Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience.

calendar   Friday - July 22, 2016

WikiLeaks releases thousands of documents about Clinton and internal deliberations

Washington Post

As Hillary Clinton prepared to announce her 2016 running mate, a trove of nearly 20,000 emails were released by WikiLeaks on Friday, providing an embarrassing inside look at Democratic Party operations on the eve of the Democrats’ national convention.

The emails from the Democratic National Committee include discussions of Clinton’s chief rival for the presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.); details of perks provided to party donors attending the convention; and email exchanges between party officials, journalists and others.

The emails were released with an announcement by WikiLeaks on Twitter that linked readers to a Wikileaks Page inviting visitors to “Search the DNC email database.” A search box sits underneath a one-paragraph introduction:

“Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series,” the introduction says. “The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC,” including Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer and others. The newly released emails cover the period from January 2015 through May 25, 2016.

Got home from a day out with the hubs to this news. Hopped on Twitter to check it out. Apparently the first hashtag, #DNCLeaks was #1 trending for a while before it mysteriously disappeared. Soon thereafter, #DNCLeak started trending. That hashtag disappeared a short time later. #DemExit was trending for a while as well. The comments on the WaPo site are pretty much just what I was expecting. This makes me ALMOST want to watch the upcoming Dem convention. ALMOST....


Posted by Severa   United States  on 07/22/2016 at 11:37 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 19, 2016

awesome web tool

I don’t know how to build one of these, or even what they’re called. But they’re effin’ awesome~~!!

I saw this for the first time this morning while checking out the news and gossip over in the UK online.

It looks like it runs on a Javascript, and that the parameters change in real time, even in the source code.

The little slider moves left to right in the real one (this one here is just a picture of it) and it lets you compare two pictures. But the wonder is, the images are razor sharp and the motion is smooth as glass. No sticky jumpy movement, and no rough pixels. This is awesome.

Any web coders out there know what this thing is called, or how to make one?


link to original story


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/19/2016 at 05:32 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 08, 2016

I hate stupid

I saw this on Facebook this morning. Yeah, I’m bored. I have an account there that I almost never use. But I’ve seen crap like this online in lots of places. Click bait maybe, but just poorly done, absolutely.

Crazy Math Problem Freaking Out Everyone!!

Math problems have been getting quite popular in social media. This one seems simple, but it’s actually pretty good. Give it a try before seeing the solution!

Looks pretty bad, yes? And it is! Follow their link and get annoyed by bad math, terrible English, and some kind of alien thought process. Sorry, but if what they wrote is how you think, then no wonder so much beyond your grasp. “Simple” as an antonym to “pretty good”? Dude, wrong.

I’ll put it all below the fold, then show you how to solve it in 3 seconds flat

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/08/2016 at 05:21 AM   
Filed Under: • Computers and CyberspaceStoopid-People •  
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calendar   Wednesday - January 06, 2016

the mermaid

The world may be advancing thanks to a handful of very tech savvy people, but it sure seems to have lost other things along the way to this bright new world.

Like common sense.

Political correctness has become a fixture to a degree where too many are practicing it as a religion.

University students have caused a bit of a stir, by taking PC even further into never, never land.  “Safe Zones” for example, where nothing can be displayed or spoken that might in any way upset or offend someone. A place where, “never is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day”.  The idea that past figures for whom statues have been in place for a 100 years, they want taken down if that person made their fortune through or engaged in, slavery in any way. Or had anything to do with empire and colonialism.  In other words, if they can’t rewrite history, they want to erase it.  Currently it’s Cecil Rhodes who is in their narrow sights.  I’m waiting for them to target the statue of old Honest Abe the Brits erected so long ago, who in a speech once opined that blacks could never be the equals of whites, nor should marriages between the races be allowed. He had a few other un-pc words on the subject that today, were he alive, he’d be tarred and feathered and disbarred from office.

But maybe those brainless twits are only vaguely aware of Lincoln due to that famous address he gave.  You know.  Friends Romans Countrymen …. I came here to bury this guy.

So anyway … what brought this on was something I read the other day.

Had to read it 2wice to make sure I actually saw what I think I read.

Yup … here tiz.  Glommed it from iNews.


Facebook censures Little Mermaid

A Danish politician who wanted to use a photo of Copenhagen’s iconic

Little Mermaid statue on her Facebook page, was told the image violated

nudity rules and could not be published.

She received a notice saying that the image contained, “too much bare skin”.


Posted by peiper   United States  on 01/06/2016 at 02:59 PM   
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calendar   Monday - January 04, 2016

Close My Eyes And Jump

I made the big switch last night, going from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10. I’m hoping they gave me a 64 bit OS, but I don’t know how to check that yet.

Right. So this morning, I had half a dozen screens worth of settings to go through, mostly to tell MS not to share out my data to every digital Tom, Dick, or Harry who waltzes by. I’ll try to new parts one at a time when I have time, but for now just leave me alone, let my PC feel as -7- as possible, and let me get back to work.

I have to say, Firefox certainly looks nicer. Much crisper default font.

And I’m off to work.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/04/2016 at 06:33 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 10, 2015

Drew the tech master

There’s an IT joke in here to be made, somehow.

I lost the internet here for a couple of hours. No Wifi. No bars on the PC, nothing on the iPad. Had 10 other weak signals in the area, but my transponder was poof. WTH? Checked all the wires, checked the circuit breaker, checked that everything was plugged in ... all fine, but nothing. Then of course you reboot a couple of times and run some Windows diagnostic. Nada. So I went back up to the bedroom where the router is and went in, forgetting to turn the light on. Sure is mighty dark in here. And then ... D’OH!!! ... no little red light on the power bar. Click, ON, all fixed.

My guess is a certain inquisitive kitteh stepped on the switch, which is just lying there on the rug by the window. And you know how cats HAVE to go back behind everything, the more crowded and dustier the better. Maybe I have to paw-proof the IT now. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/10/2015 at 03:45 PM   
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calendar   Friday - October 09, 2015

An Idea That Fizzled


I never quite understood what made Tapiture any different than Tumblr or Pintrest. Or Imgur. All are/were picture sharing sites of one kind or another, and there’s plenty more out there.

Maybe Tapiture had a better format. I can’t remember. I know Pintrest, and several other sites, use that never ending roll along format that adds new content to a single page whenever you get near the bottom. For anything bigger than 3 pages worth, I hate that. It’s impossible to go back and snap something up. Sure you can, but it takes forever. Breaking the content into pages is just so much faster.

Oh well. We’ll put Tapiture in the pile with Socks the wonder dog salespuppet for online dogfood; the digital dustbin of the internet. It was nice while it lasted I guess.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/09/2015 at 05:27 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 29, 2015

little white window om my PC

I kicked the PC into life this morning, and low and behold, a little white window showed up in the menu bar. “Get Windows 10” it reads. And here I thought that I wasn’t welcome at the party, because I didn’t get an invite like so many other folks.

I believe today is the day too. The day that when you can get the free download.

Any brave souls out there making the leap of faith?



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/29/2015 at 09:44 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 04, 2015

Digital Defenestration

Throw Out Your Old Windows, Get New Windows For Free!

Ah, if only we were talking about double hungs, casements, and double glazing, Peiper would be dancing a jig.

Alas. This is merely ... merely ... Microsoft inviting the entire world to update from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. For free. Invitation only. RSVP.

If you have not yet received an invitation, don’t worry. With only a couple billion PCs in the invite queue, it might take Redmond a bit of time to get around to sending yours out, but it shows up as Update KB3035583. You can get this update manually too if you want.

The actual roll out of Win 10 won’t be for another month or two. July, but don’t be shocked if there is a delay or two. Or five.

If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should already have had an invitation to “reserve” a copy of Windows 10. If not, run Windows Update to see if any updates are available for your PC. The one you want is KB3035583. This puts a small white Windows logo – the GWX or Get Windows 10 app – in the system tray on the right hand side of the Taskbar. Alternatively, you should be able to find the invitation by going to Windows Update in the Control Panel (via System and Security).

Huh. Well, I just looked on mine, and no invite. [pout] And then I ran a Windows Update and all I found was 4 security patches and an “important” update for the MS Silverlight bit of junk. No KB3035583 to be found. OTOH, I haven’t yet restarted from that update, so who knows?

Windows 10 will be released as a free update on 29 July, Microsoft has announced.

It will be the last major release of the 29-year-old operating system before Microsoft switches to a “Windows as a service” system, which entails updates being rolled out when ready.

This marks a change in Microsoft’s business model. The operating system will be offered as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 within the first year.

Each version of Windows has cost upwards of £100, although the majority of Windows users receive new versions of the operating system when buying a new computer, and not by upgrading the software themselves.

Microsoft made Windows 8.1, which restored the Start menu, as a free update to Windows 8. Windows 10 will bring back more familiar elements from Windows 7 and combine them with the modern look of Windows 8.1.

More than 4 million people have been beta testing the public preview of Windows 10 for the past couple of months, helping Microsoft fix problems before release. Recent reports indicate that Windows 10 is far from ready, with multiple bugs and glitches yet to be fixed.

Setting a date for release could help accelerate the development cycle, but it is crucial that Microsoft’s first public outing for Windows 10 is solid to avoid comparisons with bug-riddled Windows Vista from 2006.

Microsoft’s long-derided Internet Explorer will be replaced by Edge on Windows 10, while the operating system promises to unify the Windows ecosystem of apps and services across desktop, laptop and tablet PCs as well as smartphones.

Microsoft’s voice-controlled digital assistant, Cortana, will also make its debut beyond smartphones with Windows 10, rivalling Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now. Microsoft recently announced that Cortana would also be made available for the iPhone and Android devices.

The Redmond-based software company needs Windows 10 to be a hit both with consumers and businesses after difficulties in persuading organisations to upgrade from the 14-year-old Windows XP.

Microsoft’s “free upgrade offer*” says: “We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year.” The asterisk links to a rider that says “some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device”. It may not be possible to update some Windows Phone smartphones, and it won’t be possible to update Windows RT devices.

The rider also says: “Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required.” This implies that if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8 then you will have to update to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update – both are free – in order to get Windows 10 installed via the Windows Update service. This will deliver Windows 10 without you having to download and install the new operating system.

Pretty sure this PC is running 64 bit Win 7 Pro SP1. Maybe they haven’t added the full set of bells and whistles to Win 10 Pro 64, if such a thing is even going to exist.

Frankly, I miss XP. That OS was utterly bulletproof for me. Come to think of it, so was Win 98. I lucked out and avoided Win 2000 and Vista.

This link takes you to the Reserve Your Copy page at Microsoft.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/04/2015 at 11:54 AM   
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calendar   Friday - March 27, 2015

Guess I Missed That One

What the heck? Does Amazon now own PayPal?

I thought eBay owned PayPal, and was fighting Amazon tooth and nail.

I was just on PayPal. I hardly ever use it, so I wanted to update my personal information. When I clicked the Edit Address bit, up came the exact list of mailing addresses that I use on Amazon. Very strange,

If they’ve merged, I must have missed it.

I may have had Paypal exchanges with those same addresses too. But I didn’t get a list of places I’d done business with, I got a list of places that had been my Ship To addresses on Amazon.

BTW, a British Pound is only worth $1.52. Wow. If the UK has any good catalog stuff you’re considering buying, now would be a good time to go for it.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2015 at 08:49 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 17, 2015

Digital Doofus


I’ve got a digital response to Net Neutrality ... from 5 digits, choose 1. The one in the middle.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/17/2015 at 12:46 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 12, 2015

Well of course

In Just A Day, Hackers Find Holes In Clinton’s “Secure” Private Government Email Server

I mean, come on. WTH were you expecting?

Stirred by the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state, a determined band of hackers, IT bloggers, and systems analysts have trained their specialized talents and state-of-the-art software on, the domain under which Clinton established multiple private email accounts, and uncovered serious lapses in security, according to data shared with Fox News. 

… working with publicly available tools that map network connectivity, experts have established that the last “hop” before the mail server’s Internet Protocol, or IP, address (listed as is Internap’s aggregator in Manhattan (listed as

“This is a very strong indication that the server is in Manhattan,” the source told Fox News. 

By entering the IP address for the Internap aggregator into existing databases, the experts obtained the exact geolocation coordinates for the aggregator – revealed to be on lower Broadway, at the intersection with Chambers Street, some two blocks north of City Hall. This in turn suggests that the Clinton server itself lies within close proximity – most likely former President Clinton’s Harlem office, and not as far away as the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, N.Y. 

That outside experts could so swiftly unearth such information left them convinced that the server remains, as presently configured, highly “vulnerable” to unauthorized intrusion – even if, as most observers suspect, the server, with so much publicity now attendant on it, is no longer in active use. The hackers further concluded that Clinton’s email operation was likely not much better secured when she was secretary of state. 

Perhaps most concerning, private analysts determined that has been running an older model of Microsoft Internet Information Services, or IIS – specifically version 7.5, which has been documented to leave users exposed on multiple fronts. The website, which bills itself as “the ultimate security vulnerability datasource,” is awash with descriptions of serious security vulnerabilities associated with version 7.5, including “memory corruption,” “password disclosure vulnerability,” and the enabling of “remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service.”

The cyberlab technician who discovered the Clintons’ use of version 7.5 marveled at “the vulnerabilities the Clintons are ignoring” in an email to Fox News. “This is a big deal and just the thing real-world hackers look for in a target and will exploit to the max,” the source said. 

“Several of these vulnerabilities have been known since 2010 and yet HRC is running official State comms through it.”

All this plus off the shelf generic encryption, when she could have had the very best the NSA could develop. That is, if her email server as Secretary of State was done officially, properly, and legally. Nope. It’s in Bill’s office in Harlem. I’ve got my fingers crossed hoping it’s not out in the hallway or the waiting room, and at least behind a door or two with a lock. Instead of, you know, guarded by a squad of armed U.S. Marines and a hornet’s nest of sensors and alarms.

Golly, in this day and age, it almost makes you wonder if this was set up as Swiss cheese to begin with, just in case she “needed” to have been hacked at some point in the future. Games within games? I wouldn’t put that past Hillary, would you?

And am I the only one who finds this whole thing just too damn convenient, like all those laptops issued to government flunkies that just happen to get stolen the moment they’re somehow improperly loaded up with millions of citizen’s secure records?

Arrest the wicked witch and take away her ruby shoes!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/12/2015 at 03:07 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 06, 2015

Isn’t This Interesting.

One wonders why we don’t trust the Government anymore. (note: I’ve twice taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution; not the government.)

Raytheon Riot Software Predicts Behavior Based on Social Media

Sounds like George Orwell’s 1984. I think he got it right… except for the year.

Here’s a quote I find especially chilling:

Last year, there were reports that the FBI was turning to social media to track stock fraud. Earlier in the year, the agency said it was developing a social media monitoring application, but insisted it would protect the privacy of individuals and protected groups before being used.

‘Protected’ groups? Who decides?


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/06/2015 at 03:08 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 14, 2014

Saved By My Impatience*

I’ve got some bit of wonderware running on this PC, watching over me and keeping me safe from the bad outside world full of viruses, trojans, bad clusters, fragmented files, and grubby Windows registry entries.

Most of the time Advanced SystemCare Ultimate just runs in the background, only interrupting me 3 or 5 times a day to do minor database update downloads. And then I bring the tool up every other day or so to run an in-depth file scan and a windows tune-up/junk dump/malware scan. Takes a few minutes, big deal. So I did one the other day, and when it got to the Windows Update (aka Vulnerability Fix) it just sat there. And sat there. And sat there.

Eventually I grew impatient and forced a reboot. Which caused a warning message like “If you reboot now, you may loose Windows Update 12 of 15! Wait? Y/N” and I was all, Och, tohellwiddit!, and forced the reboot. So Windows restarts, and the restart takes a sidestep while Windows shows me a “Windows is finishing installing the most recent updates” screen, which quickly stalls on update 12 of 15. This time I hit the power switch. I am the master here, you, machine, will do as you are told!!!  So on the reboot of the reboot, it wanted to launch in Safe Mode but I wouldn’t let it, so it left me a message that I had Windows updates waiting to be installed. Fine. Whatevs. When I get to it beyotch.

So tonight I get an email from this left wing guy I subscribe to. Yes, I’m on the left’s mailing lists. Well, a couple of them. Not all, not by far. This guy is mostly centrist, and only gets rabid and foamy around the gums once in a while. Mostly I just delete him, but today he sent out a warning about Windows. And he was right.

Microsoft messed up the other day, and issued a bad update on December 10th. Update KB3004394 can give you problems, especially if you need to install new drivers for advanced graphics cards. It can also cause Windows to hassle you about Authenticity on start-up.

Microsoft fixed the problem immediately, issuing an update patch that removes the bad update and replaces it with the proper bit of code. This patch is update KB3024777. Both were done through the automatic update feature of Windows (which I have permanently turned off), through manual update efforts, or through middleware system protection/management tools like my Advanced SystemCare.

The good news is that this only applied to 32 bit versions of Windows 7, SP2, with some sort of Server setting I think? Whatever ... it does not apply AT ALL to Windows 8, and it was not on my Windows 7 Pro 64 bit OS. Whether because I coincidentally stopped it, or because it was not a Win Pro update, or whatever. I never had the bad update, and I never got the patch for it. Happy me.

Check to see if you have the update. It’s simple to do: Open Control Panel, select Programs, from there select Programs And Features, from there select Installed Updates. Look down to the Windows Update list, and see what you have that’s dated December 10, 2014 or newer.

Here are two links - the first tells you the story, the second is the download page for the patch from Microsoft.

There ya go. Even a lefty can be right about some things, even if it’s non-political tech. Maybe there’s some hope for us after all.

* If this was a left wing hippie site, I’d do anything I could to make this a flower power story so I could change the title to Saved By My Impatiens. hohoho. hurhurhur. I think it’s past my bedtime.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/14/2014 at 11:30 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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