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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Testing a Homeplug-Powerline Network

I’ve had some wireless issues for quite some time now. There are dead spots in the house – a central wall has metal ducts and a gas fireplace, which are beside the laundry room with its metal-enclosed washer and dryer. About 5-6m of metal interfere with the wireless signal. The modem is attached to the […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: USB Broken

It’ll be hard to justify using USB now. It basically must be assumed to be malicious/infected. It was so nice to have a standard port too!

I guess USB condoms are going to become a lot more common.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

This sort of survey isn’t going to make the best website possible for our country.

I found the survey easy to take, but the results will be skewed toward the menu options listed, instead of answering the question ask which was “where would I look for X”, which is “Google”. Making sure existing links continue to work forever, would be the best way to ensure material is locatable by the public.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Pondering Responsive web design

I’ve been building websites since the early 1990s, and have had my own websites continually since 1995. For a few years, I did website design and analysis for commercial clients – mostly small local businesses. I even taught web design at a local adult learning centre for a couple of years. Way back when the Net was […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Trial Begins for Sona in #RoboCon #elxnfraud

An important trial in Canadian history is underway in Guelph, Ontario. Michael Sona, the only person accused by prosecutors of carrying out the illegall robocalls in Guelph to redirect people to the “Old Quebec St. Mall”, faces jail and fines. However, he could not have carried out this crime by himself, calling into question the accuracy of the investigation by Al Mathews.

Mathews is accompanied by Chris Crawford, a former CPC staffer and former Guelph campaign worker. http://t.co/ZKDBAihkwQ— Robocalls trial (@robocallstrial) June 02, 2014

From #robocalls trial via @stphnmaher: "Agreed statement of facts: No record of (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: World of Tanks

Tanks are a long distance weapon, you know. They are best used in concert with one another to provide cover and overwatch fire, and are best placed in a covered or hull-down position where their profile is reduced to the minimum. Tanks should never travel alone; they should always advance with supporting vehicles on their […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Who Did The Domestic Calls? #RoboCon #elxnfraud

Some behind the scenes numbers about Elections Canada’s impotent investigation into illegal robocalls…

[note Prime Contact, which came up in the blogosphere earlier this week.]

81. At the national level, the Conservative Party, using data from its Constituent Information Management System (CIMS) database, called through two primary telemarketing companies: Responsive Marketing Group (RMG) for live calls, and RackNine for automated calls. Individual candidate campaigns used a variety of telemarketers. For its part, the Liberal Party used its Liberalist database and called electors through two telemarketing companies, Prime Contact and First Contact, while individual candidate campaigns used several telemarketers …

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Commish Waves White Flag in #RoboCon #elxnfraud Investigation

Despite audio evidence of widespread illegal robocals, the Commishioner of Elections Canada has announced “no offenses committed”!

@DonMartinCTV @nspector4 "We didn't find anything because we weren't allowed to find anything"…. oh well. #cdnpoli— Out of Order (@muddywolfking) April 24, 2014

Canadians have had a heaping helping of obvious crime going unpunished, where Conservatives are the apparent benefactors.

I sadly predicted this ludicrous situation with a satirical piece I wrote last year that many people mistook for reality.

@glen_mcgregor With the NSA saving every phone call, how is that even possible!? #RoboCon— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #HeartBleed Bug is a Pun You Should Care About

Your passwords used on the Internet are likely known to bad people if you’ve recently logged into Yahoo, the CRA, or other popular websites. You should consider changing all of your passwords next week if you’ve used them on the Internet, in case they were exposed by an attack using the “heartbleed” bug. This flaw in OpenSSL security allows attackers to get a “heartbeat” response from affected servers, including your password in an unencrypted form.

With computer security, if you have high convenience, you’re likely experiencing a low level of security. So throw away those old passwords, and pick (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Hack The Planet

Most people would consider “Hack the planet” to be some sort of black-hat hacker battle cry. It might more accurately describe the unconstitutional efforts of the United States of America’s NSA spy agency.

From a comment on the story: ““The intelligence community’s top-secret “Black Budget” for 2013, obtained by Snowden, lists TURBINE as part of a broader NSA surveillance initiative named “Owning the Net.””

Translation: They declared a Technology War against this world”, using our own computers against us.

TURBINE is an illegal NSA program, supported by GCHQ and who knows what other intelligence services around the world.

The (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bitcoins – How to Start Mining

This guide describes an indirect way to mine Bitcoins at home. You’ll need to understand how to edit a batch file and run it in the folder with a program you’ll also download.

It’s become unrealistic to discover Bitcoins before specialized ASIC miners find them, so to get around this problem you can mine Litecoin-derived coins and automatically exchange them for Bitcoins. You’ll need a newish gaming computer in order to use this method. A cheap Walmart laptop will not suffice, nor will a low-end office or home desktop. You’ll need an OpenCL or CUDA capable video card (GPU).

First (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Kickstarter hacked

I signed up for KickStarter and didn’t even end up using it. Because I was lazy/human, I used a password I’d used on some other websites when creating my account there.

Kickstart hacked, personal info obtained.

So now I’ve had to go to a bunch of other websites and change the password I used on KickStarter to something else, in case the account thieves manage to brute-force solve the encrypted passwords they got from KickStarter.

Was I smart and used a unique password for each of the sites potentially affected? I’m human.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bitcoins – Where to Start?

Someone recently asked me (okay, multiple people did) where to start to learn about getting Bitcoins? You can start here at my blog, now. A better place to look will be at one of the links below in my 15 minute introduction. Don’t put off learning, it’s the Napster of the financial world, it will change how we do banking, like Napster changed how we get and share music.

You could download the bitcoin.org client first. It’s an easy install, it’s where I began, but stalled out… 2 years ago. What’s easier I think is getting a wallet at (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: That Old Joke

How can you tell a spy is lying to Parliament? Their lips are moving. Or at least I’d assume they were moving while he was telling us that they didn’t conduct mass spying on Canadians, while also defending illegal mass “meta-data” spying on us.

MT @CBCAlerts "#CSIS says they don't have authority to engage in 'mass surveillance' of Canadians" — That's what makes it a crime. #Snowden— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) February 03, 2014

UPDATED: PM adviser defends metadata collection by spy agency. Watch live + follow our blog fw.to/woiZpwC #cdnpoli #hw #csec #csis— CBC Politics (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laptop Repair Time

I spent Saturday opening up an Acer Travelmate 7730 and got the logicboard out to confirm the power jack is pushed in. The pin at the back is clearly curved and it probably should be straight down. Without removing the heatsink, it appears not possible to clamp it back into a more appropriate position so the centre pin provides power from the adapter plugging in.

Sunday, I fixed/worked-around a G60 HP wireless problem where the orange light stays on, but either/both removing the power/battery and holding the power button for a minute. I didn’t put the battery back in, and (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Mac celebrates 30 years

A recent article on Gizmodo shows off some previously unseen (or perhaps just forgotten) footage of a young Steve Jobs unveiling the Macintosh computer, back on January 30, 1984. Thirty years ago, this week. Seems like forever ago. But I remember it, and reasonably well. I remember where I was living then, what I was […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s one of the more beautiful parkades with a cell phone tower behind it.

It’s January, and the snow has retreated into puddles due to the unseasonal temperatures, but the gang activity hasn’t retreated.

The people of Saskatoon are friendly, and will accommodate you whether you’re (Read more…)

cmkl: What to do: Evernote database corrupt, application crashes attempting recovery

I am a sincere devotee of Evernote. I use it constantly, every day. So when it crashed on me and the local copy of the database was corrupted, my life really sucked. Evernote can detect a damaged database. And it duly offered me a shot at recovering it. But every time it tried, the application crashed.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Part 2 #OilConVoid – PMO: Wallin’s Missing Calendar Found

Suspended Senator Pamela Wallin should soon be in more hot water, along with the corrupt Conservative Party for which she was apparently fundraising for while traveling on the taxpayer’s dime.

More problems for Pam Wallin? RCMP computer forensics find new daily calendar. bit.ly/K5XEfr #skpoli #cdnpoli— Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) January 16, 2014

She’s under investigation for fraud and breach of trust.

The November document noted Deloitte had looked at three versions of Wallin’s electronic Microsoft Outlook calendar from January 2009 to September 2012 and observed more than 500 changes.

Wallin had told Deloitte she added some items to her (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fix for Windows XP not updating on Windows Update

I recently reinstalled Windows XP SP2 on a Dell Vostro laptop, and Windows Update wouldn’t work. I knew malware wasn’t the cause, it’s a bug in Microsoft’s Windows Update and how it refuses to interact with older Internet Explorer 6 or 7, and if you try to update to IE8, it hangs if you let the install file check for updates before installing the browser.

In summary: I had to update to IE8 without checking for updates at time of install, then manually apply IE8-WindowsXP-KB2898785-x86-ENU.exe and reboot, then it finally began updating automatically.

This is a clean install of (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IPhone 4 with iOS Jailbreak activation SIM locked problem

Long story short, a French iPhone 4 with an Orange.fr SIM that was apparently locked did not work after an update from Jailbroken 4.1 to Apple iOS 7.0.4. To fix it I installed a Rogers SIM that wasnt active, then iTunes would activate the iPhone again so it could be used as an iPod Touch.

I cut the Rogers SIM down to be a micro SIM using a template found on the Internet.

The Orange SIM could be put back in the iPhone after that point. It wasn’t providing service in Canada before or after anyway.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Obama’s NSA is the East German Stasi of our time

German leader flat out states that Obama’s government is little better than the East German Stasi.

“In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the US with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.

The German chancellor also told the US president that America’s National Security Agency cannot be trusted because of the volume of material it had allowed to leak to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the New York Times.

Livid after learning from Der Spiegel magazine (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Lights from Space

Tragic fire from space.

Check out Mars in great detail.

More link dumping: -Teach your kid how to share.

An excellent list of free programs, and ones you cannot trust. Opt out of PRISM. Join your friends in a prism-break. -Send messages encrypted “OTR”.

-Journalism’s slide into working for the man.

-Why Peace is Possible. An actually amazing video about a new way to think of peace. Paul K Chappell is worth learning from.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Witnesses to #RoboCon Scrutinized

Andrew Prescott got instructions from Jenni Byrne to avoid Elections Canada until she could consult a lawyer. Prescott’s work on the Guelph Conservative campaign in 2011 earned him notoriety for having a computer used also by Pierre Poutine. Some would conclude he’s at the very least met Poutine, but has managed to dodge being compelled to testify in court as to that. Poutine at the very least managed to pick the same robocall company Prescott used to make legitimate robocalls for the Conservative CPC campaign.

A list of some of the witnesses, one or two proved liars by Sona’s travel (Read more…)