Well, they ain’t wrong

This here is something you oughta do, go watch The Founder an’ fuck everybody else. Brains? Overrated. Literacy? Overrated. Potential? Fuck that, that’s what losers think they have. No. None of that shit. Persistence. You wanna make it big? Persistence is the key. Fuck everybody else.

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Tappity-tap

Weell, I’m quite depressed. This has been one day I’d rather not repeat – which quite emphasises my belief that the afterlife does not exist. It better not, I’d say. Which reminds me, never ever do a factory reset on an android phone without deleting that crappy google account and if you do, never bloody do it via adb and change your password after or before you do it. Longest 72 hours of my life, it’ll be.

And never try to clean up/listen to an audio track in audacity using noise cancelling head-phones, the in-ear kind, for eight hours straight if you’re coughing your lungs out every thirty damn seconds. Or blowing your nose, same shit, different exit.

And how do I bloody justify this bloody text, if there’s no button for it anymore… Arrghhhhhh!!!!

Post scriptum / update: Shift-Alt-J

Talk about complicating things… WordPress just went Microsoft and their bloody metro style…

Viruses? Nah, better. Cheap chinese android phones hide malware from the start

Well, this is new for 2016.. Apparently this is a new direction they’re taking. Instead of trying to get you to install spyware/adware/whateverware apps, the new kids on the block made a deal with the smartphone producers themselves, to embed their crap directly into the operating system. No wonder Google Pixel will be so darn desired, besides the latest IPhone.. Long story short, I bought a phone online, not from the chinese market directly but through the best and most “honest” and top choice local (read international, even, as in not chinese) online store (not named here because I want my thing solved, not them to get punished, though…) and luckily for me I don’t have any sort of data plan otherwise the malware would have made me really angry. After installing Malwarebytes, I got me a boo-boo: Xinyinhe spyware. Android/PUP.Adware.Xinyinhe to be more precise. And it was (an’ still is, because I won’t root before I get me money back) exactly under system apps, impossible to remove without root. There. Brand new phone from Doogee, sporting Android 6. Wireless updates? Oh yeah. Did nothing. Second wireless update? Malware hidden. So well, Malwarebytes won’t detect, but I managed to get my hands on a firewall/logger – guess what: SystemUI now somehow makes bloody connections to chinese servers. Gonna dig some more into this because I’m really, really, pissed off.

Post Scriptum: How do I know it was embedded in the rom? Gee, let’s see.. They have rom-s free for download from the official site. And gee, I wonder if you can guess what a scan of one of those found… Bloody wankers..

Bugs, bugs everywhere!

               Microsoft Outlook’s reading pane, at random intervals, usually after starting the program or changing folders, started displaying messages with blank bodies in reading pane. Blank? Nah, that’d be too easy. I meant invisible content, hidden body which only becomes visible after scrolling or typing. At random. Small body of message? Tough luck, had to change to a message I could scroll through then back and hope for a miracle. New messages hid the signature until I started typing the content. I had to scroll down the body of a reply to get it to appear. Even stranger was the fact that the content, text and pictures were totally selectable and yet, still invisible. I’ve tried everything, from removing addons to disabling hardware accelerated rendering and manually selecting stationery colors and still it didn’t work. Reinstalling didn’t work. Repairing didn’t work. But now there’s a fix. You see, html rendering in Outlook 2013+ is done using Word engine – and there it hit me like a bird on my office window (and no, it’s not a joke, that thing happens to me at least once a week, scares the living crap out of me): Word is bugged. No, not that one, Microsoft Office Word. This one. Go drink some more coffee, sleepy head. So here’s the thing that fixed my problem, in all its glory:

Microsoft Fixit for resetting Word user options and registry settings.

               I sleep better now. A heckuv-a-lot better. If I could, I’d give that team a medal for this fixit. I’ll just drink a couple of beers in your health, folks, instead.

               Cortana, that loving voice, can’t bloody do much. Hell, if voice recognition was better I could write a better interpreter for it. Unfortunately I still can’t make her understand when I tell her to lock the computer – it’s either log, look or something else. There doesn’t seem to be much AI interpreting, only recognition of programmed phrases (like that “tell me a joke” thing I use every morning) – maybe my Scottish impression of “joke” throws her off. Also there’s the problem of accessing the microphone on my laptop, she pops up on “hey Cortana” which means she heard me, but then closes the mic faster than I can open my mouth again and lovingly annoys me with the “I didn’t hear anything” response. Realtek integrated mics are bloody crap. However, if that’s the present then we have a long way to go in order to reach Jarvis levels. Like from Earth to Planet X on foot, long. And it bugs me. Also I can’t script some of her responses, which could improve things by a billion in my book – even if it were to be local scripting. Yeah, that also bugs me.

               In other news, Bruce Schneier (yeah, him, inventor of Cryptonomicon’s Pontifex/Solitaire) has some scary news – internet infrastructure is being probed for weaknesses and it’s getting worse by the minute.  Updated: his blog post. What does that mean? Well, if they succeed, there’ll be plenty of angry mobs taking to the streets because they can’t access Facebook, Twitter and other crap – but I’m more worried about the gamers since almost every game there is, even single player games, won’t run unless they have access to “mothership” servers and we all know who is behind Anonymous and Gamergate. Yeah, lots of mostly teens with lots of free time, skewed priorities and moral codes, cult-like cloned identities and massively inflated egos every time the media mentions their cult group.  Anyways, shit happens, deal with it. Though ima joining them if I can’t get my daily dose of 9gag. Heck, who else? Housewives who can’t post baby pictures or share terrifyingly fake conspiracy theories on Facebook? Blah, blah, blah. But 9gag? Nobody touches that and lives.

Post scriptum: Next post? The plague of our time, refugees. Maybe. Anyways, anybody wonders why there aren’t many refugee-related crimes up in Greece as there are in say France or Germany? Right now, my answer would be: “you don’t shit where you eat”. If Greece walls up, nobody gets into Europe. Hell, that’s done! No need for another article about it. So, next article: white, dry wine. The sort that sucks the moisture out of the air when poured. Oh yeah, baby!