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  • August 3, 2012

    Pandora Revenue and Business Model

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  • August 2, 2012

    Batman vs Sherlock Holmes

    I just thought this was really funny two of the greatest detectives in comic book, movie and novel history Batman and Sherlock Holmes together in the same room.  I figured this was suiting considering The Dark Knight Rises got released on June 20, 2012.
  • I have been doing a System Center Configuration Manager 2012 (SCCM 2012) install and these guides have been a big help and so far the system is work great.  I posted the link at the bottom there are a lot of different configuration setups depending on your environment.  I know this setup works cause I did these step by step and it worked great. Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 1. Installation. Part 1, Installation [October 27th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 2, Adding SUP and WDS. Part 2. Adding Sup and WDS [October 28th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 3, Configuring Discovery and Boundaries. Part 3. Configuring Discovery and Boundaries [October 29th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 4, Configuring Client Settings and adding roles. Part 4. Configuring Client Settings and adding roles [October 29th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 5, Enable the Endpoint Protection Role and configure Endpoint Protection settings. Part 5. Enable the Endpoint Protection Role and configure Endpoint Protection settings[November 5th 2011] Using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a lab – Part 6, Deploying Software Updates. Part 6. Deploying Software Updates [November 5th 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 7. Build and Capture Windows 7 X64 Part 7. Build and Capture Windows 7 X64[November 6th 2011] How can I import computers into Configuration Manager 2012 using a file ? Importing Computers using a file in Configuration Manager 2012 [November 11th, 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 8.Deploying Windows 7 X64 Part 8.Deploying Windows 7 X64 [November 12th, 2011] using Configuration Manager 2012 RC in a LAB – Part 9. Adding an Application, editing a Deployment Type, Copying...
  • July 31, 2012

    Netflix Lawsuit E-mail

    I have received a lot of e-mails regarding this e-mail people are confused as to if this is real or a spam scam.  I have verified that this is a real lawsuit again Netflix.  The lawsuit is regarding “Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed.” This e-mail lets you decide if you would like to opt in or out of the lawsuit. This is for users who are and were subscribers.  It has not been said how much money each customer will be paid but from what I have read on http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/class-action-lawsuit-settlement-forces-netflix-privacy-changes/ and from the e-mail itself “Netflix will pay out $9 million into a settlement fund. $2.25 million of that will go to attorneys’ fees, $30,000 to be split between the two named plaintiffs, and the rest going to charitable donations.“ A copy of the e-mail is listed below for those who did not get one or want to verify you received the same e-mail and information. If You Are a Current or Former Netflix Subscriber A Class Action Settlement Could Affect You Para una notificación en Español, llamar 1-866-898-5088 o visitar www.VideoPrivacyClass.com Our records show that you were a current or former Netflix subscriber as of July 5, 2012. We are emailing to tell you about a Settlement that may affect your legal rights. Please read this email carefully. Go to www.VideoPrivacyClass.com for more information. A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that claims Netflix unlawfully kept and disclosed information, including records on the movies and TV shows its customers viewed. Netflix denies that it has done anything wrong. What does the Settlement provide? Netflix has agreed to change its data retention practices so that it separates (known as “decoupling”) Entertainment Content Viewing History (that is, movies and TV shows that someone watched) from identification information for those subscribers who have not been aNetflix subscriber...
  • After moving the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM2012) SQL Site Database to another drive, creating a new Software Update package or a new application fail Symptoms After moving the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SQL Site Database to another drive, creating a new Software Update group, Software Update package, or creating a new application fails and errors similar to the following are logged in the SMSProv.log file: *** *** Unknown SQL Error! SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:47 2016 (0x07E0) *~*~*** Unknown SQL Error! ThreadID : 2016 , DbError: 50000 , Sev: 16~*~* SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:47 2016 (0x07E0) *** [24000][0][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Invalid cursor state SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:48 2016 (0x07E0) *~*~[24000][0][Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Invalid cursor state *** Unknown SQL Error! ThreadID : 2016 , DbError: 0 , Sev: 0~*~* SMS Provider 14-03-2012 07:56:48 2016 (0x07E0)   SQL Profiler provides the following additional details: An error occurred in the Microsoft .NET Framework while trying to load assembly id 65539. The server may be running out of resources, or the assembly may not be trusted with PERMISSION_SET = EXTERNAL_ACCESS or UNSAFE. Run the query again, or check documentation to see how to solve the assembly trust issues. For more information about this error: System.IO.FileLoadException: Could not load file or assembly ‘cryptoutility, Version=5.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35′ or one of its dependencies. An error relating to security occurred. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8013150A) System.IO.FileLoadException:    at System.Reflection.Assembly._nLoad(AssemblyName fileName, String codeBase, Evidence assemblySecurity, Assembly locationHint, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean throwOnFileNotFound, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.InternalLoad(AssemblyName assemblyRef, Evidence assemblySecurity, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.InternalLoad(String assemblyString, Evidence assemblySecurity, StackCrawlMark& stackMark, Boolean forIntrospection)    at System.Reflection.Assembly.Load(String assemblyString) Cause This can occur if the SQL Site Database MDF and LDF files are moved to a different drive. For example, if originally the Configuration Manager Site Database was created on C:Program filesMSSQL serverdata but then later the MDF and...
  • July 26, 2012

    Mac Apps That Need Retina Support

    I was listening to This Week In Tech – http://twit.tv/ and one of the issues they spoke about was the Mac Retina display and how people have issues with the display and app support.  So I decided to do some research. Every one who purchased the Next Generation Mac Book Pro have had apps that don’t use Apple’s system fonts or haven’t had their graphical assets super-sized look terrible.  The Retina Pro’s issues are with up scaling graphics across a compact 15-inch display area that’s harboring well over five million pixels. Words jumbled into Images Still Frames on Websites from bad Slash Animations Applications and Web Pages are fuzzy The issue is Apple has a great product so far ahead of its time that there is no design support for it yet.  Applications are suffering from this as well just to name the few I found from my research Microsoft Office 2011 (This is the product I have heard most of the complaints about) Spotify Winamp Adobe Products AutoCad Products Skype Dropbox AntiVirus Programs Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
  • July 25, 2012

    New Truck Antenna

    I wanted an external truck antenna for better distance and reception.  Plus I like the look of it.  I got great antenna at Hamfest On Saturday June 2 not a bad magnetic external for $20.00.  I find my reception and range are way better then the rubber ducky I was using that came with my handheld.  Then I bought an adapter “SMA” to “PL-259” Adapter Cable from a guy at the ham fest selling adapters.  I like to keep my business local if I can.  But amazon does sell them if need be http://www.amazon.com/SMA-PL-259-Adapter-Cable/dp/B004280GQ4/ref=pd_bxgy_misc_img_b And that was about it my next post I will show you my new radio that I have been using it’s a great starter radio that I have been using to learn before I start building my rig in my ham shack.
  • July 25, 2012

    Facebook Children Charity Scam

    Cybercriminals have developed a custom piece of malware that injects itself into your Facebook session and prompts you to donate to a charity for sick children. The scammers’ goal is to make off with your personal data, especially your credit card number.  Security researchers have discovered a new variant of the Citadel malware that injects itself into your Facebook webpages and demands that you make a donation to a fake charity for sick children. Please be warned: there are no children charities that will ask you for a donation via Facebook. There are, however, individuals very interested in stealing your credit card number and other personal information (note: this is not the first time Facebook users are specifically being targeted, and it certainly won’t be the last), ZDnet reported. http://www.zdnet.com/facebook-virus-warning-massive-children-charity-scam-7000001509/ Once your computer is infected with the malware, it quickly adds itself into your Facebook session.  After you log into your Facebook account, the Citadel injection mechanism displays a pop up that encourages you to donate $1 to children who “desperately” need humanitarian aid. Next, it asks you for your name, credit card number, expiration date, CVV, and security password. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS SCAM!  
  • Microsoft released a forth quarter security report stating that the worm Conficker is still infecting 1.7 million computers and work stations.   This news comes more than three years after the worm was first detected.  The rate of infection has increased despite widespread availability of tools to fight it. Conficker has many different versions which make it hard to fight on large scale networks.  Although Microsoft had patches out way before a lot of companies were not patched.  Conficker can also turn off Automatic updates and BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service).  Despite Microsoft’s security patches and updates for Windows XP and Vista companies and end-users are still vulnerable due to Conficker’s ability to self-update by automatically connecting to hundreds of attacker-controlled domains. Microsoft recommends two things 1. Adopting Better AV (Anti-Virus Solutions) and Malware Protection 2. Strong and Better passwords
  • Oracle Zero Day Vulnerability Still Not Patched after April’s patch release with had 88 patches.  The vulnerability allows an attacker to perform a man in the middle attack and capture information exchanged between clients and databases.  The vulnerability was reported in 2008 and has believed to been around since 1999 when the TNS Listener feature was added to Oracles product line.  Oracle has workarounds for the zero-day flaw which was found in there database server products.  Oracle has gone as far to release a security alert: Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2012-1675 http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alert-cve-2012-1675-1608180.html The vulnerability is in the TNS listener which has been recently disclosed as “TNS Listener Poison Attack” affecting the Oracle Database Server.  The products affected are Oracle Database 11g Release 2, versions 11.2.0.2, 11.2.0.3, Oracle Database 11g Release 1, version 11.1.0.7, Oracle Database 10g Release 2, versions 10.2.0.3, 10.2.0.4, 10.2.0.5, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager and E-Business Suite.  Oracle has released work arounds which can be found at My Oracle Support Note 1340831.1 and My Oracle Support Note 1453883.1.