Still using Yahoo Mail? #
June 29, 2012
Spam Surge For Some Suggests Something Odd May Be Happening To Yahoo! Mail
January 8, 2013
Yahoo patches XSS flaw affecting mail users
January 10, 2013
That Yahoo Mail Vulnerability? Not Really Fixed.
January 31, 2013
Email attack exploits vulnerability in Yahoo site to hijack accounts
February 12, 2013
Spammers stole Yahoo Xtra contact lists
December 12, 2013
Yahoo forced to acknowledge Yahoo Mail problems in worst failure yet
February 26, 2014
Vulnerability in Yahoo allowed me to delete more than 1 million and half records from Yahoo database
April 8, 2014
'Heartbleed' bug undoes Web encryption, reveals Yahoo passwords
October 8, 2014
Yahoo told to "pull your pants up" after Shellshock hack claims
August 3, 2015
Hackers Exploit 'Flash' Vulnerability in Yahoo Ads
December 2, 2015
Persistent XSS – Yahoo Mail Inbox
January 19, 2016
Yahoo Just Fixed Another Scary XSS Bug
September 22, 2016
Yahoo hit in worst hack ever, 500 million accounts swiped
December 9, 2016
Yahoo Mail XSS Bug Worth Another $10K to Researcher
December 15, 2016
One Billion Accounts Hacked: Worst Data Security at Yahoo Leads to Biggest Data Breach Ever!
February 15, 2017
Yahoo Warns Users Their Email Accounts May Have Been Hacked – Yes, Again
February 17, 2017
Deleting your Yahoo email account? Yeah, good luck with that
/misc | Feb 10, 2017
Objections to veganism #
Vegan Sidekick has a handy guide to justifications for harming and exploiting animals. TL;DR: this comic covers much of it.
/misc | Jan 23, 2017
Combine an animated GIF with a static image while retaining the animation #
in Adobe ImageReady CS2:
- Open both images in ImageReady
- Rotate the animated GIF if desired (Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitrary...)
- Make the animated GIF's canvas size larger than the static image's canvas size (Image > Canvas Size...)
- Copy and paste the static image as a layer into the animated GIF (Select > All > Edit > Copy > Edit > Paste)
- Using the Move Tool (V), drag the static image to the desired position, then use the Crop Tool (C) to crop it
- Set the static image as the background (Layer > New > Background From Layer)
- Check the delay timers and looping options in the Animation pane (Window > Animation)
- Save the new combined GIF (File > Save Optimized As...)
/misc | Oct 19, 2016
All empty boats #
If a man is crossing a river
and an empty boat
collides with his own boat,
he won’t get offended or angry,
however hot-tempered he may be.
But if the boat is manned,
he may flare up, shouting and cursing,
just because there’s a rower.
Realize that all boats are empty
as you cross the river of the world,
and nothing can possibly offend you.
From chapter 43 of Stephen Mitchell's The Second Book of the Tao
/misc | Jul 19, 2016
Copy actual URLs from Google search results, not nested nonsense #
Redirects in Google search results are not only a privacy concern, but also a major pain when trying to simply copy and paste links:
These two extensions/add-ons (via HackerNews) help reduce needless suffering:
- Clean Links (Firefox) "Converts obfuscated or nested links to genuine clean links."
- Copy Real Url (Chrome) "Provides an option to copy the real link on Google Search, Yahoo Search, Facebook Chat and Hangouts instead of redirecting url"
/misc | Jul 10, 2016
Music of the gears #
Paweł Zadrożniak makes beautiful music with an orchestra of hard disks, floppy drives, and scanners:
/misc | Jul 08, 2016
Rockstar Dell sales rep #
For Windows-based servers and workstations, I have recommended Dell for ages, mainly due to their Next Business Day Service ("After telephone-based troubleshooting, replacement parts and a ProSupport technician arrive on-site, the next business day").
Once every kalpa or so, I run across an extraordinary Dell salesperson and feel compelled to share their contact info here, for the sake of others struggling with custom orders and the loathsome robot phone maze.
Eli Garcia, Business Sales Consultant, is one such rare gem. He went above and beyond the call of duty today for us in scoring just the right hardware at a great price (which wasn't available online). In this age of disconnection and depersonalization, Eli stands out as a shining example of how old-fashioned sales and service are done. His number is (512) 513-1774, his email address is eli_garcia at dell dot com, and his hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday.
/misc | Jun 16, 2016
Sufficient unto the day are the puzzles thereof #
"Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand." -- widely atttributed to Thomas Carlyle, though a definitive source is wanting
"Now the way of life that I preach is a habit to be acquired gradually by long and steady repetition. It is the practice of living for the day only, and for the days work, Life in day-tight compartments." -- William Osler, A Way of Life; An Address to Yale Students Sunday evening, April 20th, 1913
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the work thereof." -- Jesus, Matthew 6:34 (Greek notes)
/misc | Jun 14, 2016
Cross-platform CPU stress testing #
Prime95 is an open source program created by the GIMPS (Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search) project to find Mersenne prime numbers. It's also swell for stress testing CPUs:
"Prime95 has been a popular choice for stress / torture testing a CPU since it's introduction, especially with overclockers and system builders. Since the software makes heavy use of the processor's integer and floating point instructions, it feeds the processor a consistent and verifiable workload to test the stability of the CPU and the L1/L2/L3 processor cache. Additionally, it uses all of the cores of a multi-CPU / multi-core system to ensure a high-load stress test environment.
Source and binaries available for FreeBSD, Linux, OS X, and Windows 95-10.
The Prime95 Wikipedia page has an excellent overview on using Prime95 to test your system and ensure it is working properly. The tips presented there should be helpful regarding how long to run the torture test and provide a solid guideline on how long to run the Prime95 stress test.
Performing a stress test is simple:
- Download the software and unzip the files to your desired location.
- Run the Prime95 executable and select "Just Stress Testing" when asked.
- The default options are sufficient to do a well balanced stress test on the system."
/misc | Jun 14, 2016
Virtual electronics education kit #
Poking around for something like a virtualized Elenco EP130 130-in-1 Electronics Playground ("Learn basic principles of electricity, electronics, physics and magnetism!"):
I stumbled onto Winston Wolff's Electropocalypse for iOS, OS X, and Windows:
He credits The Incredible Machine and Rocky's Boots as inspirations, but far surpasses them for learning about electricity, covering "switches, current and voltage, resistors, using voltmeters and ammeters, series vs. parallel circuits, polarity, and Ohms law."
The only downside is that an Internet connection is required, since the circuit analyzer (SPICE) is hosted online instead of being embedded in the game.
I asked Winston via email what would happen if Electropocalypse was abandoned; he kindly replied that the game would probably be open sourced at that point.
After completing Electropocalypse, check out 5Spice for Windows (free for non-commercial use) or MacSpice (free) for OS X.
/misc | May 16, 2016
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