More fraud at the expense of the U.N. and the U.S. Department of the Treasure

I received a cute email today. It has the usual traits of bad spelling, incorrect information, and other amusements. I wonder if the ID badge is genuine, but I doubt the name matches the pictured individual.

Received: from h1.flipio.ro (unknown [128.140.228.99])
	by [WITHHELD] (Postfix) with ESMTP id B85CF94065;
	Tue,  3 May 2016 04:16:57 +0200 (CEST)
Received: from [169.254.123.37] (134.red-81-32-237.dynamicip.rima-tde.net [81.32.237.134])
	(Authenticated sender: test@h1.flipio.ro)
	by h1.flipio.ro (Postfix) with ESMTPA id EF2499BE65;
	Mon,  2 May 2016 08:17:33 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: Finansdepartementet: Congratulations
To: Recipients <law@justice.com>
From: Latin American Chamber <law@justice.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 07:17:30 +0200
Reply-To: <brown@consultant.com>

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Replacing drives on AMANDA server

I spent some days last week converting our 32-bit AMANDA server to a 64-bit counterpart using spare but aged hardware. The former AMANDA server ran on very aged hardware in comparison. Going 64-bit also ment turning to ZFS-based storage.

Today, I replaced the two 320 GB first generation SATA drives with two 1 TB third generation SATA drives. The new drives, like their predecessors, are connected to the second generation SATA controller on the motherboard. Replacing the drives is nevertheless an improvement. Continue reading Replacing drives on AMANDA server

Stack Overflow and its user unfriendliness towards newcomers

Stack Overflow recently published the results from their “Developer Survey 2016”.

I thought about giving them some feedback. I went to the top level, clicked on the feedback link and navigated to their What else should we ask developers? question.

Next, I needed to create an account. That being done, it turns out I need at least 50 points of reputation before I can even add a comment to the above question. I need at least 5 points to add an answer with my suggestion. If only this were reversed …

Is this user friendly? Did I feel welcomed as a newcomer? Is this how Stack Overflow wants to get feedback at all?

Sod off, Stack Overflow. You won’t get my suggestion unless someone else gives you what I had in mind.

Network Connection Status Indicator (NCSI)

… Windows machines try to request two URLs (www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt and ipv6.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt, the former over IPv4, the latter over IPv6) to ascertain whether a given network is routed to the Internet and if there is a captive portal in the way (NCSI stands for “Network Connection Status Indicator”).

Ref.: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

See also: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2012/12/20/the-network-connection-status-icon/.

Yet another technical oriented blog, more or less