Portableapps.com

I found this by mistake and thought, hey maybe this will save me a little time if I have to work on another pc/laptop. So for a week I started to use Chrome and Firefox from my dropbox. I started to notice little inconsistencies like, chrome always asking to login to google and some of my extensions would be corrupted like everyday.

It didn’t feel like I was saving time so I went back to what I was doing before and that’s downloading the apps I use. Now I am not so sure running portable apps is work it.

VPS Drama

Not that it really matters to the one person who looks at these blogs this is more for historical recordings than anything else.

Yesterday I got notified that my VPS wasn’t accessible since 9am pst. I woke up and looked at it for about an hour before I gave up and shut it down.

After a few hours I spent a good portion of the time before going to work, to look at what might be the issue. I turned off caching off my provider, I put it in development mode and still the same thing. I flushed all my firewall rules and still the same issue. When I listed my rules I thought I figured out what the issue was but as it turns out it was not it . What I thought had happened was someone was spoofing 0.0.0.0 and tricked my firewall to block everything but then realized that anywhere = 0.0.0.0/24.

Right before I went to work I sent a ticket to the VPS provider and got back a typical response, did you do anything on your vps? I mean if I did I wouldn’t have made a fuckin ticket and ask you whats wrong!

So I wrote back and said, no I didn’t but really wanted to say THFUCK!!

Anyways a little back and forth later they said OK we resolved the issue, literally when I was walking back and forth between my personal PC and work PC so I knew they found something because I got the notification.

So I asked them, what did they do to resolve the issue. There response really pissed me off.

We have resolved issue now.

How was this resolved?

There is issue with iptables.

With my iptables? If so what was it you changed?

There is seems your vps ip blocked with our server iptables. If you failed with login’s or other reason it will blocked our firewall system.

I don’t understand, please provide more details. So are you saying that someone attempted to log into my vps and failed and your iptables blocked my whole vps ip?

Which service was this triggered from? I don’t have my sshd on a standard port and I have no record of failed logins from that time frame.

There is no log from our end. We suggest kindly try to secure your vps. <– This comment really pissed me off the most as I spent a good 2 weeks securing my vps.

I am confused. Did you clear a rule from your iptables or mine?
IF yours, please provide what IP triggered the rule to go into effect.
IF mine, please provide what rule you cleared.

We didn’t clear any IP tablets from our and your end.We just allowed your IP in our server caused you have tried login many times but it seems failed and your iP was blocked in our server so we allowed your IP that’s it.

This still does not clear up the issue and I still do not understand what you mean because you are not providing me with enough details. At one point you moved my IP to your firewall so now I am asking that you please remove my IP from your firewall.

I do appreciate you doing what you can to help mitigate attacks but this incident is clearly not an ideal solution and I am not happy with the current answers and I feel that this will happen again if not researched properly.

You are assuming that I do not have a secure VPS which is an inaccurate statement based on an assumption.

So since you feel my VPS is not secure, what more do I need to do?

If you do not feel like answering my questions then please escalate this to someone who can.

As we checked your vps ip blocked in our server firewall due to failed SSH login. Now your vps online and working fine.

That is still not clear based on what I already wrote.

Why would you be monitoring port 22 on my IP then blocking it when there are failed logins? I am already doing the blocking and I am not even running sshd on port 22.
Why would you also assume I have a insecure VPS based on failed logins?
Why would you block my whole IP and all services based on failed logins in which I do not have any control over?

Failed logins are going to happen especially if no one else has access and they want to gain access without my permission.

There is more reason to blocked your vps ip in our firewall like poor SMTP, Dos attack, SyN footling. We can’t predict exact reason we can’t get any log from our end. We already told you about it. May be your vps ip blocked in our fire wall as we mention like those reason’s, We already unblocked your vps ip from our end. Other wise we can’t help from our end regarding this issue.

The lack of proper English makes me suspect they are not located in America.

An example of what I am talking about, Syn footllng = Syn flooding

So in the end they really did not answer any of my questions.

WHY would MY firewall effect there firewall in anyway???? It would not. So this reason is really stupid and lame and a non answer.

 

 

Reblogging Regret?

UPDATE: 10/25/18 7:21 PM –>  Alrighty, new laptop came in and so far so good. Tested the thunderport display and this time no green dots all over the place. Lets hope it lasts longer. So Amazon actually came through for once.

Updated Regret?

UPDATE: 10/24/18 4:27 AM –>  Well I just got an email from Amazon and it basically said, please send back the laptop then we will take care of you. I didn’t like this answer so I chatted with them and “supposedly” they are sending me a replacement by tomorrow as an exception. I am not sure why this needed to be tagged as an exception but whatever. I am also doubtful that I will get a replacement tomorrow so we will see.

Update: 10/24/18 01:57 AM –> Well I got the laptop today. Took it to work and connected the thunderbolt display and saw green pixels all over the screen.

Changed monitors, still there.

Jiggled the cables, still there.

Hooked the cable to a different laptop and no green pixels which means that it is not a cable issue.

So I selected the replacement process for a new laptop, if this one is bad I will return that one and get a different brand.

I mean I could just not use it but some time down the road I will want to use it and remember that this is defective, why have something new that’s defective even a little?

UPDATE: 10/22/18 3:14 PM –>  I see that it was shipped! Hurray!!

Update: 10/21/18 09:49 PM –> Well still no shipping update, I am hoping that when I wake up there will be some sort of change. In the mean time I find myself really bored without it, I normally take it to work as I have some downtime so now I have to find stuff to do.

Update: 10/19/18 03:39 PM –> and that’s what I was expecting.

Update 10/19/18 12:55 –> Still haven’t got an sms saying its being sent out but still says delivery for today.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 6:32 PM –>  Hmmmm just noticed that the chat transcript that I wanted emailed to me never made it, now I’m wondering if this is going to bite me in the ass.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 3:34 PM –>  So it all began day before yesterday. I shut down my laptop to go home and noticed that it took a long time to shut down, where before it would hardly take any time. I booted it up and everything was really really slow. I messed around then I walked away for a while so the screen went into power saving mode. I noticed that all the lights were on where before, when it would go into sleep mode, they would be off. I attempted to wake it up and it would not wake up.

When I restarted it, it said there was a problem and then I noticed that the main NVME drive wasn’t being detected. Dang!!

So now I don’t know if this is a drive issue or a laptop issue with that connector.

I know for a fact that I am 2 weeks past the 30 days with Amazon but I thought I would try them and see what they say, surprisingly they said they would take it back for a full refund and said to buy another, which is what I did. Another surprise is I had the option to get it next day. So more updates to follow, although I don’t see a shipping text on my phone.

Now I just have to remove the extra memory and the larger NVME I installed in it.

Regret?

I sold my old laptop which was very thick and weighed about 10lbs, this proved to be a challenge when I would take my laptop to work and I rode my bike, so I finally got a new thinner gaming laptop which isn’t even a 1/2 inch thick and less than 4 lbs.

My regret is that it heats up near where you place your hand to play the game but I guess that is the trade off? As it happens it does not like the new Nvidia drivers at all and crashes games, at least the ones I like to play so I am now using some older driver that’s not optimized for this version of card. Kinda regretting the decision to go with this type of laptop but I am committed, at least for a while.

UPDATE: 10/07/18 10:47 PM –>  So as I am sitting here reading this post, since the time of the original post I have gone and successfully installed 411.70 mobile version and it has been running stable so the only remaining regret I have is that I have to buy a laptop cooler that sits under the laptop. It does seem to help..at least a little bit or I think it does. Maybe its a placebo effect?

Backstory to my laptop drama

On August 25th I placed an order for a new laptop and 4 brand new 12TB hd’s for my NAS.

I went to sleep and when I got up I had an email saying that my account was locked due to suspicious activity. My last order was canceled, my password was changed and all my billing info was erased.

I went through the process to get my account back but started a chat dialogue with an Amazon rep to get my account reinstated. They said they would be working on it and it would take 24 hours.

24 hours passed and still none of my info was populated so back to chatting I went. They said they were still working on it. I got an email saying they reinstated my account but they never did.

Another chat session asking why they locked my account in the first place, no concrete answer.

I told them that I was going to place another order and that they pay for over night shipping. They eventually agreed.

As it happened they did not followup with the merchant and I did not get my over night shipping.

More chats followed and no concrete answers as to why they were not fulfilling there end of the deal. After all, they screwed up, they need to make it right.

In the mean time all of this took so long that I missed the weekend that I was planning on working on the laptop and NAS. Always happens that way, order something and it never ever arrives on the weekend you are free.

Updated Regret?

UPDATE: 10/24/18 4:27 AM –>  Well I just got an email from Amazon and it basically said, please send back the laptop then we will take care of you. I didn’t like this answer so I chatted with them and “supposedly” they are sending me a replacement by tomorrow as an exception. I am not sure why this needed to be tagged as an exception but whatever. I am also doubtful that I will get a replacement tomorrow so we will see.

Update: 10/24/18 01:57 AM –> Well I got the laptop today. Took it to work and connected the thunderbolt display and saw green pixels all over the screen.

Changed monitors, still there.

Jiggled the cables, still there.

Hooked the cable to a different laptop and no green pixels which means that it is not a cable issue.

So I selected the replacement process for a new laptop, if this one is bad I will return that one and get a different brand.

I mean I could just not use it but some time down the road I will want to use it and remember that this is defective, why have something new that’s defective even a little?

UPDATE: 10/22/18 3:14 PM –>  I see that it was shipped! Hurray!!

Update: 10/21/18 09:49 PM –> Well still no shipping update, I am hoping that when I wake up there will be some sort of change. In the mean time I find myself really bored without it, I normally take it to work as I have some downtime so now I have to find stuff to do.

Update: 10/19/18 03:39 PM –> and that’s what I was expecting.

Update 10/19/18 12:55 –> Still haven’t got an sms saying its being sent out but still says delivery for today.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 6:32 PM –>  Hmmmm just noticed that the chat transcript that I wanted emailed to me never made it, now I’m wondering if this is going to bite me in the ass.

UPDATE: 10/18/18 3:34 PM –>  So it all began day before yesterday. I shut down my laptop to go home and noticed that it took a long time to shut down, where before it would hardly take any time. I booted it up and everything was really really slow. I messed around then I walked away for a while so the screen went into power saving mode. I noticed that all the lights were on where before, when it would go into sleep mode, they would be off. I attempted to wake it up and it would not wake up.

When I restarted it, it said there was a problem and then I noticed that the main NVME drive wasn’t being detected. Dang!!

So now I don’t know if this is a drive issue or a laptop issue with that connector.

I know for a fact that I am 2 weeks past the 30 days with Amazon but I thought I would try them and see what they say, surprisingly they said they would take it back for a full refund and said to buy another, which is what I did. Another surprise is I had the option to get it next day. So more updates to follow, although I don’t see a shipping text on my phone.

Now I just have to remove the extra memory and the larger NVME I installed in it.

Regret?

I sold my old laptop which was very thick and weighed about 10lbs, this proved to be a challenge when I would take my laptop to work and I rode my bike, so I finally got a new thinner gaming laptop which isn’t even a 1/2 inch thick and less than 4 lbs.

My regret is that it heats up near where you place your hand to play the game but I guess that is the trade off? As it happens it does not like the new Nvidia drivers at all and crashes games, at least the ones I like to play so I am now using some older driver that’s not optimized for this version of card. Kinda regretting the decision to go with this type of laptop but I am committed, at least for a while.

UPDATE: 10/07/18 10:47 PM –>  So as I am sitting here reading this post, since the time of the original post I have gone and successfully installed 411.70 mobile version and it has been running stable so the only remaining regret I have is that I have to buy a laptop cooler that sits under the laptop. It does seem to help..at least a little bit or I think it does. Maybe its a placebo effect?

Updated GDGT Deals....Drama

UPDATE: 10/18/18 3:27 PM –>  Omgerd, I asked for an update and got back a…we are waiting a response from the vendor response AGAIN, this is like the 10th response I got with this exact verbiage.

GDGT Deals….Drama

In August I ordered the following items. I thought they were a good deal. About 2 weeks later I got the “Tactical” flashlights.

TRUE tactical flashlights have this edge on the lip you can use for self defense, these were barely aluminum lips that easily bend but they were cheap and super bright.

The earbuds on the other hand…..3 weeks went by and I still didn’t get them so I reached out to support asking where they were.

I was told they were on the way and that I should have gotten an email from them with the tracking number. I said no, the only tracking number you provided was from the original order. 3-4 days passed I emailed them again, again I got a they are on the way. I finally said hey you know what, I want a refund.

I found out from another order I made, potentially defective device that all orders are final and no refunds. So they spent the better part of a month attempting to get me the items no matter what and I generated about 20 emails to them, with them only responding 1 time a week.

Today, they finally escalated this up to authorize a refund.

This however has made me decide to NEVER EVER go through them again. Its just not worth the hassle to deal with these clowns to get something cheaper.

Updated Motorcycle Entry

UPDATE: 10/17/18 2:24 AM –>  I have since sold my bike. I just stopped riding it. I started to complain more about riding it than liking it and I started to not ride it as much so felt it was time to let go. Took me a while to sell it as well and could only sell it for 2500. So sad since I bought it for 4200.

Originally posted Sep 21st 2014

Anyways I got this motorcycle recently, 300cc and I LOVE riding it. Plus I look really cool.

Reblogging Splashtop is amazing

UPDATE: 10/17/18 2:02 AM –>  OK so in the years that followed since this post I have abandoned this tool. They stopped offering this for free and there paid version was super expensive while in the same span Google was offering a similar tool for free which I have been using exclusively. The only time I cant use this I use TeamViewer.

Splashtop is amazing

I can’t not say good things about this application. I have Logmein and its very much like VNC in that in updates small chunks of squares and you can se a definite lag when you are scrolling on the screen, splash top is nice and smooth. I just wished it was available on more platforms, like Linux, while it is available its only available via a tablet and not a desktop client.

Reblogging Elementary...

UPDATE: 10/17/18 1:50 AM –>  This show turned out to be really really good!

Elementary…

This is a new show on CBS, it’s a rip off of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes. I liked it but didn’t think it was the best show I ever saw when I saw Sherlock Holmes, one of the neat things I liked about the BBC show was how Sherlock viewed how he was deducing. Shadowy words would fly off the person as clues…that was a neat effect.
I however think they got the Main Character right, he looks and acts the part correctly, Lucy Lui on the other hand as Watson….I dunno time will tell but doesn’t seem to fit in the show.

Rebuttal to switching to Linux

Original draft 9/6/18

Getting on Twitter I see from @Wilw
View at Medium.com
“Most of all, to people who care about freedom.” Heh. This is priceless. All you are doing is trading frustration from one OS to another.

While I read most of it, literally the next 17 paragraphs are pointless and not related to the actual story.

“Developers have taken the core code and created different versions tailored to various needs, tastes and computing styles.” This is actually called fracturing, much like what Android is doing. “I dont like what you are doing so I am going to make my own version” – Of course NO ONE complains that Redhat fractured off on there own and you have to pay for support. How is this any different that what Microsoft or Apple is doing?

“When problems occur, the communities that have emerged around free and open-source software are incredibly helpful.” – No there not, at least in my experience and I cant honestly say that my experience would be any different that others attempting the same thing.

“Because I tend to push the edges somewhat in my adoption of this stuff, I’m often asking for help. I always get it.” – What forums are you going to?

“In Microsoft’s case, however, “free” seems to be at the non-trivial cost of invasive data gathering.” – Really? Are you that interesting that you really care? Do you have something to hide?

“Is all this tweaking worth the trouble? I say yes.” – Gets old after a while, always fucking with the operating system, always trying to find an alternative to some windows application, always something.

“One of my current phones runs an OS called Cyanogenmod.” – Another example of Linux fracturing

In fact if Linux was easy to switch to, it would have surpassed the 1% market share.
Very small example: Blender – OpenSource 3D software Web Traffic – 73% windows compared to 5% Linux

I have been using Linux off and on for years. Used Slack (hard core distro – now Arch has taken that title). Used to Debian variants, Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Debian, so I thought I would try something different.

Small background
Never have used Linux 100% of the time – I would always, always somehow break it and have to reinstall. That’s the appeal, as a general user, Windows has over other distro’s. I don’t have to fuck with it much for it to work. I really don’t feel hampered by the Microsoft noose or its lack of OpenSource’ness(Yes its a real word, in my head at least). Are you really going to comb through thousands of lines of code to see if you could spot a back door, would you know what you are looking for?

Went to Google
Search: Whats the best Linux distro
https://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/810295-the-top-11-best-linux-distros-for-2015
Best desktop distro: openSUSE

Alright, never used it so I know I was in for some headaches – learning curve

10:00pm – Leap Get the most complete Linux distribution with openSUSE’s latest regular-release version!
10:30pm – ISO to USB, my go to was Linux Live USB maker
Failed to boot the USB, moved the dongle to the back of the PC, failed to boot – Arrgh!
11:00pm – Tried it again this time using Universal USB maker – Still failed to boot
11:30pm – Downloaded the DVD iso
11:52pm – Download failed – Seriously?
11:55pm – Downloading another copy
12:21am – Download failed, again wtf?
12:23am – Trying a different mirror
12:43am – Holy crap on a cracker, download didnt fail
1:07am – Booted to DVD, HURRAY! Installing on a spare 120g SSD
1:13am – Forgot to detach my storage HD and if I wasn’t paying that much attention, would have formatted it. That would have been bad.
1:17am – Rebooted with the storage HD disconnected and rebooted, don’t know what this install routine was but it was stalled. Rebooting.
1:24am – This wants 31gigs for swap – Really? 31 gigs?!?!?!
1:30am – License agreements – No one really reads these things – Blindly clicking agree.
1:32am – Gnome or KDE….Hmmmm picked KDE but would a normal non linux user understand the difference or care? Default was KDE.
1:35am – Noticed 4.5 gigs to download the ISO and another 4 gigs to install the packages
1:49am – Install has completed and now rebooting on the SSD
1:51am – Ok so right off the bat, my 2nd monitor is not working, ran into the same exact thing with Ubuntu.
3:14m – Reading I have to install Nvidia Drivers – Why do I have to install them????? Anyways, had to look up how Yast handles them

In retrospect I should have searched for this: http://www.cio.com/article/3003865/open-source-tools/8-things-to-do-after-installing-opensuse-leap-421.html

3:38am – Oooooh this is promising. I recalling having to mess with xorg and some other utility to get this working in Ubuntu.

Day 2
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4:00pm – Sound wasnt working, had to reconfigure for Audio Digital Stereo and disable the HDA Nvidia – How would a normal person know this?
4:42pm – Decided to use Notepad++, Hmmmm no linux compatable version – Installed Wine – Had to look this up
5:00pm – Well so far so good and quite impressed with Suse
5:13pm – Getting errors while in Youtube for Firefox – Is this a codec issue? Browser issue? If I use the fast forward I can see that the video is there but its not playing. Tried same link in Chrome, Hmmm works but how many normal people would know this?
5:28pm – Installed Roboform – Chrome no issues – Firefox wont install, unverified. Arrgh! Google search has me go into about:config and change a setting
5:32pm – Ok Firefox sync and Chrome sync enabled, so far painless but more painful for the normal human – If I was more human I would have gone back to Windows.
I realize of course I am not abiding by the “privacy” style the author by getting “free” from the major conglomerates. Google being one of them.

Day 3
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Reflecting on what I actually do throughout the day, I really don’t use my PC for much except for general browsing.

Ran into my first real issue. Firefox Roboform Lite giving me a Java script error: Error in Cleanup: Roboform.menu is undefined. Went to look in /var/log/messages annnnnnnnd doesnt exist. Forum search from 2014 reveals this is now in some journal file, install syslog-ng but again, how is a regular person supposed to know this?
Anyways gave up, submitted a ticket to Roboform

Annnnd there answer was, roll back to v41, we are currently getting ready to roll into r44 and the list of vulnerabilities is large. This puts me in an uncomfortable spot. Asked them to escalate but I know they wont.

Day 5
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Attempted to install Perfect DOS font, somehow installing it the “right” way corrupted the font so I had to install it manually. Uggh. Under Ubuntu you just double click on the zip, then double click on the font and hit install. Suse you have to unzip then drag the font folder to /usr/share/fonts which isnt user friendly.

Day 7
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USB wake seems to alude me, windows you just go into settings and enable it. Linux somehow you need to do some trickery – still couldnt figure this out

Day 8
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Wifi is not connecting and I cant get the Network Manager to work, this makes me want to switch back to Ubuntu, was so much simplier configuring stuff. Waisted like 2+ hours looking at forums going no where and realized I could have installed Ubuntu in the same time frame. Running LinuxLive USB creator, I have no idea what the fuck its doing. Its just sitting there doing nothing. Anyways USB failed to boot, dont know why so I burned a DVD.

This was a small sampling and I finally gave up and went back to Windows.