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Computer issues and problems, virus warnings, tech problems, whatever
arty
post Posted: May 28 2014, 12:00 PM
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In Reply To: eBear's post @ Apr 29 2014, 02:14 PM

Like many others, I'm still maintaining a Windows XP box as testbed and backup machine.
It is therefore with some relief that I noticed some additional activity from Microsoft on this front:
  • Further Security Updates have been provided to patch certain XP vulnerabilities.
  • IE8 has been sent to replace the leaking earlier versions of Internet Explorer.
While Internet Explorer has never worried me - I use the much safer and better supported Firefox - I am happy that MS took their responsibility somewhat more serious. The amount of money necessary to replace XP boxes, which have rarely more than 2 GB of RAM, could rival the Year-2000 YTK hysteria. And similar to that hype, I firmly believe that a modicum of common sense in dealing with Internet communication will keep XP users secure and happy for many years to come.

On a slightly different note: I have come across an issue, where "something" a friendly Helpdesk member did to a neighbour's system activated the need for her to login as Administrator. As that was the only user defined on her (second-hand) PC, she couldn't use her PC at all because she had no knowledge of any Windows password.

In order to avoid a hazard like that, I have immediately added a new user to all my Windows PCs. This new user, named "Master" or something similar, has Administrator privileges and can be used in case anything goes wrong with the original.
That didn't help my neighbour though. There, I had to resort to a hacking tool - google ophcrack and download the XP Live CD boot tool, if you ever need to crack a password - to find the unknown Administrator password. It took 5 minutes and saved her a few $100 as the local "PC Fixer" had told her the only option was a new PC with Windows 8, which he would be happy to sell her, plus a small fee to recover any data from her soon-to-be-scrapped old disk drive.

A rather happier outcome for a struggling age-pensioner smile.gif



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arty
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In Reply To: alonso's post @ May 2 2014, 10:19 AM

I'm in Perth, just South of the River.
Great coverage around here - historically the first extension from Curtin Uni.
They did expand into other Capital Cities, but comments on the Whirlpool Forum are mixed.
I can't complain though - am only mildly concerned that Optus might divert some of the bandwidth elsewhere; rumour has it they bought Vivid solely for the 4G spectrum they own.



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I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)
 
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In Reply To: arty's post @ May 2 2014, 09:48 AM

I was having the same problems years ago before going wireless.
Haven't heard of Vividwireless. Can't ask you where you are, but do they have as good a coverage as Telstra or are they really only metropolitan service?



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arty
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In Reply To: Tinkerbell's post @ May 2 2014, 09:28 AM

You're lucky, tinkerbell;

in our suburb, Telstra's pits are the pits: about 40 years old, frequently flooded, and badly maintained - if at all.
A couple of years ago, I had four different techs "investigate" up to 100 modem resets a day. The only honest opinion I received from them - strictly off the record - was utterly condemning: Whenever a Contractor was sent out to repair a faulty connection - which happened daily in our area - they would simply pick a "dry" line and patch the client through it. Documentation? No time for that.
One chap even hinted that a patch, which had given me temporarily a clean signal, may have been re-assigned to someone else.
Another one told me the corrosion was so bad that the entire cabling from nodes to homes needed replacing - at about $2,000 per household. The initial NBN concept would've fixed that. The now modified fiber-to-nodes approach won't do anything.

In the end, I cancelled my copper contract altogether and went 4G with Vividwireless.
With the T.I. Ombudsman's help, I even got a refund of the last year's Internet (non-) Service fees.



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In Reply To: arty's post @ May 2 2014, 08:27 AM

Hi Arty,

I had the same problem some time back, where wet days were slower than the normal slow! I live near the beach and it

turned out the problem was in a Telstra pit up the road that was full of corrosion. Once they cleaned up the connections, I got an amazing turn of speed ( in comparison!)






 
arty
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Internet connection speeds

Early in the morning, all the torrenting kids are still asleep:

Speeds with an iiNet server:


Speeds with a Telstra server:


That's because I'm close to the 4G Tower, getting VividWireless almost line-of-sight.
My neighbour, who is connected by copper to a node, could not access her ISP after recent rains. After 10 minutes, I got her ADSL modem back to work and ran the same speedtest. Her results: Download 0.01Mb/s, Upload 0.21 Mb/s.



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I follow two rules: (1) There are no sacred truths. All assumptions must be critically examined. Arguments from authority are worthless. (2) Whatever is inconsistent with observed facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Market as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be. (inspired by Carl Sagan)

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QUOTE
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/

Internet Explorer Glitch Leaves Computers Vulnerable to Hackers

April 28, 2014 By ALYSSA NEWCOMB
Alyssa Newcomb More from Alyssa
Digital Reporter Alyssa Newcomb More from Alyssa

The Department of Homeland Security warns not to use Internet Explorer until security holes are patched. Getty Images Clicking on one malicious link in Internet Explorer may be all it takes for hackers to hijack your computer, according to warnings issued today by Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security.

Federal officials advised that people should avoid using Internet Explorer browser versions six to 11 until Microsoft has successfully patched the glitch.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness team said the vulnerability "could lead to the compromise of an affected system."

Windows XP Support Expires: What You Need to Do

The latest flaw works by tricking users into visiting a malicious website that then quietly installs malware, turning control of the system over to hackers, according to the Microsoft security advisory

Internet Explorer is the top browser, accounting for nearly 58 percent of users last month, according to NetMarketShare.

Mozilla's FireFox and Google Chrome round out the other most popular browsers.

People using the 12-year-old Windows XP operating system are especially vulnerable since Microsoft announced earlier this month it would no long provide technical assistance and automatic updates to protect users' PCs.

"If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses," the company said on its website and encouraged users to upgrade their operating systems.


http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/internet-...ory?id=23503657



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The intelligent home is coming:
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/...inet-es-growth/



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In Reply To: Tinkerbell's post @ Apr 22 2014, 01:44 PM

After removing no 3 sons laptop from the list of devices in the Thomson wireless router, and getting telstra to change the IP address
of the router, all is well again.

Mick



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Tinkerbell
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In Reply To: mullokintyre's post @ Apr 22 2014, 12:08 PM

Mick, I had a similar problem some time back with a Telstra 3G/4G wireless router that for some crazy reason, was

not passing the correct DNS settings to the PC. I got round that by fixing the ip addresses in the adapter settings and

using Google's DNS 8.8.8.8 FWIW




 
 


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