Indian troops join Russian military exercise

While nowhere near as offensive as China’s recent global behavior, I will not simply give a pass to India’s warming to Russian actions.

India has no loyalty. It is simply not something that one should expect from them.  We gave India over $200,000,000 for Covid relief. In fact, we have given India over $65,000,000,000 since WW2 in absofsckinglootley free money.

India would rather be buddies with Putin.

Lets pressure our leaders to remove all “free” aid to the country of India. Let them hit up Russia for help.  Oh, and while we are at it, lets remove India’s trade status as well. If they wish to practice warring against us, at least let them do so using their own money.

Source: Indian troops join Russian military exercise despite U.S. concerns

Solomon Islands Suspends Visits by US & UK Navies

As proof that this site’s tagline “If I only had a brain” is the real deal, I’ve decided to start opening my mouth on the Internet.  No doubt, history will show this to be a very unwise move.

I’m so fscking dismayed at the continued actions of China and the roll over and take it in the ass approach of the West.

FSCK FSCKING CHINA! AND THEIR MOTHER. (it is my understanding that invoking a Chinaman’s Mother is near sacrilegious. Good.)

We have given the Solomon Islands over $50,000,000 in Covid aid, and untold MILLIONS over the years in USAID.

We will continue to give the Solomon Islands our own hard earned money, even after they deny us access to their lands, because the bureaucracy can do nothing else without external pressures. Meanwhile China gets to act the hero while doing nothing to support the people of the Solomons.

All nations should take a close look at how China treats it’s “allies”. China has no allies!

Source: BBC News

Five Ways to Run a Program On Your Raspberry Pi At Startup

A great writeup on the many ways to run stuff at startup. Oh, the simplicity of autoexec.bat!

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Well said, dear commentator

Damn.  Truth hits hard at 7am today. Been saying it for a few years now, but it is tough to read.  I too, wonder if we have till the 2040’s.

Source: Climate change: Russia burns off gas as Europe’s energy bills rocket

The Plan

The Plan

In the beginning, there was a plan,
And then came the assumptions,
And the assumptions were without form,
And the plan without substance,

And the darkness was upon the face of the workers,
And they spoke among themselves saying,
“It is a crock of shit and it stinks.”

And the workers went unto their Supervisors and said,
“It is a pile of dung, and we cannot live with the smell.”

And the Supervisors went unto their Managers saying,
“It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong,
Such that none may abide by it.”

And the Managers went unto their Directors saying,
“It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide by its strength.”

And the Directors spoke among themselves saying to one another,
“It contains that which aids plants growth, and it is very strong.”

And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents saying unto them,
“It promotes growth, and it is very powerful.”

And the Vice Presidents went to the President, saying unto him,
“This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor
Of the company With very powerful effects.”

And the President looked upon the Plan
And saw that it was good,
And the Plan became Policy.

And this, my friend, is how shit happens.

Source: In the beginning, there was a plan, and then came the assumptions,

NSS Preserve – Tytoona Cave NP

Source: NSS Preserve – Tytoona Cave NP

Microsoft is telling us something. Aka: How to Install Free HEVC Codecs (for H.265 Video)

TL:DR:  http://ms-windows-store://pdp/?ProductId=9n4wgh0z6vhq

Source: How to Install Free HEVC Codecs on Windows 10 (for H.265 Video)

Microsoft is really showing their hand now a days.  They love us so much, they want .99 cents for the new ‘divx’ codec.  Yep, Bill’s once great company, the one that gave us things like Power Toys for free, now won’t even let you watch a modern movie without paying up.  Why didn’t you charge the movie makers a buck to keep me from downloading it, eh, Satya? I though you were the master of the upcharge?

Well, fsck you too Microsoft.  You, and the cheap whore on your back.

Windows Firewall Control

Recently found this application via Wilders Security forums. Windows Firewall Control is so good, Malwarebytes bought it and hired it’s creator!

Give it a good look, it is uber powerful.  But be quick – Malwarebytes has promised to delete this one from the internet at some point:

And not to worry—we will maintain, support, and keep Binisoft products free for everyone in the short term.

Source: BiniSoft.org

Modular Snap Together Raspberry Pi Case by Sneaks

Nice case design!  Everything but access to pin headers, which I think can be handled pretty easily.  Ordered up all the parts, keep watching for the build.

 

Source: Modular Snap Together Raspberry Pi 2B/3B/3B+/4 Case w/ OLED & Fan Options by Sneaks | Download free STL model | Printables.com

Microsoft Validation OS | Microsoft Docs

MS Giving away a OS? Wait, a not GUI OS?!

Source: Microsoft Validation OS | Microsoft Docs

indexers – usenet

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Fatten Windows Boarders

What were the developers thinking back with WIndows 8? 1 Pixel window boarders are some kind of hell for everyone. It just goes to show how totally ignorant Microsoft developers are to real world use scenarios.

Anyway, it is possible to fix this!

 

https://www.howtogeek.com/130138/how-to-change-the-window-border-size-in-windows-8/

ED Disfunction!

Spring cleaning on a summers day – of the digital sort.  Cleaning up some steam games and I find that Elite Dangerous is using a whopping 27gb! In their defense, they tell you 20gb is required, and I’ve had the game installed forever… but still… dangerous indeed!

First take on Windows 12

So MS has gone double back on the word, which is one way forward I guess. After saying that there would never be another:

“Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.” That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company’s Ignite conference this week.

https://www.theverge.com/2015/5/7/8568473/windows-10-last-version-of-windows

[the above quote is a perfect example of why brainless exists, the actual quoted work is now killed off]

Those who have been paying attention for a while now will see yet more similarities with Windows 11 and Vista. I’m not saying it, but MS clearly is, these are two stinking turds that need to go poof. Windows 12, and of course it will not be called ‘Windows 12’, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’ll be Windows Woke, or perhaps WindowsYourWay, as is the perceived market demand. WindowsTheyThem? WindowsWideOpen. Haha, we all know it’ll be Windows 365.

Finally combining xBox and Windows in a online service based platform. Microtransactioning the fsck out of the consumer. Fondling their personal and corporate greed like a 8th grader on summer vacation, at the cost of business’s ability to business even more than today’s impossible environment.

At least we now know not to pay attention to Windows 11… it’s a goner. Keep listening to the kids, Microsoft, and this will continue.

Two jailed after Valley Street shooting…

Never just attempt to remove the Swartz.  Remove, or remove not; there is no attempt.

Police said the victim was confronted at his residence by his landlord, Michael Bruno, who was attempting to remove the Swartz from the residence. According to the police report, Bruno pointed a shotgun at the victim. The victim then grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and struggled with Bruno,

Source: Two jailed after Valley Street shooting | News, Sports, Jobs – The Sentinel

Linux Update Cheatsheet

DistroWatch offers a very nice cheatsheet on what basic commands the different flavors of linux use.  We’re talking the apt-get/yum/zypper stuff.

Source: DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.

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Shutting Up Windows

Let us see if we can neuter Windows 10.

I’m so sick of Microsoft’s bu!!shit. They continue to fsck over business and their techie base. Modern Windows is nothing (but crap) compared to prior versions. If I need to go into the reasons, please just move along, this is not an article for you – in fact, this is not a site for you. Go away and never come back again. I don’t write this crap for you.

So lets work on a plan to end this madness!

For now, control of Window’s communication with Microsoft servers is step one.

This page will remain a work in progress until I have enough for a full article, please feel free to contribute.

Some links for now:
https://www.telerik.com/download/fiddler
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/12-windows-10-services-that-are-safe-to-disable/
https://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/08/windows-10-phones-home-even-after-privacy-hardening/
https://winaero.com/stop-windows-10-spying-on-you-using-just-windows-firewall/
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/manage-connections-from-windows-operating-system-components-to-microsoft-services
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

WinAero

So in going through the remains of Brainless from before the wipe, I ran across this site. I used their software in the past and they have some real neat offers.

Unfortunately, there may be the possibility that the developer is Russian. Consider this strongly before visiting.

https://winaero.com/winaero-apps/

Network Monitoring

Mill Yard Computing used to offer these tips for network monitoring. They have taken this down, so here it is for you:

iftop

On CentOS it is in the EPEL repo.

It shows a list of network connections and the data transferred over the past 2 sec, 10 sec & 40 sec (a bit like uptime).

when it is running press the ? key to get help

iftop (-n will disable hostname lookups)

lsof

Summarized from http://www.danielmiessler.com/study/lsof/

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Mounting drives (physical & image) on VirtualBox

To mount a physical hard disk onto a VirtualBox guest, we need to first create a VMDK configuration file which points to the physical disk, and then attach this VMDK file to the VirtualBox guest.

VirtualBox running on Linux:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename ~/sdd.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/sdd

Now attach ~/sdd.vmdk to your guest as normal

VirtualBox running on Windows:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename c:\PhysicalDrive0.vmdk -rawdisk \ \ . \PhysicalDrive0

“\ \ . \PhysicalDrive0″ Is the DeviceID as seen by Windows, it can be found from the command:

wmic diskdrive list brief

Now attach c:\PhysicalDrive0.vmdk to your guest as normal

Mounting a disk image (made with dd):

Create a .vmdk config file as above. Use any attached hard disk. Even one in use. Then tweak it to point to your dd image file.

The .vmdk config file is a simple text file. Here’s my tweaked version with some comments.

# Disk DescriptorFile

##MYC## So the only things I actually changed were the CID, the number of sectors and the file location
##MYC## Then I commented out the original uuid lines 

##MYC## CID must be different for each device mounted
version=1
CID=6efb06b0
parentCID=ffffffff
createType="fullDevice"

# Extent description
##MYC## This number is the number of 512 byte sectors. The dd image filesize_in_bytes / 512 
RW 625142528 FLAT "/3tb/ryph-newpc-images/eden-pc-final.dd" 0

# The disk Data Base 
#DDB

ddb.virtualHWVersion = "4"
ddb.adapterType="ide"

##MYC## Apparently the geometry parameters don't matter if the disk is greater than 8GB. Just leave them as they were

ddb.geometry.cylinders="16383"
ddb.geometry.heads="16"
ddb.geometry.sectors="63"

##MYC## I commented out the uuid params. But I think they will get created again when you attach it
##MYC## ddb.uuid.image="6b29d83e-c656-40cf-919d-f8b2219761d2"
##MYC## ddb.uuid.parent="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"
##MYC## ddb.uuid.modification="5b4f167c-9bab-4e6a-935a-9dcf2ee9bc20"
##MYC## ddb.uuid.parentmodification="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

ddb.geometry.biosCylinders="1024"
ddb.geometry.biosHeads="255"
ddb.geometry.biosSectors="63"