a T41 14 in, a T42 14 in and a T42 15 in - are still running Windows XP SP3. The funny thing about all this - in 2010 I still didn't like Windows XP ... I was still a die hard Windows 98SE user. I had some older and slower Pentium 3 notebooks, which were slowly falling apart with the plastic and hinges going bad. I bought the three 'refurbished' ThinkPads to use with Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 and probably Windows XP. They all came with Windows XP installed but that didn't interest me in 2010. So two years later (May 2012) I finally tried Windows XP again and this time all went well ... I really liked the OS and decided to move on from Windows 98SE and Windows 2000. So 'fast forward' to April 2019 and all is well. For my needs, Windows XP does it all ... and I may also add that my three older ThinkPads still look great and are holding up well, including the 'hinges' ! I updated all of them with a newer CPU (Banias to Pentium M 745 Dothan), larger hard drives, DVD burners and I'm all set for the future or another five years, many more I hope. ...
  2. Interesting article ... Hotel Googlefornia By Stephen Green April 10, 2019 https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/hotel-googlefornia/ Even if you don't use Google, the Menlo Park data giant still has you and some of your most deeply personal information deep in its servers. Gizmodo's Kashmir Hill took on a "monumental challenge," according to the latest from Forbes, of not merely giving up Google's many services, but actively blocking all communication with every single one of Google's services on all her devices. In other words, Hill didn't just stop using Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Waze, etc., she got "the help of a Motorola engineer who designed a custom VPN (virtual private network) that restricted all of her devices -- laptops, phones, smart speakers, everything -- from talking to Google servers." The result? It pretty much broke her access to the internet. Jason Evangelho reports what happens when your smartphone, computer laptop, and tablet are denied access to "Google's 8,699,648 (!) IP addresses," and the results weren't pretty: 1. When trying to get across town for a meeting, Hill discovered that her Uber and Lyft apps were essentially useless. That's because they rely on Google Maps. 2. Hill was unable to stream her favorite on songs on Spotify. Yep. Spotify hosts all its music on the Google Cloud. 3. Attempting to simply browse the web created flashbacks of the internet in the 90's. "On Airbnb, photos won’t load," Hill says. "New York Times articles won’t appear until the site has tried (and failed) to load Google Analytics, Google Pay, Google News, Google ads, and a Doubleclick tracker." Many of the sites she visited were also dependent on Google Fonts. . . 4. When trying to share video journals to her colleagues at Gizmodo, Dropbox refused to let her log in because the service uses an invisible CAPTCHA -- hosted by Google -- to verify that real humans are trying to access it. And those were just the obvious results. Behind the scenes, Hill's specialty VPN blocked her devices from trying to ping Google's servers more than 15,000 times -- in just the first few hours. After a week, it had stopped more than 100,000 attempts to share data with Google. And to repeat, this is after Hill had stopped using any of Google's apps or services. The company has its tendrils all throughout the internet. As Hill describes the process in her report to Gizmodo: I migrate my browser bookmarks over to Firefox (made by Mozilla). I change the default search engine on Firefox and my iPhone from Google—a privilege for which Google reportedly pays Apple up to $9 billion per year—to privacy-respecting DuckDuckGo, a search engine that also makes money off ads but doesn’t keep track of users’ searches. I download Apple Maps and the Mapquest app to my phone... I switch to Apple’s calendar app. I create new email addresses on Protonmail and Riseup.net (for work and personal email, respectively) and direct people to them via autoreplies in Gmail. Hill did literally everything an internet-connected human being can do to disconnect themselves from Google. But you don't have to be a Google customer in order to have the company garner 100,000 little bits of data about you every single week. Or as Hill herself says, "Google, like Amazon, is woven deeply into the infrastructure of online services and other companies’ offerings, which is frustrating to all the connected devices in my house." The fact is, you aren't Google's customer: You and your data are Google's product, served up on an electronic platter to advertisers and God-Only-Knows-Who-Else... even if, like me, you've boycotted all of the company's little data-sniffing products. As a libertarian, I have philosophical issues with the whole idea of antitrust. But when a company grows so big and so pervasive that you can't avoid becoming its tool -- even when going to the extreme lengths Hill went through -- then I can draw only one conclusion, expressed in three words. Break. Them. Up. ...
  3. I am currently using 'uBlock Orgin firefox-legacy-1.16.4.8 - gorhill Jan 26, 2019' ... with New Moon and Basilisk. If a newer legacy version is released ... I just run it with the older version in place and it updates to the newer version. I don't quite understand why a person would need this updater - Ublock origin legacy updater 1.6.7 ( Basilisk ). Is this another actual 'legacy version' different from the gorhill versions? My latest updated uBlock Orgin firefox-legacy-1.16.4.8 seems to be working OK. ...
  4. Optical Illusions That Will Play Tricks On Your Mind http://definition.org/amazing-optical-illusions-will-break-brain/?spadid=1796065&spadgid=74950&spcampid=78299&utm_source=gemini&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=def_us_d_gemini_32159_78299&utm_content=34746307170_34746307170&sppubid=NEWS_US&utm_term=9740455053 ...
  5. Employee Falls for Fake Job Interview Over Skype, Gives North Korean Hackers Access to Chile's ATM Network: Report Victoria Song - Wednesday 11:50am https://gizmodo.com/employee-falls-for-fake-job-interview-over-skype-gives-1831801832 The one thing no one expects on a job interview is North Korean hackers picking up on the other line. But that’s apparently exactly what happened to a hapless employee at Redbanc, the company that handles Chile’s ATM network. The bizarre story was reported in trendTIC, a Chilean tech site. A Redbanc employee found a job opening on LinkedIn for a developer position. After setting up a Skype interview, the employee was then asked to install a program called ApplicationPDF.exe on their computer, trendTIC reports. The program was reportedly explained to be part of the recruitment process and generated a standard application form. But it was not an application form, it was malware. Because the malware was then installed on a company computer, the hackers reportedly received important info about the employee’s work computer, including username, hardware and OS, and proxy settings. With all that info, the hackers would then be able to later deliver a second-stage payload to the infected computer. As for the link to North Korea, an analysis by security firm Flashpoint indicates the malware utilized PowerRatankba, a malicious toolkit associated with Lazarus Group, a hacking organization with ties to Pyongyang. If you haven’t heard of these guys, you’ve definitely heard of the stuff they’ve been up to. Also known as Hidden Cobra, the Lazarus Group is linked with the Sony hack in 2014 and the WannaCry 2.0 virus, which infected 230,000 computers in 150 countries in 2017. They’re also known for targeting major banking and financial institutions and have reportedly absconded with $571 million in cryptocurrency since January 2017. The hack reportedly took place at the end of December, but it was only made public after Chilean Senator Felipe Harboe took to Twitter last week to blast Redbanc for keeping the breach secret. Redbanc later acknowledged the breach occurred in a statement, but the company failed to mention any details. ...
  6. I've had this little program sitting on my computer for years ... never really used it and forgot about it. Thought this might be of interest to Windows XP users. I have been lucky in not having any 'viral infections' for many years (many) and I have backups ... so I just forgot about this small program. In case anyone is interested ... XP EmergencyUtils http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_emerutils.htm Fix Windows XP Help xp_emegencyutil.exe - Creates usable copies of REGEDIT, MSCONFIG and Task Manager v1.2 - 07/26/2004 - Doug Knox Operating Systems: Windows® XP and Windows® Server 2003 only. Requires VB 6 Runtime Libraries, included in Windows® XP. This small VB 6 utility will create a usable backup copy of Taskmgr.exe, MSConfig.exe and Regedit.EXE in a new folder, called C:\EmergencyUtils. The new copies will be named Copy_of_Taskmgr.exe, Copy_of_MSConfig.exe and Copy_of_Regedit.com. These programs are extremely helpful and usually necessary in helping to rid your computer of a viral infection. Many virus programs will intercept these programs, based on their original file name and prevent them from running. The alternate copies will not encounter this problem. Simply navigate to the C:\EmergencyUtils folder and double click the file you need to run. To use: Download the xp_emergencyutil.zip file and save it to your hard drive. Double-click the xp_emergencyutil.zip file and extract xp_emergencyutil.exe to your hard disk. To run the EXE just double click it, there is no installer. You will have the option of running the programs automatically, after the copies are created. NOTE: Your antivirus software may warn of a potentially malicious script. This is normal, as the Windows Scripting Host is used to create the "copies" of these three utilities. ...
  7. Boo, the Famously Cute Dog, Has Died 'of a broken heart' Yahoo News UK 8 hours ago https://www.yahoo.com/news/boo-famously-cute-dog-died-broken-heart-095422816.html Boo, the famous and adorable dog has died. The light Pomeranian was a viral sensation and cute pictures of him adorned merchandise in shops such as Urban Outfitters. Over the last decade Boo gained a huge internet following, with 16 million fans on his Facebook page alone. Boo’s owners confirmed that he passed away in his sleep aged 12. They added that he started having health problems following the death of his canine companion Buddy, adding that they suspected “his heart literally broke when Buddy left us”. In a Facebook post, his owners confirmed the sad news and shared some images of Boo and Buddy over the years. “Dearest friends of Boo," With deepest sadness I wanted to share that Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy. Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort. We know that Buddy was the first to greet him on the other side of that rainbow bridge, and this is likely the most excited either of them have been in a long time. Since starting Boo’s FB page, I’ve received so many notes over the years from people sharing stories of how Boo brightened their days and helped bring a little light to their lives during difficult times. And that was really the purpose of all this…Boo brought joy to people all over the world. Boo is the happiest dog I’ve ever met. He was so easy going that we never had to bother with training. He made the manliest of men squeal with delight over his cuteness and made everyone laugh with his quirky, tail wagging personality. Over the years Boo met some super cool people, a lot of crazy talented people, but most of all so many kind people…friends who gave him endless love, people who prioritized his comfort over getting that perfect picture, partners who understood that Buddy ALWAYS had to be included, and last but definitely not least, the amazing doctors, therapists, and staff at Adobe Animal Hospital and Sage Veterinary Centers for the countless hours of care and dedication they poured into Buddy and Boo. The statement added: I brought Boo home in the spring of 2006 and so started the greatest, most heartwarming friendship of all time. Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues. We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us. He hung on and gave us over a year. But it looks like it was his time, and I’m sure it was a most joyous moment for them when they saw each other in heaven. Boo, we love you with all our hearts and will miss you until the day we meet again. Have fun running around with Buddy and creating adorable mischief wherever you guys go. Thank you to all of you for following along on their silly adventures over the past 10 years. They sure had a LOT of fun. With love and our deepest gratitude, Boo’s humans. ...
  8. In this article there is a link to check out your e-mail(s): "The breach was first reported by Troy Hunt, the security researcher who runs the site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), where you can check if your email has been compromised in a data breach." You can decide if you want to check your e-mail ... Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords Victoria Song / Thursday 10:40am https://gizmodo.com/mother-of-all-breaches-exposes-773-million-emails-21-m-1831833456 There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention. The newly discovered “Collection #1" is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. The breach was first reported by Troy Hunt, the security researcher who runs the site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), where you can check if your email has been compromised in a data breach. In his blog, Hunt says a large file of 12,000 separate files and 87GB of data had been uploaded to MEGA, a popular cloud service. The data was then posted to a popular hacking forum and appears to be an amalgamation of over 2,000 databases. The troubling thing is the databases contain “dehashed” passwords, which means the methods used to scramble those passwords into unreadable strings has been cracked, fully exposing the passwords. ... more at the link
  9. OK ... thanks roytam1 / Tamris for the reply. I will continue using 'basilisk52 for XP' and also PM (NM) 27 and 28 ... I also use the K-Meleon update from roytam1. Tamris posted - "if you're already using Basilisk, then there's really no point in using BOC as well. I guess I'm 'good to go' ... thanks again. Monroe
  10. What exactly is BOC/UXP for XP ??? .... should I also be downloading it to use on my XP setup. I do download 'basilisk/UXP for XP' and also PM (NM) 27 and 28. I don't know what 'BOC' stands for. ...
  11. A new version update was released yesterday (Dec 28). It looks like these 'little updates' could occur frequently over the next few months ... as problems are being discovered and fixed. I don't know how many people are following this or have an interest in Proxomitron. I think the people that do use Proxomitron can just bookmark the site and check for updates every week or two. Lots of heavy discussion going on over there ... most of it is 'over my head' ... but these are the right people involved for a better version of Proxomitron in the future, maybe by the end of 2019. I left all the discussion in the post by Amy of the new update, it's interesting reading. Page 10: http://www.prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=2331&page=10 ------------------------------------------ Yesterday, 03:40 AM (This post was last modified: Yesterday 03:52 AM by amy.) Post: #138 amy RE: Proxomitron Reborn 4.6.0.2 has been released. It contains one fix: - Make generated certificates version 3. (Dec. 26, 2018 02:17 AM) whenever Wrote: I'm afraid you all didn't get my point. What I'm talking about is if to make the resources at https://local.ptron available via 443" rel="nofollow" >https://127.0.0.1sad smiley443|8443). My opinion is NO because it has security risks and the original version doesn't do it either (the resources at http://local.ptron is not available via http://127.0.0.1). Yes it is, you just have to specify the port. In other words, original Proxomitron had one listener (on port 8080 by default) which serves both the proxy and the internal webserver. In 4.6 I added a second listener which behaves exactly the same as the original one, except it's wrapped in a TLS socket. (Dec. 27, 2018 04:40 AM) JJoe Wrote: Good news is, I hope I know what the problem is... Subject Alternative Name (SAN) is an X.509 version 3 certificate extension. The generated certificate claims to be version 1, so Opera (and probably Chrome) just says no. Such picky browsers... Fixed in 4.6.0.2. (Dec. 26, 2018 02:17 AM) whenever Wrote: It occurs with Scott's original too, and I can reproduce it on my PC (win10x64). - Start the program freshly - Click its icon on the tray to make its main window appear - Press and hold the Alt key The controls would appear and respond when you click their positions. (Dec. 26, 2018 04:40 AM) mizzmona Wrote: Yeah, it's been noted for 5.1 since about 2005, at least... (Depending on OS) At initial program startup, pressing "Alt" key clears UI face. Minimize & reopen to restore. Sorry, completely forgot to mention it. D'oh! I have not been able to reproduce this (on XP 32 bit --- maybe I need to get a VM of a newer OS and try it...) but I bet it's related to all the code Scott added for custom drawing of textures and such. You can see M$ is showing increasingly less care for custom-drawn controls and UI customisation in general, so the one way to fix this is probably to remove all that custom drawing code and default back to the OS drawing when textures are disabled. I personally don't use the texture option, but I really don't want to remove the option for everyone either. ...
  12. A Christmas gift from Amy at the Proxomitron forum ... newer version. Dec. 25, 2018, 10:15 PM RE: Proxomitron Reborn 4.6.0.1 has been released! Merry Christmas! Changes in this release: - Generate certificate serial number from hostname - Always add SAN to certificates - Fix buffer overflow in request parsing - Fix adding manually entered blockfile entries - Fix parsing of CONNECT URLs - Fix listener startup message http://prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=2331&page=9 Update on Page 01 - Always the First Post ... http://prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=2331 She also mentions about some major changes ... if she has the time next year and can 'figure' everything out correctly. "amy Wrote: Your suggestions have been logged for version 5.x improvements." ...
  13. I found this mention and download dealing with MusicMatch Jukebox. I don't know anything about the program but it lists Windows 10. Can anyone help verify that this might be of some help for Roffen? https://softfamous.com/musicmatch-jukebox/ MusicMatch Jukebox Free Download - 25.49 MB Version: 10.00.4015 Runs on: Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / XP If you’re looking for a tool that can not only organize and play back your favorite audio tracks, but also extract tracks from your own audio CDs, then MusicMatch Jukebox Plus is the software you need. This utility can easily record songs from your audio CDs – a process called “Ripping” – and to save them on your hard drive as high quality audio tracks. It can also write your music on audio CDs and download tracks from the Internet. The tool is quite versatile, to be honest! This media player is perfect for organizing your audio tracks into a comprehensive library on hard drive. You can create playlists for various things – from work to the gym – and use them on your MusicMatch media player, Also, it comes with the Burner Plus tool that helps you write your tunes on audio and MP3 CDs at speeds of up to 48x. All you have to do to use the burner utility is drag the audio tracks from Windows Explorer or the music library. Also, this program can split the tracks among several discs. MusicMatch Jukebox 10.00.4015 is licensed as freeware for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system without restrictions. It is in multimedia players category and is available to all software users as a free download. ...
  14. Amy - 'Proxomitron Reborn' has has released a major new update a few days ago. Certificates generated with correct names and HTTPS working have been added. I am not going to say much about this new release as I am still trying to figure my settings out. I am understanding this new update better than I did 24 hours ago ... but I think I have more steps to cover. So anyone that likes or once liked Proxomitron ... hit on the link (Page 06) below and start reading ... on Page 08 now. http://prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=2331&page=6 Dec. 10, 2018 Amy RE: Proxomitron Reborn 4.6.0.0 has been released! This version contains the following changes: - Add missing update of Host header after redirection This was a bug I introduced, which managed to creep its way through all the -Reborn versions. Thanks to rasczak for spotting it! - Certificates generated with correct names No longer deal with unfilterable HTTPS pages or "host name does not match" warnings/errors from browsers! The Proxomitron now generates certificates, signed by its own root, for each hostname to satisfy browser checks. - $REM() pseudocommand At the request of mizzmona, the $REM pseudocommand allows including commentary in filter expressions. Within the parentheses, write anything which will be ignored completely by the matching engine. Ensure to balance inner parentheses, or escape them and other special characters. - Add HTTPS to local.ptron Simply set the port in the new HTTPS settings tab to an unused one (e.g. 8443), restart Proxomitron, and visit e.g. https://local.ptron:your_port/.pinfo/ or any local path to see files served over HTTPS! https://localhost:your_port/ and https://127.0.0.1:your_port/ will work too, thanks to the Subject Alternative Names in the certificate that it generates. If you don't need this option, set the port to 0 and it will stop listening for HTTPS. The new configuration file keyword is SslPort in the Global section, and its default is 0. - HTTPS configuration options for cipher suite selection and certificate error bypass Also present in the new configuration dialog tab are two fields which correspond to two new keywords in the global configuration file section: SslCiphers and BypassCertErrs. The former allows controlling the cipher suites which Proxomitron's SSL client (as presented to external sites) advertises support for; its format is a string that is documented at https://www.openssl.org/docs/man1.0.2/apps/ciphers.html . Leave it blank to use the default, which is currently "ALL:!eNULL:!aNULL:!EXP:!DES:!RC2:!SSLv2:!PSK:!aECDH:!CAMELLIA:!SEED:@STRENGTH". This is useful for the advanced users to fine-tune their TLS/SSL configuration. The latter is a flexible way to specify sites which you do not want to be warned of certificate errors with; you can use any of Proxomitron's filtering language to construct an expression which will be matched against the hostname. This means you can use blockfiles too! Leaving this field blank (the default) means it will not match any hostname, and thus the behavour will be unchanged from before. - Add details to certificate error dialog The certificate error dialog now shows the entire certificate details instead of only the name and its validity period dates. Useful for troubleshooting certificate errors. - Add root certificate generation This is the biggest new feature, and is accessible from the bottom button in the new HTTPS configuration tab. If you have an existing certificate in use, you can still click this button and look around; it will warn you that if you try to generate a certificate, it will replace your existing one. This new dialog allows you to specify some fields of the certificate to be generated, and if you have an existing certificate it conveniently duplicates the same information from it and lets you generate a new one with a validity period of another 5 years. You can choose the key size and algorithm, keeping in mind that not all browsers will support the more advanced ones, and that this certificate is only used to "fool" browsers into behaving since Proxomitron does most of the work of encryption and validation now. It makes sense to choose the most "insecure" that browsers will accept, because it improves performance. If you click Generate, it will create/overwrite the proxcert.pem and proxcert_certonly.pem files, and then after restarting Proxomitron and installing the certificate as a trusted root in the browser(s) you use, you can start experiencing real SSL filtering! Enjoy! As always, please leave your feedback here and I will try to respond when I can. ...
  15. There was a new post from Amy at the 'The Un-Official Proxomitron Forum - Proxomitron Reborn' on Oct 29th. She mentions working with certificates and the newer version will be released in the future as 4.6 ... this may be in November. http://prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=2331&page=6 Oct. 29, 2018, 03:05 AM Post: #84 - amy RE: Proxomitron Reborn I have been testing the cert generation/caching for over a month, unlike ProxHTTPSProxyMII I've chosen to cache the last 1000 certificates in memory only and not bother writing to disk --- so if you restart Proxomitron it'll generate new ones again. (I also initially tried generating a new cert every time, which wasn't noticeably slower and I might've chosen to do that if it weren't for a bug in a certain browser which causes a crash if it sees two requests for the same hostname return different certificates...) Let me know if you see any problems with doing it this way, otherwise I'll soon (within a month) release 4.6 with this and the other features listed above. (Sep. 26, 2018 05:33 AM)rasczak Wrote: When using half-ssl with proxo reborn there's a bug where the Host header contains the half-ssl proxy prefix. For example, this site's Host header appears: Host: https-px-.www.prxbx.com You can reproduce the bug using sidki's latest config set, sidki_2011-12-22rc1, and turning on the half-ssl filters https://www.prxbx.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=1870 Will be fixed in 4.6, but if you really want to, I can add the fix to 4.5.2.0 and release 4.5.2.1 (which will only differ from .0 by this fix.) Your choice. ...
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